The ‘Could-Do’ List – Why It Makes Life Better

simple-things-photoI’ve mentioned before that I love to read UK magazine The Simple Things. I love that it keeps reminding me to slow down, take stock and enjoy all the small things. A regular feature in the mag, that I just love, is the ‘Could-Do’ list.

The headline “Your Could-Do List” then follows with a sub-heading “Things you might want to do this month (no pressure!)”. Quirky, and beautiful. Pregnant with possibility.

These days we are all slaves to our ‘To-Do’ list. There is always something being added, even when you happily cross something off it. With that comes that heavy feeling, the weight of responsibility, the slight panic of drowning under the pressure of all the things that need doing.

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The Case for Slow Living

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Going nowhere fast in this beauty.

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I’ve got a bit of a preoccupation with de-cluttering. I’ve written about it several times. You can read those posts here, here and here.

I recently wrote about how I’ve finally realised that de-cluttering just doesn’t work for me. I like to clear out ‘stuff’ but generally, I like to keep things that mean something to me. Thinking about de-cluttering and what motivated me to do it, has helped me understand what brings me satisfaction and contentedness.

I’ve deduced that some form of connection is what brings me that solid, heart-full feeling. That feeling where I couldn’t possibly be anywhere better. But it’s not just human connection that that does this. It’s connection with food, with art, books, with my home, my garden, and community. This is considered and thoughtful living; some would say mindful living – for me, it is slow living.  [Read more…]

My Year In Review: Working from Home

Five things I love about working from home cover.001As the year comes to an end and I am reflecting on what worked and what didn’t in 2015, what I’ll do differently next year and what will remain. I kept coming back to working from home, as something that is a real privilege and has so many benefits. So I thought I’d put together a list of the pros and cons of working from home. If you are considering working from home, this list might help you decide.

It’s mostly pros, but I don’t want to get all Pollyanna on you.  [Read more…]

10 Ways to Banish the Overwhelm

I drew this when I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed. It soothed.

I drew this when I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed. It helped me escape and soothed my pain.

 

Never before have we lived such comfortable and affluent lives. Australia has the third highest average wealth in the world, behind Switzerland and Norway.  We make up 0.36% of the world’s adult population but account for 3.78% of the world’s top 1% of wealthiest people. (source)

But this comes at a cost, on many levels. The African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ still remains, yet the village has gone. Everyone is out working, or taking their kids to gymnastics, swimming, athletics, scouts, karate, football, cricket. Or volunteering in the class room, on the sports pitch or up at the school. Or preparing for dinner guests, kids parties family get togethers…it never ends.

There’s no doubt we have very full lives. Often too full. So full, in fact that many of us feel that our day to day lives have become an avalanche of events and we are like a pack of hounds chasing our tails in a frenzy of FOMO confusion. (FOMO, for those who don’t know, is an acronym for Fear Of Missing Out). [Read more…]

It’s been a bit quiet round here…

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog over the last few weeks. I’ve been pretty busy with a few balls in air, so I keep coming back to my blog, but keep getting pulled in other directions.

It’s an occupational hazard, I guess. When you’re trying to earn a living through writing, the writing you get paid for is what takes priority. I’ve explained this to friends before, my blog is my safe place, so I don’t want to abandon it just because life got busy. But also, it’s not something I do to generate an income. It’s my little corner, I visit to improve my writing, to write about things that interest me without the pressure of a commission. And it helps me clarify my thoughts.

So while I get my house in order, I thought I’d share some of the articles that have been keeping me busy. You can read about how to have romantic holiday, even with children in tow here

If you want to read about how to raise your child as a good sport, you can read about that here

Or, like me, you’re camping these school holidays. This piece explains why camping is great for the whole family. You can read it here.

Lastly, if you don’t love exercising, but know you should, there are a few ideas to get back on track in this article.

But I’ll be back soon. I have trouble staying away!