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Focusing on Now

October 13, 2022

I am feeling somewhat better today. I think sometimes my tendency to PLAN PLAN PLAN can really start to backfire when there is uncertainty.

I need the reminder that it’s okay to take time to settle into things sometimes, and maybe a myopic day-by-day approach can be good sometimes. It was definitely how I coped during COVID.

Planning is important but you have to balance the long view with the current one. Or else you miss today! I know that, but needed a reminder.


  • workout (strength + easy run)
  • help Josh get kids ready – it’s his day to drive
  • round in hospital
  • one meeting (Wellness Committee — the only committee I didn’t leave! I did step down from the head of the team, though!)
  • ~ 3 outpatients

My personal pep talk: try to do one thing at a time, continue self-care rituals, and be patient! I have to say call is 90 times better when I am not distracted by GME things. I don’t think I recognized how much I was trying to balance before.

(Or maybe I’m just having an easier week, especially since I am not covering nights! I have a ‘real’ call week in Nov so will defer judgment until that time.)

Love these pix – Josh took G to a Heat preseason game last night!!! They got home at 11 pm and I very much hope G fell asleep in the car . . .

doughnut icing on her face = living her best life


It’s that time of year! I have ordered a few interesting planners to review — currently waiting on the Sterling Ink B6, the Always Fully Booked, the Minimal A5 H&O (that link is affiliate; you can use code BLP for 10% off), and the Savor 90 Day). I also have an Essential Calendar (also affiliate – BESTLAIDPLANS will give you 10% discount) to try which I’m really excited about — full review to come!! Is there a key planner you’ve been dying to see/hear reviewed on BLP? Let me know!


  • Reply Coree October 13, 2022 at 7:05 am

    I have a 6 month wall calendar (from Etsy) and it dramatically improves our lives – it doesn’t include granular detail but has my travel schedule, visits, trips, school holidays. It’s on the kitchen door and colour coded.

    I think I’d like a 90 day calendar, my work days are so intense lately that shorter term planning might be helpful from that perspective. And less to lug on the plane each week. I could have one for each university teaching term. Any recs very welcome. Maybe Ink and Volt, but last time I checked, shipping to the UK was quite hight.

  • Reply KDR October 13, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Hi Sarah I went through a similar career transition last year (earned my PhD in neuroscience then transitioned to becoming a freelance grant writer) and here are some thoughts I have:

    1) A life coach I tried out suggested that I was more uncomfortable with the uncertainty than where I actually was. She pointed out that I was supposed to be confused and uncertain during this transition, and I think that helped my mindset.

    2) now that you’re working on developing the blog and podcast business I’d suggest checking out the freelancer community on various social media and blogs. There’s a lot of discussion about self-worth and feeling like what you’re doing is valid and real that might help you. Or at least it helped me realize that everyone feels that way and that by working for myself I may never feel truly “established”.

    Also G looks absolutely adorable in those pics!

  • Reply KimW October 13, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    I’m looking forward to checking out those planner links – I’m having a lot of trouble deciding between Hemlock and Oak daily and a Sprouted Daily. And I just saw that Erin Condren added large acrylic wall calendars, a monthly, a weekly and a chore chart layout. Made me think of you, you have mentioned her previous wall calendar.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 13, 2022 at 3:05 pm

      Omg I’m very excited but I can’t see them! Can you link?

  • Reply KimW October 13, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    I forgot – you’re not on Instagram. Just in case you want to take a peek

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 13, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      So exciting! Thank you!

  • Reply shusda October 13, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    As John Lennon put it so eloquently, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

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