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Some Good Things!

November 4, 2021

Vaccines! I checked the Walgreens website yesterday and was thrilled to find I could schedule the kids on Saturday! (And as of this morning, there are still plenty of available local slots for this weekend). I hope it is that way in most places!

Excited for this next step.

Just one more kid to check off the list!

Practicing letters . . . but it appears “Genevieve” may take some time!

Hobonichi! I took out my 2022 Cousin last night and finally wrote on a few pages (just putting in some January dates – residency interviews, tentative house closing!). I am oddly excited to be moving back into my Old Standard (2014 – March 2020 I was mostly in a Hobonichi!).

I forgot how nice and muted the Mildliners appear on this paper. I love it. For my weekly layouts I will probably stick with the usual – workouts at the top, dinner plans at the bottom, to do list along the left column (divided into WORK / LIFE / BLOG+POD).

Winter coats! Thank you for your recs yesterday. I am either going to go with Costco (maybe this one or this one?) though LL Bean tempting (but way pricier) because I fear non-petite sizing might be a mistake. I really only need it for travel (and like the ~3 coldish mornings a year we get here . . .I guess).

Coaching? I am contemplating signing up for Brooke Castillo’s self-coaching scholars for next year because I find it intriguing and . . . well, YOLO. Has anyone done this? Interested in honest feedback good or bad – email me if you would prefer your answer be private!

Addendum: A reader linked to a very interesting article about the company that I had not seen. Even though the idea sounded appealing, I had some hesitations (which is partly why I was asking you all!) but this was really helpful. After reading it . . .well, I think I am going to go in another direction.


  • Reply A. November 4, 2021 at 7:30 am

    (If it is just for a few vacations, why not borrow a coat from a friend? Or second hand Patagonia? Ecological and economical choices. More than buying a cheap polyester coat at Costco that will look bad in just a couple years ; cheap puffy coats are the worst.)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 8:20 am

      FWIW I do plan to use said coat for the next ~10 years like my last one, but I will look into the secondhand Patagonia options!

    • Reply Beth November 4, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      I buy nearly all of my outdoors/cold weather gear secondhand from Patagonia or Arcteryx now. So glad this is now an option!

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 5:11 pm

        I am now eyeing a bunch of 2nd hand Patagonia or North Face. Agree, what a great idea!

        • Reply Amanda November 5, 2021 at 1:32 pm

          As is borrowing from a friend who is your size and used to live in a cold climate. Just saying. 😉

  • Reply Gwinne November 4, 2021 at 7:47 am

    I’m pretty sure both LL bean and Lands end have petite winter coats as I have Them…. I’m not quite 5 ft 1 in.

  • Reply Jen November 4, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Hurray for vaccines Saturday! Both big pharmacy chains were already out of weekend and after school pediatric vaccine slots by the time I woke up yesterday. This on the one hand was annoying but on the other hand, I am glad so many parents are vaccinating their kids. (Not surprised, as something like 95% of adults in my town are vaccinated, but there has been a lot of press about parents being nervous or reluctant.)

    I managed a Veterans Day appointment for the first shot. Dose #2 is currently in the middle of school/work so I will try to move it, but I think that will be easier in a week.

  • Reply Kim November 4, 2021 at 8:23 am

    I found this to be an interesting perspective on the Life Coach School:

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Ooh, will dive into this. Just to be clear, I am not interested in becoming a life coach with her coach training – just thinking about experiencing the coaching itself 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 8:42 am

      WOW thank you so much for sending this. After reading this . . . I think I will go in another direction. Even though it sounds like the coach training program is more problematic than the coaching itself, it’s giving me LulaRoe vibes and I’d like to stay away. THANK YOU.

  • Reply Erica November 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I have this exact jacket from llbean and love it. Comfy, cute, and would be very packable. But it’s more of a midweight jacket – down to about 35, maybe 30 with good layering. Depending on where and when you plan to travel you may want something warmer.

  • Reply Leneigh November 4, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I’m curious on your thoughts on wonderland 222 versus hobonichi cousin now that you have used both? What is your reasoning for going back to hobonichi from wonderland?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 9:07 am

      I think they are both great, quite honestly as long as you do not mind the paper (same in each).
      For me, the main advantage of the Hobonichi is 1 book vs 2. And I do like the dated daily pages. But I think Wonderland 222 is a wonderful option too!

  • Reply Diane C November 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Vaccine appointments for the kids is so exciting! Vaccine appointments here in the DC suburbs were all taken within an hour. I’m trying to be patient. I know more appointments will open up soon, and all things considered we don’t have a high risk family situation, but it’s hard when we’ve been waiting so long.

