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Silk + Sonder Planner Review

Hi beautiful dreamers!

Starting on Friday, we’ll get into some review posts, but today I wanted to pop in and tell you all about the new planner system I started using this month. Actually, “tell” is kind of a boring word – I’m going to rave a little bit.

I mentioned it on my social media pages back at the beginning of the month but on a whim, I gave into a handful of Instagram ads that had been pushing their way into my feed. One of those impulse ad-related purchases was a Silk + Sonder planner/journal.

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These planners are insanely pretty. They’re beautiful simplistic with well-placed accents to make them feel unique. The design work is just lovely overall – granted, I’ve only seen the June version in person, but there are plenty of video reviews from previous months, so it’s not just this month, it’s all the months.

Yes, months. This is a subscription-based planner. Silk + Sonder ships out a new planner/journal every month with a new theme so that you can start fresh each time. That factor on its own was what really drew me in. I love fresh starts and I tend to drag my planners around everywhere with me, so after a few months, they tend to look a bit ragged and then I start to lose interest. This is the last week of June and my S+S planner is still gorgeous. There are grease stains on one page and I’ve gotten a handful of pages a little sticky (thanks to the child, there are a lot of sticky surfaces around here). I definitely haven’t lost interest yet and the majority of the booklet looks brand new.

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The first portion of the booklet has a few calendar pages, just to give an overview of what’s happening big-picture style in your life. Then comes the tracker pages: moods, habits, gratitude. I have so much fun sitting down in the evening with my colored pencils and filling these in!

Next is the part that I’ve found more challenging to work with: the journaling section. June’s theme was “Choice” and there’s a spread of questions about setting boundaries in my life that are very thought-provoking and well-timed, at least for me.

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One of the cutest pages is the Self-Care Bingo page. It’s just plain adorable, but also a great page to go for inspiration when I feel the need to do something fun or treat myself.

There’s a couple of recipes, a coloring page, and then we get into what would be considered the “planner” portion of the journal. And let me tell you, this thing has everything I ever wanted: a shopping list section, a meal planner/tracker, goal setting, mental health, a mini habit tracker, and a spot for inspiration. It’s the perfect blend of journaling and planning, but much easier to work with than most other options out there.

If you love the idea of traditional bullet journaling, but find that its a lot of effort and it’s hard to make it work well for you (that’s how I am), then this might work out really well for you. I find that it has the right amount of structure combined with free space to keep me inspired and motivated. Honestly, this is the most productive and motivated month I’ve had in a very long time.

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I use the extra note pages for a variety of things: brainstorming meals for the week, notes from my therapy sessions, random ideas that pop into my head, whatever. I’ve been playing around with making little boxes to contain all these things, but it’s still a work in progress to see what I like best.

I’ve been recommending this planner to basically everyone I talk to, which is a testament to how much I love it. At first, I was going to hold off on making this post until I had been using it for two or three months, but I’m so obsessed already that I went ahead and did it now. I’m not getting paid to say this – I really just love it that much. Haha!

At almost $20 a month, it definitely is more pricey than other planner options, but I think it’s worth the mini splurge if it boosts my creativity AND productivity. My birthday present to myself is probably going to be the 12-month subscription if nothing changes between now and then. Even my husband thinks it is worth the extra money at this point! Plus, supporting a small business?! Win-win all around!

Side note: during lockdown, this lovely company started a new line of journals for kids! Obviously, my kiddo isn’t old enough yet, but in a few years, I’ll definitely be getting her a subscription of her own!

Silk + Sonder Website

Silk + Sonder Instagram

Silk + Sonder Kids


Love, light, and happiness all around!

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Writing for Film

Hi, all you beautiful people!

I’ve been doing a very wide and random assortment of writing projects lately. Of course, I’m writing posts for my various blogs, just like this one! I’ve also written dramas and essays on the 2nd-5th grade levels for work, and I even wrote a poem for the first writing assignment of my creative writing course.

And I’ve started becoming more interested in writing screenplays again lately. I wrote a set of short scripts last year to give to The Husband on our anniversary and it was a project, that’s for sure, but one that I actually enjoyed more than I thought. And then we attended a film festival back in March (before all the restrictions) and one of the panels piqued my interest in this form of writing again.

