2019 Reflections

Hello lovely dreamers!

This is most likely the last post of 2019 on this blog, which brings us to a total of 74 posts this year. Not half bad if I do say so myself!

I’ve been reflecting on the last twelve months and while I’ve definitely not achieved all the goals I had laid out at the beginning of the year, I can say it has been a life-altering year in so many amazing ways. I’m not going to go through those goals and analyze them all, but I do want to touch on the highlights.


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I didn’t pay off as many bills as I wanted to and I didn’t read or write nearly as much as I had planned. Our plans of visiting another country fell through and I definitely didn’t ride my horse more than a handful of times.

But 2019 was a huge year in it’s own right.

On this blog…

I told the origin story of Elemental Dreamer in January. In March, I announced the impending arrival of the Tiniest Princess. We talked about the physical symptoms of depression in April and then about my life with anxiety in May. In June, I wrote a whole lot, but my favorite is the one about intentional dreaming.

July brought about some reflections on my future as an author. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August and then introduced baby Adaline in September. I had yet another soapbox moment about first-world culture in October. I shared some thoughts about marriage in November and then in December I reflected on the craziness of the holiday season.

In real life…

We found out I was pregnant and our beautiful princess arrived.

We moved to a new place in a much better area that we’re quite happy with.

We took a really awesome vacation in May and several fun weekend trips.

I figured out a lot of aspects of my spirituality and I feel a lot stronger in that area.

In the spirit of being stronger, I also made the decision to get back into therapy and I am SO glad I did. Highly recommend.

I was able to curb my own spending habits way back and actually stick to a budget.

I finished writing one of my longtime book projects and am now starting to edit it.

So yeah, maybe the past year wasn’t all that impressive in terms of checkmarks on a list. But my heart and my soul are much more full and I could not be happier with the direction my life has taken. It was a year of invisible accomplishments, a year of starting new adventures and figuring out life as a family vs a couple. It was a full and beautiful year.

Looking forward into 2020 – not only a new year, but a new decade – I’m not making a laundry list of goals again. Instead I’m creating a set of intentions, which I’ll talk about next week, and leaving a lot of things open-ended so that I can focus on more of the important things… like really soaking up the moments while the baby is still so small.

Enjoy the rest of the year and I’ll be back, bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing next time!

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

Posted by Katharine Espinosa

Katharine is a freelance writer, editor, and aspiring author. She loves coffee, chocolate, cats, and riding her horses on the weekends. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and daughter.

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