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time management failings

Hi beautiful readers!

I hope everyone had a great Easter, despite the social distancing making a dent in a lot of people’s plans. We had a whole lot of storms over the weekend, but still managed to have a little bit of holiday fun and dressed up the Tiny Princess just because. She was so stinking adorable in her little Easter dress.

I’m not great at time management. Or prioritizing things that need to be done, come to think of it. I’ve had less than stellar health for several years and I tend to need more rest time throughout the day than someone else my age might need to. And then I’m working through some harmful perfectionist habits that make it hard to get as much done as I would like. And now I realize that there is a lot to unpack in this paragraph already, but today is not that day.

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It was slightly easier to manage my time when I was working because there was less of it to deal with. The few hours in the morning and the few hours in the evening, and once you consider making food in those hours, they dwindle down even further. I think I got a fair amount of stuff done in the little bit of time I had, but it never ever felt like enough.

And then I quit my job to stay at home and suddenly I had all the hours of the day to play with. Theoretically, of course, because baby. Before she was born, I usually set timers for myself. If I cleaned in the living room for 20 minutes, I got a rest break, or I would write for 15 minutes, or whatever. Timers are no longer as effective a strategy though because there is no telling when I’ll have to drop everything and do something for her.

Now, I try to get one chore done during each of her naps. Or I fold the laundry while we play on the floor. And I’m starting to teach her about picking up toys so that the house doesn’t get overrun. It’s a different sort of challenge.

If you google time management there will be a billion things that pop up. Everyone has a different way that they organize their day and prioritize their to-do lists. And nobody’s way is wrong. My strategies look totally different right now during quarantine because The Husband is home and that changes a lot of things around. (basically, my strategies flew out the window. help.)

This lovely post from Blessed Simplicity outlines six tips for time management as a stay at home mom and I’m doing my best to implement the ideas she lays out. We’re still in the middle of setting a good schedule for the Tiny Princess so of course that takes precedence over everything else right now, but I’m looking forward to having a little more stability and order in all of our lives once that is established. The other tips in the post are also things I’ve been trying to do. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t. I mentioned last week that I do try to wake up earlier so I can get a headstart (aka wake up) before she does. That’s probably the most consistent thing I do, and even that’s not all that consistent. Yesterday I got up at 6:30. Today it was 7:30. Ah well.

Maybe one of these days I’ll have more strategies that I can write about, but all I’m here to say today is that time management is HARD, especially for creative folks. And it’s okay not to be perfect with how you manage or break up your day. If you did anything at all, you’ve succeeded. And that’s that.

Maybe one of these days I’ll make some more coherent blog posts, but today is also not that day! Until that day arrives, enjoy my ramblings because I have a feeling this is what quarantine has done to my brain!


Love, light, kindness, AND happiness today and all the days!

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March 2020 – A Closer Look

Hello beautiful readers!

March was a full blown adventure, wasn’t it? I feel like we started out strong and then slowly devolved into “the world is ending.” So that’s great. I wasn’t sure how to write this post, exactly, but then decided that I would just focus inward a little. We’re always going to remember the spring of 2020 as the time of the world pandemic, so why not take a look at some other things.

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What happened in March?

Here on Elemental Dreamer…

This was my worst month so far, blog post wise – including this one, I posted four times. Last Friday was my quarterly post, checking in on some of those ideas I was hoping to push for in 2020. Before that, I posted a little update letter to try and find some hope in the chaos of current events. And at the very beginning of the month I had a post about how I handle being interested in everything all the time.

In the Books…

Definitely my worst month to date. In the spirit of honesty, I’ve been super anxious and when I’m super anxious I read fanfiction and trashy romance novels – just a coping mechanism, I guess. I pulled out A Wrinkle in Time yesterday to make a point after we watched the latest awful movie rendition and now that it’s sitting out, I may read it. Who knows.

On the Screen…

We finally finished watching How I Met Your Mother. Since I’d already done it once, I forced Juan to make it through that horrendous final season just to reach the end.

I started watching The Voice on Hulu, and I’m enjoying this season! For some reason I love judging people on TV – a guilty pleasure maybe? I don’t know.

