Q4 recap & Q5 goals

October 31, 2018

Quintile #4 is over tomorrow (reminder of my “Quintile system” for 2018, and here was the recap of Q3).  So much happened in these past two months that I apparently never took the time to do a goals post!  Oops.

September was kind of a bad month (remember that post about call?  yeah . . .).  October was much better.  Good things:

1) G started sleeping through most of the night — instead of multiple wakeups, she’s typically up around 5 to eat, and goes back to bed until around 6:30-7.   Sometimes she even makes it to 6:15 or so!  This has probably made the biggest difference in my energy + overall sanity.  THANK GOODNESS and please G, keep it up!

2) Josh got his job situation settled and we made the decision to put our house on the market.  Pre-sale sign is up — bittersweet.  But definitely feels more settled than uncertainty.

3) The single Bob made its way back into my life and I’ve taken G on several stroller runs.  A great use of early mornings that will probably be especially useful post time-change when she is up an hour earlier . . .

4) This site is being migrated / redesigned, something I had put off for AGES!  There will be a much more modern and beautiful theshubox in 2019.

5) I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with pumping — just 15 work/pumping days left on my countdown, and then G will be close enough to 1 that I think we’ll be done.  I am so excited to reclaim the hours spent doing this but feel really happy to have met my goals (or close enough!).  We still have some milk in the freezer which is being used slowly but surely which is nothing short of a miracle from my perspective.

6) Work has been good (aside from prior call stress) and a big project is coming to fruition next month (gender multidisciplinary clinic!).  I’ve also really enjoyed working with our residents and am really excited about having more time to give them (see #5) soon!

7) I have posted here 3x/week, which is more than I had been lately.  I am feeling more inspired (see #1) and  I am trying to get to at least 25K sessions/month and came pretty close — 21.8K sessions thus far in October, and the data is delayed by 48 hrs apparently so maybe I’ll almost get there!

8) I have enjoyed posting planner reviews – so far we’ve looked at the Full Focus Planner, the Get to Work Book, and Golden Coil!  MORE TO COME, including 2 other really cool custom options!

9) I FLOSSED every day from 10/1 – 10/30!!

10) I feel like I used my free time fairly well, in part because I made some changes to my phone to cull zombie-scrolling.  (I read 6 books in Q4, 3 novels + 3 non-fic, will share this list on a future post).

The weather is starting to get nice (finally!), today is Halloween (not terribly excited about that because our neighborhood in INSANE, but we’ll get some cute pix!), and I am just generally feeling positive about the future.

Halloween preview because I’m not a TOTAL curmudgeon and matching costumes almost make up for the things I dislike about the holiday . . .
Q5 goals (!!!)

1) Send in workshop proposal to work conference.  (May not get accepted, but I want to at least practice proposing something, and I want to run a personal development workshop for women with young kids!)
2) Continue flossing every day 🙂
3) RUN 4x and Beachbody 2x/week
4) Continue weekly planner reviews
5) Finish site migration!
6) Plan & enjoy fam trip to PHL (yes, we will be recording some live podcasts.  And contemplating a BoBW meet up if there is interest?) 
7) Move out of house (yep)
8) Read 5 more books, which would bring my yearly total to 45 (50 sounds much better, but that’s not happening unless I start counting the kids’ bedtime reading.  Heh.)
9) Make this dessert.  For some random occasion.
10) Plan & celebrate G’s 1st bday & Josh’s ummmm . . . 44th*!
* When I started this blog he hadn’t yet turned 30.  Woah.


  • Reply Colleen March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my goodness – total fan girl moment – but I’d love to do a BoBW meet-up and would even come from Baltimore area to do so, schedule permitting! Speaking of, if you want to do reader /listener meet-up for your Baltimore 2019 conference, I’d totally be interested too!!

  • Reply Katy March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Something to consider with your move – depending on the market and buyer, sometimes a rent-back is possible. After closing, the seller stays in the house for weeks/months. For our last home purchase, the seller stayed in the house to finish the school year. A caveat is that some loans require possession within a specific time frame.

  • Reply Gillian March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I would love a BoBW meet up! I am not so far away in NY

  • Reply Aly March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I”d consider flying from IN for a BoBW meet-up.

  • Reply Katie March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Yay to a Philly trip! I’d definitely try to come to a live podcast/meet up

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