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!

  • 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…

  • Intentional Living,  Life Design

    Why it’s OK to want change

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    Do you want change but struggle to balance accepting yourself just as you are with wanting more? Maybe you even feel that admitting life isn’t good enough is like admitting you are not good enough? This article looks at why it’s OK to want change, and how it only enhances your true self, not masks it.       The dilemma For the longest time when I started The Life Spotters, I went backwards and forwards, trying to balance the idea of  ‘changing your life’ with the notion that ‘you…

  • Alternative Living,  Intentional Living,  Life Design

    What’s stopping you from living your dream life?

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    Hey you! Yeah, you over there… with the faraway look in your eyes and the dissatisfied smile… You, dreaming of something better. A life less ordinary…   Let me paint you a picture:   5 years, hell, maybe even 2 years from now, you’re living the life you dream of. You’re working for yourself and travelling around the world, seeing all the things you’ve always wanted to, swimming in crystal clear waters and sipping vino as the sun goes down over another perfect day.   Or maybe your jam isn’t…

  • Life Design,  Slow Living

    Everyday Slow (Slow living tips for every day life!)

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    So are you ready to Slow down?   I thought it might be helpful to briefly explore some Slow Living tips for the most common ‘everyday’ areas and how you can integrate a Slow philosophy in your day to day life. There are so many aspects to Slow Living, part of its beauty for me it’s how personal it is! You can pretty much apply Slow Living principles to any aspect of life you choose, but let’s take a look at a few key areas:   (Psst! This is part…

  • Life Design,  Personal Development

    Start with you! Self-care with no apologies

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    Is self-care selfish?   I read an article recently that hinted at self-care being a selfish act. It suggested that we are too concerned with our own selves and should be focusing less energy on self-care and more on our bonds with those around us. Now, I am as happy and willing to build connection and bonds with those around me as the next person, but if I am in a bad place at that time, then they aren’t gonna be getting the best of me…and isn’t that worse?  …