We watched the new live-action Dumbo, the 2018 version of A Wrinkle in Time, and a whole lot of kids cartoons.

Writing Things Down…

Sadly, I did not do any fiction writing this month. I’m really looking forward to doing a little bit in April if I get the chance. But I have been able to do some essay writing for a job and of course, journals and short essays for school!

Other Hobbies…

After half the month off, in the last week and a half, I’ve been able to get back to riding and it’s been great fun, just like always.

I’ve still been baking and cooking and not doing too bad a job! Everything gets eaten, so we’re enjoying it I guess! Last night I did cinnamon rolls and other than being a teensy bit overbaked, they were scrumptious! I need another one now….

Home and Family…

Well… as of last week, The Husband is on leave from work and we are social distancing/self isolating as best we can. That’s fun. It’s not like we ever really went out and did anything, but now the only thing we do is go to my parent’s property or out to the trails to walk. I think we’ve both been adjusting to being around each other 24/7, although the Tiny Princess doesn’t care, she’s just happy to have both of us home.

Overall, things are going well, just trying to keep our heads down until things improve around the world, and keep our positivity up. If you need something to watch, we’ve been watching Jimmy Fallon – he’s doing at-home versions of his talk show and it is weirdly inspiring and makes us smile.


Love, light, and kindness,

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Finding A Moment of Hope

Dear beautiful readers,

Life has an interesting way of keeping us on our toes, doesn’t it? It feels like I blinked and suddenly two weeks were gone without a single blog post finished. I’m a little sad about that because I was doing really really well with my planned schedule. But it’s okay. Honestly, the time change hit me kind of hard and then it’s been a struggle to get out of bed without waking up the little one, and now I’m just out of the habit. Ah well.

My last post was on the 3rd, about how I’ve always been interested in anything and everything, but how it’s also changed for me in recent years. The weekend after I published that, we went on a little family road trip to Oklahoma for a film festival. I think we all learned something at that event (well, except for Adaline, who maybe learned that she doesn’t like long car rides? I don’t know) and it was really exciting to have things work out so we could go! Our first family road trip in the books!

We all know that in the last few weeks, everything has slowly started shutting down around the States due to COVID-19. Nothing reminds you of how little you actually get out like preparing to self-isolate but then realizing that you already never do anything. Other than driving to my mom’s to feed the horses, we’re now staying home for the time being. Even though I don’t really leave the house that often anyways, not being able to do so is more annoying than I thought. Let’s just say we’re going to be taking a lot of walks!

Speaking of… I’ll have to post an update on my horse blog yet, but I’m slowly making some progress in that area. The rain has kept me mostly grounded since I’m not about to try and ride in knee-deep mud and get me or the horse or both of us hurt. I finally got on yesterday and did a slow ride, which was fantastic! In the meantime, I have been able to start working with her vet on a good plan to get her in the best shape to be able to trail/endurance ride this year! You know, if there are any events left scheduled after this virus calms itself down (hopefully soon).

I haven’t really announced it very openly, but I started working on my bachelor’s degree a couple of weeks ago! I’m getting my Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing through Southern New Hampshire University. The courses are only 8 weeks long and completely online, which works out really well for my schedule. So far I’m enjoying my first literature class and I’m excited to see where this all takes me!

Our little baby girl turned 6 months old two weeks ago and I would be lying if I said I didn’t need a good cry that day. She is getting so big and starting to sit up and move on her own. As much as I adore watching her figure out the world, I’m also frantically trying to rein in these amazing, precious moments as she grows up before my eyes.

It’s been a little rough on me mentally lately, partly because of the world’s situation right now. My therapist’s office is closed for in-person sessions until things blow over, and I’m still on the fence about the video sessions they’re working on offering. We’ll see. I didn’t realize how much I looked forward to my weekly session, lol! I’m also hoping that I can slowly start getting my morning hours back, which should allow me to get back to my regular blogging schedule and have more time for myself.

I love this space and I love all my readers! Everyone stay safe, don’t hoard anything stupid and enjoy whatever peace can be found in this crazy time. I’ll try to see you on Friday!

With all the love, light, and kindness I can muster,

-Katharine Marie

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A Closer Look – February 2020

Hello beautiful dreamers!

