December Goals/2012 Wrap Up

New Year’s Eve? Really? That’s the year folks! I can’t even believe it. I’m saving my 2013 goals for another post, as this one feels like it’s gonna be a long one already. I hope that you and yours have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and that 2013 brings you nothing but the best!

Let’s revisit December!

  • Listen to Christmas music I listened all the time. In the car, while I was cooking, and at work. I never really considered myself a Christmas person, but I’ve been really into it this year.  I don’t like the radio type Christmas songs with the exception of a few (“Baby it’s Cold Outside” and “Sleigh Ride” come to mind), but I do like all the Christmas carols like “O Holy Night” “O Come all ye Faithful” “Gloria” “Carol of the Bells” and “Little Drummer Boy” so I found a great Pandora station for that. And I can’t forget the absolutely amazing Carol Sing!

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  • Set up our own tree and string some lights. I love our little tree. I’ve never had a fake tree before, but I have to say, it’s much easier! We ordered it on Amazon and it came put together and pre lit! You still get that warm, fuzzy feeling when all the lights are off and the tree is on, but without all the needles! It looks better at night, and yes, that is a mouse atop our tree. We had to borrow one of the cats’ toys because it looked so sad with nothing. Maybe next year we’ll actually get ornaments…

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  • Get my Christmas shopping/shipping/wrapping done early. I ordered everything but the stocking stuffers and a gift card online. My Amazon Prime membership has already paid for itself for the year.
  • Run a holiday 5k  Chris and I ran the Jersey City Jingle Bell 5k! Chris PR’ed!
  • Toast Cameron’s engagement Yay Cam!! She got engaged a couple weeks after the hurricane, and I couldn’t be happier for her and Rich. We took her out for dinner and drinks and got to hear the whole fabulous tale!
  • Visit the tree we never had the time for this one. It was a very busy (and wet) holiday season, and we just never made it in to the city to see that big tree. Don’t worry though, I think they put it up anyway.
  • Kiss under some mistletoe  not done. I guess people don’t do this anymore because there was no mistletoe to be found. Bah humbug! Still, we kissed elsewhere, so I think we’re good.
  • Run a 15k Ran the Ted Corbitt 15k in Central Park!

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  • Drink a peppermint mocha!- Nope but I did drink my share of Gingerbread Lattes… yum!
  • Throw a NYE party! It’s in the works! No stopping us now. Details to follow
  • Set some 2013 goals!  and they’re coming soon!

And I wrapped up my goals for the year too!

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness I think I topped out at 18. Not bad at all.
  • Pay off my car– 
  • Donate 24 hours of my time-This was probably closer to 30.
  • Run 2 half marathonsRutgers Unite and Newport!
  • Learn 3 new skills I think I learned like 8 baby skills. I can’t say I’m walking away from 2012 proficient in anything groundbreaking, but at least I tried some new things.
  • Read 12 books I think I’ll finish the year with 17. Check some of them out here!

And this year’s total mileage comes to… 675! Maybe next year we’ll break 700.

It’s been a really good year. I can’t believe all I managed to fit in twelve little months. I won’t do a full recap because there’s just too much and I don’t want to leave anything out, but some of the highlights for me were …

Visiting my grandparents in Florida

Running the Rutgers Half

Doing the 5 Borough Bike Tour

Celebrating Chris’ birthday

Celebrating our One Year Anniversary!

Disney World!

Making new wonderful friends

Taking the ferry to Sandy Hook, NJ 

GERMAN ADVENTURE!

Running the Newport Half

Visiting Philly

Moving into our new apartment

Pumpkin and Apple Picking

Friendsgiving

and

Christmas

This year had some low points too, of course, but I found myself with so very much to be thankful for. Wonderful friends and family (a much more geographically close family this year!) as well as the love of my life who make the fun times funner and the tough times lighter and the two little monsters made this year the best yet, and while I’m sad to see it go, I’m even more excited to find out what 2013 has in store. It may not all be great, but with the people I love by my side, I feel ready to weather whatever storms are in store.

Love and light. Happy New Year!

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November Wrap Up/December Goals

Ok people. We’re in the home stretch. Time to get these goals done before it’s too late. And don’t even get me started on 2013 goals. I. Have. No. Idea. None.

