How and why to have morning and evening routine?

How and why to have morning and evening routine?

OH MY GOODNESS

I feel like I need to share this with you ASAP!!!

It’s been 2 days since I’ve started doing my morning and evening routines and I already feel SO MUCH MORE EMPOWERED!!!

Ok, I know these caps and 3 exclamation points look little too excessive but I am just blown away with this whole process and I would literally scream that all over the place if I didn’t worry our neighbors would call the police this time!

I have no idea why is it or what is happening but ever since I started this “magical” process, I’ve been feeling so much more excited about my daily life, full of energy, happier to wake up and I even have a better sleep!

And especially the sleep has been my lifesaver because for the last couple of months I have been having nightmares every other night and couldn’t sleep without waking up in the middle of the night.

So what do I do?

I am going to share my “secret” but YOU have to promise me you won’t copy it.

Say what?!

Yes, don’t just copy what I do but try to think of a routine that would work for you 🙂 and don’t worry, I’ll give your some tips on this as well.

My morning routine:

 

  1. I wake up and make myself some tea and eat my vitamins 
  2. 10 min of journaling (I haven’t mastered this one but I bought a new prompt I will share with you in my next post right when I try it but for now… I just write what am I grateful for and what am I excited for in the day) 
  3. I read 1 chapter in some self-help book 
  4. I eat breakfast (without reading or listening to anything because I want to only focus on the food) 
  5. I do my skin care routine, brush my teeth, make my bed and put on some make-up (all while listening to some podcast) 
  6. 10 min of meditation/affirmations/podcast – if the one I was listening during point #5 was longer 
  7.  I don’t touch my phone AT ALL until this point (or make myself not see the notifications)
morning and evening routine

My evening routine:

  1. I clean my office table 
  2. Skin care routine + teeth (no phone from this point, not even for Instagram) 
  3. Journaling – 3-4 sentences on how my day was and how I felt 
  4. Reading 1 chapter of a book (any kind of book to turn of my working brain) 
  5. Kissing with my hubby (ok, this one is optional :D)

You have to do what makes sense to you and what you have time for. My advice #1 to you is to be realistic in what you can do. And once you tackle that, you can add more!

Really try to avoid your phone until you are done with your morning routine and from the point when you start your evening routine. This was life-changer. Because seriously, being an entrepreneur, we just never stop unless we stop ourselves! And if you want to have a good night sleep you have to turn off this part in your brain.

Also, add at least 1 thing that is good for your health (healthy breakfast, glass of water, stretching…), 1 thing that is inspirational (journaling, podcast, affirmations…) and 1 thing that is fun for you (dancing, kissing, snuggling…).

Oh yes, and what also helps is to have a call with your besties once in a while aaaaand doing some yoga. Or actually any physical activity that makes you happy :P.

Let me know how is it going when you try it!!!

 

Love,

Kate

Why Is Self-Care Important For You?

Why Is Self-Care Important For You?

Why is self-care SO important for us.

“This sounds all good but I don’t have time for that.” —> does this sound like you? Yes, I’ve been there, too, girl! Especially if you are an entrepreneur, mom, or actually pretty much anybody who does SOMETHING in life.

It is so darn easy to put everything else first before ourselves. Your business, husband, kids, boyfriend, parents, dog, cat, cleaning the house… name it and I can assure you there is a girl that would put THAT on her “to-do” list before herself.

The truth is, the more you neglect yourself, the less energy you have for others. Because sooner or later, you are gonna have to take a break or quit because you won’t be able to breathe.

Wouldn’t it be much better to take care of yourself first and have tons of energy for others as well?

I bet it would.

It’s crazy how much my life has changed ever since I started putting ME in the first place. I am not saying you should be arrogant, ignorant or mean. NOT AT ALL! I am saying you should take a break for yourself every day and do something that makes you happy, that makes you energized that makes you feel good about yourself and love your life.

I work for myself from home so the schedule is pretty much on me. I know it sounds fabulous but I used to be the worst boss ever. I didn’t eat, didn’t drink, didn’t exercise and didn’t take time to talk to my friends.. oh I didn’t even change from the pajamas some days! #TheStruggleIsReal

The result was: I felt awful, stressed and overwhelmed. Also, I couldn’t sleep.