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of February. And if it wasn’t a leap year, today would actually be the last day. Yikes. But that’s not important right now. The main thing is that I am so confused as to how we got here. I hadn’t bothered pulling up this post until a few days ago – to give some perspective, I got an email a while back about some paperwork that needed to be submitted by the 29th of February. And I haven’t been procrastinating, exactly, just honestly believing that I had plenty of time. And then on Tuesday I get another email saying I have four days left to complete my paperwork. I think I died a little on the inside. I mean, I’m ready for spring, but I’m NOT ready for March to be here already.

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So… what did we get up to in the incredibly short month of February?

Here on Elemental Dreamer…

Well, we kicked off the month with this blog’s 100th post!! Which just so happened to be a ramble about how I’m attempting to continue reading more. Then we had a heart to heart about how rough it can be as a mom sometimes. I opened up a little with thirteen weird confessions that people really didn’t know about me and compared the differences between video content and the written word. Then we finished off with an update on how I’m feeling a month after leaving my job, and I offered a closer look at my personal morning routine.

All together, I had 7 blog posts in February, and 14 as the running total for 2020.

In the Books…

Last month I did better with my reading than I had in a very long while, but that all changed once I was no longer working and I’m still figuring out how to fit it in consistently. As such, I didn’t really finish anything in it’s entirety during the month of February, but I did read!

Firstly, this month I had my best streak with reading a passage of Scripture on a regular basis. Apart from a few random days here and there (weekends mostly) I sat down and read a few chapters almost every morning.

I read portions of a book on natural remedies for kids to help me get a little prepared to start my own apothecary! Not entirely kidding – I’m excited to buy some herbs and create some really cool stuff in my kitchen.

I also read part of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, a book I actually picked up way back in the early stages of my pregnancy. I don’t necessarily subscribe to all the parenting tips in it, but I consistently fall back on the ideas presented when I doubt myself as a mother.

On the Screen…

This month I was able to configure the budget and The Husband got the larger tv that he’s been wanting. That was exciting! And then I had to ask him what all we watched this month because even with the larger screen my brain still didn’t remember what it showed.

I have a tiny kid in the house, so we watch a lot of cartoons. I LOVE Disney Plus because I can put on the classic princess movies and we can dance around to all the songs. It’s awesome. She also loves the theme songs to several other cartoons like DuckTales and My Little Pony. She could care less about the actual show, but she loves theme songs!

Speaking of Disney Plus, we finally watched the live action Lion King!! It was better than I was expecting and yes, I did cry all over again. Sniff sniff.

Since the Princess was so super tiny, we didn’t get to go see Zombieland: Double Tap in the theater like we hoped/planned, so we rented it this month and got a lot of laughs out of it! Still don’t know why I enjoyed it that much, but it was really funny.

Writing Things Down…

I think I was really hoping to be much further along on rewriting my book project than I am right now, but it’s okay. Other things took precedence this month and I’ve accepted that. I’m kind of thinking that regardless of how March goes, I’m going to use Camp Nanowrimo in April to give myself a bit of a goal and see if that helps.

I’ve also been journaling a LOT more, so I’m counting that as a win, and I only missed one post on my blogging schedule, which happened the week that we were all sick so I’m not upset about that! Plus, I got my first side gig so I’ve been learning the ins and outs of different styles of writing and enjoying that!

Other Hobbies

I’ve actually been able to ride and I’m so happy! Ideally I want to get out to the farm to ride my horse three-ish times a week and it’s been a little hit or miss because of the rain, but I’ve had a lot of fun getting back to my all-time favorite hobby.

The Tiny Princess seems to like when I play the piano so I’ve done a bit more this past month. I’ve been working on a piano version of a Coldplay song and I’m starting to play around with one from Metallica.

The other week I got a little restless at home, but couldn’t come up with any kind of errands to go run, so I started baking. And guess whose house has had either cookies or something other sort of baked good around since then. It’s mine….. whoops.

