Writer, oddball, life enthusiast. Lover of all things joyful. On a quest for the best!

  • Money,  Money Management

    Budgeting like a boss!

    So you’re ready. You’ve decided to give it a go and commit, really commit this time to mastering your money.   You need a budget. Maybe you’ve mastered your fear of the word and come to terms with the idea of budgeting, if not check out “Why you hate budgeting and what you can do about it” For now, I’ll assume if you are here, you are ready to roll.    So how can we ensure we make changes that stick?     Find the budgeting system for you Recognising…

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    Money,  Money Management,  Money Mindset

    Why You Hate Budgeting (and what you can do about it!)

    Budgeting. For some even the word makes them break out in a cold sweat. Maybe because they tried it and found it too restrictive, or it made them feel poor. Maybe because it’s just so…dull. For others, budgeting “doesn’t work”. So what to do?     Firstly, I’m curious… What does the word ‘budgeting’ mean to you?   Do you picture penny-pinching and going without? Do you envisage a miserly Scrooge-like character, sat in the dark, counting coins by candlelight? Or maybe dullsville spreadsheets and hours spent checking receipts? I…

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    Life Design,  Mindset,  Walk Your Own Path

    Small Shifts for Big Change

    Well hey there! Indulge me a moment while I  get personal…   Things have been a little quieter over here at TLS HQ for the past month or so. I have been in the process of coming off of my anti-depressant and anxiety medication so I’ve been taking a little bit of a breather while I’ve been reducing my meds and processing all the feels. #funtimes   As a result, I haven’t been posting as much as usual, but I’d like to take a moment to share (and expand upon)…

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    Life Design,  Mindset,  Personal Development

    Stop Setting Beige Goals!

    Do you find yourself continuously setting goals that you never hit? Are you guilty of jumping from one idea to another to another because you can’t seem to muster the enthusiasm to follow through on a plan? Are you starting to feel like a bit of a fraud or a failure and wonder why you just can’t do it?    If you answered yes to any of these then you may have been setting yourself beige goals! Read on to find out what that means and what you can do…

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    Life Design,  Personal Development

    Building Tiny Habits

    I love tiny habits, don’t you? Easy wins. Things that can be checked off the list with minimum effort.   Don’t get me wrong, I love big goals too, those wonderful all-encompassing, life changers. I have made some monumental changes in my life by setting goals I didn’t think I could reach but going for it anyway. The place we are all striving towards…I don’t want to lose sight of that, but sometimes it is more realistic to break your goal down into smaller, and I mean much smaller items.…

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    Life Design,  Personal Development

    An Introduction to Gratitude Practice

    One of the most commonly referenced ideas for personal development is the act of regularly recording gratitudes. Said to boost mood, build confidence and generally improve the quality of your life, the act of writing down 3 things every day that you are grateful for is the bread and butter of the self-care armoury. Sometimes to the point that it almost feels like a cliche to suggest it…   But the reason that gratitude practice is so often cited as a self-development tool is simple: It works.      It’s…

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    Life Design,  Personal Development

    Daily Dedication Routine

    It’s no secret that I love setting intentions, or that I love a good routine…so I guess it was only a matter of time before I combined the two. The Daily Dedication routine is something I have been working into my own life for over a year now, and I figured it might be helpful for some of you, so I shall share it here.   What is a Daily Dedication Routine? The Daily Dedication is a 7 point routine which you can incorporate into your day in a way…

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    Adventure,  Slow Living

    Slow Living for Stressful Times

    There can be no denying that we live in stressful times. The modern world is geared towards the fast-paced and frantic. With the advent of concepts such as fast food and speed dating, every aspect of our lives from the food we eat to the relationships we build has been thrown into hyperdrive.   (If you are looking for information related to the stressful time we find ourselves in currently – the Covid-19 pandemic – please also see Lockdown Slow down)   Consumerism is at an all-time high as a…

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    Adventure,  Slow Living

    Lockdown Slow down!

    Many people the world over who currently find themselves in an enforced state of stillness are discovering the benefits that slow living can provide – from spending time with family, baking & cooking meals from scratch, rediscovering hobbies, to regularly connecting with friends and relatives over Zoom meetings.   But understandably, others are finding it harder to slip straight into the joys that slowing down can offer. These are uncertain times, and in this situation, stress levels are naturally high.    Being forced to slow down isn’t the same as…

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    Adventure,  Alternative Living

    Alternative Living – An Intentional Choice

    Today, more and more people are exploring alternatives to traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ houses than ever before.   A person’s home is an expression of who they are, a place to call their own, decorated with carefully chosen items and furniture which reveal much about the owner’s character. Your actual choice of dwelling can say even more.   Alternative living can offer a freedom of personal expression seldom found on the housing market, but what exactly does it mean?     What is alternative living? Alternative living describes a scenario…