Favorites, August Goals, and Some Light Reading

It’s been a minute since I’ve shared some of my favorite things! In the spirit of The Sound of Music (you know the song…) here are a few things I’m loving right now!


Jeans day at the office! They only come once a month, but I take them very seriously.


Just found this bag of deliciousness on my Sunday grocery trip. So good and healthy!


I started listening to the Serial Podcasts during my runs. I wasn’t sure how it would go, I typically listen to angry/motivational/fast music to keep me going. But I thought I’d try something that would keep my mind working – trying to follow the story instead of thinking about how far I had left in my run. And you know what? It worked! The podcasts are made up of 14 episodes that follow a murder mystery and each episode builds on the last. The first episode is 54 minutes long and my run flew by! I’m really glad I branched out and tried something new. Here’s the Serial website if you want to read more about the story, and you can download the podcasts in the App store!


Really, is there any better snack on the planet? I think not.


So I was over browsing The Freckled Runner and got some motivation from Jackie to put together some August goals. What better way to hold myself accountable than to share these goals with the world (okay let’s be honest, probably 50 people, half of which are probably related to me…minor details). So here are some goals I’m going to try to accomplish this month – I’ll do a recap at the end of the month and see how I did!

1. Run at least 80 miles this month

2. Register for at least 1 race through the end of the year

3. Spend less than $200 on miscellaneous things to stay within the budget

4. Have 2 pre-planned date nights

5. Make (successfully) risotto

6. Read 1 book

It’s quite a plethora of goals to reach for – running, cooking, money, family…but if I have a goal for each area of my life that’s important to me then hopefully I’ll be able to strike a good balance. Making each of these areas of my life a priority takes planning and deliberate action. August is a balancing month, hopefully all parts of my life will feel the love!



I’m pretty sure I know what book I want to read this month –


Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors. I love the style of her writing and the way she develops characters that are so relatable, you can’t help fall in love with them. Her new book, “The One and Only” has been calling my name and I’m excited to dive in!

Some other things I’ve enjoyed reading (on the internet, not in hard copy)-

The Finance Girl – It’s Better to Want than to Owe

Ronda Rousey is a Badass

This Article my sweet Granddaddy sent me – 20 Crucial Pieces of Life Advice, As Told By People Over 60


Have you ever listened to podcasts or audio books while you run? Any suggestions?

What are some goals you have this month?

Any good book or article suggestions? 


19 thoughts on “Favorites, August Goals, and Some Light Reading

  1. LOVE emily giffin!!! I’ve read just about all of her books. The one I finished recently was “love the one you’re with”. So good! Good luck on your aug goals!!


  2. Love your goals!! I have a lot of the same ones.
    Read ANYTHING by Jodi Picoult – she is my all time favourite author! I’ve never read Emily Griffin but maybe I will give her a try:)
    Also LOVE Skinny Pop! (And your blog!)


    1. I love Joi too, she’s another one of my favorites! I’ve read SO MANY of her books! Emily Giffin is a little more “beachy” and fun that Jodi, the topics aren’t as serious so the reading is a little lighter. I love them both!


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