Home and Family

Tiny Princess update! She rolls from her back to her tummy all. the. time. But still won’t roll from her tummy to her back, although the last few days we’ve gotten a lot closer! She is extremely busy and can be very demanding. She loves to sit up, especially if we put her in the corner of the couch so she can practice doing it on her own. I feel like she’s going to be quite independent quite quickly. Sad day. She LOVES it when daddy gets home from work and she likes going out for walks on nice days. She’s about to be six months old in a week or so and I don’t know if I can handle that…

We all ended up getting sick during February – baby’s first cold! – and I’ve definitely struggled with keeping things in order around the house, but The Husband is always very quick to remind me that being a mom is a full time job (see above where I said she is extremely busy) so I’ve gotten better about being a little flexible.

2020 Intentions

In February I really focused on my spiritual self and actually have a nice little morning routine that includes that aspect. I cooked several different meals that I hadn’t tried before and they turned out pretty great! We got a little headstart going on our house savings. And I got accepted to the college I wanted!!


Love, light, and kindness!

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My Morning Routine

Hello beautiful dreamers!

I can honestly say that I’m in a little bit of panic right now because I pulled up Friday’s post to work on yesterday and realized that this is the end of February. How?!? I just don’t understand where the time is going. Someone please stop it before this gets out of control.

Last week, I rambled a bit about how it’s been hard to figure out routines now that I’m staying at home, and I talked a bit about how I maintain my sanity by having a morning routine that I’m usually able to do before the Princess wakes up.

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Maybe I could use that time – usually about an hour and a half – to catch up on the chores around the house or whatever, but since I consider that to be MY time, I only do things that I want to do.

I make my coffee and spent some time reading a few chapters of Scripture and/or working on whatever other spiritual study I’m in. I take my time with this, sometimes I spend extra time meditating or journaling, or whatever I feel called to on any given day. I probably should eat breakfast too, but I’m not usually hungry at this hour in the morning, so that tends to wait until later. Depending on how well the munchkin slept, I may take a shower too – sometimes when she hasn’t slept well, I don’t like to get in the shower in case she wakes up.

Basically, I’m using this portion of my time to ground myself and mentally prepare myself to handle the day. Not saying it always works to get me through the day in a good mood, but it sure does help!

I try to have all that done before 7am, so that I can spend the next little while working on blog posts!! Doing this is really the only way I’ve been able to keep up with the blog while taking care of the Princess – I would never get it done consistently throughout the day and my evenings are too unpredictable most of the time. I try to write or edit at least one post per day and that usually gets done.

Some days the Princess wakes up at 7:45 so my blogging time gets cut a little short, and other days she sleeps till almost 8:30. Those days I usually do a little extra on a post and then try to get the dishwasher emptied or tidy up from the day before if I didn’t do it before going to bed.

The most important thing is that I get some time alone to spend with my thoughts and enjoy some of my favorite things without the added layer of stress.

How do you keep your sanity on a day to day basis?  I know it’s a definite necessity for me!!


Love, light, and loads of kindness,

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routines at home

Hey there wonderful dreamers!

Today marks four weeks – basically a month since I left my full time job to stay home with the Tiny Princess. it’s been a huge blessing and a pretty big shift in our lives. but it’s been really really good, despite everything.

There’s a lot i could talk about on this subject, and I have shared some on social media, but today I wanted to talk about some of the things I’ve been doing to help schedule out my time at home so that I can feel the most productive and take care of both Adaline AND myself in the best way possible.

Note that I said the goal was to FEEL more productive, not necessarily BE more productive. This is an important note. Mental attitude is everything. I am awful at minimizing the things I do get done in favor of stressing over all the things I didn’t. My therapist and I have talked at length about this and it’s something I have a hard time with, but it’s slowly getting better. I’m learning to see each day as it’s own unit instead of comparing it to yesterday or last week or whatever.

Sometimes, when I look at the last few weeks, it seems like it’s just been one thing after the other. First I had to decompress a little from the stress of my previous routine. Then the teething switched into overdrive meaning I could hardly set the poor girl down for very long at one time. Then one by one we all got some variation of a cold and in the middle of that, it felt like nobody slept for at least a week – in reality it was probably about four or five days where she refused to sleep anywhere that wasn’t upright on my shoulder. So that was fun. The Husband and I are kind of almost recovered now and the Princess is feeling much better too.

