Christmas Wishes & Gratitude

Christmas Butterfly - My Tree Topper

Christmas Butterfly – My Tree Topper


I know it is past Christmas for most people, but for me, in one of the last few places in the world to be so, there is still about 15 minutes of Christmas left here on the West Coast. So, whew, made it in under the wire. The above image is our tree topper for this year. There is too much going on to have been able to get a real, normal sized tree like I would normally like to do, so we opted for a mini, artificial tree, for now. We could not find any nice mini angel tree toppers, which was our preference, so we picked up this beautiful butterfly. I am really glad we did, I love how it looks with the lights behind it. Being one of my favorite things also helps. I like to think of butterflies as almost miniature angels of the animal/insect kingdom.

Anyway, I basically wanted to send out my heartfelt wishes for a Merry Christmas, for anyone that does still read here. =)

We had a nice evening at J’s brother’s house. I am feeling gratitude for my new extended family, and for the warmth of love around me for the holidays again. There was a time when I did not have that. 

And I wish to send out into the universe wishes to my now deceased Mom and Dad, and also to P. I love you three more than there are enough words for. I wish more than anything I could think of in heaven or earth, that I could have been sharing this holiday with all three of you. I hope somehow, someway, your heart can receive my love and wishes.


While I have not gotten to do all that I wanted, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get the content done I would like to do, or at least most of it, improve how much I do, and come up with some sort of content schedule. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the meat of my blog, or the core of me. But I hope anyone who has joined me, or stuck around, continues to do so, as I put effort into building up and improving. =)

What inspires me today is love and family. I would love to know what inspires you. I hope your Christmas has been filled with both abundantly!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, in blogland, a goodnight! 😉

With gratitude and best wishes,

Kat :@



P.S. Stay tuned, I have plans for some varied content to come out in the next week or so. I honestly feel its going to be a great new year and I have some wonderful plans. I hope it will be exciting for us all. I have a few nifty ideas I cannot wait to share with you!

Thought of the day, & a Blog To-Do List, & Intentions

Milo jump

This was taken when I was playing with him and he jumped up for a toy. But the image has so much meaning for me. It really does look incredibly cute, and like he was trying real hard, looks real happy, and inspirational even. It looks like he is showing with great effort, you can really reach things.


Thought of the Day:  Reach for the stars, they really aren’t as far as you think! =)



Blog To-Do List:

I *hope* to have one more set of journal cards done by Christmas. Also on my blog to-do list are: December calendar/page marker/note field (yes, it is very late, so sorry, but I promise I am going to strive to improve that,) January page marker (hopefully much sooner), January journal cards, a special template for a Facebook list/challenge group I am in, another budget DIY, more gratitude challenge prompts, more photography, more bargain finds, a blog backup and WordPress upgrade, and hoping to figure out how to use subscriptions. Oh, and the creation of a VERY special new section to my blog.

I do not want to reveal the surprise yet, I am trying to figure out how long it will take me to put together and what I am going to put into it. But, I think you will really like this. I have come up with, what I think is a unique idea for self-improvement, and it allows me to share the changes and goals and paths with readers, as long as I can eventually get people to give feedback. =) How would you like to see me set up some goals, and work on a self-improvement project, with your guidance? Meaning, the outcome wil be affected by you, the reader! Where I end up in this endevour, the roads I take, the turns, will adapt and change and be affected by YOU! It will be a partnership between me, the people in my life, my abilities, and the feedback of you! Think of it as something like those books they used to have years ago, not sure if they still are being made, where you choose the path and go to the section for the outcome, depending on your choice. I wish to do that on a blog!

What this surprise is revolving around or further details, will be a surprise, as I am still figuring out those details. But I hope to reveal this to you in January! New year, new hopes and plans, new me! And if you choose, you get to be a part of it. But even better, I want to turn it around and be a part of the same for you! More on that soon, but for now, think on it, and hopefully it will inspire readers to interact with me and each other.




You might be wondering throughout reading this blog, okay, what’s the gist? What are you selling? What’s in it for you? As far as selling, nothing! At least not at this time, and if I do, it will be separate from my blog, which is for the more personal end of my life. They might even slightly intertwine at some point, as often is the case in life. I might eventually open up the business end for something else, but for now, there is nothing there, and I am NOT selling anything, honest! This is all an experiment, and a way for me to find self-improvement. What is in it for me?

