I decided to do Gracie’s September blogging challenge in one fell swoop. So here are the 30 posts she assigned condensed into one self involved megapost. Let’s go…
1. Goals for September
- No social media – Did it but returned a few days early. Here’s what’s better without social media.
- Burn Boot Camp with my sister – Did it 4-5 times a week! My sister has lost several inches and I’ve started to gain something of an ass. We’re believers and are signing on as clients tomorrow.
- Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon – Did it! Here’s a recap.
2. Proud Accomplishment
I bought a rode bike and did a 20-mile ride to get ready for the triathlon. I’ve never gone that far in anything that’s not motorized. Lately, I won’t even go 20 miles away in a car so this was quite a feat. Completing the tri without stopping was also a very proud moment, particularly the open water swim. Cringe.
3. Favorite Fashion Trends
High waist and crop tops always and forever.
4. Thankful for…
A return to yoga.
5. Top 5 Summer Highlights
6 Fall Things I’m Looking Forward to…
(1) Cool runs in the morning. (2) Apple picking. (3) Buying a couch. For real though. (4) Windows open. (5) Gone Girl. Be serious. (6) Moving.
7 Things to Improve
(1) Drink water. (2) Read books. (3) Do yoga. (4) Control food spending. (5) Invest in quality clothing. (6) Transition cleaning products to cruelty free. Check out my transition to cruelty free toiletries here. (7) More cats. Not really.
8 Things you Love About Yourself
Oh geez. I love my hair (I really do). That’s at least 8 things.
9. Outfit of the Day
On Tuesdays we wear company t-shirts so I wore red jeans, a Tresata tee and my new Chucks.
10. A Day in My Life
I wake up at 5a and again at 5:12 and one more time at 5:30. I throw on clothes and go pick my sister up for our 6:15a bootcamp. After dropping her off, I get home around 7:30, shower and sit down to check work email. By about 8a I make coffee and just dick around–blog stuff and reading things I like–until about 9 when I head to the office. I sit on my ass and work until around 5p and then I head home to either 1) run, bike or go to yoga OR 2) sit around until I go to bed. After I’ve either exercised or done nothing at all I make dinner and then watch ridiculous things like Monsters Inside Me with Nick. I go to bed around 10:30p these days.
11. Make a Wish
I wish for people to stop being mean to animals.
12. Favorite Quote
13. Top Guilty Pleasure
Garbage television. I don’t know if it’s killing my brain or not.
14. Favorite Thing About Blogging
Meeting people who are awesome.
15. Favorite TV Shows
OOH ok. I currently watch the following bullshit: Monsters Inside Me on Animal Planet, Too Cute on Animal Planet, Chopped and whatever is on Bravo 24 hours a day. Right now we are watching a documentary on owls or something while Nick studies and I pretend to be important also.
16. Makeupless Monday
I look like this without makeup and filters. The secret is the lighting.
17. Another Day in the Life
Oh no. Every day is the same. I swear.
18. Thankful Thursday
Definitely thankful for a healthy body that mostly does what I tell it to.
19. Link Love: Favorite Blogs
20. A Cause You’re Passionate About
The Lunch Project. I traveled to Tanzania with this crew back in January and over the summer my organization PlateShare funded their expansion to a second school site plus meals for all 900+ kids 1 day a week for one year. TLP sets up school lunch programs in rural schools in Tanzania. The food (corn porridge with goat milk) is locally grown, locally milled and prepared and served by local mamas who are paid for their work. It’s a beautiful model of sustainable hunger relief that: 1) uses local food, 2) increases student attendance at school, 3) improves student grades and progression to secondary school, 4) empowers women, and 5) educates kids in the US on global issues.
21. Another Outfit of the Day
I loved this romper in Vegas.
22. Songs on Repeat
I basically listen to Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour and Ed Sheeran’s X on repeat all day every day. When I’m feeling feisty I switch to Iggy Azalea Pandora.
23. Things You Want to Learn
I’m reading How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are and now I want to learn how to be parisienne. Typical.
24. Favorite Form of Exercise
Burn Boot Camp is rocking my world this month. It’s 45 minutes of circuit training with things like jumping rope, squats, sprints, kettlebell stuff, lunges, wall balls, abs, etc. I love it.
25. What You’re Reading Now
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. I saw a review on Man Repeller. It’s exceptionally terrible with occasional tidbits I enjoy and highlight like this life rule: Make it look effortless.
26. Top 5 Hobbies
I kind of only do the following things: read, yoga, cook, write, collect stray animals.
27. Celebrity Crush
Amal not George.
28. 10 Things That Make You Happiest
Nick. Falafel. Cats. Cooking. Waking up really early. Seeing my sister on the daily. Dropping temperatures (gasp!). My niece. Working out.
29. Five Favorite Foods
Veggie combo at Pita House (with hummus, tabbouleh, falafel and pita). That’s only one food. The other four are: peanut butter and jelly, roasted brussels sprouts, soup (of all kinds) and the vegan eggplant parmesan at Fern.
30. 30 Random Things About You
How about you tell me 30 things about you instead because this is officially out of control, hm?