travel

and miles to go before I sleep

Hello beautiful wonderful readers!

So an odd fact about me is that my social media feeds tend to be completely different depending on the platform… my Facebook page is full of actual friends, people I know, etc, etc. My Instagram page is specially curated to only show me beautiful horses, lovely spiritual routines, inspiring birth stories, and a few other topics or celebrities that I enjoy seeing. No surprise, I scroll through Facebook periodically to see what’s going on with people I know, but I spend 98% of my time on Instagram because I can come away feeling inspired, empowered, and happy. Nobody is fighting about wearing masks or their politics on my Instagram feed and I LOVE it.

But the reason I mention my social media feeds is that I follow quite a few travel bloggers. I adore traveling and don’t get to do it as often as I would like, so I tend to live vicariously through others (particularly right now with a small child). And at the moment, with all the restrictions and shelter-in-place stuff, basically nobody else is traveling either. This means that my lovely Instagram feed is lacking in the department of beautiful travel photos. It’s a tragedy.

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Exploring a castle in the middle of Germany, back in 2015.

So to satisfy my wanderlust, I’ve been daydreaming about vacations and getaways and traveling. Originally I had planned to take a nice vacation sometime this year, and then COVID happened, so I thought, maybe we just have a weekend getaway later in the fall. But Texas is still being stupid and we’re still avoiding people as much as possible, so it has been agreed that all traveling is off the table until next year.


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The Flam Valley – Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons/Andrew Bowden

I would love to spend a week relaxing in the Flam Valley in Norway, admiring the mountains and walking along the river. Just enjoying the peaceful nature of a small village and the beautiful views of the country. Norway is definitely pretty high on our list of countries to visit in the future.

Okay, I just love waterfalls. And I’ve never been lucky enough to see any big ones in real life. I keep looking at photos of the ones in Croatia and I’m a little obsessed. Seriously, how gorgeous are these things? And they just happen naturally?! Swoon.

 

We were originally supposed to go visit the Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia last year, but I ended up having some issues with my citizenship and had to cancel the trip (booo) but I’m still holding out for that trip to happen soon. The red dirt cliffs, the lighthouses, etc. I want to bike around the island and just enjoy the scenery.

This photo is of Iceland, but honestly, I think anywhere I could see the Northern Lights would be awesome. I don’t necessarily like the cold all that much, but I’ll buy a parka or something and be okay, right? Alaska, Iceland, whatever. Just somewhere I can see the beautiful sights of the northern part of the globe and experience those beautiful fantastical lights!

Where do you want to travel to as soon as travel restrictions are lifted?!

Love, light, and kindness,

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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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