May Goals

May 3, 2023

Lots of great comments on yesterday’s screen time-related post.

It’s a new month so . . . new goals list! I also ‘closed out’ April, either migrating or abandoning undone goals. AND, I made my little sticker photo collage + changed my screen backgrounds.

APRIL highlights



  • Continue current training plan (as dictated by running coach); also continue 2x/week strength and 1-2x/week yoga, even if short!
  • Organize my closet + create wardrobe wish list
  • Look into possibly changing OCP
  • Mani/pedi x 1
  • Finish updated 100 dreams list!
  • Find/schedule a concert!
  • Japanese Gardens and/or Immersive Van Gogh (my last attempt was foiled by a day long tornado watch + bad weather – could not bring myself to drive to Miami so that I can sit in traffic while my phone alarm blares with 3 kids in the car. Just no.)


  • Get book proposal template!
  • Digital detox mini-course
  • Reach out to (anonymous) guest for June spot
  • Draft fantasy planner layouts for potential fun (SMALL) project (no, not starting a planner company!)


  • Screen-free May + finish by crafting some new (more moderate, but also thoughtful) rules for the summer
  • Help A organize/declutter her room
  • Get tickets to Bluey: The Play, among other things (I cannot NOT take Genevieve to this!)
  • Figure out/schedule 1:1 kid days in summer
  • Finish planning Vancouver/Cruise trip (thank you SO much for your feedback! I found an Airbnb in Parksville. It will be a short but sweet ending to our trip!)
  • Make muffins 3x 🙂 (already did 1!)
  • See Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret with A (+J? +C? Thoughts?)
  • Do an entire month or at least multi-week dinner plan


  • Have FUN at conference!!!
  • Refresh note templates


  • Read 5 books
  • Continue Duolingo most days
  • Continue Headspace most days
  • Listen to music most days
  • Go outside most days (running 6x/week has made that one pretty easy . . . )


  • Reply Gillian May 3, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    I am taking my 12.5 yo daughter to Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret on Friday evening! I thought it would be a good mother/daughter 1:1 activity. I have such nostalgia for the book (and basically every other Judy Blume book too). I have been really enjoying listening to the coverage. Terry Gross interviewed Judy Blume on Fresh Air last week and it was (not surprisingly) and really fantastic interview. I don’t think my younger boys (10 and 7) would get it/get into it. I had forgotten about the whole subplot about her religious exploration until it was discussed on the Puberty Podcast.

  • Reply Keren May 3, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Designing fantasy layouts is really fun. This year I made my own planner in a dot grid notebook and I really enjoyed thinking what I want to include in a journal and drafting different layouts. Unfortunately the process of later drawing the whole planner wasn’t as enjoyable.

  • Reply Daria May 3, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing your list!
    Pasting mine for self-accountability:

    1. Mommy and me 1 on 1 dates. L: unicorns, music, food, Frozen. R: monster trucks, Legos, books.
    2. My 42 birthday! Dinner with partner and a brunch get-together with friends
    3. Read three fiction novels since I am taking a break from non-fiction books for a while.
    4. The second week of May: Teacher Appreciation Week! I usually do a handwritten note from me and the kids (R is 3) and send in flowers.
    5. Participate in our school technology committee aka “cell phones in class are killing the learning process and we need to do something about it” committee.
    6. Memorial Day! Have a total of FIVE days off. The district is giving back the snow days that were not used. #highfive Undecided about the road trip. May do something spontaneous (if I have the energy)
    7. T is away for a few days here and there so I’ll be solo parenting. Prep for that.
    8. Mother’s Day!
    9. A solo weekend away at an Airbnb (still need to book)

  • Reply Emily May 3, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Maybe give C a choice (show him the trailer?). I really want to see it and I invited my 10 year old son and 9 year old daughter. My daughter immediately said yes and my son was like…no thanks. My daughter and I are going to go see it with her friend and friend’s mom this weekend and are very excited.

  • Reply Carrie Q May 3, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    “Digital detox mini course” – yes, girl. Can I reserve my spot now!? You’re on fire.

  • Reply Coree May 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    I’m in Brussels with a pile of students, and am just looking at May as a clear the decks month. I have to write one annoying thing, but it’s mostly finishing my grading, a bunch of admin, etc. We get back late Friday, my husband and son are joining me for the long weekend in work city, I’ve got a few more days there, and then am home for ages.

    I’m way ahead on my walking mileage but behind on my bike, so looking forward to some long bike rides. I also need to populate my library holds list for a summer of reading. I realised I can sort my StoryGraph by publication year and have better luck with 2020/2021.

  • Reply Julie Mirecki May 4, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Just saw Are you there God with my childhood best friend. It was a great experience for us to share, having read the book when we were Margaret’s age. I think this is 1:1 with you and A. I don’t think boys would enjoy. And, if I remember that age correctly, might even be a little embarrassing for her if they were there – definitely an intimate mother-daughter experience-boys, bras, periods, etc. Also, Loved Immersive Van Gogh! Definitely do it. 😀

  • Reply Natasha May 4, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Took my 12 year old daughter to see the movie last weekend, right after she finished the book. It was a great mother/daughter outing.

  • Reply Elissa May 25, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    You’re definitely inspired me to understand just how much time we do have to accomplish the things that we want to.

    On a side note, just curious, what is OCP?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 25, 2023 at 1:59 pm

      Birth control pill (which I use to manage my hormones/cycles currently)

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