Friday, March 17, 2017

You're Invited! Monday, MARCH 20th, 5-8PM, Piero's Corner Giveback Event to benefit 261 Fearless

Hi Northern VA Friends! Please Save the Date! 

What: Piero's Corner Giveback to 261 Fearless Boston Charity Team
When: MONDAY, MARCH 20th
Time: 5-8PM
Where: PIERO'S CORNER, located: 
Franklin Farm Village Shopping Center, 13340 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon, VA 20171. 

This is a Public Event! Reservations are strongly encouraged! 703-707-6400.  

On 3/20, from 5-8PM, a portion of every DINE IN and TO GO sales will be donated to 261 Fearless Boston Marathon charity team! 💙💛 Please remember to mention "261 Fearless" to your server!

Why should you dine at Piero's Corner on MONDAY, 3/20?


  • Piero's serves fresh, delicious Italian food and has a great selection of wine! Don't forget dessert: gelato, tiramisu and cannoli!

  • There will also be raffle prizes from local vendors: Piero's Corner, Little Lords & Ladies consignment shop, Baskin Robbins, Giant, and PR & Partners!

  • Piero's Corner is a family/ kid friendly restaurant! A kids menu is available!

  • My friend Lisa (a fellow Lyme Warrior) from Stella & Dot will be there too with a gorgeous collection of accessories! 20% of your purchase will be donated, so you can updated your spring look for a great cause! Can't make it in person? You can shop online here towards the fundraiser.

PLEASE SHARE this blog post! PLEASE INVITE your family and friends! THANK YOU for your support! I can't wait to see you on Monday night! 😊 


*If you are unable to attend this fundraising event but would like to read my story on how I run Fearlessly with chronic Lyme disease and/or to make a donation and support me on my Fearless journey to the Boston Marathon 2017, check out my 261 Fearless Boston Charity Team link. 


You can also send a check: 
Make a check payable to "261 Fearless, Inc.
On the memo line of the check, please indicate that the donation is for "TEAM BOSTON & Amy Fitzgerald

Please mail check to: 
261 Fearless, Inc. c/o Lipset 
18 Longwood Road Port 
Washington, NY 11050-1260 
Attn: TEAM 261 Fearless Boston

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lost and Lonely

Do you ever wish you could stop time and be still for awhile? Relish the moment and take it all in?

Lately, my life has been topsy turvey and I feel pulled in so many directions, as my emotions are all over the place. I have to keep it all inside. Maybe one day I can share all these emotions with my family and friends? But right now, I feel very alone.

This is about raw truth. painful emotions, trying to find acceptance of the unknown. Have you ever been in that place, where you felt like no one could understand everything you are going through?

I have purposefully not been submitting for casting calls because I honestly feel like I will bust out in tears at any moment. I haven't felt this fragile in a long time. Maybe I should be looking for roles describing a "40ish woman who is on a soulful search."

How can life appear to be so good when so much is wrong?

You have to accept the goodness and be thankful for waking up to the sunrise each day. There is a college sorority sister of mine who may not wake up to see that awesome sunrise tomorrow. The news was delivered this week, on the birthday of a dear friend, who had passed away from the same exact illness. Breast cancer, spread to the lungs, and then to her brain. The nightmare is repeating itself.  

As your world collides, you have to put it all in perspective. You are not sure about the answers but you know your life is going to be different, from here on out. 

Sometimes, like tonight, I wonder how I got so lucky with my family? How did God know to match us up perfectly.and ever so, imperfectly? I was an orphan without a home and then I found my forever family, only later in life, to be blessed with my husband and kids and a rescue pup.

Life will never make sense, Life will never be fair. So when those ride them high wave days arrive, you have to savor every moment. The trick is stopping and looking around and seeing the simple things turn extraordinary.

I have been so consumed with grief and worry and a general sense of unhappiness that I feel like I have lost my way and I am desperately searching to find my way back. 

I am running. It is what I always do when I am searching for answers. But my body is all wacky and I don't know why? I am usually so in tune with my body and listen to it carefully. But I can't pinpoint what's wrong. I feel slow, dull, lifeless, with each step.  Maybe it's because I'm carrying so much extra weight on my shoulders?

The (Shamrock) marathon I'm running this weekend is kind of a big deal. It will be the longest I have ran since Marine Corps Marathon, October 2016. I don't want to finish in the back of the pack. I will try my hardest to run at the pace I'm supposed to be running. 

I will think of all those who cannot run and I will run for them. 

I will be thankful for each step. I will try to savor each moment and not focus on the pain. I will find my way again. It is guaranteed I will have a good cry after crossing that finish line. Only one small hurdle I will have accomplished. As the future will remain uncertain.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Athleta Shop For A Cause 261 Fearless March 7th

Athleta Reston Town Center Friends and Family!
Running Boston: 261 Fearless Charity Team 
Shop For A Cause! 

Tuesday, March 7th - All Day

Come pre-shop the Friends and Family Sale and get 25% off* your purchase! RSVP requested but not required. 703-668-0256. Phone orders also welcomed! 

PLEASE MENTION "261 FEARLESS" AT CHECKOUT! A portion of each sale will be donated to 261 Fearless charity team for the Boston Marathon! Please share with your family and friends! Click here for more information about 261 Fearless

There will be Fun, Refreshments and Raffles! 

Athleta will validate parking using RTC app (for any garage) with ANY purchase!
*Some discount exclusions may apply.

*If you're unable to attend the fundraiser but would like to support 261 Fearless and my fearless running journey to the Boston Marathon, please consider making a tax deductible donation! EVERY donation is SO appreciated! My fundraising goal is $7,261!!