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sleeping to dream

going to sleep with the big ideas of what you dream about during your waking hours can then lead you to waking with the intent to make those dreams happen. or even just having a more accomplished day that leads you forward towards something more.
this week i have the feel of spring cleaning creeping up on me and i want that feeling to bleed over into spring cleaning my health, my home and my heart. new years is a time we all think about the things that we want to change or improve upon, and spring time gives us the action mentality.
think of blooming colorfully, starting now. how much more beautiful will your life look one week from today, the day that spring arrives on march 20th? wouldn't it be cool to have spring cleaning done BEFORE spring even arrives? that's what i'm aiming for and even though i probably won't have it all done, i can get a lot done.
that includes down time as well because that will cleanse my mind over and over again. i started with writing a very brief but fun draft of a children's book today, enjoying dinner, a movie and then dessert with a good friend last night and lying by the pool on sunday. i'm off to a great start so far. oh, and TONS of laundry is finished so that stuff is behind me for awhile.
write down what you will go to sleep dreaming about tonight and take some needed steps tomorrow. spring is about rebirth, afterall, along with baby birds, baby animals and taking baby steps. xo

 

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Get to the root of who you are and to the things that you'd love to be doing. #Live Simply #Live Elegantly Your Life Journal for $14.99 for the paperback on Amazon and $9.99 for the ebook, helps you put your head and home in sync with you and your life so that you can begin creating and living a life that you love. #Live Simply is part memoir, part journal to get you out of distraction and into a frame of mind that helps you to focus on living a happier and more fulfilled life. It was my summer baby two summers ago.

Katherine did an ABC Blog Series for #BetterChoices2016 in order to make 2016 your best year. Follow her blog at www.backtobeingawoman.com and read Blogs A to Z to make your 2017 a love fest of creating a life you love. Get the blogs as soon as they are sent out by signing up for her newsletters.

Find previous ABC Blogs here.

"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" - "M" to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing 
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher
"U" is for utilizing 5 tools we already own
"V" is for visualize your day
"W" is for walking

"X" is for eXpecting good things

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Books by Katherine A. Rayne on Amazon.com.
Lost in Thoughts Adult Coloring Book An Adult Coloring Book that interviews you with each illustration.
Back to Being a Woman (Without Changing the Man) Turn relationships into Elationships.
#Living Simply #Living Elegantly Your Life Journal Get your head and home in sync.
There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel. You A compilation of my blogs that all women can relate to.
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It’s in the Journey that We become Strong

It's in the Journey that We Become Strong

I think I'd like it better if the new president was sworn in on the first of the year as we welcome our own new beginnings on January 1st. Bring it on all at once and start fresh and new, whether it's challenging, too much to take on, or something we are ready for. We could then embrace it all at once, feeling the weight of the year ahead at once instead of intermittently.

But maybe it's too close to the holidays and no one wants the contradiction of emotions happening yet. There are so many contradicting emotions from any election, but this one especially so. It might be best to keep the holiday festiveness going for a few more weeks since so many of us love that time of year.

I've had enough of politics lately so my news channel will stay off for awhile, but I still visit my social media pages often and I love the fact that there's a gathering of women coming together for rights that should already be ours.

It's never been more agreed upon by women and many men that we deserve equality. You won't see any broken windows or looting, either, because that's just how we roll.

When women come together for a purpose, we are hoping that when we turn back around and go home that the seeds we planted were for growth, not for spoilage.

The March is happening in order to lift women up to where we belong; where we often don't even place ourselves because we're so busy making sure that everyone else is okay and that everyone else has what they need, as we balance all of the different hats that we wear.

Whether we are happy or sad to see this new president take office, I'm saddened to see how many women are speaking negatively of his wife. This is a woman we should all be supporting and praying for, but the opposite is happening on many social media posts and news outlets.

When I watched her during inauguration day, what I saw was a beautiful woman who is going to go through a lot of personal growth for the next four years, and a woman who already has her own challenges because of who she is married to. No matter who she is right now, or who we might think she is,  she'll come out on the opposite side completely changed. I wish for her to be strong enough to handle it.

We can't pick and choose which women we support and which ones we tear down.

We all have our moments of moaning about others, and if we do that in private, to good friends and family that is trusted, we get to blow off our steam.

Then we get to remember that they aren't much different than us and that they have their limitations, their challenges, and their own issues, too. We have to turn our frustrations back into support.