I am not perfect in this self-care routine yet but ever since I started going to a yoga class 3 times a week (usually around the lunch time), I started taking breaks for water, food, make-up… I feel MUCH better.

Also, I implemented listening to podcasts and reading (again).

You can do a little meditation, journal, listen to a podcast, read, sing, dance, take a work out class, take a bubble bath, do your nails… whatever makes you feel good and you do it by yourself!

self-care important for you

And if you really think you don’t have the time or you simply can’t because of somebody… it’s not true. The somebody is you. I am sure if you explain to your loved ones WHY do you need to take a couple of minutes (or hours) to yourself to keep your sanity they would understand because they love you! AND you will love them even more because you’ll have the mental space for it once you start taking care of yourself 🙂

I am starting a new morning and evening routine this week so I’ll keep you posted y’all (haha the Texas life is growing on me:P ) and see you in the next post! OR the one after that. Basically, I’ll be talking about my new routines and some time very soon!

In the meantime, you can come and hang out with us in Team up Girl group -> HERE. 


Love,

Kate

 

 

 

Don’t Let The Fear And Doubt Stop You!

Don’t Let The Fear And Doubt Stop You!

Don’t Let The Fear And Doubt Stop You!

Last week taught me so much.

If you are following me on Instagram, you know I was in Tucson, AZ looking for a house because we are moving again in December (#militarylife).

I am actually suuuuuuuuuuuper excited because Tucson looks like a fun place to live! Plus, the cactuses are just ADORABLE!

On the other hand, it was pretty stressful and it caught me off guard completely.

I had 3 days to find the house we’ll be living in for the next year. That sounds like “not a big deal” task so I planned a lot of coffee sipping and food tasting as well. However, since I work from home I wanted to find a house that has a lot of natural light inside, is spacious, has a walk-in closet and if possible – a pool.

Turns out most of the houses were really dark or just really weirdly figured out.

Or taken before I got to see it.

It was Tuesday morning and my last viewing got canceled, I knew I had to work more than half of the Wednesday and I was supposed to leave on Thursday morning.

PANIC.

I did panic and I am not very proud of that. I just lost it. I was actually in panic even the day before when I realized that I didn’t have that much time and I started doubting.

Doubt. Fear.

Those are such a low vibrating words, feeling, emotion.

And then I don’t know what happened. I think I was just procrastinating on Instagram and I stumbled upon a caption that caught my attention.

I realized that this whole fear-city I created in my mind was destroying my peace and the pleasure of being in a new city and was definitely not helping me to find the right house.

I spent the whole morning meditating/lying on the bed and breathing deeply to calm down and trying to hear what my real me wants to say.

And there it was.

fear doubt stop

Change of plans

I went to Dedicated – gluten-free bakery, I had a cup of tea, gluten-free club sandwich, bought 2 cupcakes to go and booked one self-viewing of a house.

I did not like the house on the pictures but I felt I need to start moving to “move the energy”.

I will skip the story how I thought my Uber driver is trying to kill us or at least me with his driving approach.

I got to the house. And there it was. The PERFECT light spacious house.

It didn’t have a pool, nice mountain view nor a big backyard but I felt home. I saw us living there, sitting on the couch and watching Heart of Dixie.

I did go to see other houses the day after as well, just to make sure but even a house with a pool was not better than this one.

“Worrying is praying for what you don’t want.”

 

– as I heard on a podcast on my way home.

So don’t let worries to paralyze you. Not when you are looking for a house, not when you are starting a new business, not when you are at the beginning of a new relationship. Trust me, the worry is not worth it but what may come is! 

 

Love,
Kate

 

 

What To Do When You Cant Focus On What You Need To Get Done?

What To Do When You Cant Focus On What You Need To Get Done?

Anytime I feel super distracted, or I can’t focus, I turn to writing. It may sound weird but when there is nothing else I am able to do, I write. It clears my mind, helps me to calm down and makes me feel like I am doing something productive and my time is not wasted.

I was “fighting” a major fly problem today. Yes, I am talking about flies. The real flying little monsters. And I know it sounds stupid considering what is happening all around the world but this fly problem from a real-life situation helped me realize that sometimes there are no actual flies involved but we feel like something is circulating around our heads, we can’t get rid off it no matter where we go at our home. We can even go out for a walk but when we come back home, the flies are still there.

