Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Team FTF Got Your Back



If you are reading this post and follow us on any social media site you are part of Team FTF whether you realize it or not.  This isn't an organization with million dollar financial backers.  Our clothing isn't sold across the country in big box department stores.  We only sell our items in ONE PLACE, and that's right here on our site.

We started over 2 years ago with nothing but a dream, faith in our idea, and boat loads of hard work.  We built our following one at a time.  And we fight the fight to continuously fund raise for those in need one small sale at a time.

What we do isn't easy, and it never will be.  The facts are that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and one day when we look back at all we've done we want to say that we did everything we could to help those people.  

Day by day you guys are helping to create a legacy for this small brand.  You guys are helping people more than you could ever imagine by putting on an FTF shirt.  By making that choice you guys are not only helping us build our legacy, you are also building your own as well.  

Fight the Fight is more than a brand.  It's a group of people who come together to support others in need.  Most of the time our customers don't even know the person they are helping personally.  

In other words, Team FTF has the back of people in need when they need help.  

As you embark on the rest of your week remember that you can have everything you want if you help other people get what they want/need.  

-Pete

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Survivor Story: Rita DeBarr



Written and Contributed by Ashley Mitts

I (Rita) have been diabetic for 41 years and have struggled with my diabetes since I was 11 years old.  It was very hard to keep my sugars under control as a child.  Things sure have changed over the years. 

Now, I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor which has really helped me manage my sugar levels.  At the age of 42, I had a heart attack.  After my first surgery, I had to go back 5 more times for a total of 6 stents. 

I became very anxious about doing anything; afraid that I may have a heart attack.  My anxiety has always been something that I have always had and worked with. 

In March 2014, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma).  I had a clear mammogram in November 2013, but by January 2014, I started seeing changes in my breast.  

I had another mammogram in February and was told it looked "very suspicious."  I then had a biopsy and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  After that I started chemotherapy and did 6 chemo’s 3 weeks apart. 

This made me very sick.  I couldn’t eat or keep anything down.  It had me very down.  After I recovered from chemo, I had to have a mastectomy. 

Right now, I’m started radiation.  One thing I’ve learned from this is it is a learning experience.  I trust God will get me through this.  I believe you have to have a lot of faith to get through these challenges.  I do have a lot of support from my family and friends.  



They have been truly amazing through this experience.  I’ve also learned that everyone has a story.  Although it may not be the same as mine, we each have our own unique story that makes it our own.  

I believe that is important to share our stories.  I also believe we learn from each other, and I’ve met some great people.  I’ve been there for others when it has come to questions about diabetes, and now others have been there for me when I was struggling with my cancer. 

I believe we learn from each other, and I have some great people to teach me about the importance of helping and supporting others.  

If you have any questions or need anything, please let me know!

Thanks!

-Rita

50% of the profit from all Fight the Fight purchases made from January 11th, 2015 through January 31st, 2015 will be donated to Rita to help cover her medical expenses.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Close the Gap in Your Life


A gap exists between the person you are now and the person you want to be.  What would it take to close that gap?  What would it take to wake up and feel great about your life everyday? 

The answer is less than you think.  For most of us our lives sometimes feel like a huge chaotic mess from which there is no escape.  Changing our lives doesn't have to feel like we have to climb a mountain.  Instead, all it takes to get where you want to go is the persistence to get up and down a bunch of smaller hills.

Here are 5 steps to help you close the gap in your life:

Step 1 - Find Your Passion

It's near impossible to live a happy, fulfilled life doing a job you don't like.  Self-help programs will tell you to "find your passion."  But what they don't tell you is that it's not easy to find your passion.  

In my case, it took years of stumbling from one thing to the next before I finally figured out what I wanted to do.  The trick is to keep experimenting and trying new things until you find something you truly enjoy.  Don't rely on "stumbling" into your passion like I did.  Get out there and go find it!   

Step 2 - Set Goals

Everybody says it.  Nobody does it!  How can we get up and work on something with maximum energy if we don't know where we want that work to take us?  Write down your goals every day when you wake up.  Then organize your time and resources to achieve those goals.  Without goals we are just wandering aimlessly through life.

Step 3 - Planning

"Failure to plan is planning to fail.".....And on and on the quotes go about this one.  Talk to any self-made, wealthy person you know, and I guarantee they set goals for themselves and for their businesses.  Then they wrote down a plan to reach those goals.  Success doesn't just happen, and we can't become successful by just working hard.  The key is to "work smart," and to work smart you need a plan.

Step 4 - Action

Setting goals and planning are great, but action is what will get you from point A to point B.  The whole purpose of goal setting and planning to guide our daily actions.  We have to take the right actions to get the right results.

Step 5 - Recovery

We are all human beings.  With that said we all have a limited amount of energy, and there are a limited amount of hours in the day.  Rest and recovery will often lift us out of a rut by re-energizing us when we encounter obstacles.  

If we just work all the time our body will eventually break down causing us to get sick, injured, or fatigued.  In any of those situations we aren't doing our best work.  To stay functioning, thinking, and working at a high level we have to rest and recover when needed.   

Bonus Tip - Specialize

One thing I've learned in business is that if you get really, really.....really good at one thing people will pay you for your wisdom and/or for your products.  The saying "Don't be a one trick pony." is a lie.  Become great at one thing, and you will be able to find a way to make a living around it.  People pay for expertise not for mediocrity.  

Close the gap!

-Pete

Fight the Fight is a 50/50 clothing line from which 50% of all profits are donated to individuals who incur large medical expenses.  

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