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Words to Live By {Giveaway}

2012 April 11
by Jess

When you need to dig deep, stay focused or encourage someone with a phrase or word what’s your go-to phrase?

It’s weird to say this, but my current mantra is actually 26.2 or the words “New York City Marathon”. When I don’t want to workout or want to stuff face with cupcakes, I think of those numbers or words (although, sometimes the cupcake still wins). On Sunday when my ego screams out or my legs get tired, I’ll focus on counting (read about that here) and repeat my mantra.

Today is an extra special day here on FCITC because you have the chance to enter to win a beautiful Custom Mantra Necklace from Erica Sara Designs. (go check out her stuff now!)

The winner will receive a sterling silver or gold filled rectangle charm engraved with their custom mantra in the font of their choice, on a cable chain.

Erica is amazingly talented and someone I’m certainly lucky to have as a good friend, thanks to social media.

Here’s how you can win a Custom Mantra Necklace:

#1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment here telling me what mantra you would have engraved if you win the necklace.

#2) Bonus: Like Erica Sara Designs on Facebook, then leave a comment telling me you did so.

You have until the More/Fitness Magazine 1/2 Marathon race eve (April 14th) to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on Sunday, April 15th

*** This giveaway has ended.

The winner is:

Bernadette Chan! Congratulations!

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130 Responses
  1. casey ruppelt permalink
    April 11, 2012

    my mantra would be: yesterday you said tomorrow.

  2. April 11, 2012

    My mantra would be “Be Strong, Believe.”

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Michelle Hubbard permalink
    April 11, 2012

    Such pressure. I’m not sure what mantra I would choose. Maybe happiness?

  4. Christine permalink
    April 11, 2012

    My mantra would be: No limits.

    Thanks!

    • Christine permalink
      April 11, 2012

      Also liked on Facebook :)

  5. April 11, 2012

    My mantra would be: Summon the Will to Fight.

    I really like No Limits too!

  6. April 11, 2012

    I liked them on facebook too

  7. Beth @ RxBethOnTheRun permalink
    April 11, 2012

    I have been a HUGE fan of Erica Sara Designs (and yours) for quite some time now. I am torn between which mantra I would choose. I originally thought it would be “Don’t think, just run!” This one got me through the BEST 12 mile run of my life. But I can’t help but gravitate towards a Monday Mantra Erica once blogged about on her blog. In hebrew, “Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li?”. In English, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” This is something that has helped make me so much stronger in 2012 and continues to make me face fear head on, be my own person and not be afraid of anything anymore. It makes me believe in myself and has resonated with me since I read it back in January. I think it’s great that you are giving away a necklace from such a talented artist. After I finished the NYC Half, my 1st half marathon, it was the first thing I wanted. Best of luck on Sunday. Can’t wait to get out there and cheer you on!!!

    • April 12, 2012

      This comments means a lot… thank you so much Beth! And I’m not sure I realized the NYC Half was your 1st- congrats!!!

  8. Beth @ RxBethOnTheRun permalink
    April 11, 2012

    I liked her (and you) on Facebook a LONG time ago :)

  9. Stephanie Fuller permalink
    April 11, 2012

    “Think Fierce Be Bold” and on days when I’m in pain from my RA it’s “Screw Arthur”.

    I did like her page as well. Hope I win!!!

  10. Alyssa Serchia permalink
    April 11, 2012

    So many mantras…either: You’re Gonna Fly…or Be Strong

  11. Alyssa Serchia permalink
    April 11, 2012

    Just liked her Facebook page too…awesome stuff!

  12. Jessica permalink
    April 11, 2012

    faith and focus

  13. Ashley permalink
    April 11, 2012

    My mantra (always repeated) is “Be Strong, Run Strong.”

    Thanks!

  14. April 11, 2012

    Everytime I see these necklaces I fall in love just a little bit more! My mantra is “keep calm and carry on”

  15. jen permalink
    April 11, 2012

    when things get tough for me or someone around me, I always say, “be strong, be tough, be brave.” when I think that, I stand a little straighter and feel a little more determined.

  16. jen permalink
    April 11, 2012

    just liked the fb page. now going to shop. :)

  17. April 11, 2012

    My personal mantra is “HEP”
    in flying trapeze it means “jump” or “go”. Both while flying and on the ground it is a reminder for me to jump, even when I am hesitant.

  18. Kelly permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “she believed she could, so she did”. It is on a canvas that my mom bought me in my office. She watched me run my first 5k in August. She’s an angel now but she believed and so do I…..so I am training for my first 10k and then half.

    And I liked Erica Sara designs on FB and will be gifting from there soon.

    • April 12, 2012

      Kelly, this is so beautiful :) Major love to you & your mom… and best of luck with your training!