And THEN, I started getting deeper into these college courses and getting opportunities to actually practice and improve my screenwriting skills. Of course, my main focus is going to be fiction throughout these courses, but I still have assignments (and even one entire course) that will dwell on screen and playwriting. And I’m ridiculously excited. Like, way more excited than I should be. I feel silly.

Writing a screenplay is a fascinating undertaking. Very different from writing fiction. Formatting is much more important, using correct terminology is a thing, and there seem to be a lot of opinions floating around on how much detail or instruction should be included apart from the basic dialogue.

After chatting with a few people in my creative writing class discussion board, I’ve realized I’m kind of lucky that The Husband does film work… I get to have him look over my writing and he can tell me very quickly if he understands what I’m trying to portray or he can help me find the right verbiage to describe a particular shot. He’s the best.

It should be obvious, but pushing the limits of your comfort zone always helps you grow and improve. Screenwriting is, of course, the thing I’m doing right now to push my own limits, and it’s proving to be challenging and fun, all at the same time!

And who knows, maybe one of these days I’ll coerce The Husband into actually producing one of my little practice screenplays. Wouldn’t that be fun?


Until next time!

Love, light, and heaps of kindness,

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Taking Classes

Hello beautiful dreamer!

Welcome back! It’s a beautiful Friday, and as always, I’m staying super busy. Between blogging, fun side jobs, keeping up with the house, trying to ride my horse whenever it’s not raining, and now keeping a very active baby from eating shoes or climbing shelves, it’s been a bit chaotic lately! But on top of all of those things, last week I started my second college course through Southern New Hampshire University.

My first class was an Intro to Literature course and it was a really good one! I had the best professor who was extremely helpful and gave me every opportunity to succeed. I could not have asked for a better introduction to this school, quite honestly. It was fun getting to read and analyze and write again and I certainly learned a lot.

This time around, I’m taking my first Creative Writing class and so far, I’m enjoying it. It’s a change of pace for me to have more open-ended assignments, but it’s also pushing my comfort zone a little. Which is a good thing, since that’s the whole reason I’m getting this degree, right?

When I first wanted to go back to school, I was a little worried that taking my writing habit from a hobby to something full time like this would take the fun out of it. But so far, it has actually been a treat! Getting feedback and connecting with other people in the same field is very encouraging.

There are six more weeks left in this course and then I’ll have another eight-week literature course before there’s a short break between the summer and the fall segments. It’ll be a lot of work, but hopefully, the excitement I’ve got at the moment sticks around a lot longer.

At any rate, I’m staying busy, and it’s a lot of fun, if quite exhausting. But between work projects and school, I do think my writing will start improving, which I’m very happy about!


Until next time,

Love, light, and kindness!

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5 ways to cope with stress

This post is up later than I had planned because I wrote it and got it ready to go and then promptly forgot to actually post it. Whoops.

Hello wonderful readers!

I hope everyone is still managing to stay safe and healthy through the pandemic – it’s definitely not easy! I take precautions whenever I have to go get groceries, and I hate wearing masks because hello! claustrophobia! But I keep reminding myself that this will only be temporary. One day, hopefully not too long from now, we won’t have to worry so much about being around other humans again. Won’t that be nice? I just want an evening out or to be able to go to the movies. Very silly things, but I’m allowed to feel a little selfish sometimes, I think.

Even though my personal life has only changed a little bit, I still find that my anxiety levels have been higher. The main reason, of course, is the uncertainty and the unpredictability. Husband has been on furlough for just over a month now and even though we have been and are still financially stable, it’s the uncertainty that stresses me out – not knowing when that consistent paycheck will be back. As someone who likes to plan ahead, I’ve definitely been forced to sit back and just take it one day at a time.

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Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash

Everyone has different ways of dealing with their stress and coping with the chaos that is the world right now. And even if we take the pandemic situation completely off the table, we still all deal with these feelings at some time or other. I sometimes find it interesting to see how others handle anxiety because its usually slightly different than mine – even The Dear Husband has some anxieties as well and he deals with it in a vastly different way than I would. It’s kind of fascinating, or it would be if I wasn’t talking about STRESS. Hahaha…

Breathing is one of the things I do the most. (I mean, duh.) There are a million techniques to calm anxieties with the breath alone – like the 4-7-8 method, for example. Just simple deep breathing is helpful though, nothing special.

