Friday Favorites

Currently:

Eating: A bowl of popcorn and half of a chocolate donut (while cranking out a deck for work, in the 12th hour)
Drinking: Chai Roobios  to wind down at night, but my day time love affair is homebrewed coffee (in my Owl mug) and a long glug of 1% or soymilk with cocoa powder.

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Wearing: Dresses. Everyday. Long sleeves and tights to make the wind bearable.
Crafting: A T-shirt quilt, but this time for me 🙂

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Listening: The Book of Mormon Broadway Musical Soundtrack. Hello!
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Working Out: End of the workday Tone it Up workouts with my co-worker and long runs with friends on Saturdays.

Anticipating: Visiting one of my very best friends in L.A. this weekend. Hi, Lindsay!

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“Sunrise” Run #8:00AM

What are you currently anticipating?

 

Cheers!

~Michelle

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Week in Review

“Snap your fingers, do your step, you can do it all by yourself”

*Snap* and just like that, it’s Monday!

Lil John may be referring to getting down on the dance floor, but I’m using his song as motivation to get my step on and out the door to work.

This past weekend marks the beginning of the new year (because, let’s be real, Jan 1-3 is still Holidaze recovery). My friends and I got it together early this week to plan our first “long” run Saturday morning and post-run brunching.

At the crack of 10AM we met at the waterfront and cranked out 3 foggy miles. We walked to BraveHorse Tavern to join our non-running friends. We ordered our traditional Saturday brunches omelets, French toasts, Bloody Marys, and an Irish coffee.

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Week 1! Run 1!

My afternoon was spent at home reading,  Netflixing,  baking, and a nap. At 8pm I couldn’t ignore my activity tracker any longer to “take some steps” I walked to Menchies and picked up frozen yogurt, probably not what my fitness tracker meant when it buzzed to make me move.

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Sunday I met my Tone It Up Seattle girls for a lap around Greenlake. I then bolted back to downtown to enter to win The Book of Mormon tickets with my friend,. 2nd time is the charm! WE WON! Front row $25 tickets.

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We laughed until we cried. We can’t pick a favorite part of the show, everything is hilarious. Brother Price singing, “Mostly me,” Brother Arnold consistently making up new names for the village’s daughter, “Turn it off” Pure gold. Go see it! Listen to the soundtrack!

My only advice, is, if you’re easily offended, stay far far away from this show.

Workout Recap:
Monday: I’ve actually forgotten….
Tuesday: TIU Arms
Wednesday: TIU Total Body
Thursday: TIU cardio/ Total Body
Friday: Leg
Saturday 3 mile run + walk to and from the waterfront
Sunday: 2.85 miles + walking downtown

Update on New Year Goals:

Car: No improvement, but has not declined.
Desk: Moderately clean, has not declined.

 

Cheers!

Michelle

 

 

New Year and New Goals

I’m a huge advocate for  setting a new year resolution. If you asked me last year what my goals were I would pull out my planner, flip to page four, move three sticky notes, and show you the nine goals I set out to achieve.

Below these goals were step by step process’ to move the goals from a vision to an achievement. Using my Passion Planner as a guide, I created a SMART plan, something teachers often only imagine their students to do in the future. Do I get a gold star in life??

S- specific
M- measurable
A- attainable
R-relevant
T-timebound

Looking at the definition of “SMART”, my goals were within the guidelines, but I had TOO MANY aspirations in one go! PROBLEM!

Read 12 books
Workout 5 times a week
Take 2 classes…etc

Yes, all of these are achievable, but it takes time to form a habit or to replace an old with a new.

In light of the new year and creating new goals/habits I am only looking to tweak to things.

  1. Keep my desk clean.
    1. Thou shall not leave clothing on desk.
    2. Thou shall leave only work or personal “work” (bills/books/notebooks) on desk
    3. Thou shall tidy desk 1-2 times per week (Sundays)
  2. Clean out my car trunk/backseat
    1. Thou shall leave only 1 jacket, 1 water bottle, and one tin of almonds in the car at all times.
    2. Thou shall inspect car once during the last week of every month.
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6:29AM at Gasworks Park. One of my other “secret” goals.

Studies show that a clean desk improves productivity, but studies show that a messy desk allows the “creative juices to flow.” Nobel prize winners “cultivate” that messy desks aid to their work. I’m looking for the happy balance.

In addition, to those to lifestyle changes I have a few other items on my list I’d like to pursue, but it has often been said to keep your true goals to yourself.

Watch this TED Talk about keeping personal goals to yourself.

Cheers!

Happy New Year!

~Michelle