routine

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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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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Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash

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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Mindful Monday: Survive

Hello dear readers!

I’m actually back today with a semi-normal rendition of my Mindful Monday blog post series. I know, shocking! But trust me, no one is more surprised than I am.

Everything is starting to go much more smoothly at home. I think I’m slowly getting my brain back, everyone is kind of getting a little more sleep again, and we’re learning how to be a happy little family, whatever that means for us.

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Appreciating the stillness sometimes is what we’re learning to do.

What’s been happening…

I have two more weeks of maternity leave and I’m feeling the time slipping through my fingers so I’m trying to soak up everything I can before I go back to work. Thankfully my mom is the one who will be taking care of the Tiny Princess so I don’t feel quite as much stress, but it’s still not easy. I’ll miss getting to snuggle with her while she wakes up from a nap and playing with her after she eats. It’s the little things and the sweet moments that make me love being a mom.

Very slowly, I’m starting to get back into a routine. We’re working on sleep training with the Tiny Princess and I have to make a big effort to get her eating full meals instead of snacking, plus I’m starting to pump to get ready for going back to work, so it’s not like I have loads of extra time on my hands. But I’m definitely trying to use her good naptimes and whenever The Husband isn’t at work to catch up on the housework and get things done on various projects. Life is starting to feel more “normal” again, even though that normal is insanely different from what it was a month ago.

I am also ridiculously happy that fall is finally here, even if I do live in the state of Texas, which apparently hasn’t gotten the memo. But I know the cooler temps and gorgeous days are on their way and it’s so exciting to me!! I love the fall season for so many reasons, and it thrills me that we’re so close.


What’s Coming Up…
  • Chiropractor appointment for the Tiny Princess.
  • Keep the floors swept.
  • Stay caught up on the laundry.
  • Keep all of us on a bedtime schedule – sleep is a priority!
  • Figure out daily routines to prepare for going back to work. Exciting.
  • Go to our local community theater’s next production one night.

What’s On My Mind…

My brain is constantly on a timer right now – how long since she last ate? how long since I last ate? How long was that nap? When did I put that laundry in the washer?

Since we’re sleeping training the baby, I’m also always analyzing how that process is going and making sure we’re on track. Not an easy task, for sure.

I’m also ridiculously excited about spending time with the ponies again. It’s one of my favorite things to do and I’ve been more or less banned from it for most of the year. I’m still not able to ride (thanks, childbirth!) but I can definitely start doing other things with the ponies and I fully intend to get to it.


What’s been going on with you? Let me know in the comments below!

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

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