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,


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Five Pregnancy Survival Snacks

Hello beautiful creative folks out there!

The weekend is almost upon us and I’m so very ready! Even though this was a short work week because of Labor Day, it still felt long at times. As always, I suppose.

I’ve been asked a lot about whether I’m continuing to work while being nine months pregnant. The answer? Yes, I am still working and will likely continue to keep working until the time comes. But it really hasn’t been quite as difficult as it could have been. Part of that is because my job is not at all physically strenuous. We don’t have a large workspace in the branch I’m at so I don’t have to walk a whole lot.

I do sit for the majority of the day, and I have had to start getting up and moving around every so often just to keep the blood flow going and stay comfortable. And I’m probably more tired at the end of the day than I would be if I wasn’t working, but I wouldn’t say it’s a huge difference. If I was home there would be a million other things to take care of.


Yes please!

But there is one thing I do that keeps me going through the week, and that is eating.

I snack constantly throughout the day, so much so that I get teased about the pantry that I’ve started keeping at work! I’m actually a little proud of it though! It took me several months but eventually I found a nice arsenal of snacks that keep me energized and feeling good through the workday. So today I thought I would share the five things that I’ve kept stocked up on for this last leg of pregnancy.

  • Juice
  • Chocolate blueberries
  • Cheese sticks
  • Grapes (and sometimes other fruit)
  • Slivered almonds

Add in so much water that I’m running to the bathroom fifteen million times a day, and that’s my answer to surviving my workday during the third trimester. The days that I don’t snack quite as much are the days that I tend to be much more tired when I get home from work and subsequently don’t sleep quite as well.

I’m curious whether anyone else has been in a similar situation and what your coping mechanisms are/were?

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

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