Planners Weekend

5 on a Friday: Influenced Edition

March 3, 2023

1- All’s Well that Ends Well . . . it’s Friday! I am in a much better mood, for no reason in particular. Today has been a good clinical day. I am looking forward to the weekend even though Josh has call.

(I dreaded those weekends for many years when the kids were younger. I always tried to make the best of them, but those solo days with really young kids were just HARD!)

2- I have been influenced to buy collagen. I had this episode of Fuel for the Sole in my queue forever and finally listened this morning. I am not injured but as I am enjoying running more and more, I am very much wanting to prevent injury. Back in my prior marathon training days (like 15 years ago . . .) I remember always improving speed-wise at a certain mileage level (40-50-60+) BUT having injury strike inevitably when I pushed the envelope. Back then, I did little strength training and did a lot of treadmill running. BUT I was also YOUNG.

Episode #47

Anyway, I am going to try it. Let’s face it — I will never know if it helped. But it seems like a reasonable measure to take.

3- Big & Little Adventures. Laura has been featuring this rule all week. I am not always the best at incorporating adventures. And honestly sometimes the idea of bringing kids on adventures solo gives me anxiety. BUT I recognize the value — they do help life feel more full and interesting! — and I want to do more of them. I think there is an element of having to realize that I’m NOT in the little kid/baby phase anymore and can probably take a few more risks when it comes to taking the kids to an event, even on my own.

This weekend hopefully I can come up with some. Does Trader Joe’s count? (Kidding, but I shopped there for the first time in forever last week and actually bought the entire week’s groceries and it was insanely cost-effective and pleasant. I recognize this is the MOST BASIC of stories but I’m telling it anyway. And it did kind of feel like an adventure . . .)

(Also, when I conducted my monthly plan I realized that March is kind of BLAHHH for us. Just not that much planned that is fun or exciting. So I need to add some things to look forward to!)

4- I am swapping out my planner for a bit. I know I know. But I am using my Stalogy notebook as a sort of bullet journal right now and I am LOOOOVINGGGG it. And therefore, I don’t need the daily pages in my Hobonichi so I want to move to a more streamlined weekly (but still have columns because I need to see my time that way). I think I am going to try out the Sterling Ink I ordered “for review” (LOL). I am SURE I will end up back in the Hobonichi at some point because that is just how I roll but this will be a fun um . . . adventure? (My kind of adventure!!!!)

I love the Stalogy paper I have to say!

5- More frivolous things: I am obsessed with Caroline’s style and these jeans (not the ripped; the off-white specifically!)

AGolde Lana

(But since I spent most of my allowance on running items I will just have to hope they are still around in April. I will adjust my spending plan to make room for these . . . )


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 3, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    The adventure rule is a hard one for me, too. I don’t feel like I need an adventure every week or at least not a big adventure? I feel like I am too tired to think of something fun/novel to do. But I’m at a stage of life where I need a rhythm/routine to my weekends. I think the kids will look back and feel like we did fun things but not every week? And I am not doing any solo adventures lately… It’s hard for me to do things on my own now that I am back to traveling for work. I just feel like the at home parent takes on SO MUCH when I am traveling that I need to make up for it when I get back… But I’m coming off a month where one of us was traveling 3 weeks in a row. I’ve barely done any work travel since having kids so this has been a bit of an adjustment for me. I’m trying to push my husband to do more solo adventures/take time for himself but that’s tough in the winter months when there are less activity options. Come summer I am sure he will gladly plan a round of golf if I prodded him to!

    I’m envious of your tidy handwriting! I have awful handwriting!

    • Reply Gwinne March 3, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      I feel like one actual “advenuture” a week is probably all I can do. .and a “big” one per month or so. I like the idea behind this rule but also don’t have lot of bandwidth for experimentation. Upcoming adventures will be shamrock shakes on st. Patrick’s day…we do one per year… and possibly a trip to the container store. Haha

      My approach to this is one small adventure for me solo, and one with kid.

      • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns March 3, 2023 at 7:38 pm

        A trip to a store you don’t usually go to would count as an adventure! I love the container store! I have started to occasionally take my kids to target on the weekend and they think that is an adventure! Our youngest basically was not in a store until he was 18m since he was born during the pandemic and the oldest wasn’t in stores for years so doesn’t really remember being in a store. So it’s a very novel experience for them!!

      • Reply Nina March 4, 2023 at 11:49 am

        Love this suggestion, a little adventure each week and a big each month – much more suited to my energy levels / ability to get out there and do stuff!

  • Reply Sophie March 3, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    I really like Laura’s rules, but I think it’s also a case of live in the season. For me, with two young kids, the early foundation rules (sleep, move etc), are MORE important, and the later novelty rules (adventure, a night for you etc), are less important because kids themselves demand activities and bring unpredictability to our lives. I actually love adventures, but probably 1 small adventure per week, and maybe 1-2 big per month, are plenty at this stage of life for me. But I like the rule to remind myself to plan a few things in when life is feeling a bit too mundane.

  • Reply Chelsea March 3, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    You’ll have a much more relaxing weekend if you allow yourself to be influenced by this week’s Fuel For the Soul (about CBD and THC), lol.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 3, 2023 at 8:30 pm

      Yeah I’m not really as excited about that 😂

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