Life Design

~ Your Life, Your Way ~ To craft a life of joy & satisfaction, you need to start at the heart. Explore this category to help you design your dream life, build the confidence to go after what you deserve and start flourishing!

  • Personal Development,  Slow Living

    Slow Living Experiment – One Month Without My Smartphone!

    I think it’s fair to say that Slow Living is often confused with going without the technological trappings of the modern world. Some folks think of the concept of Slow Living and imagine an Amish like existence, with no gadgets, no devices, no modern conveniences at all. But this isn’t the case:   Slow living is all about living intentionally, choosing to prioritise how you spend your time and allowing yourself to be truly present. As such I have always ascertained that technology can actually help you live a simpler…

  • Intentional Living,  Life Design,  Mindset

    Small Shifts for Big Change

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    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)…

  • Life Design,  Mindset,  Personal Development

    Stop Setting Beige Goals!

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    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…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Building Tiny Habits

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    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…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    An Introduction to Gratitude Practice

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    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…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Daily Dedication Routine

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    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 that you can incorporate into your day in a…

  • Goal Setting,  Intentional Living,  Life Design

    Start Getting the Most Out of Life

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    We all want the ‘Big Life’ – that best expression of what we are capable of. The life we can look back on with pride and satisfaction. But what if we aren’t yet sure what that looks like?   Although I could write ‘til my fingers are numb about why you should be striving to live life your own way, I maybe don’t stress often enough that it is OK if you don’t know which way that is.   It is absolutely fine to not know what you want, what…

  • Life Design,  Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Slow Morning Routines for Weekends

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    If like most of us, you find yourself rushing through the working week in a blur, you most likely breathe a sigh of relief when the weekend rolls around. But are you making the most of it?   Have you ever wondered if you should have a morning routine, but can’t find the time? Do you wish you could just hit the pause button and reset, allowing the stresses and strains of the week to melt away?   If this is you, then you’d undoubtedly benefit from creating a slow…

  • 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…