    Eddie Bauer has petite sizing and I really like their winter coats. They always have good sales.
    Uniqlo also has a really great packable winter coat at a moderate price point, though their colour selection is less exciting. And their returns are kind of a pain since you can’t return in stores anymore.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Can you drive out to a more rural
      area within the state of VA? (Alright probably not worth it it’s just a difference of a week or two, but could be a fun day trip?)

    • Reply Amanda November 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Not sure if you’re in MD or VA, but I found appointments in Arlington/Falls Church/Fairfax by looking at pharmacies instead of using VAMS. Walgreens had the most availability just in case you haven’t tried!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns November 4, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I haven’t heard of Brooke Castillo. But the term ‘life coach’ has always rubbed me the wrong way for some reason? It feels like it became a trendy profession in the last decade or so. Clearly some have been successful in building a business from doing that, though!

    That is great that you were able to get vax appointments so easily. I was sad to see the stats on how many don’t plan to vaccinate. 🙁 I can’t wait for my boys to be eligible – hopefully in Q1 of 2022 it will be approved but we’ll see… We had a covid scare this week so I am just so ready for all of us to be protected!! I haven’t looked into it but hopefully the quarantine requirements are different once you are fully vaxxed?? I was panicking at the thought of having our kids home for 17+ days. If I was positive, their quarantine would start on my 10th day unless they could isolate from me which is just not possible, especially with me still breastfeeding the baby. Unless me being masked would have counted as isolating from me. I didn’t look into it in the hopes our PCR tests were negative – and they were thank God!

    • Reply Meghan November 4, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      Lisa – in our school system in Maryland, masked/vaccinated students do not have to quarantine with an exposure unless they have symptoms. It’s a big plus!

  • Reply Jackie November 4, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Uniqlo has good packable coats similar to the LL Bean one (perfect for travel and Florida). Not as good as LL Bean, but much better pricing and comprable.

  • Reply Sharon November 4, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I love the layout of the Hobonichi, but I switched because it was so frustrating not to have US/religious holidays identified that I want to plan for. The 2020-2021 version of Wonderland 222 had multiple typos in the dates– like dates missing or dates repeated. Hopefully they’ve fixed those issues in newer editions! I would like to support a smaller US-based company.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      I didn’t know that (maybe b/c I only used it Nov – March!). Hope they have ironed out some of the kinks!!! I really like their overall design and features and yes they are small and US-based.

  • Reply Diana Costa November 4, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I live in a cold climate and have this jacket in a petite version and I LOVE it! Packable, very light weight, very warm with layers but performs as a mid weight without proper layers. Recommend! I second trying to find something on postmark too!! Great finds there!!

  • Reply Hope November 5, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I also love Eddie Bauer . If you hit it right and buy before Christmas the price for coats is reasonable and very well made. I wear a petite in Sundowner coat but not in lightweight jackets. They were too short.

  • Reply Kristy November 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I have done Self Coaching Scholars and the Coach Certification. I was in SCS for about 3 years, but… you can get pretty much everything you need in Brooke’s first 20 or so episodes of the podcast. The SCS work in my experience is really valuable. But only if you ‘do the work’. When i joined, the program was very different to now – there was one topic a month and a few calls a month. Now there is a ‘vault’ with too much material and a call each day. I no longer felt guided, it was more like having access to a library.

    The reason i cancelled my subscription in the end is because i got an adult diagnosis of ADHD, i had worked on my thoughts around sticking to my schedule for 2 ish yrs with some progress but always a struggle. I cant reconcile coaching with neurodiversity, and wonder how much ‘coaches’ are missing as they are working in a field they are not really trained to work in.

    All of this is to say i think you could really benefit from coaching especially related to call but im not sure that SCS is the best place to go for it.

    Happy to answer any other q’s you have!

  • Reply Virginia V November 8, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve been in Self Coaching Scholars for almost 3 years. I’ve accomplished major goals since joining and my relationships are better. I agree that the program now is less guided than several years ago. There is a TON of content. But it’s still worth the membership to me. The one to one coaching sessions are game changers. I like that I can sign up when I’m available, versus having a standing coaching call time (though I suppose if I wanted, I could make them the same time each week.)

    I think you’re an Upholder, right? If so, you may not have any trouble selecting your own lesson and workbook each month.

    I work in public relations for a university; not a coach.

    Happy to chat about it.

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