  19. Lauren permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be “this too shall pass”

  20. Lauren permalink
    April 12, 2012

    Also, just liked on Facebook! :D

  21. Diana permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “strength, endurance”. I wanted to get tattoo on each wrist so when I am feeling tired and want to quit, I can just look down and see it. My husband has VITA and MORS on his forearm. A necklace, however, seems like a better idea. =)

  22. April 12, 2012

    I love the one that says, “You can do it!”, since these four wonderful and meaningful words meant much to me because my mom once told me this before I entered middle school and it made me study hard and achieve academically.

  23. SueM permalink
    April 12, 2012

    love this necklace!
    my mantra would be “Run Strong”, a phrase that has gotten me through many miles

  24. Malin permalink
    April 12, 2012

    Mine would be “The house that strenght built” and it is based on this awesome rant from stumptous.com: http://www.stumptuous.com/rant-64-april-2012-the-house-that-stump-built

    An excerpt:

    “Give me your saggy, your baggy, your faggy, your haggy. [...] Give me your bodies wracked with life’s whims; your hormonally challenged; your rattling bottles of pills like morbid maracas; your diseases of disuse. Your old knee injury from when you tried drunken trampolining.

    Give me your your shit-talkers and funk-walkers; the voices in your head who sing the Rocky training montage; your sniveling inner toddler who stamps and says “No!”. Leave your inner critic at the door, or do five pushups every time you speak to yourself seriously in her voice.

    Give me your clueless big-eyed newbies and grizzled gray-prickly veterans. Give me your squashy and scrawny. Give me your chickenshits; you people hunting for your fighting spirit and tending the tiny flame of Yes we can inside your ribcage.

    It doesn’t matter who kicked the sand in your face. Spit it out and let’s get to work.

    You can all apply for this job of awesome. No resumé required. The universe will be your hiring committee, and we need a lot of staff.

    All are welcome in this house that strength built.”

    • Malin permalink
      April 12, 2012

      I liked her page on facebook, too. My name is Malin Forshallen :)

  25. Catherine J permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I’d have the mantra “Strength” engraved. whenever I’m training, i think strong, act strong, train strong.

  26. April 12, 2012

    Great giveaway! My mantra? “Dig deep”!

  27. April 12, 2012

    My mantra: “Live out loud”

  28. April 12, 2012

    my mantra would be “I can”

  29. April 12, 2012

    My mantra is ‘be happy’

  30. April 12, 2012

    Great giveaway. My mantra “May I live my life with ease” but if that doesn’t fit it would be “compassion”.

  31. Margaret permalink
    April 12, 2012

    my mantra is “just got with it”

  32. April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be “Paddle Paddle” – when I surf, I repeat this to myself to remind me to just keep paddling, to just keep going. Now, I find myself repeating these words when I run or during a hard spin class too!

  33. April 12, 2012

    I also like Erica Sara Designs on FB!

  34. April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “Do it for those who can’t” or “Reach for Your Goals.” Such a great giveaway; love Erica!!

  35. April 12, 2012

    And I already like Erica Sara Designs on Facebook :)

  36. April 12, 2012

    Big fan of Erica Sara’s work. My mantra would be “Onward.”

  37. April 12, 2012

    That necklace looks so pretty. A mantra? That’s a tough one. I like the “believe” one but I also like “strength”. Either would be good while running to help keep motivation!

  38. April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “Finisher”! Whenever I feel like I can’t go on I say “run walk or crawl, I AM A FINISHER!”

  39. Kate permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “shut up & run”

  40. April 12, 2012

    So pretty!! My current saying for running and finishing my dissertation: “Just keep swimming.”

  41. Jennifer B permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I just like EricaSara designs on FB, and I **LOVE** the mantra necklace! Mine will say:

    less effort, more speed

  42. leticia ana permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I’d just have ‘believe’ engraved! :)

  43. April 12, 2012

    LOVE this concept! And the necklace is gorgeous. I would be honored to wear one of her custom designs, she is so talented!

    Hmm, my mantra? “No limits” — which is how I’ve been living 2012 as my year of no limits. Very fitting I do believe, so far!

  44. Anna permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I’m torn between “Seek Justice” and “Relentless Forward Progress”!

  45. April 12, 2012

    Her collection is beautiful! I would have “Dirt in the skirt” because not only do I love the movie “A League of Their Own” but after playing field hockey and lacrosse for years AND just purchasing my first running skirt, I love the idea of balancing being a woman and fitness together. Plus, it’s a fun saying that always makes me smile.

  46. Meg McElroy permalink
    April 12, 2012

    What I tell students in my spin classes “you didn’t come here to be lazy” :)

  47. Maggi permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My motto is “Dum spiro spero”– “While I breathe, I hope.” As an asthmatic who used to live a very restricted life due to my breathing issues, this phrase has come to represent the way I live my hope– through action! I beat asthma every time I run, and it will never rule my life again!

