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10 Years

Hello beautiful dreamers!

I talk a lot about goals and looking forward and trying to focus on the present and all sorts of stuff like that. Usually I try not to look way too far into the future since it kind of stresses me out, but today I’m breaking my own rule because I want to dream a little.

Today I’m playing a little game I like to call: What will my life look like in 10 years?

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I’m really not trying to plan out my life goals for the next ten years. This is just an idea if I pictured what could be possible. I know better than anyone that things don’t go according to plan, but hey, a girl can dream a little, right?

In Ten Years…

We will have a ten year old daughter (sounds crazy now!) and another child as well.

We will have that lovely little place, just a little ways outside of town that’s quiet and convenient and perfect.

I’ll have two reliable riding horses that I can jump, event, or endurance race with.

I’ll be able to work at home doing the writing and editing jobs that I love.

I will finally have my anxiety and depression consistently managed – mentally stability for the win!

I’ll actually have a completed college degree!

The financial security and independence we’re working towards right now will actually be a wonderful reality.

I will be enjoying homeschooling those previously mentioned children and having great adventures doing so.

I hope I’ll still be blogging, if the world hasn’t changed too drastically by that point. Maybe I’ll even still be at this same web address!

And finally, I will have some real finished projects – books, artwork, whatever. Just less half-finished or barely started projects laying around. Ha!


Ten years is a long time, when you think about it. Ten years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me and I had very little idea what I wanted to do with my life. It was a rough journey at times to get to where I am today but my heart is more full than I ever thought possible. Ten years from now, I can only imagine it being even more wonderful.

What do you wish for your life in ten years?


Love, light, and a multitude of kindness,

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8 New Blogs to Follow

Hello lovely folks who are somehow still reading my little blog!

In order to write well you must expose yourself to all sorts of writing – which means a whole lot of reading. And since I write blog posts, it’s a good idea to read a variety of different blogs. My blog reader has approximately 150 sites on it and I log in every morning to anywhere from 5-25 new posts.

Eventually I get around to reading them all, but there are always the select group of authors that I click on as soon as they pop up. It’s not even their content, exactly, but rather the way they tell their stories that make me jump on their new posts so quickly.

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So today I’m going to share some of those sites with you all! These are a few of my favorite blogs to read and I hope you’ll maybe find some new reading material. These are a mix of information blogs, personal ones, and lifestyle blogs. Some are about horses, some about minimalism, and some are just completely different.


Reading My Tea Leaves

Slow, simple, sustainable living – that’s the description of Erin Boyle’s blog. Her “Week in Objects” series is probably one of my favorites with it’s unique photographs accompanied by very few words. She is a staunch feminist and I can’t say I agree with all of her views all of the time, but I really love the quietness that emanates from her words. That and the fact that her and her husband live with two children in an apartment of only a few hundred square feet? Highly impressive.

The $900 Facebook Pony

This is definitely a horse blog that I am obsessed with for many reasons. Firstly, she competes in eventing (the horse sport I would love to do) on a little bay horse (I have a little bay horse!). Secondly, she’s based out of Texas, so I can relate to so much about the horse lifestyle. And of course, she has a great way of telling the stories of her adventures with both her competition horse and the youngster she’s bringing up too. Basically, Amanda is who I want to be when I grow up!

The Londoner

I’ll be honest – my obsession with Rosie’s blog started with her pictures. So. Pretty. So I stumbled across the pictures and stayed for the adorable travel stories and the lovely style tips. To be fair, I also enjoy her baby tales as a natural-minded mama. Plus London! I mean, there’s a little something for everyone here!

Elna Cain

Alright… so this isn’t a personal blog so much as a wealth of information about writing, freelancing, business tips, and so much more. A literal treasure trove of advice, all coming from someone who knows how to explain it in such a straightforward, honest, and REAL way. I actually feel like she understands what it’s like to be in my shoes when I read her posts and THAT is why I keep coming back.

To Love, Honor and Vacuum

Switching gears completely here, this blog is aimed directly at Christian women looking for answers to their questions about marriage. I’ll warn you now, the subject matter is often quite explicit or graphic, but the advice and ideas are amazing. As someone who has struggled with putting spiritual faith and relationships in the same room, this entire website really helped me out. Sheila has a fabulous view of marriage as an equal team effort that really satisfies that little feminist side of me without negating anything else I believe.

The Bloggess

Bizarre thoughts from author Jenny Lawson – definitely bizarre and sometimes incredibly disturbing. No, this blog is definitely not clean language-wise but yes, it is absolutely flipping hilarious. Jenny has a thing for taxidermied animals and a relatable struggle with mental illness. I can only read a handful of her posts at a time because I will die of laughter otherwise – the dark humor and raw stories are very addicting though.

The Baker’s Help Meet

Okay, maybe there’s a little bit of bias that makes me click on this one so fast, but its definitely warranted. This blog is written by one of my dear friends and details her life as a young wife and mother on a family ranch. She talks about the various adventures they get into as well as the mental and spiritual journeys that happen along the way, plus a healthy dose of the same horse-related-insanity that I am afflicted with.

A Collection of Madcap Escapades

Yes, another horse-related blog. But seriously, the storytelling on this one is probably my absolute favorite. Dom is a horse trainer first and has some great client adventures that are always great to read, but she also rides endurance (my other favorite horse sport) and I might be a little obsessed with the stories she tells about her rides. They always keep me entertained and intrigued and I always finish one of her blog posts with an intense urge to go jump on my own horse and get to work!