These flies can be our doubts, our distractions, our fears, our procrastination.

Aaaaaaghrfhgkgalk. If there was just a button to turn them off.

Right?!

If you find yourself distracted, doubting what you are doing, afraid of the future, thinking about Hart of Dixie instead of your business plan or fighting the real insects. STOP. I’ll tell you a secret.

Some days simply suck.

And you know I am more of a *glass half full* kinda gal but it’s ok to admit to yourself that some days just suck and you won’t be able to focus and do the amazing job you always do.

I spent half of the day running around, stressing out how am I gonna kill the flies or get all of the work done with them around. And it was pointless. Useless. And completely wasted time.

Do you think I got something done?

Well, yes, I did finish a color palette and a proposal for a new branding client. But I didn’t feel the best about it. And anything other than that? NO.

And let me tell ya I had a looooooong to-do list. Because I got a master plan for the magical October.

what to do when you cant focus

Am I gonna spend the whole night working, stressing out, working again and just being annoyed by the whole situation? NO.

I know I got to the point where I won’t be able to focus today anymore. And as much as I am on board with finishing up your work in advance, being ahead of your plans and feeling like I am on top of my game I also know “pushing” is not the way. I don’t want to end up hating what I am doing.

So how not to feel like a failure at the end of the day? #katessecretrecipe

  1. Think of 5 things that you are proud of yourself you managed to do although you were distracted (e.g. writing this post, finishing the color palettes, writing the proposal, posting on my business Insta Story, cleaning up the kitchen)
  2. Play “How could this be worse” game and think of 5 worse life situations that could be happening to you (e.g. the flies would be cockroaches; you could be fighting with fire, you could get shot, you know where am I going with this…)
  3. Make a Plan B for the next day in case the flies don’t just die during the night (e.g. Frank & Joe’s coffee shop it is)
  4. Make a plan to kill the flies (well I sent my husband for some “fly killers” but if your flies are doubts, keep on reading)

If your flies are not just flies

  1. What is your fly? Is it a doubt, fear, procrastination, family matter..? What is the feeling connected with it?
  2. What is the CONCRETE matter (e.g. “I worry that I won’t make $4000 at the end of the month” or “I am procrastinating because I am scared that if I start I fail/I don’t want to face xyz reality/Idon’t know where to start” or “I am scared I won’t pass this test”)
  3. Look what you wrote under the point #2 and ask yourself IS THIS TRUE? How is this worrying helping you achieve what you want?
  4. I can assure you it is not true. So get your butt up and start working on the change!
  5. Can’t get over the point #2? Message me. I am serious. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger. Or even if you know me. I will help you figure this out. Just because I believe I am telling you the truth.

I hope you didn’t get super confused in my fly allegory and that you kick some flies! BTW I feel like Make Money By Being Who You Are is your next step. 

 

Love,

Kate

Make Money By Being Who You Are

Make Money By Being Who You Are

Let me tell ya, to stay who you are in this digital world is the hardest thing ever!

What?!

Well, let me explain. And you better read it until the end! (Ok, I am kidding you don’t have to but honestly, it won’t make any sense to you if you don’t, so just do it! Or don’t read it at all, also an option :D).

It is suuuuuper freaking easy to pretend you have the best life ever. And if you don’t have the right pictures, you look for some stock photos. And if you don’t have enough likes, you simply get into huge Instagram pod* where people have to like your pictures and comment on them.

*Nothing against pods, I actually met amazing people there and although we are not part of any pods anymore, I still love to be in touch with them. 

Is it really you?

It is super easy to pretend you are cool, successful and even rich when you only have $5 on your bank account. Because… as long as you have internet nobody really knows how are you living. (I know that sounds totally contradictory but think about it… when you are no longer posting about your a-mazing life… that’s suspicious, isn’t it?!)

And on the other hand, it is freaking tough to write what you really think when every second thought is “what would other people think”, “ah, I know this person is going to judge me” or “what if they think I am completely insane?”, “maybe I should do what this super sweet girl is doing, it seems to be working for her”.

