1- This was a well-timed episode:
From Good Inside (Dr Becky) – Is It Okay to Quit?
There has been a lot of quitting recently by one child in particular, and it has been challenging at times (and continues to be). I haven’t figured it all our NOR do I feel like this episode had all the answers, but it was still a useful listen.
2- Fall dinner ideas from Brittany. Seriously, if you need inspiration, this list is fantastic. I think this might be a chili weekend for us even if the weather isn’t exactly on board (though this morning’s low is 66F which is A BIG DEAL as I haven’t seen a number below 70 in months!!!!!)
3- Journaling. For someone that has about 384734 planners, I don’t do that much journaling. Maybe because I’m used to pouring all of my most intimate thoughts out here (note: not everything is blog worthy!). But last night I felt the pull to start. It felt good! I think it’s because I am headed into such a transitional period. I have a mix of excitement, anxiety, and a (probably false) sense of urgency and my head and heart are both trying to make sense of it all. Free form journaling seems to help.
4- NEW MONTH is coming! I did not meet all of my September goals, but made progress on some of them. This weekend I will go through my monthly review checklist, including:
- YNAB budget reconciliation and quarterly financial reckoning (not gonna be good from an investment standpoint! Oh well. LONG GAME LONG GAME LONG GAME I’ll keep repeating to myself)
- Goal review + creation, which includes reviewing the quintile goals I set, looking at September’s goal list, looking ahead at the events of the month, and crafting October’s list of goals
- Apple Notes review + cleanup
- Childcare audit, including thinking through coverage needed in November (date nights etc!)
5- ENDINGS. Today is my last day as program director — the end of a ~6-year-long chapter of my life and career. The day itself will probably feel pretty anticlimactic, as it’s a clinical day for me (I had to move patients due to Ian / childcare issues). But it is kind of a big deal, and a day I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I have some sad feelings about the change and also some excited ones thinking about a future with more time and availability for the kids + for my creative work. There are things I will really miss about the role, and yet I’m pretty sure it would be hard to ever go back.
Onward and upward!