Grounding can also help pull my mental state out of whatever funk I was in before. My current technique is a 54321 idea, where you identify 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. It can be very helpful to just refocus on the immediate surroundings and bring yourself back into the moment.

Singular Focus. If I find that I’m so stressed I can’t even focus on the above grounding technique though, I’ll focus instead on only one of my senses at a time, either by burning a candle or incense so that my sense of smell is activated or by listening to music as a way to bring my mind back whenever it wanders across the line into chaotic territory.

Writing things down is one technique that my therapist constantly reminds me to do as well. Free-writing or association isn’t easy for me as a very precise writer, but I’ve been taking the time to practice because sometimes it really does help to braindump, and having the option is great.

Acceptance can also be a way to overcome some of the really tough spots. Denying the negative feelings that come up doesn’t really help because it doesn’t deal with them, it merely shuts them up in a box and puts them away. Acknowledging that “yes, I am angry and that’s okay” can really provide a chance to FEEL that emotion and then maybe uncover a way to move past it. This is also something that is super hard for me because I don’t like negative feelings so I beat myself up over them and can never move past them. The handful of times that I’ve actually sat down and acknowledged that I was feeling guilty or sad and allowed myself the chance to just be with those emotions for a little bit, I’ve been able to process and work through them much better.

Obviously, none of these are perfect ways to overcome stress and anxiety, but they are definitely good ways to cope and start working through some of the issues. With all the chaos in the world right now, I think everyone is going through some added stress, and it is far too easy to let things turn into a vicious cycle which can then be difficult to break free from. But identifying the issue is sometimes half the battle. We can do this!


Love, light, and kindness,

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March 2020 – A Closer Look

Hello beautiful readers!

March was a full blown adventure, wasn’t it? I feel like we started out strong and then slowly devolved into “the world is ending.” So that’s great. I wasn’t sure how to write this post, exactly, but then decided that I would just focus inward a little. We’re always going to remember the spring of 2020 as the time of the world pandemic, so why not take a look at some other things.

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What happened in March?

Here on Elemental Dreamer…

This was my worst month so far, blog post wise – including this one, I posted four times. Last Friday was my quarterly post, checking in on some of those ideas I was hoping to push for in 2020. Before that, I posted a little update letter to try and find some hope in the chaos of current events. And at the very beginning of the month I had a post about how I handle being interested in everything all the time.

In the Books…

Definitely my worst month to date. In the spirit of honesty, I’ve been super anxious and when I’m super anxious I read fanfiction and trashy romance novels – just a coping mechanism, I guess. I pulled out A Wrinkle in Time yesterday to make a point after we watched the latest awful movie rendition and now that it’s sitting out, I may read it. Who knows.

On the Screen…

We finally finished watching How I Met Your Mother. Since I’d already done it once, I forced Juan to make it through that horrendous final season just to reach the end.

I started watching The Voice on Hulu, and I’m enjoying this season! For some reason I love judging people on TV – a guilty pleasure maybe? I don’t know.

We watched the new live-action Dumbo, the 2018 version of A Wrinkle in Time, and a whole lot of kids cartoons.

Writing Things Down…

Sadly, I did not do any fiction writing this month. I’m really looking forward to doing a little bit in April if I get the chance. But I have been able to do some essay writing for a job and of course, journals and short essays for school!

Other Hobbies…

After half the month off, in the last week and a half, I’ve been able to get back to riding and it’s been great fun, just like always.

I’ve still been baking and cooking and not doing too bad a job! Everything gets eaten, so we’re enjoying it I guess! Last night I did cinnamon rolls and other than being a teensy bit overbaked, they were scrumptious! I need another one now….

Home and Family…

Well… as of last week, The Husband is on leave from work and we are social distancing/self isolating as best we can. That’s fun. It’s not like we ever really went out and did anything, but now the only thing we do is go to my parent’s property or out to the trails to walk. I think we’ve both been adjusting to being around each other 24/7, although the Tiny Princess doesn’t care, she’s just happy to have both of us home.

Overall, things are going well, just trying to keep our heads down until things improve around the world, and keep our positivity up. If you need something to watch, we’ve been watching Jimmy Fallon – he’s doing at-home versions of his talk show and it is weirdly inspiring and makes us smile.


Love, light, and kindness,

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A Closer Look – February 2020

Hello beautiful dreamers!

