• Money

    Budgeting Journal for Mindful Money Management

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    Those of you who have followed me for a while will know how much I love the kakeibo budgeting journal. Discovering the Japanese art of mastering your money really was a turning point for me.   I learnt to see my money in a new light. No longer something scary or menacing, but something softer and infinitely more malleable. Money’s role in life cannot be overlooked, but you can develop a better relationship with your cash by learning to see it as an ally and not an enemy.   Kakeibo…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Defining Your Core Values

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    Recognising your core values is one of the best ways to kickstart a life of intentional living. If you know where your personal beliefs lie, it is that much easier to follow your star and always steer a course that is in line with what you want.     What are core values?  Your core values (sometimes called personal values) are the truest expression of your innermost self. They are what is left behind when you strip away all of the layers of expectations, decisions, mistakes and opinions. They are…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Is There Any Point in Setting New Year’s Resolutions?

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    This isn’t really a structured ‘blog post’ as such – but a lovely reader told me I ought to write more ‘brain dump’ style articles following my ‘I quit my job’ post last year, so what can I do but oblige? 🙂   Also, I wrote a post about how to rock your new year but it was more about how to set yourself up for success by starting early… It was written in the autumn and intended to be read then, but in my excitement and exuberance, it didn’t…

  • Alternative Living,  Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Downshifting – Work less, live more!

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    Have you ever heard of the concept of downshifting? Well, I hadn’t until recently, but when I did I knew it was something I wanted to look into. Turns out I have been downshifting for a while now… I just didn’t realise it had a name! If, like me, you didn’t even know this was a thing, then read on: we are going to look into exactly what it means to be a downshifter, how downshifting can change your life for the better, and how you can get started.  …

  • Alternative Living,  Life Design,  Simple Living

    Think (and Live) Outside The Box!

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    I am a big fan of thinking outside the box. One of my biggest drives for writing is the need to help people understand that things aren’t always what they seem. I want people to take a look at the world around them and question what they see, because I remember so well my own ‘Aha!’ moment, when I stopped just assuming things had to be a certain way and started asking:   “What if things could be EXACTLY as I wish they could be?”       Look around…

  • Intentional Living,  Life Design

    10 Ways To Be Intentional In Your Day To Day Life

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    Do you want to bring more authenticity and purpose into your existence? Want to live your life with intention and make the most of every minute? Sure you do! But the thing is, sometimes one of the hardest things about attempting to live a life that is true to you is fitting it in around the life you currently have.   The decision to live a life of intention, to make the most out of life, to be more you, usually requires some kind of change. More often than not…

  • Mindset,  Money

    How to Develop a Positive Money Mindset

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    Money mindset is such an important issue. I used to be pretty anti-money. You know, the root of all evil, causes more harm than good, if there was no money there would be no war, no famine, no greed…   Thing is, I’ve come to realise that none of these things are actually true:   Money is a tool, a symbol. It’s entirely neutral.     “It’s really just a representative of value. When you do something for someone, they give you money for your service. When someone does something…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Make Next Year Your Best Year Yet!

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    NOTE: Although this post was written in the autumn and intended to set you up for the new year by planning ahead, it still contains plenty of useful nuggets of wisdom and inspiration if you are reading this and it’s already the new year! Alternatively, you might like to head on over to this post on New Year Resolutions instead!   It’s almost the new year! Hear me out – I know, I know, it’s MONTHS away yet…I swear the summer warmth is still clinging to my skin and I’ve…

  • Goal Setting,  Life Design,  Mindset

    Change Your Mindset and Change Your Life!

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    Mindset is so important if you’re trying to create changes in your life. It cannot be stated enough!   We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein   You have to do something different if you want it to be different – you can be inspired by what is happening around you, but you have to make the change yourself, and one thing is for sure that won’t happen unless you believe it is possible. Change your mindset –…

  • Life Design,  Mindset

    Developing a Growth Mindset – A Beginner’s Guide

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    Want to live your best life? How we see ourselves plays a huge role in how our lives pan out. Our perceived characteristics and personalities are huge players in our own destinies. It’s all a case of mindset – is yours fixed or growth?         Growth mindset VS fixed mindset The power of yet: In her 2006 book, ‘Mindset’, Carol Dweck (professor of psychology at Stanford University) details how students can be generally divided into 2 groups, showing a disposition towards either having a fixed or growth…