Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #199: Top 5 Things Episode (in honor of my birthday!)

May 20, 2024

In today’s episode, I share a few Top 5s, in honor of my birthday! I open with my top 5 reasons for planning, followed by (my opinion of) the top 5 essential elements of a functional system. Finally, I get personal and share my top 5 hopes + dreams for the next year of life.

If you’d like to celebrate with me, I would love:

  • a review
  • a tip on a product to review or awesome person to have on the show (just email sarah.hart.unger at gmail!)
  • if you shared this episode with a friend or in a group!

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  • Reply R K May 20, 2024 at 10:05 am

    Happy Birthday Sarah🎉🥳🍰💕

  • Reply Abigail McMillan May 20, 2024 at 10:26 am

    Happy birthday! I loved this episode

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 20, 2024 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Abigail!!

  • Reply Erin May 20, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Happy birthday!!

  • Reply Lisa's Yarns May 20, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    Happy birthday! Our anniversary is the day before your bday so I will always associate the 2 milestones together going forward. I was born in 81 so just behind you! Your stage of parenting does sound GREAT. We are still very much in the weeds/trenches and challenged on a daily basis although in a different way of course. I’m trying to enjoy the stages the kids are in, but I do feel like toddlerhood is just something to be “survived” as dramatic as that sounds. I can’t imagine ever looking back on this stage with anything but relief that it’s over! My 6yo is still very very cuddly – I know that will eventually go away but it seems to last longer than I thought it might. I’m trying to soak up the funny things my toddler says like when I was trying to get the toddler to poop recently (that’s been a tricky part of potty training) and he told me he couldn’t because his poops were “napping”.

    I’m wishing you the best of luck at your marathon this weekend and can’t wait to track you! The cooler, less humid temps are going to feel AMAZING! You’ll probably be cold! Ha.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 20, 2024 at 1:26 pm

      I understand the ‘survival’ feelings. There were sweet memories but I’m absolutely glad to be beyond it! I think you will love the school age years, and you’re really getting close! I feel like when everyone is 4+ things really change a lot.

  • Reply Linda M May 20, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    Im replying to your question about the age of your listeners. I’m 20 years older than you so probably one of your older listeners. You are in the golden age of parenting. Grade school is awesome when they can go things with you and enjoy being with you. Of course I’m enjoying my kids a lot now that they are adults too.

  • Reply Daria May 20, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Happy birthday Sarah!! Hugs from New Jersey!

  • Reply jennystancampiano May 20, 2024 at 5:22 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! This was a super fun episode!

  • Reply Keren May 21, 2024 at 2:54 am

    Happy birthday!🎈

  • Reply Lisa May 21, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    (from a 63-year-old listener : )

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 21, 2024 at 3:17 pm

      thank you Lisa!!

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