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of February. And if it wasn’t a leap year, today would actually be the last day. Yikes. But that’s not important right now. The main thing is that I am so confused as to how we got here. I hadn’t bothered pulling up this post until a few days ago – to give some perspective, I got an email a while back about some paperwork that needed to be submitted by the 29th of February. And I haven’t been procrastinating, exactly, just honestly believing that I had plenty of time. And then on Tuesday I get another email saying I have four days left to complete my paperwork. I think I died a little on the inside. I mean, I’m ready for spring, but I’m NOT ready for March to be here already.

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So… what did we get up to in the incredibly short month of February?

Here on Elemental Dreamer…

Well, we kicked off the month with this blog’s 100th post!! Which just so happened to be a ramble about how I’m attempting to continue reading more. Then we had a heart to heart about how rough it can be as a mom sometimes. I opened up a little with thirteen weird confessions that people really didn’t know about me and compared the differences between video content and the written word. Then we finished off with an update on how I’m feeling a month after leaving my job, and I offered a closer look at my personal morning routine.

All together, I had 7 blog posts in February, and 14 as the running total for 2020.

In the Books…

Last month I did better with my reading than I had in a very long while, but that all changed once I was no longer working and I’m still figuring out how to fit it in consistently. As such, I didn’t really finish anything in it’s entirety during the month of February, but I did read!

Firstly, this month I had my best streak with reading a passage of Scripture on a regular basis. Apart from a few random days here and there (weekends mostly) I sat down and read a few chapters almost every morning.

I read portions of a book on natural remedies for kids to help me get a little prepared to start my own apothecary! Not entirely kidding – I’m excited to buy some herbs and create some really cool stuff in my kitchen.

I also read part of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, a book I actually picked up way back in the early stages of my pregnancy. I don’t necessarily subscribe to all the parenting tips in it, but I consistently fall back on the ideas presented when I doubt myself as a mother.

On the Screen…

This month I was able to configure the budget and The Husband got the larger tv that he’s been wanting. That was exciting! And then I had to ask him what all we watched this month because even with the larger screen my brain still didn’t remember what it showed.

I have a tiny kid in the house, so we watch a lot of cartoons. I LOVE Disney Plus because I can put on the classic princess movies and we can dance around to all the songs. It’s awesome. She also loves the theme songs to several other cartoons like DuckTales and My Little Pony. She could care less about the actual show, but she loves theme songs!

Speaking of Disney Plus, we finally watched the live action Lion King!! It was better than I was expecting and yes, I did cry all over again. Sniff sniff.

Since the Princess was so super tiny, we didn’t get to go see Zombieland: Double Tap in the theater like we hoped/planned, so we rented it this month and got a lot of laughs out of it! Still don’t know why I enjoyed it that much, but it was really funny.

Writing Things Down…

I think I was really hoping to be much further along on rewriting my book project than I am right now, but it’s okay. Other things took precedence this month and I’ve accepted that. I’m kind of thinking that regardless of how March goes, I’m going to use Camp Nanowrimo in April to give myself a bit of a goal and see if that helps.

I’ve also been journaling a LOT more, so I’m counting that as a win, and I only missed one post on my blogging schedule, which happened the week that we were all sick so I’m not upset about that! Plus, I got my first side gig so I’ve been learning the ins and outs of different styles of writing and enjoying that!

Other Hobbies

I’ve actually been able to ride and I’m so happy! Ideally I want to get out to the farm to ride my horse three-ish times a week and it’s been a little hit or miss because of the rain, but I’ve had a lot of fun getting back to my all-time favorite hobby.

The Tiny Princess seems to like when I play the piano so I’ve done a bit more this past month. I’ve been working on a piano version of a Coldplay song and I’m starting to play around with one from Metallica.

The other week I got a little restless at home, but couldn’t come up with any kind of errands to go run, so I started baking. And guess whose house has had either cookies or something other sort of baked good around since then. It’s mine….. whoops.

