36 in 365 days

Life Lately: 36 in 365 days update

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Life has been pretty busy recently, but I’m excited that I’ve been making progress with my list of 36 in 365 days goals that I started in October 2015. I’ve so far accomplished 10, with 26 to go! Here’s a recap of three goals I recently completed:

  1. Run 3 organized races, of any length: This past weekend I ran the St. Michael’s Running Festival Half Marathon! It rained the entire time (seriously) and was chilly, but I had a lot of fun. I felt so much better than when I ran my first half marathon, and beat my goal of 2 hours. I previously ran the Baltimore Half Marathon in October 2015 and a 5K in Sunset Beach on New Years Day. I’ve already registered for another half marathon in the fall that I’m going to run with my brother-in-law.
  2. Read 36 books: This has been one of my favorite goals accomplished. I’ve really gotten back into reading. I love it. Looking through my list of books read, I’ve definitely gone through phases from business books, running books, memoirs etc. One of the my favorite books that I’ve read recently is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It focuses on factory farming, and has stuck with me. His descriptions and overview of the food we eat really makes you think. I haven’t eaten meat for about a month now and definitely have this book to thank for giving me a better understanding and appreciation for the things we eat. Everyone who eats (so everyone) should read this book!
  3. Go home 4 times: After realizing that I only went home twice last year, for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I made it a priority to go home more this year. While I see my family at the beach, at my brother’s, or on other trips, there is something about going home that is really special. I went home kind of spontaneously for my mom’s birthday a couple weeks ago, which was the fourth time this year, and I’m so glad that I did! It was fun to have a long weekend to just hang out with my parents.
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New Years Resolutions: 36 Things in 365 Days

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It’s back to reality after an amazing week at home with family for Christmas and a long weekend at the beach with L for New Years. It went by fast and I didn’t want it to end, but I’m also excited for what 2016 has in store.

Every January, lots of people (including myself) make resolutions only to break them a few weeks later. This year, I wanted to do something different.

Back in October I made a list of 36 things I wanted to do in the next 365 days, which I am tracking here. The list includes things like traveling, trying new things and saving money. When I first thought of the idea, I was going to wait and start in January, but decided there was no reason not to get started then. I’m excited to try and accomplish as many things on the list as I can, which I will occasionally blog about here.

So far, I’ve completed 3 things and made progress on some others.

Donate blood: Donating blood was not bad at all (though there was a moment I thought I was going to faint). I had never done it before, and will definitely do it again. It’s pretty cool that a simple thing like this can make a big difference.

Travel to a new city: Back in November, L and I traveled to the suburbs of Chicago to celebrate L’s nephew’s first birthday. We also spent a day in Milwaukee, which I had never visited. Even though it was bitterly cold, we had a fun time walking around the city and seeing some interesting things. Also ate some great Pakistani food!

Leave a 100% tip for great service: L and I ate at the restaurant she used to work at in high school and tipped our waitress, who has worked there for a long time and is always really friendly, 100%. It felt good to recognize her hard work in a small way.

 

Do you have any new years resolutions? Consider making a 36 in 365 days list, and let me know if you do!

 

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Dear Zachary Documentary

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This is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. It will probably bring you to tears. It’s incredibly sad, but uplifting in it’s own way. The end is a complete twist.

Shortly after Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered, his ex-girlfriend gave birth to their child, Zachary. One of Andrew’s close friends created Dear Zachary, compiling interviews with friends and family, to serve as a cinematic scrapbook for his son to watch when he’s older.

That’s all I’ll say about the plot. Don’t read more online – just watch it (available on netflix)! I went into it not knowing anything about it, and I’m glad I did.

AFTER you’ve watched the documentary, check out this short video to see how the movie was made and what happened after it was released. Pretty interesting.

I always enjoy watching a good documentary. Let me know if you have any good suggestions! For my 36 in 365 challenge, I set out to watch at least three, so I still need to watch two more…

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Recently Read: Reunion

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I loved this book. The characters and story sucked me in right from the beginning. It was funny, honest and raw.

Kate, a thirty-something screenwriter facing marriage and debt problems, returns home to Atlanta after her estranged father commits suicide. She’s joined by her two siblings, who struggle with their own issues, and eventually, their multiple step-moms and half-siblings.

Experiencing this difficult life moment together triggers Kate and her two siblings to confront their situations and get their lives back in order. Set over a four-day weekend, comical, painful moments ensue.

Sound familiar? This dysfunctional family reunion reminded me (in a good way!) of This is Where I Leave You. Both are two of my favorite books.

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Recently Read: We Were Liars

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As part of my 36 in 365 days challenge, I set a goal to read 36 books. I plan to review some of my favorites here. First up: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

I read about this book online a while back, took a picture of it on my phone, (am I the only one who does this to remember things?) and then forgot about it completely. I remembered it weeks later, and found it in the library in the Young Adult section. I was a little worried it might be too childish, but decided to give it a try.

I’m glad I did. It was a fun, quick read (it took me two days), that draws you in right away. The end was a total surprise. I really did not see it coming.

It’s definitely a book you want to talk about with someone after reading (which is why I convinced my mom and L to read it). This Goodreads discussion board (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) was interesting to read afterwards, as was going back and rereading certain sections to see how everything fit together.

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