At first, it felt like I was still playing catch-up with the house. Just could not get to everything in one day. Now, everything actually feels more or less in order and I can do little things throughout the day to keep the place clean and tidy. That in and of itself is a huge stress reliever for me – I’m not exactly a neat person, but chaos annoys me to no end.

Anyways, most days I’m able to get up by 6:30am and I have a pretty good morning routine going on – something that I’m going to explore in more depth next week! – that I can usually get done before the kid wakes up. That 1-2 hours in the morning is my sanity right there. Maybe some moms can do it, but I just can’t handle never ever being alone. The Husband leaves before 6 and she usually doesn’t get up until at least 7:30, usually later, and that window of time is MINE.

That morning routine, though, is probably the only consistent part of the day. Her naps are a little all over the place because I think we’re in some sort of transition period, and everything else is usually all up in the air. But that’s just the way life is right now, I suppose!

How is your life going right now? Hopefully a little less chaotic-feeling than mine!


Love, light, and loads of kindness!

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Posted by Katharine Espinosa in Anxiety, General, Life in 2020, Life of a Writer, mental health, Parenting, Setting Goals, 0 comments

the importance of words

Hello lovely dreamers!

So far my blogging content has been a bit all over the place this month. The way I planned out this first quarter of the year was a bit random for that reason. Well, not random… maybe exploratory would be a better word. I’ve been making little notes on which content takes the most work to put out, what people seem to read the most of, what I enjoy writing the most, etc, etc.

The Husband is a filmmaker and he’s always dragging me into his various projects. I actually really enjoy it, even if I am absolutely not comfortable in front of the camera. At all – it makes me nervous and weird and just really awkward all around. But being a writer means we can collaborate in all kinds of ways on projects, so I try to get over the awkwardness sometimes to help him out.

Many, many online platforms – blogs, social media, whatever – have turned to video as their main source of content and I completely understand why. Our culture has quickly latched onto videos as the ideal method of online communication. Like, if The Husband has something he needs to look up, I guarantee you he’s not going to pull up an article and read it, looking for what he wants. He’s on Youtube, clicking around between videos and finding the one he likes best.

But I still don’t work that way. I still prefer to type my query into Google and find a nice, detailed informative article about my topic. I only really started actually watching those Facebook videos a year or so ago.

So the society, the people who are taking in the content we produce, does have a strong tendency towards video.

But I’m not entirely sure whether this blog is the place to carry video content, although it’s something I’ve considered a lot in the past.

Do I have some ideas in mind for video projects surrounding this blog? Absolutely and I hope to start on a few of them this year yet! But this isn’t ever going to become a video-centric blog because hello! words! that’s the whole reason I’m here at all.

Sometimes it makes me a little sad that blogging seems to be fading a little, but I have to remember just how many blogs I personally read and follow and maybe, even though it’s not necessarily the height of online content creation anymore, it is still a very valued piece of the internet and it’s never going away.

This is why, even though I love my Kindle and use it more often than not, I still insist on collecting real, physical books. Because writers and books are the reasons we know what we do about the past. Without books and poems and blogs and everything in between, we lost some of that connection to the previous generation.

Working with The Husband on all these video projects has really given me such a fascination for the art that he creates, but my first love is still words on paper (sorry, love!) and I will keep writing down my thoughts and ideas and teaching my daughter to love the special stories and adventures that can found only between the covers of a book.

What are your thoughts on the way the world is with media these days?


Love, light, kindness, and adventures galore!

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thirteen confessions

Hello fellow dreamers!

In January, I posted what I called an Updated Introduction, basically telling everyone who I am and what I do or whatever.

Well, today I thought I would continue on that train of thought. The original plan as I started writing this post was just to do random facts about me, but then it evolved into a list of confessions? I’m still decided whether I’ll regret this or not, but regardless, here it is! This is also connected with some social media posts I’m going to be making throughout the rest of February, so maybe it’s not totally random. I don’t know.

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One. I still can’t wrap my mind around how to maintain small talk. I just find it so awkward and difficult that I always want to run as far away as possible.

Two. I barely feel comfortable calling myself a writer most of the time. Wouldn’t a real writer actually finish projects more regularly and not procrastinate so much? I feel like I talk a lot but don’t actually follow through.

