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November 19, 2021

I am giving a big presentation today for work entitled “Cultivating resiliency as leaders in medicine” as part of a day-long internal leadership retreat. Something like 200-300 physicians and administrators within our healthcare system are invited, and it’s the first live event for most of us in forever. Ahhh! Thankfully, a) it is based on a talk I’ve essentially given twice before, so I’ve had lots of practice and b) I will be doing it jointly with a colleague.

It has occupied a lot of brain space over the last ~2 weeks and from an objective standpoint, it’s a great career opportunity and I am grateful to have been asked to do it.

I also can’t wait for it to be over 🙂

It has been an incredibly busy past 2 weeks (patients, two full days of residency interviews, and about 38573857 meetings in addition to prepping this talk), but I’m really happy with the way things have gone. I feel like I really did take things one day at a time instead of getting overwhelmed.


Buy any Hanukkah presents for the kids

Buy the kids pants for our trip — however our nanny saved the day and took them to Target yesterday! (Cameron also got a great haircut – he looks so grown up!)

Make 2 pies for Thanksgiving. Either going to do tonight + freeze, or (more likely) get up super early on Thanksgiving day and do them.

Figured out insurance stuff for our new house. Gulp.

Figured out specific plans for our NC trip (we leave tomorrow AM!). Guess we will be kind of taking it day by day. I think it will be okay – we’re only there ~4.5 days anyway and the main goal is to see my parents, sister, and niece!

Figure out ANYTHING for a mini-Hanukkah brunch party we are having next Saturday at our house. However, I am planning to basically order everything from a local deli and this local kosher supermarket (apparently famous for their Hanukkah doughnuts!), and I can figure that out while we are in NC.

I did order gifts for my 4 teen nieces + nephews, including the above Doodle Planner from Amanda Rach Lee for some

Also, want to hear something crazy? I received both day camp signup info AND the overnight camp packing list in my email this week (um 14 pairs of shorts!? what!?).

Time is flying. Trying not to miss it!

But you can think of me and my giant sigh of relief at approximately 3 pm today!


  • Reply Amy November 19, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Good luck with the talk!

  • Reply Gwinne November 19, 2021 at 7:23 am

    I love this list! I did almost nothing on my to do list yesterday because
    I was also writing a talk….that just took much longer than I planned. Life goes at the pace it goes…

    good lick in the presentation and everything else!

  • Reply Gillian November 19, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Good luck on the presentation!

    Yes, camp packing is a bear! 2022 will be the first year I am packing up 3 kids for camp (and they go the day after school gets out!) and I am pretty nervous about it. All I can say is buy your labels now and start labeling early!

  • Reply Maria November 19, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Best of luck on the talk!! So glad you have a few days off on the other side.

    • Reply Sophie November 19, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Hope the talk went great, and so nice that you can celebrate it being over with a trip and some family time. Enjoy 😊

  • Reply Jen November 19, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Good luck! And you will be great, you got this!

  • Reply Irene November 19, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Good luck!

  • Reply Nicole Vinson November 19, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Village Inn for the win on pies if you want a solution that saves you time and is probably close to the same price of buying all the ingredients at Whole Foods. They are so good, you can take credit as if they were homemade. So if Broward has a Village Inn, you wont be sorry with any of the flavors! Thanks to the pandemic ours has drive up pie buying. * I never would have considered this as

  • Reply Omdg November 19, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Resiliency, huh. Don’t tell me you’ve become one of those hospital administrators. 🤨 Not saying it isn’t *possible* to give a talk on resiliency and not buy into the you’re-solely-responsible-for-your-burnout school of thought, it’s just I’ve never seen that happen.

    Relatedly, I saw a Twitter feed yesterday asking if you worked at a hospital where people said hello, or where they ignored each other. So glad I left that place which shall not be named and now work at a place where people are largely kind to one another.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      Not an admin (other than PD) and my talk specifically noted that the onus should NOT be on the individual. I compared it to telling people to drive safely on a broken road :).

      • Reply omdg November 19, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        Relatedly, have you seen the meme with the bicyclist crossing the river on a 6″ long bridge?

        I hope the talk was well received!

        • Reply omdg November 19, 2021 at 6:06 pm

          *6″ wide bridge

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 19, 2021 at 7:37 pm

          No, but that would have been a good way to illustrate my point! I did use a picture of a broken road 😂 I think it did go okay … hard to know. It’s over!!!!

  • Reply Jordan November 19, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Good luck today!! I am giving a talk to a mentorship group at my company today about work/life balance – I procrastinated and then ended up finishing the presentation at my daughter’s swim lesson last night. Love the irony of that :).

  • Reply J. November 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Could you order the pies for pickup from a nice bakery and scratch them off your list? That’s what I’m doing.

  • Reply Grateful Kae November 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    I told my boys that I am delegating pie making to them this year. I’m mostly confident they can do it without screwing them up too badly. 🙂 We usually just do pumpkin and apple- nothing too crazy. Maybe have Annabel make the pies! 😉

    • Reply coco November 19, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      brilliant idea! hahaha I’ll tell Sofia she’s in charge.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns November 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I bet you did great giving the talk! I understand the feeling of anxiety/wanting it behind you but also being glad for the opportunity!

    The best part about visiting family in an area is that you really don’t have to plan much in advance, especially when your goal is to spend as much time with your niece as possible. I’m sure your sister will have ideas for adventures if you want to get out of the house, but it will also be nice to lay low and do kid-friendly things like go for walks, go to the park, etc. It will all be fresh and new for your kids and I’m sure they’ll LOVE being the big kids. I know my nieces and nephews love being around my little ones as it makes them feel important and admired! 🙂

  • Reply Jenn N November 19, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    You’re done! 🙂

  • Reply Amy November 19, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    You did it, it’s over! And buy those pies from Whole Foods or a bakery!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 19, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      I truly cannot. My pie is an iconic family staple. There would be a possible riot 😅

  • Reply Helena Murphy November 20, 2021 at 8:38 am

    1. The talk is now in the books.
    2. Teach the nanny how to make the iconic pie for next year. Your future self will be thrilled.

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