ideas

POLL: Blogging in 2020

Hi there, wonderful dreamers!

I’m finishing up my final week of work today and it’s causing me to think a lot about what I’m going to do in the future. Exciting, scary, and everything in between. But mostly exciting.

Along that vein, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do with this blog space in 2020. Of course, when I wrote my ideas for the year, I put down “blog consistently”. Which could be a very objective phrase – consistently means different things to different people.

lola-guti-T7RlFC8dH60-unsplash

I’ve done fairly well recently in getting a blog post up every week – ideally though, I would like to post twice a week. So in the back of my head, that is a goal I’m working towards.

Earlier in January, I plotted out all my blog posts for the first three months of the year – for Elemental Dreamer, for my horse site, and my own private journal. Lots of writing. Haha. But anyways, I’m working towards that consistent two posts per week goal and I actually think this year is the year I’ll make it! Or maybe that’s just leftover new-year-optimism. Who knows.

But in all seriousness. I’ve given a lot of thought to the type of content I want up here. Without even trying, most of my content has always been somewhat centered on mental health. And I love that because I strongly believe in speaking out about mental health awareness. But I do technically classify this as a lifestyle blog, so I constantly try to work in other topics.

When I first started blogging, I used to post a lot more of my fiction projects. This is something that I’m going to be bringing back with a new series of short stories, starting in March!

I’m also going to be recycling some of my ancient ideas with a new, refreshing writing style, talking about some real, down-to-earth ideas for dealing with mental health, trying out new hobbies and projects, expanding on the very serious problem of post-partum erasure, and so much more! And of course, I’ll continue to ramble about my own personal life, probably more often than I need to.

So now I’m asking… what are your favorite blog topics? What do you like to read about?

Let me know!!

[crowdsignal poll=10495340]


Love, light, and kindness overflowing,

untitled

Posted by katharine_marie, 0 comments

Thoughts on Motivation

Hello, wonderful dreamers!

We’ve hit the funky middle portion of January. I keep waffling back and forth between feeling super productive and super zombie-like. Probably has something to do with how much sleep I get on any given day. Who knows. I sure don’t.

What I do know, however, is that today, I could use a good pick me up. Some really awesome motivational thing to get me moving a little faster. Any ideas?

Journaling is one of my favorite ways to deal with mixed or confusing feelings. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So here’s a few prompts to help get you started… I’ll be using these later today too.

What is your favorite song and why does it speak to you?

Define success. What does it mean to you?

Without worrying about other’s opinions or money, how would you spend your life differently than you are now?

What are three things that you spend time on that you wish you didn’t?

Just run with it, there’s a lot of value in some of these questions. And if you want different ones, just google motivational journal prompts. You’ll fall down a rabbit hole real quick.

Taking a moment to breathe and notice the world around me is the other thing I like to do when I feel like my day is spiraling.

Yesterday, I was running late to work and feeling super stressed out while in the car to drop the Tiny Princess off. It was crazy foggy outside but I suddenly noticed that I could see the moon shimmering wayyyy up in the sky through all the clouds – such a pretty silver color. And of course, seeing the moon during the day is such a cool thing anyways. It made me feel better and more calm instantaneously.

Of course, then I nearly ran off the road because I was so distracted by the moon. But whatever.

My point is that rough unmotivated days come and go, but maybe writing down some thoughts or taking 30 seconds to look at the moon (and NOT swerve off the road) can make all the difference.


Love, light, and heartfelt kindness,

untitled

Posted by katharine_marie in mental health, 0 comments

Mindful Monday: Moving

Hello beautiful wonderful people!

It’s time for another one of our Mindful Monday posts – a roundup of things I’m currently into, some current goals, and some mini updates on my personal life.

Third trimester emotions are really hitting me hard at this point. Nothing is going wrong but I’m feeling a lot of stress, pressure, and I’m just no longer sleeping well. At ALL. I’m just tired all the time and it makes me cranky a lot more than I would like to be. So emotionally, I’m a little messy but regular life things are going well, so that’s good!

anete-lusina-GOZxrAlNIt4-unsplash.jpg

Since Last Time…

Since the last Mindful Monday post we’ve officially moved into a new place! It’s an adorable duplex right on the edge of town and we’re really happy with it. We’re still doing the last bit of moving and cleaning and it has been absolutely exhausting. Not only can I not do much of anything to actually help right now, but the upper 90s and triple digit heat made it extra hard on The Husband and the other guys we had helping us move. It was a little rough, but to be fair, we had most of the stuff moved within two days, so it’s getting done! I’ll be able to turn in my apartment keys in the next day or two and then it’s all unpacking and settling in!