Home and Family

Tiny Princess update! She rolls from her back to her tummy all. the. time. But still won’t roll from her tummy to her back, although the last few days we’ve gotten a lot closer! She is extremely busy and can be very demanding. She loves to sit up, especially if we put her in the corner of the couch so she can practice doing it on her own. I feel like she’s going to be quite independent quite quickly. Sad day. She LOVES it when daddy gets home from work and she likes going out for walks on nice days. She’s about to be six months old in a week or so and I don’t know if I can handle that…

We all ended up getting sick during February – baby’s first cold! – and I’ve definitely struggled with keeping things in order around the house, but The Husband is always very quick to remind me that being a mom is a full time job (see above where I said she is extremely busy) so I’ve gotten better about being a little flexible.

2020 Intentions

In February I really focused on my spiritual self and actually have a nice little morning routine that includes that aspect. I cooked several different meals that I hadn’t tried before and they turned out pretty great! We got a little headstart going on our house savings. And I got accepted to the college I wanted!!


Love, light, and kindness!

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A Closer Look – January 2020

Hi wonderful dreamers!

When I made my objectives for 2020, I mentioned a little about how I’m not doing very specific goals this year, but rather working towards certain priorities and intentions, if that makes sense. So, in light of that, I decided not to do monthly goals either. Firstly, because I’m terrible at updating them every month, and secondly, I wanted to do exactly what I’m here to do today. And that is, post an update about January – not necessarily what goals I did or didn’t do, per-se, but just… what happened, I guess?

So. January has felt very long and very short all at the same time. The Husband and I had decided that I would be staying at home with the Tiny Princess for at least a while, and last Friday, the 24th, was my last day at my full time job. So I spent most of January looking ahead to that change, and then this past week has been a lot of figuring out what that change actually looks like. But I’m loving it so far!

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Photo by Jeff Siepman on Unsplash

Here on Elemental Dreamer…

On this blog, we had a variety of content. I talked about the things I’m striving for in 2020 and I rambled about my emotions surrounding quitting my job to be a stay at home mom. I offered a few motivational journal prompts for those rougher days, and then you guys all got to meet me all over again in my updated introduction! I put out a poll asking what kind of blogging content you all prefer – it’s still open if you haven’t voted yet! – and I’m working on using those results appropriately. And then last week, I asked what you would wish for your life to look like in ten years, and offered my own dreams! And now we’re here!

In the Books…

So… surprisingly, I didn’t do half bad on the reading front. I read four books on my Kindle, and started another one that I don’t think I’ll be finishing because the writing is just grating to me.

Country Heaven, by Ava MilesActually a pretty great romance novel, only a little cheesy, and the plot was actually really good!

A Deadly Delivery: A Psychic Cafe Mystery, by April FernsbyIf you couldn’t guess, it’s a mystery story and the main character is a psychic. This one was just okay, not fabulous, but it did keep me entertained the whole way through. Honestly, the psychic aspect of the main character wasn’t that well written, even though she was great otherwise!

Cappucinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse, by Harper LinYeah, I read several crime novels this month. This one was better than the previous one – no psychics – although parts of it did seem kind of far fetched. I’m just confused – do random civilians go around solving murders all the time, or just in books?

Casino Girl, by Leslie WolfeOkay, fair warning, this is the second book in a series, but I didn’t realize that when I downloaded it and I still very much enjoyed it! Another crime novel, but this time the main character is actually a detective, so much more believable. There were certain aspects that didn’t quite make sense, probably because I didn’t read the first one yet (I’m going to!) but regardless, I was very invested in this story from beginning to end. This is the one I highly recommend out of all the crime novels I read this month!

On the Screen…

I’m woefully behind on the new movies right now – we missed the entire holiday theater selection, but I heard there were some fantastic movies out there! What I did watch, however…

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood was fantastic. Very, very different, though pretty much normal for a Quentin Tarantino movie, and we actually talked about it the next few days.

I’m still loving the Disney Plus content – makes it super easy to pop a movie on for the Tiny Princess if we need to, plus we got to watch the new live action Aladdin all over again!

I’m currently binge/re-watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix so I can watch the new season, Husband and I are working through How I Met Your Mother (a re-watch for me, new laughs for him) and Grey’s Anatomy is back on!

My Own Words…

I didn’t get as much written as I originally wanted to, but I’ve still made progress. I opened my current book project to start editing, and then decided two pages in that it needed a whole rewrite. So that’s what happening there. Beyond that, it’s just been blog posts for you all!

All Other Hobbies…

By the time this post goes up, I’ll have made my first trek out to the farm to ride my horse! If you didn’t already know, you can read about that under that tab up there that says horses. I’m excited to be riding again, even if its miserably cold and wet right now.