  48. April 12, 2012

    My personal mantra, after losing my little brother is, “life is too short for excuses.” It reminds me to carry on, and to push through the struggles and motivates me to do what I need to. To accomplish my goals, workouts and tasks in my everyday life. Remembering this mantra allows me to do it all because he is no longer able to do what he wants. To me it’s a beautiful honor for my brother.

    In addition, I’ve also liked Erica on Facebook.

  49. Erin permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “Om mani padme hum.” It is a beautiful chant.

  50. Kathy permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra is “make it happen”. It reminds me that only I have the power to make or break my own success.

    • Kathy permalink
      April 12, 2012

      Liked on Facebook.

  51. April 12, 2012

    Liked on Facebook!

  52. April 12, 2012

    “A hui hou”, which is Hawaiian for “Good bye, until we meet again.” It has a personal meaning to me in that no matter how a situation has ended, it doesn’t mean it’s closed forever. It try to keep this perspective in mind throughout my life.

  53. April 12, 2012

    Just liked on Facebook.

  54. April 12, 2012

    I always try and come up with something good for a mantra…and honestly during the middle of every hard run I’ve had, I always end up thinking about my 2 year old daughter and her energy and smiles and giggles help push me through. So…I guess my mantra is “Hailey”

  55. April 12, 2012

    I know it’s simple but I say it to myself all the time during races when I feel myself flagging in energy:

    YOU CAN DO THIS! or COME ON, LINNA! (but I like the first sentence better)

  56. April 12, 2012

    Oh also, I liked Erica Sara Designs FB page. I would love it if I could ;)

  57. Christie B. permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be, “believe in your strength.” The only person holding me back is me.

  58. Amy Tolbert permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I am not sure what mantra I would put. I loved the one someone mentioned earlier “Faith and Focus” Love it!

  59. April 12, 2012

    AHH LOVe this giveaway!! Mine would be either ‘yesterday you said tomorrow’ or something with ‘believe’ as that has always stuck with me

  60. April 12, 2012

    liked them on fb!

  61. April 12, 2012

    My mantra would probably be Life IS Good.

  62. April 12, 2012

    Liked her on Facebook

  63. April 12, 2012

    There’s a line in the movie Soul Surfer where the Bethany Hamilton character says “I don’t need easy, I just need possible” – it stuck with me, so the last part of that quote would be what I have engraved!

  64. April 12, 2012

    And I just “liked” on FB!

  65. Neesha permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be “gratitude”

  66. Neesha permalink
    April 12, 2012

    Liked her page :)

  67. April 12, 2012

    I <3 her stuff!
    I'd have to go with "Faith" (faith in your toughness, spirit, determination, abilities, and persistence).

  68. April 12, 2012

    and I liked her page on FB!

  69. April 12, 2012

    Veni, Vidi, Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered. :)

  70. April 12, 2012

    I would engrave “Believe” as a reminder to always believe I can do it. Whatever “it” is.

  71. Dani Martin permalink
    April 12, 2012

    The necklace is so pretty! I love her designs. My personal mantra is Beauty by Strength. I believe there is great beauty in being a strong active woman. I haven’t always been active and haven’t always felt beautiful. This last year I have lost over 60 pounds and feel AMAZING. I have been running and spinning and it hasn’t always been easy to keep motivated, but I am doing it!

    Also I liked her facebook page :-)

  72. April 12, 2012

    Liked her page on FB. Beautiful stuff!!!

  73. April 12, 2012

    Enjoy each step – enjoy the journey

  74. Kelsey Leaverton permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I liked “Erica Sara Designs” on facebook

  75. Kelsey Leaverton permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I like the Mantra “believe” as you have pictured, I think that for so much of life you just have to believe that it will happen, or things are how they’re supposed to be.

  76. April 12, 2012

    My Mantra I go to when I’m running on empty is: One Step…at a time.

    That and “Don’t Stop”

  77. April 12, 2012

    might be a little silly (stolen from Brooks Running) but id go with ‘run happy’

  78. Melanie Zimmerman permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be “I can do it”!

  79. Melanie Zimmerman permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I liked Erica Sara Designs on fb.

  80. Jessica permalink
    April 12, 2012

    “Don’t just dream”

  81. Colleen permalink
    April 12, 2012

    My mantra would be “NOW” to remind me to be in the now.

  82. deb permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I already liked her on facebook. My mantra would be comfort can wait!

  83. Janelle permalink
    April 12, 2012

    Mine would be “Be better than yesterday.”

