New Month: December Goals

December 1, 2022

November Goals: Completed

✅ Order + send holiday card

✅ BLPA launch!

✅ Consistent half marathon training (yes) + continue 2-3x/week strength training ( <– mostly)

✅ Call week: focus on call

✅ Complete Q4 MOCA-Peds (board certification quiz questions to complete each quarter)

✅ Order ski gear (90% complete)

✅ Read book club book (finished last night!)

November Goals: Not yet . . .

❏ Plan some kind of holiday gathering for work — have decided this will be a post holiday gathering, perhaps in January

❏ Pitch ~3 podcasts. I think I pitched 2, with 50% success.

❏ Complete 2021 photobook. Zero progress on this one, but I am determined to order before the year ends (well, as long as I can find an ‘unlimited pages’ coupon).

❏ Schedule tax meeting. What a fun goal, I’m shocked I didn’t complete it straightaway (haha)

December Goals!

Why does life feel like it’s moving at warp speed all the sudden? Will try to savor the fun coming up this month!


  • Reply Coree December 1, 2022 at 8:17 am

    I sat down and made my big December to do list this am – which reassuringly was shorter than the November one. I need to finish off two writing projects and then a bunch of teaching and work admin, and some life and house stuff, holiday prep. School gets out on the 20th and we leave on the 23rd so I need to remember I don’t have a full month. So now I am trying to slot things into specific times in my calendar.

    I’m thinking of doing a local post-holidays party, in the dark days of January whenever people need a bit of cheering up.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 1, 2022 at 8:48 am

      Yes! December is too full already anyway 🙂 January / Feb is perfect for a party!

  • Reply Amy V. December 1, 2022 at 9:43 am

    I’m happy to send your our family’s ski trip packing list that we use over and over if you’d like! We were in Montana a year ago and it was my favorite ski trip.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 1, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Yes yes yes please!!!! Would love it. And great to hear about Montana!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns December 1, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Post-holidays is the perfect time for a gathering. Jan/Feb can be a bit of a drag as there isn’t much to look forward to – especially in the Midwest where it’s dark/cold. I used to do a favorite things exchange with 4 college girlfriends during the month of December but I suggested we move it to Feb and make it a Galentine’s gathering. Everyone was on board! December is especially nutty for us as I travel next week for work, then we go to Mexico (yay!) and then I have a minor surgery the week of Christmas!

    • Reply omdg December 1, 2022 at 11:17 am

      I love the idea of a February gathering!

  • Reply Jessica December 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Happy to see all the comments appreciating Jan/Feb gatherings!! Much less stressful and more fun, and can be a new year thing which is much more inclusive.

    Do you transition missed goals from one month to the next? For example, are you still tracking the tax goal somewhere?

  • Reply Sophie December 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Just curious, what does pitch 3 podcasts mean? Pitch yourself as a guest?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 1, 2022 at 2:44 pm


  • Reply Brooke December 1, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Inquiring minds want to know – BLP retreat?! 🙂

    I notice you don’t have BOBW as a category. Is that because it’s a well oiled machine so it’s more of a to-do vs a goal? Differentiating between to-dos vs goals could be a great podcast episode. It seems like many people draw the line differently.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 1, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      I just called it “BLP etc” meant to encompass all my non-W2 pursuits!!

      I am hoping to do a live retreat in fall of 2023 and got the ball rolling with a consultant who helps set these kinds of events up (so that they are super fun + run smoothly). (You have to plan at least that far ahead for such things!). Details to come once I nail down dates + location!

      • Reply Brooke December 2, 2022 at 11:27 am

        Woohoo! Sounds like fun!

  • Reply Diane December 1, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I just read an article by The Evil HR lady about why January is the perfect time to throw a work party and it made a very good case!
    One of the bullet point reason she gives made me laugh:
    “It’s an Inclusive Party. There’s no need to pretend that Santa is secular or put some blue ornaments on a tree and say, “Oh, it’s inclusive!” Everyone knows it’s a Christmas tree, regardless of what you say. Having a party in January isn’t pretend inclusivity; it’s true inclusivity.”


  • Reply Sarah December 2, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Long time reader, extremely rare commenter, maybe once 10 years ago, but you’ve moved me to comment today. Sarah, if * you* (the most organised person I’ve ever come across) can’t schedule a tax appointment when it’s on your list what sort of hope do I (the least organised person in all eternity with the possible exception of my father) have? Thank you. I feel better at once.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 2, 2022 at 5:53 am

      hahahaha! i have to say my inability MAY rest more with other players who have to present at said meeting but I’m so glad to be able to make you feel good!!

  • Reply Maura December 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Oh! I hope you’ll consider a full post around the goal of spending plans! Would love to dig more into how people budget (% of what in what category) and when / where / how and what others prioritize 😊

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