We can't rise up while bringing others down, and that's what we want for ourselves and other women; to rise up and to be strong and to feel loved.

I have nine preschool students in my class and at the end of the day, they all just want to be loved, and they thrive when they are. Everyone we meet, they all want that, too, and we should give it to them, who ever they are.

There's enough anger in the world. We have to douse it with love. And we can't do that if we're running around doubting the buoyancy of our lives and our world.

Floating, crawling, walking, running or flying; it's our choice. Flying is a smoother ride, though, and while we do it, we can lift up anyone else we see along our journey. Lift them up and help them make their wings stronger, because we can only get better together.

There should be marching, too, but women know how to use light-hearted steps better than anyone.

Nurture your journey as well as those you meet along the way. Strength in numbers. We already have the numbers, so now we can be the strength.

Women rock - in a million different ways. Opening our eyes to seeing each others' strengths won't hurt us, and it will help them. We need strength and faith and other women at our sides while we walk our journey.

"A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong."
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xo Katherine

Katherine A. Rayne is a writer, mom and preschool teacher. Her published works are on Amazon.com, written to support women on their journey.

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“R” is for Reorganzing

R is for Reorganizing

I’m not very good at purging, but I love how it feels when I do. I’ve written a whole book on decluttering; decluttering your home, a room, one drawer, your refrigerator and even your mind. The feeling I get from cleaning, organizing, purging and refocusing feels as good as retail therapy to me.

I do a battle with clutter in my home during busy times, especially during the last month or so. My drop spots that become cluttered immediately are the kitchen counter, the foyer and in a corner in my family room. For two months straight, I was running in so many different directions without being able to slow down. One morning while I grabbed a pair of shoes out of the closet when I was on my way out the door yet again, I noticed that my closet had basically become an explosion of shoes. As I was putting them on, a label on one of my small shoe bins caught my eye. It was a label from a time when I was younger and more organized. The label was peeking out from behind the shoe explosion pile. It reads “Lego Manuals.”

When my now 23 year-old son was young, he had Legos galore, and each set came with instructions. Very often the structures would be built, then broken down, and all of the pieces would end up in one bucket swimming with a million other Lego pieces. Anytime he wanted to rebuild one, we’d pull out the Lego manuals so that we would know what pieces were needed. As challenging as the structures were to build, the manuals were always easy to find in their separate little bin. Boy do I miss those days.

As a single-working mom, there’s no going back to that life, but I still like doing the decluttering from time to time to rid myself of the stuff that I don’t need. Hence, "R" is for Reorganizing.

The book I've written was born out of a state of overwhelm and too much stuff in my home. I needed to simplify and get rid of tons of clothes, and yes, shoes. I had clutter piles in every room. So I wrote #Live Simply #Live Elegantly Your Life Journal, in order to journal my way through my home and my head. It worked, so I published my book and I plan to put it to use each summer to reclaim a more organized frame of mind.

I love the feeling I get just by cleaning out and organizing one drawer, so the book multiplies that feeling with each chapter of decluttering and simplifying.

You don't need the book to do it, either. Just start with the room that you are in right now. What can you get rid of? What don't you love? What's been out of place for a long time? What items are just outdated? Use a pair of fresh eyes if you can. What paintings are you not in love with that hang on your wall? When I sit in a room where I love the things surrounding me, it is a more refreshed and focused room for me. Doing one room at a time is all it takes.

Make #BetterChoices2016 today!    Katherine

Are you wanting to declutter your home and mind? Here’s my book. xo

And here's a freebie...here's how I declutter my intestines. If you want to try this, here's my mustard and lemon dressing recipe. xo

"R" is for Roughage

Always check with a health provider for dietary changes.

Katherine is doing an ABC Blog Series for #BetterChoices2016 in order to make 2016 your best year yet. Follow her blog at www.backtobeingawoman.com or get the blogs as soon as they are sent out by signing up for her newsletters.

Find previous ABC Blogs here.

"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" - "M" to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader  "Q" is for  Quiet your Mind

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Books by Katherine A. Rayne on Amazon.com.
Lost in Thoughts Adult Coloring Book An Adult Coloring Book that interviews you with each illustration.
Back to Being a Woman (Without Changing the Man) Turn relationships into elationships.
#Living Simply #Living Elegantly Your Life Journal Get your head and home in sync.
There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel. You A compilation of my blogs that all women can relate to.
Visit my website at www.backtobeingawoman.com

"C" is for Create

“C” is for Create

"C" is for Create

What is the last thing that you created? I think my favorite thing in the world besides my kids and family is “creating” something. I love my job because as a preschool teacher, I create projects and crafts. I’m excited about seeing how my sample turns out, and then I get to see the nine different creations that my Littles create out of the same craft supplies. They all come out in nine different delicate adorable ways. It’s one of the many reasons to love art. You can never be wrong in art because it’s your own creation, like handwriting, and you don’t know how it will look until it’s finished.

