2012 goals : resources

Thought Number One: This afternoon I went for a run outside. I went for a run outside  in Rochester in January and I was not wearing a parka over 18 additional layers of clothing. This is because it was 50 degrees and the sun was shining…in Rochester, in January.

Apart from the fact that I haven’t watched a single episode of Friends OR Gilmore Girls all week long, stranger things have not happened.

(Also, let the record show that I’ve officially completed an outdoor run for the month of January (and loved every second of it). I think having a goal of running outside once a month throughout the winter is probably lame but probably as frequent as is realistic for someone who hates running outside in the cold, so therefore it’s reasonable and doable!)

Thought Number Two: Although I had lots of fun creating and sharing my 2012 plans, I’m ready to resume normal posting asap. (AKA…I’m ready to run on ad nauseum about what I ate for dessert dinner last night.) So here ends the 2012 goals series. From here on out you can expect to see the following:

  • Weekly Relational, Hungry, and Creative Posts
  • Monthly Compassionate, Intelligent, and In Rochester Posts
  • Seasonal Out of Rochester Posts
  • Faithful, Athletic, and Real Posts as they happen

You’ll also be getting lots of “Good Things” posts, which I’ve already started incorporating as a little preview of what’s to come. Basically, anything that makes me smile, think, cry, or beam will be featured in these sporadic posts.

I’m already loving this year and this new blog format.

Thought Number Three: I want you guys to have ambitious and full 2012’s too. So if you are in need of planning materials, feel free to peruse the few I’ve posted over on the Resources page. There are three PDF files (yearly, monthly, and daily worksheets) just waiting to be opened, saved, and filled with big ideas.

Happy 2012, everyone!

the (many) dailies : 11/9/11 – 11/12/11

Well…sometimes a week just swallows you whole! Here’s what’s been going down over the past few days:

daily word: These verses have been near and dear this week, Philippians 2:14-16:

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”

daily sweat: A little CrossFit here, a little running there, and a little bit of Arc Trainer just because I forgot how much I liked it!

daily dish: Piecing together random leftovers to make meals has been the name of the game this week. That, and these AMAZING cookies…which have been consumed enthusiastically since Thursday.

daily miles:

Day 65: like watching pavement-colored paint dry

Day 66: miscellany

Day 67: act justly, love mercy, walk humbly, eat chocolate

Day 68: the meat of the matter

(Somehow I managed to block Day 68 from my roadtrip memories…but now it’s back in all it’s gory glory.)

21 days: Surprisingly, fairly consistent! I’d say I’m 2.5/3 this week…with the .5 going to aforementioned baked goods and their enthusiastic consumption.

the dailies : 11.1.11

daily word: “31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one.” Romans 8:31-34

daily sweat: 6 mile run! again!

daily dish: I went to Moe’s for the first time tonight. Holy goodness! It won’t be the last time. Now truth be told, I’m a Chipotle loyalist for life, but I appreciate Moe’s customizable features to make things a bit healthier: the whole wheat wrap and junior size options, specifically.

daily mile:

Day 57: for halloween, i’m going to be a hermit

21 days: 3/3 today! 6 hours of sleep, healthy meals all day, and a long run!

the dailies : 10.19.11

daily word: Who knew there was wisdom lurking in the pages of a Berenstain Bears book? From the hallowed pages of Too Much Birthday, “The important thing is that you’re going to be six for a whole year and it’s up to you to make the most of it – to learn, to have fun, to grow in every way.”

daily sweat: 3 miles of speed intervals and a very short (seriously – 1 km) row. And a life lesson in the locker room: someone told me I motivated her to work harder on her run because she was watching me run intervals! Who knew?! This was a complete surprise to me because I kind of feel like Phoebe when I run and am definitely not athletically inspirational. But it was a great reminder that sometimes being committed is beneficial to other people and not just me. And also a great reminder to verbalize gratitude to people and not just think it; a stranger totally made my day by taking 10 seconds to talk to me. What a great workout day.

daily dish:

I wanted something light for dinner tonight because I wasn’t too hungry and it was late so I didn’t want to get into an elaborate cooking/cleaning process…and then I remembered bookmarking today’s Eat, Live, Run post. For good reason…

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts! Which was also perfect for tonight because for some reason I felt the need to buy Brussels sprouts on the stalk this weekend at the farmer’s market…and have no idea what I’m going to do with over a foot of sprouts. Maybe freeze them? Anyways, I took some creative liberties with the recipe because I also had a red onion and some goat cheese starring at me in the fridge, so I threw them into the party in the pan too. SO GOOD.