Our wedding anniversary was yesterday and I wrote a whole post about it. We were busy with moving and being worn out to really celebrate, but we had a good day anyways. I’m still falling more and more in love with my handsome man every single day!

August is getting close to being half over and I’m so confused. Like… where is the time running off to…? I don’t understand. I’m hitting 35 weeks of pregnancy this week and we’re basically scrambling to have everything ready for our princess to make her appearance.

As a bit of a present for The Husband, I decided to try my hand at script writing… I already write everything else, so why not take this up too and then we’ll be an even better team – I’ll write/manage projects and he’ll direct/edit them! How fun would that be?!

Coming Up Next…
  • Unpack everything.
  • Baby shower! All the baby things, actually.
  • Keep surviving the August heat.
  • Enjoy this last month before baby A gets here.
What I’m Reading…

I’m actually on the search for a few new books to read – the insomnia is real right now and I’m burning through books on my Kindle SO fast! I’ve been brainstorming a mystery idea for one of The Husband’s scripts so I’m kind of on a thriller/mystery kick right now.

My other favorites are historical romances… they tend to be fairly easy reads, which is great for the times when I wake up at 1am and just need to do something other than lay there for two hours.  And fantasy. I’ll never turn down a good fantasy novel. Although I’m starting to branch out into some science fiction as well. Hmm.

What I’m Thinking About…

What issue has been preoccupying my thoughts?

Having reached the last stages of pregnancy I’m overanalyzing every little thing. I’m questioning how I feel at any given moment to make sure everything is still A-Okay. Preoccupied would be a gentle way to put it, if I’m being honest!

What do I really want to buy right now?

I’m shopping for rugs at the moment. The new place has concrete flooring and we need a large area rug for the living room as well as some small ones for other places. So rug shopping it is!


Now it’s your turn! How are things going in your life?? Let me know!

Sending you love and kindness!

Katharine Marie

Posted by katharine_marie, 0 comments

Planning to Write

Hello beautiful darling readers!

So tomorrow is the first day of spring and I am so happy!! As much as I have aspects of winter that I really and truly love, the beginning of spring is the time of year when I can feel all my seasonal depression fade away for a while. And it is a wonderful feeling!

wyman-h-14841-unsplash.jpg

Photo by wyman H on Unsplash

I realized over the weekend that April is a whole lot closer than I thought it was. Whoops. And the thing about April is that’s when the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo starts.

As of this moment right now, I have no idea what I want to work on. I don’t know what my word count goal is going to be, what my genre might be, whether I want to work on a previously unfinished project or start something new, or even whether I might want to do a series of projects. Basically, I’m planning to participate, but beyond that I have nothing. Zilch.

That’s not encouraging at all. I have 12ish days to get at least the basics figured out.

What I would like to know…
  • A chosen project, no matter how bare boned it seems.
  • A starting point and a few helpful prompts to keep me going.
  • A word count goal that doesn’t seem overwhelming.
  • A small collection of photos, videos, and music that make me feel inspired and connected to said project.

And… yeah, that’s about it, really.

I’m considering finishing up a novel-length project that I’ve been working on for a few years now. There’s enough left to do on it that I would have a fairly reasonable amount of work set out for me every day.

If I go with that project, I already have a good outline that details where I need to add things, what needs to be finished, etc. I have the starting point and a nice long list of ideas, plans for the story, and character notes.

Again, assuming I pick up the novel, I’m thinking possibly of writing 30,000 words in April. That would put the entire project right at 60+ thousand words, which is not a bad place to be at with a first draft, in my opinion.

Everything else is just a matter of thought and research, I think. I just need to put some time in to make it all happen. Which should also be more than likely to happen in the next week sometime!

Anyone else planning to write in April?! 🙂


Love and happy spring-filled kindness!

Katharine Marie

Posted by katharine_marie, 0 comments

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity

Good morning, fellow dreamers! I hope this finds you living in the moment – and enjoying it immensely!

As I have mentioned previously, I have been working through a creative block for the last while. It has been a challenge for many different reasons, but I think I’m finally moving forward out of the slump, which is very exciting and motivating for me. That’s why today I am going to share with you three things Continue reading →

Posted by katharine_marie, 0 comments