Hopefully you found at least one new blog to read in that list, so now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite blogs and why? I need more reading material!

 

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

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July 2019 Goals

Hello lovely folks!

Summer is definitely upon us. I just checked my phone and the forecast is a weird mix of super heavy thunderstorms and 100 degree days. It’s awesome. Although the rain is okay, there has been a lot of major flooding in Texas and Oklahoma so maybe now would be a good time to stop dumping water on our heads, okay? At least, that’s my point of view!

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June seemed like a bit of everything thrown all together. The show I was planning to work on was cancelled sadly, although maybe for the best since I haven’t been feeling all that great again lately. Writing-wise though, it’s been super great!

I covered a lot more in my Quarter Two review post, so you can read that if you feel like it, and I updated my June goals post so you can see how I did on those!

So… what do we have planned for July?!


Goals for July 2019
  • Find and set up our new lease – moving in August!
  • Finish paying off the midwife.
  • Stay on budget as much as possible – moving and babies are expensive!
  • Keep working on my communication – this has been a big topic at home lately.
  • Earn X amount with my brand new freelance writing business!
  • 10 blog posts here on Elemental Dreamer.
  • Complete and win Camp Nanowrimo.
  • Read two books.
  • Play the piano several evenings during the week.
  • Write several cards that are long overdue to be sent.
  • Set up our baby registry.
  • Celebrate a birthday by going out of town for a weekend.
  • Attend the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival!
  • Spend the holiday weekend with my family.
  • Daily things like journaling, taking my vitamins and stretching.

The heat is really tough to deal with at 7 months pregnant so I’ll be spending time in the air conditioning as much as I can. Definitely looking forward to a great month though!

What do you have planned for July?

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

 

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2019 Goals: Q2 Update

Hello fantastic folks, who are totally winning on their 2019 goals!

I feel like it’s been forever since my quarter one review! The last three months have been absolutely packed full of things.

In April I wrote a lot about mental illness, both anxiety and depression, and then I got to announce that The Husband and I are expecting a little baby girl!

May didn’t have quite as many blog posts since we spent two weeks on vacation (which was awesome) but I did get a chance to write a cute fluffy post about my kitties as well as talk about my anxiety struggles and how hard it is to release control at times.

And June, which is over tomorrow sadly, brought a whole host of subjects! I offered up one of my depression coping mechanisms, I wrote about the changes I wish I was making, the ways we look at priorities, the dreams I have for my life, and a whole bunch of thoughts on becoming a mom. Plus, I finally sorted out my Mindful Monday layout!

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Now, on to the 2019 goals!

Writing and Blogging Goals

  • Publish 6 blog posts per month.  April – 8, May – 5, June – 10. Woohoo!
  • Write up a recap of every time that I spend time with my horse. No horse time, so no recaps. Sadly.
  • Work towards possibly publishing my fiction project, Donovan’s QuestWell, I finally finished the story, so now I can finally move on to the editing process!
  • Win Nanowrimo and complete at least one of the Camp projects.  April didn’t go as planned, but July is shaping up nicely I hope.  
  • Start working on my writing with a freelance tone in mind. Definitely been working on this. Did you see my new website yet?!

Creative Pursuits

  • Write more letters and cards.  Ehhh, not really.
  • Read more regularly.  Slowly but surely getting more regular with this again.
  • Spend time with my horse more often.  Nope. Pregnancy trumps horseback riding.
  • Enjoy playing the piano again.  Yes!

Personal Goals

  • Practice believing that I truly am stronger than my depression/anxiety.  If you take into account the emotional rollercoaster that growing a baby is, then yes, I would say I’ve been doing a lot better!
  • Consistently take my vitamins and get out for light exercise.  Vitamins, yes. Exercise, not so much.
  • Cook at home more often, especially on weekends.  Yes!! And it even tastes good.
  • Practice my social skills.  Other than being tired all the time, I would say I’m getting better at being socially acceptable. Lol!
  • Work on my communication skills.  Definitely trying. Probably should ask The Husband how this is going though.

Life and Finance Goals

  • Keep my relationship the first priority.  Most definitely. I’m learning just how to do this, of course, but I feel like it’s going well.
  • Move out of the apartment.  I’m deep in the search for a new place. Moving in about two months!
  • Pay off my student loans and medical bills.  Finally starting to throw money at this again.
  • Save X amount of money for the emergencies/future.  Same as above.

Travel Goals

  • Road trip up to Kansas for a friend’s wedding.  Completed and had loads of fun!
  • Visit another country in the spring.  We weren’t able to leave the country, but we did take a big vacation and had a blast!
  • Take a weekend trip in the summer or fall.  I’m booking hotels as this goes live!

This past quarter was a lot of fun honestly. We were able to take a nice vacation, my energy levels were a lot higher, and the weather was great (up until the recent unending rain) so I was able to get outside more often.

The next three months are going to be a little more hectic. Not only am I now in my third trimester, the end of our lease is coming up, plus a whole list of other plans and events on our calendar. That means that by the time I write another quarter review, we should be living in a different house and trying to figure out life with the baby. That’s a little overwhelming to think about. Yikes.

But everything that’s coming up are things we’ve been looking forward to for what seems like forever. The film festival we’re going to in a few weeks is a really big deal for The Husband’s media work. I’m more than ready to enjoy what will probably be our last weekend away before the baby gets here. We’ve been wanting to get a house and get off the second floor for months already. And of course, Baby A herself is like a dream come true. So whatever happens in the next three months – it’s all good things!


Till next time!

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

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