daily mile:

Day 44: green machine

(How weird is it that exactly one year ago, I also posted about Brussels sprouts?! Not that weird, since I wax poetic about them all the time, but still…)

inspired : 10.17.11

A day late and a dollar short…but better late than never. (How’s that for a fully cliched sentence?)

turning ideas into actions! from pinterest to real life

love these ideas for cheap, easy breakfasts

both of the above are from simple living media…i especially love simple bites!

has anyone ever used rock my run? i can’t wait to try it!

fall wishes from nat the fat rat

um, yes: mad hectic oatmeal

butternut squash anything makes me so happy

and…a new feature!…pin of the week:

the dailies : 10.6.11

daily word: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

daily sweat: 3 mile run, a quick weight circuit, and a walk up and down the hills of Kilimanjaro…or the local neighborhood, which, when pushing a stroller containing two toddlers, can make hills feel much larger than they actually are.

daily dish:


Oatmeal with apples, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar and a mug of Caramel Apple coffee from Leaf & Bean. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect fall breakfast?! But there must be something wrong with me…I wasn’t really that hungry today. That never rarely happens. So I opted for a cup of lemon zinger tea instead. It got the job done.
Soup and salad, and later some cinnamon graham pretzels.
Indian buffet from Wegmans, which is usually my go-to comfort food, but it didn’t do the trick tonight. Bummer! There may have been some cookies afterward. I’m never not hungry for cookies.
daily mile:
Day 30: catnap

the dailies : 9.16.11

Before we get started, can I tell you how much I love fall? I know I lament the never ending Rochester winters, but really, I love it when the colder weather starts to creep in. The chill in the air lends itself to sweaters and jeans and hot beverages and long walks. All of the best holidays are right around the corner. All of the best foods and flavors are in season…and we’ve already talked about all of the best candles being readily available. And if that weren’t enough, it’s football season! Could a better time of the year exist? I think not.

Today felt like the first crisp fall day, and I loved every second. I wore a sweater and went for a brisk run and was the freak driving with my windows down so I could feel/smell the fresh fall air while also blasting the heat so I could also be warm/cozy.

Oh, I love it.

Now if only local establishments would start serving hot apply cider. I know it’s technically still summer, but it’s practically fall. Let’s get with the program and help a sister out!

Other than being overly enamored by fall, I’m actually kind of short on news today. The daily word was (unfortunately) rushed and daily sweat was aforementioned 30 minute (glorious) run on the canal, but it was nothing to write home (or here) about. The daily dish was diverse to say the least, a little bit of a lot a healthy things and some unhealthy ones thrown in for good measure. The only news worth reporting is today’s daily mile, so here goes:

Day 12: the other half of day 11

Hope everyone had a great Friday!

inspired : 9.11.11

I just couldn’t leave this feature behind! So on Sundays, instead of a “dailies” post, I’ll post an inspired list, as per tradition. Here are this week’s picks:

who would have thought the season opener could be BETTER than anticipated?! go pack go!

cracks me up every time…

and every time i hear bart scott’s name, i see think of this

things that matter beyond football

another thing that matters : girls on the run

totally loving Cookstr

what’s more fun than outdoor movies?

can’t wait to make this parfait

this will come in handy! emergency substitution list for baking

amazing photos in this year’s international photography awards

love these two posts from nat the fat rat

the dailies : 9.10.11

Today is a day that will live in abundant detail in a future blog post. But for now…

daily word: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17

daily sweat: 20 minute run, 2 hours of couch lifting/moving, 40 minute walk on the canal

daily dish:

oh my land…good food was everywhere today.


Oatmeal with peaches, banana, walnuts, and brown sugar.


Dogtown! I went for the Schnauzer…great decision.


Possibly the most colorful dinner I’ve had all summer, and a delicious one! Vegetable taco and fruit salad with yogurt, courtesy of Wegmans.


My pantry. Seriously…there was a copious amount of dessert-eating going on tonight. I’m blaming it on all the couch-moving calories!

daily mile:

Day 6: third world reflections

the dailies : 9.9.11

daily word: “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT)

daily sweat: No extra time for fluff today! Just a quick 10 minute row and 20 minute hill workout (that kicked my rear, I might add).

daily dish: No extra time for regular meals today!


A PB&J on an Ezekiel muffin and a Blueberry Larabar…perfect!


Curried brown rice pilaf with pan-fried tofu. Curry is such a good comfort food. Love it.

Also had 1/2 a peach, a prune plum, and many, many things covered in chocolate.

daily mile:

I love this post…especially after last night’s win!

Day 5: go pack go