Goals Planners

March: Goals Review

March 2, 2020

But first, some notes on February!


  • C’s party (planned & executed!)
  • Schedule A’s party (skating party = booked)
  • Finish lingerie drawer refresh (bras + underwear selection much better now)
  • Schedule massage (coming up!)
  • Mani/pedi for Feb – done 2/13/20
  • Decide on coaching program (decided I will be involved but have too many other things going on to take lead on project)
  • Scheduled some key residency events

Not Completed:

  • Start photobook
  • Sign kids up for skating lessons (decided they will do a 4 week starter series in April)
  • Order or buy jeans
  • Start curriculum redesign/audit project (residency thing)
  • Get newsletter forwarding address form notarized
  • Get my newsletter out (but, have hired someone to help!)
  • Create pdf bonus (GOAL = get this done this week!)

Monthly Goals:

  • Books finished: 4 (post on this to come!)
  • Days meditation: ZERO! oops. Back on it.

Events in Feb:

  • Parenting book club – fun!
  • Organized work ‘play date’ event – went well
  • Fancy double date dinner – did not happen but Josh and I ended up seeing Parasite and then going out for ramen (featured in the movie 🙂 ) and that was great
  • C’s bday – celebrated numerous times 🙂


  • I will share my ‘allowance’ spending in a post later this week!
  • Retirement savings rate: 19% of gross income (note: does not count 529 savings or savings for future fun things like trips or eventual car replacement. DOES count match from work b/c I see it as essentially just extra income dumped straight into retirement)
  • Retirement portfolio down 11% in 2020. Wow, we picked such a great time to start focusing on this. LOLOL. But have no plans to change our course.


  • 14 runs completed; 61 miles
  • 7 strength workouts completed (all BB, upper body & full body weights workouts)
  • Working on eating better after this post last week and feeling marginally better already

So there you go! In creating March’s list, I referenced February’s list (ie, the things I didn’t do!) and my Quintile 1 goals list. This is the last month in the Quintile so . . . a little extra pressure!

That said, I can always move things down the line. This is why I don’t do my lists ahead of time!

One year / quintile / month / week / day at a time. WELL – it’s 5:42 am and I need to get my workout started so . . . more on March to come. SO much uncertainty and angst right now related to current world events (mostly COVID-19). And yet for now, we just need to go about our days. We still need to make the kids’ lunches and help them with homework and go to work.

Monday classic x 3 kids = Sunbutter sandwiches + fruit / veggies / Babybel cheese


  • Reply CBS March 2, 2020 at 6:16 am

    I hear you on the Covid anxiety. I’m normally pretty chill about these things but am organising a large academic conference in April and wondering if it will actually happen and whether my France and Germany trips next month will go ahead. We’ve just had our first case here in Scotland, will nursery close and we’ll be stuck at home? I looked at my cupboard this weekend and I definitely only have 3 days worth of food in. Tempted to buy some frozen vegetables, more flour (for bread and stress baking), and some tinned soup and pasta sauce.

  • Reply Ana March 2, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I didn’t meditate this month either—completely fell out of the habit and picking back up starting today. I’m trying not to read/watch the news (just once/day to catch the major updates) to prevent unwarranted anxiety. We are stocking up on some canned/non-perishable food items as well as necessities like toilet paper, but that’s about all we can do. And continue to hammer home frequent and proper hand washing to the kids!

  • Reply gwinne March 2, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Yup. I am supposed to go to an academic conference involving some 10,000+ people later this week. Deciding today whether to cancel. Oy.

  • Reply A. March 2, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I am in the academia and a lot of people don,t know about coming conferences/symposium (they involve a lot of money), they happen a lot in the spring… my feeling is that it can not go “lighter” from now on. A lot of public events are being cancelled now. So I would be surprised if cancellations decrease if cases go up.

  • Reply Beth March 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I really need a mani/pedi. Thanks for the reminder. I’m trying to get back to meditation as well. I’m reading Radical Acceptance. I really like it and it has some good meditation exercises.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 3, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I read this morning that there were a couple of cases in FL and I thought of you. We were in FL right after President’s Day. I’m so glad that trip is behind us and we don’t have other travel planned. I have RA and am on immune-suppressant drugs so I am more worried about the virus than the average person because I am not an average person with my drug regimen… I’m trying not to worry about it too much because it’s out of my control but I am more worried than a healthy 39-yo would be! I’m supposed to go to Chicago later this month for a work trip but I told my boss I might cancel if things get worse here and he completely understood, which was nice.

    Good luck on your goals! I haven’t looked at the value of our retirement accounts/investments because it would just depress me!! Luckily we are a long ways away from retiring, though, so I don’t have to worry too much about it. Our son just turned 2 and we deposit all this monetary gifts into his 529 so my husband and I were saying at least we are putting money into his account at a good time!

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