Goals Reading

Summer Goals!

May 31, 2019
You know you’re a planner when you . . . include ‘create summer goals list’ on your weekly list of to do items!

Q3 is about to begin! A reminder – I find that Quintiles are perfect for my year, which is defined both by the calendar year and the school schedule.

Q1 – Jan 1 to beginning of spring break

Q2 – Spring break to end of school year

Q3 – Summer as defined by school calendar (in this case, 6/4 – 8/14)

Q4 – Start of school to Halloween

Q5 – Nov 1 – Dec 31 (holiday, planning & reflection season)

Pictured above is my Q3 goals list. I also keep monthly lists which help me break up this list, and then I pull weekly to do items from that (and daily items from the weekly list).

It’s a lot of lists.

But it works for me.

(PS: “phone” under family has nothing to do with getting kids a phone – I have to send in my old phone for a reimbursement. Boring but necessary and is actually a multistep process because there is a forgotten password locking me out of erasing it! Anyway.)

Things I am excited about on this list:

1- Summer Reading. As I mentioned, the MMD Summer Book List was very enticing to me this year! I made an overly ambitious list of about 15 titles I’d let to get to, which isn’t realistic for me. But it’s possible I could churn through a book a week, which would be 10. We will see what happens! Here’s a snap of the (overly aspiration list – again, I know I won’t read them all!) for posterity:

Oh, and I’ve been mostly reading on my phone lately. It’s less glamorous and I am jealous of all the pretty Bookstagram stacks of summer picks! But I think this is the most convenient for me. I plowed through Field Notes on Love (very cute story, reads like a YA though I am not sure it is) in the past several days just reading in spare moments and while I am lying with the big kids at bedtime.

2- Kid days with A&C. Scheduled for 6/13 and 6/14. They are excited and so am I. They keep changing their mind about what they want to do, especially A.

3- 2 80 DO workouts weekly. Yes, I’ve decided to dive into the 80 Day Obsession – but not all the way. I want to keep running, going to Ultimate, and I sometimes need shorter workouts. Someday I may feel like going all the way and committing to 3 months straight but . . . not now. Plus, I think my fall goals will contain some sort of race training, so I’d like to keep running at least 2-3x/week.

(Random fact: this is the first year in quite some time I’ve tracked my workouts consistently online using Strava. I like the ‘credit’ I get when I see all of the activities in there.)

4- Summer travel. We currently have planned:

  • Weekend away with Josh (belated anniversary trip)
  • Girls weekend with college BFFs — currently being planned for August!
  • Family trip to Legoland / Amelia Island

The rest of the time we will be here. It’s actually not a ton of travel – 12 days total. No long family megatrip like we’ve done in previous years (2018 – Whistler/Portland/Seattle; 2017 – Boston/Williamstown/NY/PHL). But I think there will be a lot of memories packed into that time.

5- Hopefully growth of pod, blog, etc! We are tentatively launching some advertiser campaigns (thank you to the many of you who supported this decision!) in July. It helps me to rationalize the fact that the pod has become a mini-part-time job for me. I do love doing it — it’s so much fun — but I feel excited for this step.

I also want to try to get AHEAD of some of the pod work – which can be hard! But we tend to have better, more organized episodes when we prep the scripts at several days in advance of recording, and it’s less stressful. (Laura is very prompt and typically ahead of the game; I am either totally on top of things or rather last minute depending on what else is going on in my life! But I always get it done 🙂 )

Off to lead the residents’ yearly retreat today, which I am opening up with an (optional) 5K on the beach! (Being one of our residents sounds awesome, doesn’t it!?)


  • Reply Monica May 31, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Love that pen! Where is it from?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 31, 2019 at 10:04 am

      It’s 3 color uniball jet stream that came w my planner (hobonichi!)

  • Reply Alissa May 31, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Enjoyed seeing your summer book list – I think if you have an engaging book you could probably get through a book a week. I just finished The Gown from the MMD list and really enjoyed it. Daisy Jones and the Six is also really engaging. I’m working on my monthly planning and goals tonight- thanks for sharing yours.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 31, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Fellow listmaker here! I would be lost without them and crossing things off makes me SO HAPPY. I think a book/week can be a realistic goal! I know kindle ap reading isn’t as fun as reading a physical book but I read soooo much more since using that ap! It’s amazing. I was drawn to almost the exact same MMD books as you were!

    Very cool that you are opening up the resident retreat with an optional 5k! That’s a fun week to start a retreat! It can be hard to fit exercise into retreats/conferences so it’s cool that you were intentional about planning that at the start.

    We just planned out our summer vacation plans, too. I am a super type-A planner but my husband is a go with the flow kind of guy, so when I say “we” I mean me. Ha. Our son is 15 months so we aren’t taking any trips this summer and instead will be going to my parents lake home in Minnesota for 2 long weekends (one is just me and my son as my husband can’t get off work) and then we are taking another longer lake trip from a Tues-Sat. It feels really good to have our vacation plans set for the summer and gives me something to look forward to!

  • Reply Charlotte May 31, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for years but am just now commenting. I just wanted to say I find your posts and your blog really interesting. Good luck with the reading goal!

  • Reply Chelsea May 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    +1 to being in favor of you adding ads. I’ve always wanted to hear you and Laura talk about mattresses and bras 😉 But seriously, I really enjoyed the Tiffany Dufu episode, and I can only imagine how much work it is to come up with new content every week and schedule great guests like her. I’m glad that you are going to be compensated for your time and effort.

    I’ve also requested a lot of MMD titles to read this summer – so many great sounding choices! – and am very curious about the Linda Holmes novel. I don’t listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour much anymore, but I remember when writing that book was one of her new years’ resolutions. I’m also reading The River with my book group, which sounds really good.

    Best wishes in your new role. I think it’s going to be a great challenge and really play to your strengths!

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly June 3, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I’m a huge fan of reading on my phone/Kindle app. It’s always with me! Waiting in line, riding the elevator, waiting for the kids to put their shoes on, etc. I am probably guilty of reading too much but I’ve always been this way, even when I was a kid.

    Also – I’m happy that you and Laura are adding some advertisers to the podcast! You have put so much hard work and thought into that project and I think you definitely deserve to be paid for it.

  • Reply Suzanne D'Cruz June 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Inspiring and motivating to me!

  • Reply Lag Liv June 3, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Shu! I feel terrible- I had no idea your blog had changed platforms so you weren’t showing up in my feed! I took a 7-week break recently, so I just figured you had done something similar- glad to see I was wrong :). I’m catching up (just read about the Disney Cruise), but just wanted to say hi and that I haven’t been ignoring you on purpose :P. Cheers to May being done and summer being here!

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