Three. Even at 25 years old, I’m still afraid of the dark. That’s why I don’t watch horror movies, or even anything remotely creepy after the sun goes down.

Four. Some days I don’t want to be a mom. I want to put that whole identity in a box and go do something else for a few days. I know it’s a totally normal feeling, but it still makes me feel guilty.

Five. I’m weirdly obsessed with Billie Eilish right now? I know the whole world kind of is at the moment, but still.

Six. I’ve had the idea of possibly fostering kids sitting in the back of my mind since I was pretty young, like maybe twelve or thirteen. I’m still interested, but who knows.

Seven. One of the things my social anxiety tells me is that nobody believes what I say – nobody actually believes that I suffer with depression or anxiety.

Eight. I kind of really want another tattoo, even though I have no idea what.

Nine. The Husband is always turning on really awful movies (like the bad 90s stuff) for us to watch and honestly, I enjoy them a lot more than I want to admit.

Ten. I really think I could have some form of ADHD. My brain is a mess.

Eleven. I didn’t want a relationship. I wasn’t interested in getting married or even having children. But then that cliche happened: “when you meet the right person.” Even though it was absolutely true in my case and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, I still get annoyed that the cliche was true for me.

Twelve.There is a long on-going struggle in my mind about letting go of all the work I put into having a musical career. I know that in the end it wasn’t the career I truly wanted, but I still have some issues letting it go.

Thirteen. You know what I said earlier about being afraid of the dark? Well, I still listen to the soundtracks from those movies sometimes because the thrill is just a little too much fun. I know, super weird.


I have a weird thing about confessions and I’ve enjoyed similar blog posts from other people, so that’s why I’m sharing this now. If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (Instagram in particular) then you should go do that now because I’ll be doing several posts over the next few weeks related to this list. It’s really vulnerable writing something like this, but I’m working to let go a little and we’ll see what happens!

What’s something about you that nobody really knows about?


Love, light, and a multitude of kindness,

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an attempt to read more

hi folks,

First off, this is my 100th post on Elemental Dreamer! I’m so excited that we made it this far! Since I started this particular blog in September of 2018, I have not missed posting for a single month. I have to say that this is my favorite space of all the ones I’ve posted on in my history of blogging and I’m so happy you all are along for the ride. It can only get better, right??

So last week, in my January recap, I went over the books I had read during the month. And, actually, I’m quite proud of myself because it has been a challenge in the last few years to really find the time to read more. I have a massive collection of books but I really don’t read like I want to. i think that’s just about everyone’s complaint, isn’t it?

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Part of what happened, is that I committed to reading on my breaks at work. Since I was pumping, I couldn’t leave or do just anything on my lunch. I actually had to sit down and stay put, so I read. And there are a fair amount of words you can read on a thirty minute break twice a day! But already, in the week and a half that I’ve been staying home, it’s become a lot harder to read like I was. I’ve managed to keep up with my writing, but that’s hard too!

So I’m working on a plan to make the reading a priority in my day to day life now that it looks so different.

The main thing I can think of is that I could read instead of mindlessly watching tv in the evenings. The Husband and I spend some time together once The Princess is in bed, but he also works on his film editing and sometimes I’m trying to scramble and get the last few things done around the house, even though I know I need to take that time to relax.

So I present this question to you all – how do you fit reading into your daily life, if you do at all? 

I love how much more creative my mind is when I read on a regular basis, so it’s something I definitely want to spend more time on.


Love, light, and much kindness. Happy 100 posts, Elemental Dreamers!

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A Closer Look – January 2020

Hi wonderful dreamers!

When I made my objectives for 2020, I mentioned a little about how I’m not doing very specific goals this year, but rather working towards certain priorities and intentions, if that makes sense. So, in light of that, I decided not to do monthly goals either. Firstly, because I’m terrible at updating them every month, and secondly, I wanted to do exactly what I’m here to do today. And that is, post an update about January – not necessarily what goals I did or didn’t do, per-se, but just… what happened, I guess?