I’d love to work as a paid artist, paint hidden under my fingernails and drips of it on my clothing. I’d shop at a thrift store for designer brand shirts to wear while I paint to inspire me to paint beautifully. The bigger the canvas, the better. Art projects throughout my house would excite me. A large canvas in a corner to paint when I have some extra time, an easel set up in the bedroom for sketching and drawing, and an engineer’s table in the family room for writing, writing and more writing. I’d get rid of my furniture to have art in every corner. When I’m creating, I feel I’m moving my life forward. Towards something, a renewal, something fresh, or a beginning of something more. Creation not only begins somewhere, but it always begins some thing.

I love how creating creates perpetual motion. It produces connections as one thing leads to another, connecting the past to the future.

I once tried (it didn't work) to lure my artist mom into condo living. I set up a rental condo we owned for her to live in, so that she could stop working and start doing the things that she loved doing full time and had uber talent for. Besides a bring-your-tooth-brush ready home, I had a sewing room set up for her in the condo’s guest bedroom, and an art easel set up with art supplies on the lanai. I wanted her to spend her time creating things that she loved to create.

We were created to create. Think of all that has been created since we were; clothing, the wheel, the light bulb. Every time the human race comes across a problem, someone somewhere creates a solution.

Your baby won’t go to sleep? Someone created a baby swing and white noise.

Too heavy of a load to carry? The wheel was invented, wheel-barrows, and strollers.

It takes too long to type on a smart phone? Voila, Siri.

It rains and you get wet? Umbrellas.

Creating doesn’t have to be limited to creating solutions, but solutions don’t happen unless we create.

There was a time none of these things existed. Until someone decided that they didn’t like settling for sitting in the dark or getting wet or carrying a cranky baby for hours. So they did something about it. Problems were fixed because one person chose to go one step further beyond being annoyed. They created a better way.

There are a lot of useful things created every day but creations don’t necessarily have to be useful. They can be tangible or you can even create a peaceful feeling, a peaceful situation or a peaceful room. You can even create calm in the chaos. Creating is an art form for any purpose, whether it’s for solutions or for entertainment. Create a meal that everyone loves. Create a room that is relaxing. Create a painting that you will see hanging on your wall every day, or create the space to hang a beautiful painting on, so that you can see it every day.

We start with so many questions first thing in the morning; what am I making for breakfast? Dinner? What time is my appointment? What’s on TV? What’s on the news? What’s on Facebook? But I like the idea of asking myself first thing each morning, what am I going to create today? What is going to exist because I made it? A good feeling in someone else? A great day? An organized closet? A drawing? A poem? A book? A new centerpiece? A photograph? If you wake up every day focused on creating, you won’t have to focus on any boring, dreadful, awful drama that exists. Thinking about creating keeps your brain in a forward motion, moving towards the future and excited about the results.

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Creating perpetuates and moves life forward.

My mom turned me down on the condo. She loved living in her house. She had created a million things and a family during her life there. Gifts for her grandchildren, artwork for friends, a yard full of beautiful plants, a garage full of supplies to help her continue creating, and she'd created a home out of her house. Living in a condo would have simplified her life, but even with all of the extra maintenance her house needed, it was another way for her to create.

This blog series is about better choices, and having something to be excited about when you wake up each morning gives you something to look forward to.

Ask yourself each morning: what am I going to create today, that wouldn’t be there by the end of the day, otherwise? Or plan it the night before.

Be excited about what the day will bring.

I have a Daily Planner that you can print out for free on my website. You take five minutes before bed each night to fill it out with the to-do’s of the next day. Using it will help you to get everything done without getting too distracted by the bright shiny objects, and you can also add ideas of what you might create the next day on it, too. Print it out HERE.

Katherine A. Rayne is doing The ABC’s Blog Series of #BetterChoices2016. Learn more about it at www.backtobeingawoman.com.

This is the third blog in a series of 26. The ABC’s of #BetterChoices2016 will continue for 26 weeks.

A is for accepting your present existence

B is for be you

And C is for Create