To Do

I started this page on January 1, 2012 as a way to stay focused. I’m a big believer in putting your goals out there; it holds you accountable. It also made 2012 a super fun and successful year, so I decided to continue this for 2013. Wish me luck!


1-Move to Brooklyn.

Done! Best move!

2-Run 6 races.

1-Hot Chocolate 10k

2-New York City Half Marathon

3-Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k

After the half, I kind of was over run-ed out for a bit. Goal to run another half in 2014. 

3-Be a vegan for 28 days (doing this 28 Day Challenge with work, eeeek)


4-Bake a pie from scratch.

Apple pie with a lattice top- delish!

5-Go to a farm to pick my own produce (and make something delicious with it!)

Milk Pail Farm and Orchard

6-Volunteer with a food relief organization.

Food Not Bombs- everyone should do this at some point, amazing experience! 

7-Visit my friend Danielle in Pittsburgh.

Flight booked for January 2014!

8-Apply to open the Whole Foods Market-Gowanus store as its Community Liaison.

Applied, got the position, opened the store! 

9-Take a mixology class.

No formal classes, but lots of my own mixology. Like, here.

10-Keep up the yoga, baking and reading from 2012!

Done and done. Also did some rock climbing and kayaking. 


1-Bake at least one awesome thing each month and share it with someone(s) to show them I appreciate them.

January: Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies for my awesome team at work, Tiramisu for my dad’s birthday and Pecan Pumpkin Glazed Donuts for my family.

February: Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies (sub flour for 1/2 sorghum flour and 1/2 potato starch to make them gluten free) for a co-worker’s birthday and Brown Sugar Banana Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream for my cousin’s birthday.

March: Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies  (these have become very popular) for another co-worker’s birthday, Orange-Thyme Biscotti for my friend’s birthday and Spanakopita, Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Scones (sub sunflower butter for peanut butter and add half a cup of chocolate chips) and Banana Oatmeal Cookies (sub 1/2 flour for oats) for my family.

April: Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies (think it’s time for a new standard over here) for my co-workers.

May: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes and Pistachio-Orange Biscotti for my brother and cousin’s birthday dinner.

June: Engine 2’s Mighty Muffins (I baked these in doughnut-shaped tins for myself and my dad. They don’t taste like doughnuts.), Key Lime Pound Cake and Plum and Peach Crisp for Father’s Day.

July: Kale chips for… everything.

August: PB&J Thumbprint Cookies for my team.

September: Snicker-Chip-Doodle Cookies for my team and Carrot-Walnut Breakfast Muffins for breakfast (duh).

October: Spiced Chocolate Muffins for my mom and I pre-Sandy (made up the recipe for this one) and Halloween Candy Cookies for my family post-Sandy.

November: Gingerbread Men (it’s a biscotti recipe but works for gingerbread men, promise!) for my family and Cappuccino Biscotti with Almonds for my team.

December: White Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti (no pecans) for my ass-kickin’ team and Baklava for Christmas.

2-Run the Snowflake 4 Mile Race in February 2012.


3-Run a 5K

Alright, so somehow I didn’t run an actual 5K race, but I probably ran 3.1 miles 31+ times in 2012. So that’s that.

4-Run a 10K: The Long Island Marathon’s 10K in May 2012.


5-Learn to play one song on the guitar by March April 2012 after the triathlon.

Accomplished! Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

6-Read one book per month.

January: “Setting the Table” by Danny Meyer

February: “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and half of “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall

March: The other half of “Born to Run”

April: “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain

May: Read lots of Thought Catalog on the train, but I don’t think that counts.

June: “The Lean” by Kathy Freston

July: “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman

August: “A Life Without Limits” by Chrissie Wellington

September: No reads. Lame-o.

October: “How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking” by Nigella Lawson

November: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

December: “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling

7-Practice yoga atleast 4 times per month.

January: 1/8, 1/15, 1/21, 1/25, 1/28

February: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/21, 2/23, 2/25, 2/26, 2/29

March: 3/4, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28

April: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/22

May: 5/2, 5/16, 5/28, 5/31

June: 6/6, 6/11, 6/18, 6/27

July: 7/16, 7/25, 7/27

August: 8/6, 8/8

September: 9/5, 9/10, 9/14, 9/19

October: 10/8, 10/17, 10/20, 10/22

November: 11/14, 11/19, 11/26

December: 12/7, 12/10, 12/17

8-Go on an adventure by December 2012.

Austin, Texas April 2012!

9-Make a college scrapbook by April 2012 after the triathlon.


10-Compete in Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure in July 2012.



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