life Planners

Fresh Starts Are My Favorite

June 23, 2021

They really are.

Q3 has just begun! The kids are in camp and loving it. I conveniently wrapped up 3 books in the past week or so, and now my Summer Reading list can begin.

Our new class of residents are here! I have been running orientation this week, which is my favorite. Much more fun (and less emotional/bittersweet than graduation)

And . . . (drumroll) . . . my Erin Condren Life Planner starts Monday, plus my Cultivate What Matters 6 month Powersheets start in July. I have been enjoying filling out the “prep” at the front of this notebook. Recently I had a listener message me to find out if I had reviewed the latter – it’s here (though at that time I had the 2020 version).

I’m excited about my summer/Q3 goals, our family trip, and more. This quintile is short, but should be a fun one.

today = a catch-up day

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Why is it that sometimes we can feel so energized and excited about the exact same things that feel blah and overwhelming on another occasion?

(Reasons off of the top of my head: Not enough sleep, not enough rest, not enough thought put into goals, not enough physical energy, not feeling physically well, hormonal influences, not enough human connection, not enough movement, too much anxiety, too much pressure, difficult personalities, and more . . .)

All that said, I’m glad I’m on the upswing today.

On the docket for tomorrow: feelings about my instabreak (which I have decided is now over. It lasted about 2.5 months.)


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns June 23, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Will be curious to hear what you thought about your IG break. I always take a break during Lent and then last year I took a break in November due to election stress. It’s always so good for me! I limit myself to 20 minutes between IG and FB which is helpful as it really limits how much mindless scrolling I can do but still allows me to stay connected to family, friends, what’s happening in our block FB group, etc.

    We had a horrible night of sleep last night and sleep has been really crappy for the last 2-3 weeks thanks to alllll the sickness. I love our daycare but all the germs/illnesses is a major downside. But our house is just not set up for a nanny and illnesses aside, we have no complaints about the school. But ay yi yi, we’ve had 4-5 colds, the baby had roseola and the toddler and I had the stomach flu – all since mid-April. But this post is a good reminder that you can get out of a funk and feel completely different about things. For me, it seems to be all about how well I’m sleeping and there isn’t an easy fix for this right now since I’m BF’ing the baby. 🙁

  • Reply Grateful Kae June 23, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Excited for your IG break recap!! I read Digital Minimalism last month and am finishing up Deep Work now. As you know, Cal is big on the “no social media” thing. I have been doing my own little digital detox this month (not super strict- I’ve been in here or there for some specific reasons and a few random checks a couple times a week, but WAY less than usual). I’ve been amazed at how refreshing it feels. My biggest question for you: how do you plan to reincorporate it into your life without letting it take over again?? I feel like you were really annoyed with its constant pull on you before your break, so I’m curious if you have any “usage guidelines” or anything you are going to implement.

    For me, it feels like whenever I use it, I just want to use it more..and more… so I’ve never had the best luck just glancing at it now and then (like my husband does. He does not understand the “addictive” nature it has for me 🙄.) When it’s mostly just off limits though, I find it easy and I don’t even really have a desire to check it. It’s so weird. Anyway, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

  • Reply Elisabeth June 23, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I haven’t had ANY social media (aside from LinkedIn which I so rarely use – 3 times a year max – that I don’t even count it) since 2010.

    Back when I got off all platforms, I really missed Facebook, but I honestly don’t know how I could handle it mentally these days. I feel like even avoiding social media I still struggle with screen time – I try to keep it under an hour each day on my phone, but rarely make that goal – and also comparison with others.
    Sometimes I am wistful about connecting with long-lost friends this way, but the net-negative I think social media would have on my life easily keeps me from taking the plunge!

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly June 23, 2021 at 10:58 am

    I think your observations about feeling blah vs energized about the same things are spot on. I’ve been observing this about myself over the last couple of months. I swear that I feel like it’s the end of the world when I’m really just dehydrated. I’ve been trying to balance sleep, exercise, nutrition and hydration to keep myself more even keel.

  • Reply Sophie June 23, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    So great you are feeling positive about all your fresh starts – how fun! I love that feeling. I too am starting a new planner in July, its a gorgeous personalised weekly planner from a small Australian company called Whistle & Birch (I’m Australian) and I can’t wait to get started! Here’s to new beginnings – even in the middle of the year.

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie June 24, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Waiting for my new passion planner to come in the mail… it has an August 1 start so there’s no reason for me to be impatient, but…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      I TOTALLY get it 🙂 Passion Planners are great – the layout has never worked for me but it has such a loyal following!!

      • Reply nicoleandmaggie June 24, 2021 at 2:14 pm

        I’m hoping the blank spaces will be big enough– it’s the planner layout that looks closest to what I’ve been doing by hand on my blank moleskine and I would really love to stop having to write out times by hand and this seems more sensible than trying to get the right size stamp or washi tape.

  • Reply Jordan June 24, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Thinking of you Sarah – hope all your loved ones are safe with the building collapse. Such a tragedy.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 25, 2021 at 7:00 am

      It’s horrible. I debated whether to write about it , but I have been thinking about it. I do not know anyone personally but that was about 3 miles from where we used to live. Incredibly tragic.

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