An update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– Done! 17 as of last month.
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time-22 hours in, 2 hours to go. I had a few conference calls and a whole lotta emails to answer regarding Alpha Chi this month, and I’m counting those hours. I have a group meeting on Sunday, and I’m planning a retreat for January, so I have no doubt that I’ll get these done.
  • Run 2 half marathons– Done! Rutgers Unite and Newport!
  • Learn 3 new skills– Done! Um… I learned to take the ferry to NY when the train was down. Does that count?? Sure it does! 8 skills! This was a stupid goal I think. I need to get more specific next year.
  • Read 12 books– Done! I’m up to 16 after The Paris Wife and Gone Girl. I don’t think there could be two more different books with female leads in the universe. It made for an interesting literary month.

Miles run- 55 for a total of 622 for the year. 

In November I:

  • Got my life back together following a very tumultuous October and really just relaxed and recharged.
  • Celebrated Friendsgiving and spent first Thanksgiving in Queens with Chris and his family
  • Got back to Book Club
  • Celebrated Meg’s birthday!
  • Found a new favorite restaurant
  • Studied for CIA Exam Part III
  • Ran my first Turkey Trot!
  • Tried Crossfit
  • Went to a Rutgers football game!
  • Celebrated Travis’ birthday with a little Barcade Philly action

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I guess this is also the end of the road for My Fall To Do List:

  • Apple Picking Done! Had a blast!
  • Applesauce makin’ and Apple Pie bakin’ Done! Though it was an apple crisp really
  • My 1st Pumpkin Latte of the season Done! Thoroughly enjoyed the Monday morning after the Newport Half. It was my little treat to myself, and it was perfect.
  • Baking pumpkin muffins – NOT DONE
  • Drive upstate to check out the foliage and a new to us town – NOT DONE
  • Running the HoBOOken Halloween 5k Done! So much fun!!

  • Making an amazing gluten free side dish to bring to Thanksgiving– Done! I made this with a little green onion and veggie broth and it was awesome!
  • Making a donation to our local food bank before Thanksgiving– Done! I donated to Iron Monkey’s Thanksgiving Dinner for community members in need.
  • Watching the Nightmare before Christmas- NOT DONE so sad.
  • Running in Central Park- NOT DONE
  • Hiking!- NOT DONE
  • Visiting the Met- NOT DONE

Not super great, huh? Fall got away from me this year.

In December I want to:

  • Go to the Newark Choir Sing
  • Visit the tree
  • Set up our own tree and string some lights
  • Kiss under some misteltoe
  • Get my Christmas shopping/shipping/wrapping done early
  • Host Christmas? More on that later…
  • Drink a peppermint mocha!
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Set some 2013 goals!
  • Throw a NYE party!
  • Run a 15k
  • Run a holiday 5k
  • Toast Cameron’s engagement

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How is your December going to be dazzling?

October Wrap Up (better late than never?)

Happy Friday! You wouldn’t  think I’d need a 3 day weekend after a week long break from work, but I think all the stress is only now beginning to hit me, so I’m exhausted and desperate for some R&R. My mom and littlest sister surprised me by announcing that they’re visiting this weekend!! We don’t have anything planned yet, but I’m sure it’ll be a good time!

Obviously, I was a little distracted around the end of October but I want to keep tracking my goal progress through the end of the year, so I’m wrapping up the month now. It’ll be short and sweet because it kind of feels silly a this point, but here goes!

An update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– Done! 16 as of last month. I’m sure I did nice things in October, but I can’t really think of any at the moment, which I guess means I’m due.
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time-18 hours in, 6 hours to go. I didn’t really work with the Alpha Chi’s very much last month. Things were a bit hectic, and they’ve got a lot going on. Chris and I are hoping to do at least one service project on the Jersey Shore and one on Staten Island.
  • Run 2 half marathons– Done! Rutgers Unite and Newport!
  • Learn 3 new skills– Done! I’m gonna go ahead and count learning to cook with tea lights as a skill so 7!
  • Read 12 books– Done! I’m up to 14 since I finished reading Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings. I didn’t do a full review of it and probably won’t as there’s just too much to talk about, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I will say this: I was kind of disappointed. The first was so compelling and had me on the edge of my seat. This time, I kept waiting for a big surprise; then the whole thing just ended. I had to double check on the internet because I was sure my Kindle must not have downloaded the full book. Nope. It just ends. Everyone says the third book is off the heezy (actually, no one says that) so I’m hoping this was just filler to bridge the gap between the first and third.

