Sarah and I launched our Best of Both Worlds Patreon about a year ago to help build a community around our weekly podcast. We’ve had a lot of fun on our discussion boards (multiple posts per week = a great alternative to social media) and at our monthly virtual meet-ups.
Now that we’ve become a bit more comfortable with the process, we decided to create our 2023 “curriculum” in one fell swoop. Each month’s meet-up and many of the discussion posts will focus on one particular theme. Sound intriguing? Like any of these topics? Come join us! Membership is $9/month.
(By the way, December’s meet-up on 12/15 at noon, eastern, will feature Sarah’s annual goal-setting workshop. I can’t think of a better way to get excited about the new year.)
What we’ll be talking about in 2023:
January: Healthy 2023 — we’ll be talking ways to make our bodies feel better and to enjoy life more, with a promise that there will be zero diet advice/talk here.
February: We launch the Best of Both Worlds book club! Titles for the year are still to come, but we will discuss a new book quarterly. This will likely be a combination of non-fiction and fiction. We are taking requests!
March: Tough Parenting Moments — we’ve all been there, and in this discussion we’ll talk about tantrums, misbehavior, hard choices, and more.
April: Obsessions — good ones, that is! We’ll talk about how to cultivate seriously fun hobbies that add a lot to life, and we’ll share how we make time for our obsessions.
May: Book Club pick #2! Plus a look at summer reading in general.
June: Your 5 Year Travel Plan — we talk dream destinations and ones we plan to visit in the next few years. We’ll also cover travel tips for a variety of age kids (say, toddlers vs. older ones).
July: Beauty & Superficial Stuff — our “superficial things” episodes are always among our most downloaded. We’ll talk make-up, hair, Botox, and more.
August: Book Club pick #3!
September: Time Tracking Challenge — this special time-tracking challenge will let Patreon community members compare schedules and get feedback.
October: Childcare Workshop — We’ll talk through schedules (and budgets) for a few members and figure out what makes sense to support work ambitions and a full personal life.
November: Book Club pick #4! We’ll also talk through people’s favorite books from the year.
December: Goal Setting — Sarah leads our annual goal-setting workshop where we picture where we want to be in a year and create plans to make it happen.
In other news: Folks who read Tranquility by Tuesday might remember Elizabeth Morphis from chapter 5 (she is the professor who needed to carve out time for tenure seeking work — and who benefited from scheduling back-up slots). She just launched a podcast called The Literacy Teacher’s Life. This show aims to help educators and parents nurture enthusiastic young readers and writers. Please check it out!
I recently did an event helping Verily magazine celebrate their tenth anniversary. They’re returning to print form, and their tenth anniversary issue is currently on sale.