Thursday, August 9, 2012

The August Agenda

Jot it down on a cute notepad
I'm a stubborn gal. Actually, I prefer tenacious. Can we just call it that? I think it sounds fancier and sugarcoats what's really just pig-headed. But what kind of imagery is that? 

I've noticed that when I go on the record with something, whether it's on the blog or to family and friends, I hold myself extra accountable. That's a good thing, right? But shouldn't I approach all facets of my life with such zeal and ambition? Ideally, yes. 

As a creature of habit, it's easy for me to cling to my old ways, and boy do I love a good routine! So, I thought I'd share a few things I hope to accomplish in the month of August. You'll notice that most of these aren't groundbreaking. In fact, the items on the list are fun and give me something to look forward to and try this month. 

As someone who occasionally adds things to her to-do list just so she can check them off -- you'll find that this month's agenda should be easily attainable. Baby steps, my friends! I'm trying to set myself up for success.

The August Agenda:
  1. Read Diane Keaton's book, Then Again. There's something absolutely intriguing about her!
  2. Doodle once a day for one full week. It relieves stress and recharges the creative juices. Need inspiration? Visit Grounded on the Daily.
  3. Jet Life: Flyboy pins on Captain. Woop Woop! This is kind of a gimme on the August Agenda, but it's something we've been looking forward to! I'm so proud of him and what he's accomplished so far. This calls for a celebration! Can you tell I'm excited by the number of exclamation points used?
  4. Invest in a navy blue blazer. It's a wardrobe staple, and I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to take the plunge. I'm thinking J.Crew's Schoolboy Blazer? Total shocker, I know!
  5.  Organize my make-up bag and purge any products I don't use.
  6. To run, or not to run? I'm not a runner bean, but I'm super intrigued by the nationwide event, Color Run. In fact, there's going to be one held in Honolulu this November. Could this be a sign? As someone who likes to keep things nice and tidy, there's an aspect of the Color Run that seems so invigorating and fun. It's practically art! The downside? You have to run. Flyboy LOVES to run, and I secretly wish I had the stamina to enjoy this hobby together. I haven't completely committed to doing it, but I'm considering it. Although this may seem like a cop out to some, this is a big step for me. I promise to report back later this month with my decision. Perhaps a fancy new pair of sneakers would help? Has anyone participated in the Color Run? Any running tips for non-runners? 
  7. Send snail mail to six different people. I haven't made time for this as much as I used to, and I hate that! If only my envelopes looked as pretty as this one...
  8. It's summer and I've yet to have an ice cream cone. What's wrong with me? I want a crunchy waffle cone and sticky knuckles -- from the melting ice cream, obvi!
  9. I've dabbled with Birchbox and Julep Maven, but I think I'd like to try Umba Box next. Who wouldn't love a surprise package of handmade goods at your doorstep? Who's with me? Get 10% off your first box with this code!
  10. We don't have a Chipotle on the island; it's a travesty! When I heard about BC Burrito, I got instantly excited. It seems to be the closest thing to our favorite chain on the island. Flyboy and I will definitely be testing out this restaurant sometime in August. It is decided.
  11. See Celeste and Jesse Forever. I love me some Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.
  12. See Hope Springs. I professed my love for Diane Keaton earlier. The only actress I love more? The lovely Meryl Streep!! To top it all off, the movie features my favorite funny man, Steve Carell. 
What's on your agenda this month? Anything you're looking forward to?

Happy Thursday, dear friends!
Toodles,
ANF

P.S. Meryl Streep will be in the WWHL Clubhouse tonight. You best believe I'll be tuning in! Heavenly.
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11 comments:

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Totally agree with number 1, got to read that book. And I'm also going through my makeup drawer, I have stuff that I haven't used in more than a year, yikes!

Kirsten said...

Brilliant list! I really love the idea of sending actual mail to people. And I'm so hearing you with the running thing!!

Jordon, The Messy One said...

I can't wait to see Celeste and Jesse Forever!!

Kristin Bee said...

1. Do you have a GoodReads account? http://www.goodreads.com/ This might help motivate you to read Diane Keaton's book in a timely manner. It's fun to plug in what page you're on and the website calculates what percentage of the book is finished. Plus, you can see reviews of books, list every book you've ever read, organize books onto virtual bookshelves, and connect with friends to see what they are reading.

6. I am not a runner either. However, the Couch to 5k workout is pretty great for nonrunners. Week One is simply walk for five minutes, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. The weeks increase in intensity from there.

Good luck with your August goals!

MsSecAF said...

Hey! Love your to do list and the idea of holding yourself accountable via blogging it!

On the running question, I did the Color Run and loved it! The one in Denver was packed and registration sold out months before - FYI. So, if you want to do it, I would decide early so you can get registered :D Also, since it was so packed the running pace was pretty slow and there were a lot of walkers. So, if it was your first 5k, there's not a really competitive feel to it.

When I first started running, I used the Couch to 5K. Fantastic way to start running. Now, I'm not so much about mileage and do out and back runs. I decide to run out for x amount of time and then when I get there, I run back to wherever I started from for the same amount of time. I would just say get some blood pumping playlists that you love! I'm a fan of the OK Go Treadmill Workout Mix: http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/ok-go-nike+-treadmill-workout/id388279151

Julia said...

You can do the running! Couch to 5K is definitely the best thing to get you into it since it combines the run/walk cycles.

At the Color Run I did more people walked it than ran it. It was actually hard to run because you were weaving in and out. Most people wanted to get the most of the color action so they were slowing down through the color stations and snapping pics along the course. Then again it was 90 degrees and there were 13,000 people there. I definitely think you can do it! Another benefit for first time runners is that the Color Run isn't timed so you won't feel pressured to be speedy. It truly is a fun time. Sign up!!!

Tangerines & Tulle said...

What a great list! We are kindred spirits! I have the J.Crew Schoolboy blazer-it literally goes with EVERYTHING. Easily one of my favorite items in my wardrobe! I also have been wanting to try the Umba box, but am a little hesitant because of the price tag-thank you for the coupon code!! anddd the color run!!! I have started a little program called the couch to 5k running program that eases non-runners into it, and am hoping it will help me participate in a color run as well!
Good luck with the list, hopefully we can motivate each other to keep running!

Haley said...

I am DYING to do the Color Run! sounds like such a fun time and have heard great things about it! you should do it!! Also, I've been wanting to try out Umba box too! Might just have to join you with the 10% off code:) Great list of to-do's for August!

Ellie Ediger said...

what a lovely list! I'm thinking about getting the blazer this month too but I'm thinking about going with the new camel color...
and yes DO THE COLOR RUN!! so so fun and I'm not much of a runner but I made it. :)

Katie said...

The Color Run sounds so fun! I hope I can find one near me to do ;) Also, I would suggest getting fitted for good running shoes (specialty running stores will do a gait analysis to help you buy shoes). I used to have shin splints and feet/knee problems, but my Brooks shoes have really helped with all of that.

Tommy said...

Yikes. My recent sidenote about penpals? If I'm one of the six mentioned in this post, please disregard. :)

Damn me and my tendency to not read posts in chronological order.