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Hobonichi + Rest

August 25, 2022

Hobonichi 2023!

The 2023 site is up! You can’t ‘add to cart’ until September 1st (well, August 31st @ around 10 pm Eastern time . . .) but everything is available to browse. I am excited!

SO excited that somehow I ended up moving back into my 2022 Hobonichi last night. For now. But also maybe for the rest of the year because I am craving the simplicity of one book and also perhaps my craving for thick paper + gel pens is finally out of my system.

Some of my faaaaaavorite covers:

mina perhonen “anenome”
practical zipper velluto
so many pretty Weeks covers!

I will definitely be ordering from the Hobonichi store — yes, there is added shipping but it is entirely worth it for the thrill factor (and the bonus pens, which only come if you order directly from the site!).

Otherwise . . .

Otherwise this has been a rather terrible week. I felt physically awful for most of it, honestly — between side effects from the migraine prevention vitamins (sigh) to an actual migraine. I made the executive decision to skip working out Weds + today and just sleep in a bit, get some extra rest. Today I feel somewhat better.

A reminder that plans are great, but also made for changing / softening if things just don’t feel right.

Hopefully back tomorrow with my usual energy.


  • Reply Aimee August 25, 2022 at 6:55 am

    What migraine prevention vitamins are you taking?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 25, 2022 at 7:13 am

      Magnesium, B2, and COQ10. But I am not taking them anymore because they made me feel terrible.

      • Reply Irene August 25, 2022 at 7:25 am

        Could you just do magnesium slow release for a while? That’s generally very well tolerated and has the most evidence. Then if not bothering you add back B2? I never had much assistance from these but some people swear by it. I really hope you get in with Neuro soon, it’s terrible they canceled your appointment.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 25, 2022 at 7:33 am

          oh no i did get in! (it was cancelled, but I called and they got me in). she was helpful and recommended the supplement but honestly it made me feel TERRIBLE. thankfully she has other ideas if that didn’t work.

          i also felt that the Migrelief (another vitamin combo) made me super tired. GI symptoms too. I might be very sensitive to magnesium? I’m not really willing to try again, I almost couldn’t function . . .

          • Ally August 25, 2022 at 12:11 pm

            I’m not sure if different forms of magnesium have similar side effects, but I had magnesium sulfate for preeclampsia in labor with my first, and recently following a surgery, and both times had terrible nausea and retching. So the magnesium may also be a problem for you! I’m also a migraine sufferer, and recently started every other day Nurtec for prevention, and I cannot sing the praises of that drug enough.

          • Sarah Hart-Unger August 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

            I take Ubrelvy for rescue and it’s the same family, it works well. But also makes me tired! The specialist I saw said there is an injection that works but does not cross the blood brain barrier and cause fatigue. I may try that next but good to keep alternatives in mind!

          • Hilary August 25, 2022 at 12:41 pm

            The only way I can take magnesium without tummy upset is transdermal via lotion! I put it on my feet before bed and swear it helps me sleep better, too….

  • Reply Amanda August 25, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Will the Hobonichi covers work for any A5 book? I am planning to use Ink and Volt again this year but I was disappointed by how many little stains/blemishes I got on the cloth cover last year so would like to put an external cover on the book this year.

    Also, I can’t believe you had such bad side effects from the vitamins! I don’t usually prescribe all 3 at once but I tell people there’s usually no side effects 😬. Maybe will have to re-think that.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 25, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Maybe it was the dose – I took what she told me to take, which was 200 mg magnesium twice daily, 200 mg B2 twice daily, and 100 mg CoQ10 (though the supp I had only had 75 mg). I’m very confident it was these that caused symptoms – tons of sleepiness with some GI stuff on top of it. Again, if I had to guess, I think it was the Mg . . .

      • Reply Irene August 25, 2022 at 9:10 am

        GI problems are normal at that dose of magnesium, usually people work up or take an extended release formula I think. I also felt off on the COQ10 but figured it was in my head because it is supposed to be so side effect free. I did not find it helpful so I stopped.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 25, 2022 at 8:29 am

      It depends on the thickness of the Ink & Volt! Plus, Hobonichi books have soft paper covers so the covers kind of slide easily on top. Not 100% how well it would work with a hard cover. I can do some experimenting though 🙂

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns August 25, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a rough week. I hope the neuro can figure out a combo that would work well for you. I’ve only taken magnesium at night, but for a different reason, and it did not bother me but every body is so different so adjusting the timing might not matter in your case.

    I’m planning to order another W222 for 2023. I know you find it kind of soothing to move things over to a new planner but that sounds like so much work! Although the later in the year you do it, the less you have to move!

  • Reply Amanda August 25, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Ah that makes sense. Well if you come up with any good cover options for Ink and Volt please do let me know! I am also going to be looking for some better month tabs this year, so let me know if you have suggestions about that. I bought the ink and volt ones and they all fell off last year, but I really like the meat of the planner so I still want to use it again.

    And those sound like normal adult doses for the vitamins. Hopefully your neurologist can get you on a good Rx.

  • Reply Courtney August 25, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Today’s Imperfectionist newsletter reminded me of your post,

    “The single biggest shift you can make here, I think, is to stop expecting any one approach to serve you forever – to realise that your productivity system, like your creative practice and your parenting philosophy and everything else, is necessarily and always work in progress. It will keep evolving and adapting. Which means it isn’t a sign of failure to jettison a technique that’s stopped working. And that you needn’t pile the pressure on any new technique to be the one that solves things once and for all – because it definitely won’t be that.

    Instead of repeatedly implementing systems that squelch the feeling of aliveness, then abandoning them in despair, you could try navigating by that feeling instead. You could pursue only those systems that seem to heighten the feeling of aliveness, and pursue them only so long as they continue to do so. You could call off the search for the perfect system, and get to grips with the reality in front of you instead.”

  • Reply Lis August 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    That is one of the hardest things for me to give up about the Hobonichi–having everything I need in one book.

    So sorry to hear about you not feeling physically well. Hope next week is better. <3

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