  84. Janelle permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I also liked her Facebook page!

  85. rinon permalink
    April 12, 2012

    Mine would be “I run because I can”

    Liked her on Facebook too!

  86. April 13, 2012

    I think I’d have “run happy” engraved. Either that or “don’t think just run”

  87. April 13, 2012

    “Trust the training! “

  88. April 13, 2012

    I like ESD on FB.

  89. April 13, 2012

    I usually always go with “One More Mile” from one more mile apparel, but I also really like “Believe” and “Run Happy” after looking at some other responses! I love Erica Sara jewelry!! I got some for my gma for Christmas, but would love some race inspiration for myself!!!!

  90. April 13, 2012

    and I like ESD on FB!

  91. April 13, 2012

    Years ago my brother gave me a necklace with a charm engraved with “believe.” It meant so much to me because the word can take on many different meanings.

    ESD are always fantastic and unique and beautiful!

  92. Therese permalink
    April 13, 2012

    “Strength in, Fear out.”

    And I liked Erica Sara Designs on FB!

  93. Amy Rouse permalink
    April 13, 2012

    Today is a new day

    would be my mantra

  94. Amy Rouse permalink
    April 13, 2012

    Bonus: Like Erica Sara Designs on Facebook, then leave a comment telling me you did so.
    done

    amy rouse

  95. April 13, 2012

    “and not to yield” (last line from tennyson’s ulysses)

    I just did an almost identical giveaway for a mantra shirt!!

  96. Michelle permalink
    April 13, 2012

    I’d Have “Think Strong, Stay Strong” as mine. I always say it when I hit my farthest distance ran to keep myself going and beat my goals. Up to 6 miles as of last weekend!

    • Michelle permalink
      April 13, 2012

      & I Liked her site and yours on FB!

  97. Amber permalink
    April 13, 2012

    “you got this”

  98. Amber permalink
    April 13, 2012

    also, I already liked her on Facebook!

  99. Linda permalink
    April 13, 2012

    My mantra would be “Be Your Dream.”
    I first saw this chalked on East Drive in Central Park. I love it.

  100. Linda permalink
    April 13, 2012

    Also, I liked ” Erica Sara Designs” on Facebook. AND, I actually like her designs in real life. :)

  101. Cassandra permalink
    April 13, 2012

    My mantra would be “Have faith.”

  102. angel charm permalink
    April 13, 2012

    oh wow such a nice giveaway thanks. my mantra would be “be your own inspiration”

  103. angel charm permalink
    April 13, 2012

    Liked Erica Sara Designs on Facebook as Jenna sara

  104. Bernadette permalink
    April 13, 2012

    My mantra is actually something I have learned from you…”Say it, DO IT”. Now, I’m heading over to like her page…Thanks!

    • Jess permalink*
      April 13, 2012

      Aw, now I’m blushing. Thanks for making my day. xxo

  105. Heather permalink
    April 13, 2012

    “Yesterday’s plan. Today’s win. Tomorrow’s benchmark.”

    Love the custom idea – smart girl!

  106. April 14, 2012

    My mantra would be something my Dad told me a long time ago: Go slow, life is short.
    What a fantastic giveaway, I love Erica Sara’s designs!
    Melissa

  107. April 14, 2012

    I liked Erica Sara Designs Facebook page!
    Melissa

  108. April 14, 2012

    I’d get something along the lines of Believe and run strong.

  109. April 14, 2012

    I’d liked her on facebook

  110. April 14, 2012

    My mantras lately have been “believe” and” don’t think just go”.

  111. April 14, 2012

    I also liked on Facebook! Thanks!

  112. April 14, 2012

    Beautiful necklaces! I would get one that says “Live Love Laugh” as that’s what my Mum loved to do. :)

  113. KayJS permalink
    April 14, 2012

    Beautiful jewelry. Tough choice–”Be in the moment.” OR “Let it happen.”

  114. Bernadette Chan permalink
    April 14, 2012

    My Mantra is “Love, I Am Enough”

  115. Bernadette Chan permalink
    April 14, 2012

    Liked Erica Sara Designs on Facebook already!

  116. Cindy Bennett permalink
    April 14, 2012

    Do or do not, there is no try.

  117. April 14, 2012

    I “liked” Erica Sarah Designs on Facebook!

  118. April 14, 2012

    My mantra would be “Jesus loves me”

  119. April 14, 2012

    oo This is a tough one, but I LOVE the idea. I would have a hard time choosing between “In health and happiness,” “Fit and fabulous” and “Sore or Sorry Tomorrow.” Will be sure to head over to FB and like Erica now!

  120. Sarah permalink
    April 14, 2012

    My mantra would be Just keep running. Got me through races and getting me through life.

  121. Heather K permalink
    April 14, 2012

    My Mantra would be strength to endure.

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