life Planners

5 on a Friday: 1st of the Month Edition

September 1, 2023

1- If you commented yesterday, thank you. I greatly appreciate your wisdom, willingness to share + kindness — and even your tough love. Many things to think about + try. I will find a solution, one way or the other (or several ways).

2. I ordered from Hobonichi right at launch time last night, even though I know the sleep deprivation wasn’t the smartest. I did take a bizarrely-timed “nap” from ~9:20 pm – 9:55 pm though, so . . .maybe that helped? Annabel stayed up with me (she was watching a particularly dramatic ep of Make It or Break It – wow that show is a soap opera) and at the last second decided on a lavender Weeks! Maybe next year C will want his first Hobonichi. I will support all my children in cultivating their stationery tastes . . .

I WILL do an unboxing video. REALLY this time! Now for the ~10 day wait while it comes all the way from Japan!

possible teaser . . . how pretty is this!?

3. Podcast rec: Tim Ferriss interviewed Dustin Moskovitz, the head and co-founder of Asana (and also one of the first at Facebook). Even though his lifestyle is ummm . . . probably very different from mine, I really liked the discussion of energy management and balancing of the calendar. There was also a slightly terrifying but intriguing segment about the future of AI. (Though honestly I think I am better off NOT thinking much about those things very often.)

4. Podcast rec #2: 10 Things to Tell You: 10 Things About 10 Years in Therapy. Well. This made me want to return to therapy, even if the barrier to entry always seems high (ie: finding the right person and actually making it happen!). Nothing terrible is going on, but I feel like it wouldn’t hurt — and Laura Tremaine made a great case for being proactive with mental health. I really appreciated her honesty and willingness to be vulnerable in this episode.

5. Proud parenting moment: On reflecting back on the week, even though I obviously had some lows — I’m really proud of the kids for adapting / adjusting to the new year thus far. This week was much better than last week as far as the morning routine was concerned, and the kids seem motivated with their schoolwork + generally for activities too. Proud of A especially for trying some new things (takes courage + growth mindset esp at an age where other kids are less likely to be new at something).

About to finish up some work AND craft some realistic and self-compassionate September goals. Here we go . . .


  • Reply Brooke September 1, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    I got that same one. So excited for it to arrive! Though west coast ordering was at 7pm, so much better timing. I ordered two (work and personal) which got me to $200. With the choice of $45 shipping or free shipping at $250 – I had fun picking out some of their accessories too. I got into hobonichi middle of last year so this is my first launch order.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 1, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      ahhh!!! the hollyhocks or the denim? It was a GREAT launch this year I thought – so many I was interested in.

      • Reply Brooke September 1, 2023 at 8:31 pm

        I loved the look of the denim, but know that I typically end up hating folios (desk space is limited and it takes up room).

  • Reply Coree September 1, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    I feel like I’m not engaging in the AI discourse / stress. I’ve redrafted my assignments to hopefully be less susceptible to AI but otherwise, way above my pay grade. So cool that A is trying new things, it feels like it must be harder with kids specialising so early.

    We are dealing with some aggressive behaviour towards my son (a few months older than G) and the school has been receptive, my son is safe and seems ok etc, but I’m just emotional about it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 1, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      so so hard. I hope they continue to handle it well and that he feels safe!

  • Reply Helen Thomas September 1, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Not sure on AI. I write blog posts for food bloggers and there’s always the chance I could become moot I guess. Some are already using it to write the bulk of their posts and then tweaking it. I’m just not sure how you keep it in your own voice though, and if you are heavily editing it are you really saving any time?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 1, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      I’m less worried about plagiarism/job loss and more worried about robots taking over . . . !

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns September 1, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve sort of buried my head under a basket re: AI. I just don’t have it in me to educate myself and I feel like it won’t impact my part of the asset management industry for quite awhile. My nephew starts at the U of M here in Minneapolis this month and he is in an extracurricular group that is focused on AI so I figure he can tell me what I need to know. Ha.

    Looking forward to the unboxing video! I just bought a new W222 planner. I really like the improvements they’ve made this year like the I stacked weekends and the extra ‘daily pages’. I don’t use them as daily pages, though. I use them for note taking and making lists for work (no sensitive data of course). I used to use a basic notebook at work but now that I am constantly shifting from in office to home I have shifted to using the daily pages in my W222!

    I’m glad the comments re: migraines were gentle and kind!

  • Reply DVResident September 1, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    I just ordered mine! I ended up going with the A6 Avec because it’s going to feel like SUCH a fresh start on July 1 when I am NOT A RESIDENT, and hopefully WILL be a fellow, and I’d like to physically put a new planner into my cover. I am pretty boring with my covers-got a pretty blue one, but I tend to reuse the covers until they basically fall apart!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 1, 2023 at 8:07 pm

      I’m so excited for you DV!! It does seem like the perfect time to go back to daily planning!!!!!

  • Reply MC September 5, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the heads up about Hobonichi launch date! This will be my first Hobonichi, very excited to receive!!
    I am getting Slash (Navy) which does not need a separate cover

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 5, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      so excited for you!! Love those HON covers – super cool newer option!

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