1- Why are we buying a home ?
I actually did a post detailing the reasons in October — it’s here! The summary is that even though we really enjoyed the flexibility of renting, we did not bank on accelerating inflation and real estate prices in our prior calculations. It just doesn’t make sense financially to rent anymore.
Bonus is that our new home will have better hurricane protection, a bit more space (no room sharing!), and I believe it is still reasonable in price for South FL standards — ie, we will be able to continue to save/invest and spend out on other things that we value more (basically anything related to the kids, travel, experiences).
2- What gifts are the kids getting?
Haha. When we recorded the BOBW that aired yesterday, I hadn’t started shopping. Guess what? This is still the case. I’m having major approach avoidance about this. Maybe I will just put Josh in charge. I anticipate a few Target/Michaels runs in our future. I do think we may lean into craft/art supplies (consumable at least).
3- How is COVID these days where you are?
FL is still on yellow and rates appear to be still trending down! We are planning family travel for the holidays and I am grateful that our family is getting closer to fully vaxed, though of course G has not yet met age requirements.
For our family Thanksgiving in Miami Beach (we are flying back Weds so we will be here!), there is a PCR + rapid test “requirement” to help the event be safe for all. Looking forward to a more normal holiday (assuming we all are negative!). Generally, I am not finding COVID-19 to be impacting as much of what we do. The kids’ school still requires masks, though some of the FL schools are changing policies.
4- Are you still doing the Carline Girvan workouts?
Yes! Still plugging away at her EPIC I program. Today is workout #20/50. However, I am not entirely sure I will finish it. It’s so hard and some of the workouts are so long (an hour+) that I am just not looking forward to them very much. I also have been mixing in short runs ~2-3x/week so instead of 5 CG workouts a week, it’s more like 3-4 though I’m still mostly going in order.
Today is this one.
I might pivot back to Sydney Cummings, Peloton OR even back to Beachbody for the new year. I can’t decide. Someone get me excited about something!
5- Have you LOCKED IN your 2022 planner system?
Yes but I’m having mild planner angst because I am just feeling like I am going to miss the Full Focus system so much! Currently planning on:
Hobonichi Techo Cousin
Hobonichi A6 (for work meetings, note taking, etc – not really as a planner, more of a notebook)
Cultivate What Matters (goal setting)
I think that’s it? Maybe intermittent use of a wellness planner or journal? But the FF layout is so functional for me and I really like the paper (particularly in the versions that use the brighter white paper). Too many good choices 🙂