Miles run- 51 for a total of 567 for the year. 

In October I:

In November I plan on: (my goals for November were going to include no more vicious acts by Mother Nature, but I forgot about Wednesday’s Nor’easter, Athena. Oops)

  • Savoring the rest of the season before it slips away
  • Really truly remembering all that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
  • Spending my first Thanksgiving with Chris and his family (and my first Thanksgiving away from mine)
  • Getting back to Book Club- this month is The Paris Wife
  • Studying for CIA Exam Part III (I went out of order)
  • Running my first Turkey Trot!
  • Building my mileage back up a little bit

My Fall To Do List is a little sad, as we seem to have transitioned from Summer to Hurricane Season to Winter, but the temps are supposed to turn around this weekend, so there’s still time. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Apple Picking Done! Had a blast!
  • Applesauce makin’ and Apple Pie bakin’ Done! Though it was an apple crisp really
  • My 1st Pumpkin Latte of the season Done! Thoroughly enjoyed the Monday morning after the Newport Half. It was my little treat to myself, and it was perfect.
  • Baking pumpkin muffins 
  • Drive upstate to check out the foliage and a new to us town 
  • Running the HoBOOken Halloween 5k Done! So much fun!!

  • Making an amazing gluten free side dish to bring to Thanksgiving
  • Making a donation to our local food bank before Thanksgiving
  • Watching the Nightmare before Christmas
  • Running in Central Park
  • Hiking!
  • Visiting the Met

Any other suggestions for fun fall festivities??

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What about you? How will you make this fall fantastic?

September Wrap Up and October Goals

It’s October! What a month! Sweaters and jeans and boots and pumpkins and apple pies and perfect running weather. October is kind of great.

Here’s an update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– Done! 16 actually. Look at me now.
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time-16 hours in, 8 hours to go. This is really just a rough estimate. With fall recruitment going on at Alpha Chi Omega, I feel as if every free moment is time donated to the sorority, but that’s probably not the case. Still, I can’t imagine how the collegians are doing it AND going to classes. Amazing. They amaze me.
  • Run 2 half marathons– Done! Rutgers Unite and Newport!This makes me so happy. I listed this mostly as a pipe dream thinking that there was no way I’d find the time to consistently train for two half marathons in one year, so I’m really thrilled that I made it happen. 
  • Learn 3 new skills– Done! Um, zero this month that I can think of. How sad is that? I’ve been studying a lot for my CIA certification exam so it’s not like I haven’t been learning, but it’s not exactly a skill, so the total stands at 6.
  • Read 12 books– Done! I’m up to 13 since I finished The Beach Trees. Currently, I’m reading Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings. So good. So addicting, but long, so, between that and studying, I probably won’t be reading nearly as many books for the rest of this year.

Miles run- 71 for a total of 515.87 for the year. 

In October I’m looking forward to:

  • Devouring some Monk’s mussels and craft beers (as well as probably more than our share of late night Wawa goodies) when we visit Travis and Laura in Philly!
  • A relaxing (but study filled) Columbus Day
  • Destroying my CIA Part IV exam (please think happy thoughts for me on the morning of 10/15)
  • Checking out NYC Food & Wine’s Meatpacking Uncorked (terrible name, hopefully fun event!) with Debbie and Mike!
  • Celebrating Moshi’s first birthday! Yay baby cat!
  • Moving to our new deluxe apartment in the sky!
  • Hopefully catching some of the Rutgers Homecoming game on the interwebs. It’s the same weekend as the move. boo 😦
  • Getting more than 3 trick or treaters (fingers crossed). Our new apartment is right next to the elevator, so I’m hoping we actually get a good turnout. I love Halloween and all the adorable little trick or treaters make my night.