So. January has felt very long and very short all at the same time. The Husband and I had decided that I would be staying at home with the Tiny Princess for at least a while, and last Friday, the 24th, was my last day at my full time job. So I spent most of January looking ahead to that change, and then this past week has been a lot of figuring out what that change actually looks like. But I’m loving it so far!

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Here on Elemental Dreamer…

On this blog, we had a variety of content. I talked about the things I’m striving for in 2020 and I rambled about my emotions surrounding quitting my job to be a stay at home mom. I offered a few motivational journal prompts for those rougher days, and then you guys all got to meet me all over again in my updated introduction! I put out a poll asking what kind of blogging content you all prefer – it’s still open if you haven’t voted yet! – and I’m working on using those results appropriately. And then last week, I asked what you would wish for your life to look like in ten years, and offered my own dreams! And now we’re here!

In the Books…

So… surprisingly, I didn’t do half bad on the reading front. I read four books on my Kindle, and started another one that I don’t think I’ll be finishing because the writing is just grating to me.

Country Heaven, by Ava MilesActually a pretty great romance novel, only a little cheesy, and the plot was actually really good!

A Deadly Delivery: A Psychic Cafe Mystery, by April FernsbyIf you couldn’t guess, it’s a mystery story and the main character is a psychic. This one was just okay, not fabulous, but it did keep me entertained the whole way through. Honestly, the psychic aspect of the main character wasn’t that well written, even though she was great otherwise!

Cappucinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse, by Harper LinYeah, I read several crime novels this month. This one was better than the previous one – no psychics – although parts of it did seem kind of far fetched. I’m just confused – do random civilians go around solving murders all the time, or just in books?

Casino Girl, by Leslie WolfeOkay, fair warning, this is the second book in a series, but I didn’t realize that when I downloaded it and I still very much enjoyed it! Another crime novel, but this time the main character is actually a detective, so much more believable. There were certain aspects that didn’t quite make sense, probably because I didn’t read the first one yet (I’m going to!) but regardless, I was very invested in this story from beginning to end. This is the one I highly recommend out of all the crime novels I read this month!

On the Screen…

I’m woefully behind on the new movies right now – we missed the entire holiday theater selection, but I heard there were some fantastic movies out there! What I did watch, however…

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood was fantastic. Very, very different, though pretty much normal for a Quentin Tarantino movie, and we actually talked about it the next few days.

I’m still loving the Disney Plus content – makes it super easy to pop a movie on for the Tiny Princess if we need to, plus we got to watch the new live action Aladdin all over again!

I’m currently binge/re-watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix so I can watch the new season, Husband and I are working through How I Met Your Mother (a re-watch for me, new laughs for him) and Grey’s Anatomy is back on!

My Own Words…

I didn’t get as much written as I originally wanted to, but I’ve still made progress. I opened my current book project to start editing, and then decided two pages in that it needed a whole rewrite. So that’s what happening there. Beyond that, it’s just been blog posts for you all!

All Other Hobbies…

By the time this post goes up, I’ll have made my first trek out to the farm to ride my horse! If you didn’t already know, you can read about that under that tab up there that says horses. I’m excited to be riding again, even if its miserably cold and wet right now.

Home and Family…

The Tiny Princess CAN roll over now, she just mostly chooses not to. She learned to growl this past month, and also do that shrill scream that annoys me to no end. But besides some really rough teething moments, she’s been doing really well. We even had one incident where she slept the entire night. Hasn’t happened since then, but it gives me hope!

This past week I helped Husband with one of his video projects by providing some voice overs – new territory for me, but I kind of had fun! I even think I would do more of it for him in the future if he needs it. And I just remembered that he reads this… whoops.

Being home now also means I’ve started to really tackle some of the bigger house cleaning, and I love having a more organized space!

2020 Intentions…

The biggest step I made on my ideas for the year was applying to colleges, and even picking one in particular that I really liked! I’m still wading through paperwork, but hopefully that goes through and I can get my acceptance this next month!


Well, that went on ridiculously longer than I anticipated, but hey, it was kind of fun, right?

What did you do in January?

 

Love, light, and kindness for all,

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Posted by Katharine Espinosa in Books & Writing, General, Life in 2020, Life of a Writer, Lifestyle, Setting Goals, 0 comments