life Planners


March 9, 2022

Yes, there are stressful and sad things going on in the world.

Yes, I have a number of projects currently going on.

No, I will never be ‘finished’ with everything (and you probably won’t, either . . . a nod to Oliver Burkeman on that one!)

DESPITE all that, I am going to take a break. I know I am very lucky to be able to do this, but it has not been easy! My first attempt was thwarted by COVID-related stuff, but this second attempt is going to be successful unless something happens in the next few minutes.

I am going on a ~48 hour trip to a beach resort (girls trip!), and I am going to:

a) relax

b) plan, scheme, organize (and think about next quintiles’ goals)

c) get good sleep

d) think about the big things I want to do in life

e) spend some time appreciating it all

It has been a challenging past few days, but I am pretty happy with how things went, as detailed in the last few posts. The kids have remained OFF of screens. My own recreational screen use has been quite low. I have been following the guidelines I set for myself in this post, and it has helped.

using the tiny A6 Hobonichi lately while playing with the Makselife (review coming in the next BLP!)


  • Reply Rinna March 9, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Enjoy! Are you no longer using the Full Focus Planner?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 9, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      I have it nearby b/c I always seem to go back to it, but not currently in it!

  • Reply Katherine B March 9, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful break and retreat. You deserve it!

  • Reply Seppie March 9, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Like you, I enjoy planning/goal setting, so I totally get why you would put those on a retreat agenda!

    That said, it seems like a lot of pressure for a 48 hour weekend where you’re also having girl time. My advice: focus on A and C. Just decompress. The rest will happen some other time.

  • Reply Allison Cunningham March 9, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    That pencil pouch is everything, I keep forgetting to comment. Have fun!

  • Reply Sophie March 9, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds fabulous – so glad it’s going ahead. Adult time with girlfriends plus planning retreat sounds like heaven to me. Enjoy!!!

  • Reply Alyce March 10, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Yay!!! Have fun!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 10, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Enjoy! I know from Laura’s post that you two are together! Have a fabulous, refreshing time!

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