goals

This week a friend said, "Now you can say you're having a baby next month!" February 2020 is presenting itself as a wonderfully normal month before the month I'll give birth. What a rare and magical place to be. So I'll be soaking up what normal life is life right now – soccer practice, writing sessions, Orange Theory, making second breakfasts and endless snacks, podcast recording, reading books aloud with one boy on each side of me, trips to Trader Joe's alone, bike riding with the boys to school, feeling a baby girl kick inside me, cooking dinner while the... Read more →


This year I'm excited to be using an It's Currently 2020 workbook from Tracy. I got started on it this month listing my intentions for the year and reflected on January. Grab yourself one if you want to join in. How was your January? The month felt really long to me but in a good way. There was time for so much. The boys went back to school, I settled back into my weekday routine. Erica and I started recording lots of podcast episodes so that we can work ahead. Dash's winter soccer season started. I even fit in a... Read more →


In the spirit of MAGIC in 2020 I created a list of 20 easy-to-do things that will add magic to my year. I'm imagining the list might be especially useful on bleary-eyed days with a newborn or on days we feel not quite on top of parenting three kids. Basically on days when I'm not feeling the magic. At those times I hope I'll remember to look over my list and choose something to add a little sparkle to my day – several of the items would also brighten someone else's day. I've listened to Gretchen and Elizabeth on the... Read more →


At the end of 2019 On the first day of 2019 – Cedric's face changed from toddler-ish to little boy this year I feel so reflective this time of year and in that spirit I reread my 2018 wrap up post, which I close in this way: "We'll be asleep well before midnight and everyone in our house will be awake before the sun rises for the first time in 2019. It'll be like any day in our house and yet it will feel like 365 new days have been unrolled like a carpet ahead of us. I wonder where... Read more →


May was indeed hectic and full with the end of school and allll the things. I love the description on the episode of The Mom Hour about the last month of school being like "death by a thousand cuts." I thought of this phrase during the last week of school when, as I was already trying to complete end-of-year teachers gifts and manage a full calendar, sat down at my computer after school drop off, opened up my Google Calendar, and was reminded that it was Dash's day to bring class snack! Ah! But at the same time it was... Read more →


My friend Georgia (hi Georgia!) sent me an email recently asking about my favorite books on goal-setting and accomplishment. I had fun thinking of my favorite resources and then realized it would make for a great blog post! Here's a roundup of the books, podcasts, and materials that have been the most helpful to me for making goals and setting myself up for success... Read more →


I love the academic calendar and the rhythm it gives our lives. My life has always been measured in semesters since even once I was out of graduate school Chris was working at a university, and then I was too (deep archive dive to read about getting my job at ASU – this is why I love blogging!). I'm thinking back to the first day of kindergarten/preschool at the beginning of the school year and all that's happened. A new school that felt so big and unfamiliar is now a regular and comfortable part of our lives. We made new... Read more →