I didn’t make too much progress on my fall to-do list, but that’s because it hasn’t really felt like fall around here. This is the first week where temperatures have actually been cool enough to justify fall clothes, so I haven’t had much motivation to do fall things. Still, I always wait too long to do thinks like apple picking since once it’s cold out, it’s too late. Not this year. This year, the apples are mine

  • Apple Picking
  • Applesauce makin’ and Apple Pie bakin’
  • My 1st Pumpkin Latte of the season thoroughly enjoyed the Monday morning after the Newport Half. It was my little treat to myself, and it was perfect.
  • Baking pumpkin muffins
  • Drive upstate to check out the foliage and a new to us town
  • Running the HoBOOken Halloween 5k

  • Making an amazing gluten free side dish to bring to Thanksgiving
  • Making a donation to our local food bank before Thanksgiving
  • Watching the Nightmare before Christmas
  • Running in Central Park
  • Hiking!
  • Visiting the Met

Any other suggestions for fun fall festivities??

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What about you? How will you make this fall fantastic?

July Wrap Up and August Goals

I love August. Both my sister’s birthdays are in August (they’re actually the same day 11 years apart. how cool is that?), and I know it sounds crazy, but I love the dog days of summer. I like the heat. Bring it on.

Here’s an update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– Done! Obviously, I’ll keep doing these, but I’m so happy I was able to achieve this goal. Felt good doing it!
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time-6 hours in, 18 hours to go. I’ve been working more with my sorority, but it’s hard to gauge the time commitment. I’m going to say that I probably spent about 4 hours this month reading and responding to emails and planning our initial retreat. Said retreat is this month, so I expect even more hours in August.
  • Run 2 half marathons– Not yet. We’re still halfway there, and I know that I said we’d run the Jersey Shore Half, but there’s actually a change of plans. This summer has been jam packed with so many fun things, which is amazing, but it also means that we’ve been busy almost every single night and weekend. That’s not really conducive to a training plan. Chris and I gave it a shot and stuck with the plan for two weeks, but once we realized that we were just stressing ourselves out, we decided to change course. We’re still running, but we’re not on a training plan, and we’re hoping to find a half marathon in late November which should allow us to start training in September. Any ideas??
  • Learn 3 new skills– 0 this month for a total of 5. That doesn’t feel right, so I’m hoping I just forgot something, but if I can’t remember it, it probably wasn’t too important anyway.
  • Read 12 books– Done! This month I finished Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (review coming soon!) for a total of 12 books for the year. I skipped a book club selection for the first time ever and felt like a total rebel, and I’m inclined to skip this month too because Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet seems wildly depressing, but it also looks interesting, so maybe I’ll give it a go. Chris just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and can’t stop raving about it, so that’s definitely on my “to-read” list as well.

Miles run- 55.3 for a total of 367.87 for the year. (plus 69 miles biked in July!)

Don’t think I forgot about my summer goals and bucket list either!

  • Get thee to yoga!- Totally gotten! I tried both rooftop yoga and outdoor yoga in Hoboken for a total of 4 hours yoga’d. That means I went once a week, every week this month. Go me! I can notice a difference too. Not only do I feel more flexible and stable on my runs, but I also feel more relaxed and grounded. I’m so glad that I went when I did because now I feel like I can really appreciate and enjoy the rest of summer.
  • Explore Jersey City

  • Take a hike- No hikes yet, but I did find this great resource for finding potential spots to hike around New York and New Jersey, so I’m more excited than ever to check it out.

  • Get to the beach!!- Done! A few weekends ago, Chris and I went to Long Branch, NJ. We ran along the boardwalk, got lunch and lounged on the beach. The traffic and parking situation were miserable, but it’s always worth it after that first moment when you sink your toes into the sand and just listen to the waves crashing all around you. I love the beach, and I love New Jersey.

Don’t think I forgot about my Summer Bucket List either!

  • Check out Groove on Grove

  • Visit the Central Park Zoo
  • Go to a Mets game
  • Run a small town 5k
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Bike from WTC, back to NJ over the George Washington Bridge oh we definitely did this one!

  • Dust off my passport

  • Watch the sunset with that favorite boy of mine

Not bad at all, and we’ve still got a month of summer left! I don’t have any August specific goals (I think I’ve set quite enough already), so I think I’ll just keep ticking away at these. Any goal list that includes “go eat ice cream” is fine by me.

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Now tell me, how to you plan to make August awesome?

June Wrap Up and July Goals

June, as always, flew by. It was a busy month what with the wedding, my family’s visit and our trip to Orlando . It was all wonderful stuff, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to a more relaxed July.

I’ve got a lot to look forward to this month too. We’ve got the fourth, of course, I don’t really have the vacation time to make it a true holiday, but it will definitely be a nice way to break up the work week. We’ve got another wedding, but this one is actually in the same state! We’re right in the thick of the dog days of summer, but I’m loving it. Bring on the sun.

