Practicing gratitude when times are tough

Well, hello 2016. I’m glad to see you. Before we get too far into this new relationship though, I feel I need to mark a line in the sand where the last one has ended. I feel a need to close off what was, before I can look fully and optimistically to what will be. I wish I could say how wonderful 2015 …

The list you need to make this New Year

Following on from the pre-Christmas intention setting, there will be no grand declarations of goals and plans for 2015 here today. Not because I have none – simply because I’ve had them for some time. Have been working on them diligently for months. And will continue to work on them diligently tomorrow. And revise and detour as I go. Instead, for …

How to create the life you want to live

Whatever it is you’re craving or desiring, achieving it all comes down to one thing. You either want it, or you don’t. Really, that’s it. It’s honestly not more complicated than that.     The only thing that stops you from being able to create the life you want to live is failing to acknowledge your deepest desires and making decisions …

You’re not the only one to feel bad

Why is it that we always feel like we’re the only ones? That we’re alone in our struggles, doubts, anxieties and guilt? Because without a doubt … we are all the same in these feelings. I asked readers to answer four questions in a quick survey. I read with a heavy heart the same answer after answer. You were all …

How to not buckle under your busyness

 Here’s a heads up for you: it’s not your workload or to do list that’s the problem. Not really. As an anti-busyness crusader (yep, my new title) there’s much I could say against your workload, and I invariably will. Because mostly, women are trying to do way too much, at a cost to their health and happiness. But, if you’re …

Have you labelled yourself?

We all attach labels to ourselves – it is how we describe who we are – but we can become too attached to a label for our own good. The label of mother is particularly intoxicating to some of us and when it becomes that way, we can lose any perspective of our own lives and can undermine all our …

The 7 Days of Something Different Challenge

Do you ever feel like it’s groundhog day? Feel like you’re stuck in the same-old-same-old? It’s not that life isn’t wonderful – it’s just that sometimes as a busy mum, the daily routine kind of takes over and there doesn’t feel like there is any time for anything else. Routine is great in that it keeps the household chugging along, …

Creating abundance without earning a cent

You don’t need a million-dollar bank account or mansion to feel rich. You can create abundance without earning a cent, with a subtle shift in focus. Often, especially when you’re meeting the needs of little people, life can feel like it’s lacking. Everything feels in short supply, from time and patience to money. Our mind chatter – those thoughts of …

True confessions: motherhood is hard work. But you don’t have to drown in it.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens could have been writing about raising kids when he wrote these words. Because while it is the single most fabulous, authentic, amazing and important thing you could ever possibly do in your life, it is also ridiculously hard, tiring, worrying, expensive and sometimes not much fun. …