Quite honestly and simply, to be a better person. But improvement is not a solo project. For anything to be truly as good as it can be, including people, it requires group effort. No great things can be done alone. That is my forever belief. And family and those close to you can be bias, or there are often dysfunctions in familial settings, or learned habits, personas we take on that are not wholly or truly us as a person. It comes muddled with things, and I am sure you can understand what I mean. I want objective, constructive, and positive feedback…with a dose of love of course.

This experiment is to see if not only I with hard work, can get myself to a better place, but if I can manage it with the input of strangers. I know it can be objective that way, at least to a larger degree. So there you have it. My up-front, honest thoughts on why I do this. And it can be easy to be jaded in this world at times, so in time, I hope you will see, my intentions are good.

I also, through this medium and other ways too, want to pay it forward and give something back to others. I have a feeling, that these paths are going to lead me in the right direction. After all, I found BOTH L and J online! Really! I want to share this crazy roller-coaster we call life with others, the ups and downs, and me and those who share, to all come away with something meaningful.



Up next today/tonight…my next gratitude post. Stay tuned, maybe even check back in the next few minutes to an hour! =)

So, there you have it, my intentions and a somewhat Blog To-Do list for ya!

I hope you are enjoying the warmth and joy of the season, and always,




P.S… As you might have noticed, my fur-boy image above, is also a part of my Christmas season blog decorations. I love to incorporate him often as this blog is titled Katspeak (Kat being me of course) and my buddy often speaks to me and has lots to say…hmmm…maybe we are more alike than I thought! LOL So, aside from loving him to bits, that is why I like using him in my themes.

Site Update – New Christmas Theme Today!

It took longer than I had hoped for, as acclimating myself now that I am home, has been rough and slow. I wanted this up at the start of the month, but since I only got back last week, this plan had been delayed. But, that’s okay, it’s done now, and one of my roughest tasks ever, is also done. I feel so relieved. So, here is my new Christmas theme. I like to try to include purple wherever, and whenever I can, as it’s just my color, so I thought it fit nicely. Rather than the typical red and green, I went for purple and green. I am loving it. And the best part of course, for me, is my little buddy adding his playful cuteness to the layout!

Hope you enjoy it, and as always, I hope for feedback. I like to know what are the strong points, and weak points, so I can improve.

Wishing all a wonderful week,

Kat  :@

It’s The Four D Day!

I am going to break it down into two posts, since it covers somewhat two different sets of things. But I found it interesting that today the letter D is resonating, and in four.  It’s a day/week of discouragement, delays, dreams, and Dad. It starts of pretty sad, but, as it often does, gets better.

Hang In There With Me….

I am working on getting a couple posts up tonight. I have had a rough few days. Discouragement has set in, but I am fighting it. Looking at my page hits has me sad…feel like I have lost a bunch of visitors. But, I haven’t given up. Working on changing my site appearance tonight, adding some mewsings, and gratitude posts, and I am even going to get that diy done.  So, don’t give up on me just yet. Hang in there with me. I truly want to share this experience with others. And for anyone who is still out there and checking on me, {{trying to drown out those darn cricket sounds}} thanks, and I shall endeavor not to disappoint! =)  So, thank you! Check back tonight or tomorrow, more is coming, I promise!

With Gratitude,

Kat :@

Stay Tuned, New Section Coming, Gratitude 30 Day Challenge!

So grateful for this little guy!

So grateful for this little guy!


In honor of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and the spirit of gratitude, I am starting a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. I will likely be starting it Monday. I wanted to have a few in, in time for the holiday. I will be continuing it for the full 30 days, into the month of December. With this project (my major stuff-sorting project here) ongoing, plus the mess it’s created back home, I might not be able to do one every day in a row, but I will do every days prompt until it is done, even if it takes me 2 months. The goal here, is to finish it. I truly believe gratitude, and finding it, even when it is hard to, can make all the difference in a life. So, feel free to join me and use them to prompt your own responses, maybe write them down just for yourself…or just read along as I do it.



Thanks as always for reading, and for coming along on this journey with me. Have a great weekend all!

Warmth and gratitude,

Kat :@

Seeing The Light…In The Dark



Thoughts of light and darkness and the contrast have been circling through my head today.  The literal and the metaphorical.  

I got to thinking about us as people having times when we are in the dark, or in the light, and what we see in ourselves. And it comes down to this, as how I see it: There is light in each one of us. Sometimes we see it, sometimes we don’t. The dark places can be lonely, but that is only because if we cannot see our own light, that is when it goes very dim.  So if we cannot see it in ourselves, then that makes it that much harder for others to see it either.  The more we shine on our own inner light, the more others will see it.  But it is only our own inner switch or dimmer that changes, not the fact that the light is already there. I hope me, you, we…let others see our own light.