As for my goals, they’re moving along quite nicely too.

Here’s an update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– 10 down, 2 to go! I’ve been focusing mostly on doing things for my friends and family, but I’m going to see if I can direct these last two towards strangers. You know, pay it forward.
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time– FINALLY DONATED 2 HOURS! I have been making no progress on this goal since January, but once I revised my volunteer plan of action, I finally donated 2 hours of my time this month. I hosted a weekend brunch meet and greet/training session for the other advisors on my advisory board, and it went really well! I was so nervous to host people in my home and try and show them the ropes on a project I was just beginning to understand myself, but it became much more of a collaborative group discussion, and we really got some great ideas for the coming year.
  • Run 2 half marathons– Not yet. Still just halfway there, but it’s looking very much like our fall half marathon is going to be… The Jersey Shore Half Marathon in Sandy Hook, NJ 0n September 30.

Half start

Look at all those happy, Jersey runners. Given that we’re doing so much travelling this year, I’m really happy that this will also be the year of Jersey marathons! I love to rep my home state.

  • Learn 3 new skills– 1 more this month for a total of 5! Look at me blowing my goal out of the water. I learned to tie a bow tie at the Miami wedding this month, and it was no small task, so I’m very happy about that.

  • Read 12 books– This month I finished The Night CircusLove the One You’re With and Atlas Shrugged for a total of 11 books for the year. I’ve been reading Atlas Shrugged (very stop and go) since January, so it might be a while before I can figure out a way to coherently review it. The book is over 1,000 pages, so it’s safe to say, I’ll have a lot to talk about.

Miles run 40.37 for a total of 312.57 for the year. This is my lowest mileage month is a while, but I don’t mind. I’ve been recharging my brain and body, and I feel really ready to tackle half marathon training again.

My Summer Goals are and continue to be

  • Get thee to yoga!

I went once, and it was awesome, so I’m totally pumped to go back many more times.

  • Explore Jersey City

My yoga experience actually helped me explore a part of JC I hadn’t seen before, but there’s still a few new to me places I’d like to tick off my list this summer.

  • Take a hike

  • Get to the beach!!

I’ve actually found myself thinking of a lot of little summery things I’d like to do, so I put together a Summer Bucket List, that I’ll have up soon. Fall is nice, and I like the holidays, but there’s just something so wonderful about the summertime.

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What goals to you have to make this a jubilant July?


May Wrap Up and June Goals

Wow! Where did May go?? Seriously, that was just the quickest month of the year. I’m hiding in the shade like the ginger I am soaking up the sun in Miami, but don’t think I forgot about my goals.

Here’s an update on my progress for my yearly goals:

  • Complete 12 random acts of kindness– I did one randomly kind act in May, so I’m at 9 currently.
  • Pay off my car– Done!
  • Donate 24 hours of my time– None, but I finally get to share my new strategy for this below!
  • Run 2 half marathons– Just one so far, the Rutgers Half Marathon. Still working on deciding what our fall half should be. I’m still pulling for Bird in Hand, but it’s up to Chris.
  • Learn 3 new skills– I’m up to 2! Chris taught me to take the wheels off my bike (when we did the Bike New York Tour) which makes transporting it a lot easier, and makes me feel like a super pro!
  • Read 12 books– I only read one book in May bringing me to 8. I guess it was a really busy month because I had been averaging two, but I only finished The Help.  I’m still reading the Night Circus, and still totally torn on my feelings about it. I’m finally at the point where I really want to finish it to find out what happens, but it’s going to be a very difficult review to write.

Miles run for April were 61.2 (down from April’s 67) for a total of 272.2 run for the year. Training for and participating in the 42 mile Bike New York Tour took up a lot of time in May, but, honestly, we were both just looking for a little running detox before we start training again, and May did that for us.