Or when you are creating a content “I should say everything is awesome and this way nobody gets offended because I want people to like me” Or “what should be my writing style like (aka my voice), what would most people prefer?”.

Yep, it’s seriously tough if you need to keep in mind all of the other people’s thoughts and opinions… and especially when THEY probably don’t know what they like!

make money being who you are

I hope you’re not confused, dear.

Actually, I don’t like when somebody calls ME “dear”. Unless it’s a deer. So I am taking the dear deer back.

Now you must think I am a total freak, maybe fake and social media obsessed.

I am not.

Eeeh maybe a little social media obsesses freak but not fake.

I was just trying to tell you everything that went through my mind ever since I wanted to go online. And not just once. Even now, it still comes sometimes (but I kick its butt).

 

Make money being who you are

So, if you have your business, blog, your freelance profile or you are about to get one of those. Don’t worry what other people think about you or what they “might think”. Because honestly, they might not think anything at all because people are mostly concerned about themselves.

Ok, that’s not really supportive.  Let me try again.

Just be who you are. Even if you are the biggest weirdo there is. Yes, there will be people who won’t like you, who won’t follow you, who won’t buy from you. But there will be people that will.

And it won’t happen overnight because you gotta put yourself out there and then people have to start trusting, you, liking you. etc.

In the meantime, when you hit the people who are not your biggest fans… think about it from a different perspective. Do you like pepperoni pizza? Do you like sausage pizza? Do you like them all? Nobody likes them all, who are you kiddin’. Have you ever had pizza with olives, arugula and goat cheese? I thought it sounded gross and then I had it and I love it now!

So maybe you are the pizza people don’t know they like yet.

One more thing. You won’t please everyone so you might as well just please yourself by making it easier for you. Being natural. Being YOU.

BTW if you are not part of our community yet, you can fix it right now. Just click HERE. And make sure you check out our #bloggeroftheweek!

 

xoxo,

Kate

Sticking With Your Decision Is Hard! Is It?

Sticking With Your Decision Is Hard! Is It?

Ok, seriously. It’s Sunday evening and I just realized I have some posts ready but NONE of them is for this Monday. I don’t know how about you but for me that means a panic attack. My heart is beating that loud that I can’t even hear my own voice and pumping out of my chest like in the Tom & Jerry cartoon show. And then there is also that little evil voice whispering “you don’t have to post anything, nobody is going to notice, who cares, just drink another glass of wine and everything will be fine”. Hmm…

What would YOU choose?

There have been SO many times when I went for the glass of wine. But I am a big girl now so I am typing this AND having another glass of wine (so if you see some typos, those are not typos, it’s called fashion now).

Let me tell ya, sticking with your decisions is sometimes pain in the *** (you know where).

Especially, if your plan was just chilling on the couch and watching some Game of Thrones (ok, that’s definitely not chilling because I think GoT is stressing me out even more than planning our wedding ceremony in the Czech Republic while I’m living in the U.S.).

You know, it doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday night, your vacation or an important deadline you have to meet in your 9 to 5 job. Or your cousin’s wedding, your new house, blah blah blah… Because there will be always something why not to stick with your decisions, why not to follow your passion, why not to do this.

THERE WILL BE ALWAYS SOME BUT.

sticking with your decision

(Not a butt! What are you thinking about?! Although now that I am thinking about it, if there is some super cute butt maybe that would be ok to postpone your dream for a little bit)

Ok, ok, back to the serious stuff.

Where was I? Yes, sticking with your decisions is tough and sometimes it feels like you are being tested. And most likely, you are. But don’t let anybody else distract your from your goal or you dream life. They might not understand why you are not on the family Skype every Sunday or why you are not sitting by the TV with them (whoever that might be) or why you simply say “no” to your cousin’s wedding planning when usually you would say yes because “that’s what you do”.

This is your chance. And if you put it (yourself, your dream, your dream business….) on the second place with the very first opportunity… well, maybe ask yourself if you even want it. Seriously.

 

Love,

Kate

 

P.S. It’s 5:15 AM on Monday and I am awake because 1) honey, you are a freaking dinosaur at 4:15 in the morning (yes, I am talking to my husband and thanks God this time is not usual) and 2) I had to finish the graphics, implement the SEO… and each of us choses their own battles and this was mine. 

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