Home and Family…

The Tiny Princess CAN roll over now, she just mostly chooses not to. She learned to growl this past month, and also do that shrill scream that annoys me to no end. But besides some really rough teething moments, she’s been doing really well. We even had one incident where she slept the entire night. Hasn’t happened since then, but it gives me hope!

This past week I helped Husband with one of his video projects by providing some voice overs – new territory for me, but I kind of had fun! I even think I would do more of it for him in the future if he needs it. And I just remembered that he reads this… whoops.

Being home now also means I’ve started to really tackle some of the bigger house cleaning, and I love having a more organized space!

2020 Intentions…

The biggest step I made on my ideas for the year was applying to colleges, and even picking one in particular that I really liked! I’m still wading through paperwork, but hopefully that goes through and I can get my acceptance this next month!


Well, that went on ridiculously longer than I anticipated, but hey, it was kind of fun, right?

What did you do in January?

 

Love, light, and kindness for all,

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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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Thoughts for November

Hello dear lovely readers,

I definitely have not been keeping up with my usual blogging schedule this month. The first half of the month I was very distracted with getting words written on my Nanowrimo project and now I’m just having trouble getting any words written at all.

This past week has just been really rough overall. Even though the Tiny Princess still wakes up at night to eat, we had been more or less on a routine and I was getting decent chunks of sleep in between her feedings. And then, for no apparent reason except the fact that she’s a baby, she decided to wake up at completely random times for a whole slew of different reasons other than being hungry. It’s taken almost a week at this point but she is FINALLY settling back into a rhythm so maybe I can stop feeling like a zombie again soon? I don’t know. Now I just need to get her back to her wakeup time being 8am and not 7am. I love you, munchkin, but I desperately need that one hour to myself first thing in the morning, thank you very much! <insert slightly delirious laughter here>

We are also coming up on the holidays. Thanksgiving is next week (Whaaaa? How!) and then it’s Christmas time and then suddenly it’s going to be 2020. I would be one hundred percent okay with time just stopping for a hot minute, but sadly that will never be the case so I guess I just need to get my life together and enjoy the holidays. Which I always do, of course, although this year I’m probably putting some extra pressure on myself to get some family traditions started with the Tiny Princess. I’m awful at putting excess pressure on myself when I shouldn’t, isn’t that right? Something else to work on, I suppose.

It’s been a challenging week in terms of mental health too. It’s a little ironic though, since at the end of last week I was just thinking about how good I had been feeling and things were going well. Ha ha ha… every time I notice that things are good is when they take that turn again. Anxiety was the first one to rock the boat and then, especially with the lack of sleep factored in, things just devolved to where I am now – an uber fragile emotional state wherein one random word can bring on tears and completely ruin my day. I’ll be the first one to bring up the fact that we have the strongest influence on our own moods, but to me that’s the difference between just a bad day and a day where my brain is short circuiting: how well I can control my own moods and feelings. And this week it’s definitely been the brain. Well, and the not sleeping. That too.

In case you can’t tell how much sleep I’ve been lacking, this post has just become a rambling mess at this point. But that’s okay, I haven’t done one quite like this in a while.


With one week left in November, this is usually the time when I start to focus on what’s coming up in the next year and brainstorm new goals and all sorts of new crazy s*$! I can plan to do. Sometimes I even ruin my holiday moments with all of that. But not this time.

I’ve earmarked a page in my planner and labeled it “2020”. Now, for the next 4-5 weeks (or until Christmas is over) whenever an idea or a thought pops into my head about the future, I’m jotting it down on that page. Once I go back to work after Christmas, then I’m going to actually take a look at that page and figure out what next year might hold.

For right now I want to focus on making memories and enjoying the holidays, bonding with my family, my husband, and my sweet baby girl. Time goes by way too quickly and right now I’m tired of wasting it by focusing so far in the future. Adaline is never going to have another first Thanksgiving or another first Christmas and even though she won’t remember it, I intend to enjoy it with her as much as possible.

I’m going to go ahead and scale back my blog posts for the rest of 2019, depending on how I’m feeling on any given day. I suppose we can consider this my winter break – the intention is to come back in full force once January arrives.


All the love and kindness for the season ahead!

Katharine Marie

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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!

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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

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