My additional May goals were:

  • Learn how to tune up my bike- Sorta. I watched Chris do it and picked up on some things, but taking the tires off was really the only thing I learned to do on my own.
  • Cash in my Living Social Deal for a month of unlimited Yoga and hit up the yoga studio twice a week-Fail. Too much going on this month. Maybe June and July?
  • Incorporate strength training into at least 2 workouts a week-I was really diligent about this for the first two weeks, but I was just in too much pain, and I’m not talking soreness, I’m talking something is wrong pain. I’ve said before that I don’t think my form is good enough for me to be strength training on my own, so for now, I’m not going to do any more traditional lifting. I’m hoping to gain strength and flexibility through yoga, biking and more challenging runs. I’m saying good-bye to the weight room for now.
  • Make 3 friend dates– Done! I actually had 4!!
  • Find an upcoming 10k and train for speed– I’m having some trouble finding any 10ks in my area in the coming months, and I’m also more focused on base building than speed work right now.
  • Clean and really organize the house– Done! Closets are clean! Kitchen and bathroom are cleaner than they’ve ever been! Clutter is gone! Our apartment is my sanctuary these days.
  • Visit the farmer’s market– I checked out two farmer’s markets in my neighborhood. Unfortunately, I had gone grocery shopping right before each one, so I only bought cookies, but it was wonderful to be around all the produce I love so much.
  • Discover 1 new Jersey City neighborhood on foot-Fail. I still want to do this some time this summer for sure!
  • Take a hike! – No hikes on record yet, but we did walk nearly 6 miles around New York City on one May Saturday, and that was pretty awesome!
  • Help Chris ring in 27 feeling great!-Done! We had an all around awesome time celebrating the birthday boy this month!

I don’t really have any additional goals for June. Just some carry over from May. I’d still like to:

  • Get to yoga this month

  • Explore Jersey City

  • Take a hike

  • Get to the beach!!

Mostly I just want to relax and enjoy the summer time. Life is so much sweeter in the summer, and I really want to make the most of it.

As for that super secret plan I have to finally get my volunteer hours above, oh zero, well, I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seat practically dying to know what it is, right? No? Hmm. Oh well.

Just to refresh, I think volunteering is really important. Not only is it great for the organizations you chose to help, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel more connected to your city, your state, your country or the world (depending on your organization) and it helps you feel more centered. Seriously, I’m not just being a hippie here.

I’ve volunteered since high school. Honestly, it started as something I hoped would look good enough for me to get into college, but I was hooked. I was a volunteer tutor in high school. In college, I worked with a shelter that worked specifically with female victims of domestic violence and their children. After college (when I had a lot more time on my hands) I first volunteered with an amazing organization called Citizen Schools.

I’m thinking now, that I should really do a whole post on them because they are awesome, but if you’ve got a fair amount of free time, enjoy teaching and working with children, and need an awesome organization, definitely check them out. I also worked with the Girl Scouts and another women’s shelter here in Jersey City.

Unfortunately, once my job moved to the city, and my commute because longer, my hours didn’t allow me to continue to volunteer for those organizations, so I signed up to be a part of New York Cares.

They’re also a really well run organization. They have a great website and put on an awesome new volunteers organization. The only problem was, they have you sign up for volunteer commitments on an occasion by occasion basis, which is great for people who can only do one or two weekends a month, but not so great for people like me who forget to sign up until their whole month is booked up. Chris and I were always looking so last minute, that we could never find a project with two open spots and got pretty discouraged.

I was frustrated and wondering how I was going to fill the volunteer hole in my life when something wonderful practically fell in my lap. Life is funny that way.

About a month and a half ago, a representative from my sorority (I bet you didn’t know I was in a sorority; most people are surprised) reached out to the alumni from our chapter and said the collegiate women were struggling and needed a new volunteer adviser. The previous adviser had done a great job, but her tenure was up, and she couldn’t sign on to do it again. At first, I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge. I had absolutely loved my sorority experience in college, but I had put in a good 3.5 years (including a year as president) and was feeling pretty spent after I graduated. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I had to do it. I love my sorority, and I love volunteering my time. This is a good fit.

I didn’t want to share it here until I was more sure of what I’d be doing. Originally, I was hoping to take a more laid back role, but they really needed an adviser, so I’m stepping up to the plate. Starting this month (!!) I’ll be advising the Rutgers chapter of my sorority. I think it’s fine to share which sorority, but I’d rather let you guys guess to see if I’ve got any sisters out there. Let’s just say, soon I’ll be wearing my scarlet red and olive green a lot more. Oh and my lyre is coming back out of retirement too.

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What goals to you have to make this a jammin’ June?

Do you volunteer? What kinds of causes speak to your heart?