About Kathleen

Kathleen is the adventurous writer behind Life by Kathleen. After welcoming her first child, she realised the importance of nurturing and enhancing her friendships. Dedicated to supporting women in improving, maintaining, or problem-solving in their friendships, she shares insights on achieving personal goals while navigating motherhood and household responsibilities.

How being open and vulnerable with friends brings you closer


Learning how to be vulnerable with friends can be challenging, but it's essential for building deeper connections and fostering meaningful relationships. Opening up to new people and your friends can be a struggle. And sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings with those can be scary. But it's important to remember that everyone has their struggles. By opening up to your friends, you allow them to see the real you and create a safe space for them to do the same.  Understanding Vulnerability Understanding vulnerability is a powerful way to build strong friendships. It involves embracing honesty and openness, even when it makes you feel uncomfortable. Defining What Vulnerable Means Being vulnerable means allowing yourself to [...]

How being open and vulnerable with friends brings you closer2024-06-13T13:46:15+10:00

How to make friends in your 30s (or any age)


In my early 20s, I used to complain to my husband all the time that I didn't have any close female friends. And his reply was always the same. He told me I would make friends with the school mums when we had children. Fast forward about ten years, and I have a few best friends and a wider friend group that I consider to be my close friends. And funnily enough, they aren't other school mums. A few things you need to know before making friends: You will need to put yourself out there with an open mind (this [...]

How to make friends in your 30s (or any age)2024-06-06T11:34:22+10:00

How To Manifest Friends


Ever wondered how to manifest friends? I have. And the good news is yes, you can manifest friends. In fact, you can manifest almost anything!  With the right mindset and manifestation techniques, you can attract meaningful connections and the kind of friends you desire.  What is manifestation? In short, manifestation is the law of attraction. It's the practice of thinking certain positive thoughts and emotions to attract your desired outcome. By having a clear vision of what you want, and using one or more methods below, you can manifest almost anything. Manifestation methods Before you get manifesting, you will need to decide which manifestation method will work best for you. Affirmations - positive affirmations can help you [...]

How To Manifest Friends2024-06-03T16:35:03+10:00

Summer Goal Ideas: Embrace the Season with Purpose and Fun


Looking for some fun and achievable summer goal ideas for the upcoming warmer months? Whether you're looking to make the most of your summer break or simply want to try something new, there are plenty of ideas to inspire you. One of the best things about setting summer goals is that they can be tailored to your personal interests and lifestyle. From trying out a new sport or hobby to exploring your local area, there are endless possibilities to choose from. Plus, setting goals can help you stay motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment as you tick them [...]

Summer Goal Ideas: Embrace the Season with Purpose and Fun2024-05-24T18:05:27+10:00

Ladies night theme ideas for your next girls night


Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a night out with your girlfriends? A ladies' night theme party is the perfect solution! Whether you're celebrating a birthday, a bachelorette party, or just need an excuse to let loose, there are plenty of ideas to make your night unforgettable. No matter what theme you choose, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the company of your closest friends. So gather your girls, pick a theme, and get ready for a night you'll never forget! Setting the scene for a Ladies' Night When it comes to hosting [...]

Ladies night theme ideas for your next girls night2024-05-20T12:13:53+10:00

What you need to know about hosting a pool party


I've had a bit of practice throwing private pool parties, with my first one being for a girl's night. I wouldn't say I have perfected how to throw an adult pool party, by any means. But I have had a lot of practice and know the elements that make it one to remember. Pool Party Timing Picking the perfect time for your pool party can be tricky. And apart from the weather, the biggest hurdle is finding a time that suits everyone. But before you can even get to that, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Do you [...]

What you need to know about hosting a pool party2024-05-17T10:01:20+10:00

A guide to the different levels of friendship


Have you ever stopped to think about the different levels of friendship? We all have friends, but not all friends are created equal. Some friends are closer to us than others, and we share different levels of intimacy and trust with each of them. At its core, a friend is someone you enjoy spending time with and who shares interests and values with you. But beyond that basic definition of a friend, friendships can vary widely. There are acquaintances, casual friends, close friends, and best friends, to name just a few. Each type of friendship has its own unique characteristics and level of closeness. Understanding the different levels [...]

A guide to the different levels of friendship2024-05-14T05:22:42+10:00

Life Upgrade: Transformations Over the Last Year


Over the past year, I've been on an unintentional journey of a life upgrade. Each of these choices or ideas have contributed to more fun, better rest and an increase motivation. Through creativity, exploration, and the embrace of discomfort, I've discovered the power of self-expression and growth. Join me as I reflect on the victories and transformations that have changed the shaped my life in the last 12 months. Skincare I'm not getting any younger. And I know I need to take better care of my skin, particularly my face. So maybe it was time for some Botox? So I [...]

Life Upgrade: Transformations Over the Last Year2024-05-06T14:29:08+10:00

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year


Staying connected with friends can sometimes feel like a challenge. But with the benefits of digital technology, there are more ways than ever to nurture and maintain those valuable friendships.  I’m sure you know by now that I love a good girls night with my friends.  But it can be hard for all of us to have the time to catch up. Between, work, family members, exercising and eating right, these things often take the back burner. Why is it important to stay connected with friends? Staying connected with friends is crucial for your overall health and happiness. Your friends provide support, [...]

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year2024-05-14T05:25:41+10:00

ADHD and Friendships: How to Make and Keep Friends


Do you struggle with maintaining friendships? Do you often find yourself feeling left out or misunderstood in social situations? If you have ADHD, you may be experiencing difficulties in your friendships that are unique to your situation. Despite the challenges, it is possible to build and maintain strong friendships with ADHD. By understanding how your ADHD affects your social interactions and implementing strategies to overcome these challenges, you can develop meaningful connections with others. Understanding ADHD and Social Challenges Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can impact various aspects of your life, including your social interactions. People with ADHD may struggle with impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention, which can [...]

ADHD and Friendships: How to Make and Keep Friends2024-06-13T13:39:01+10:00

Girls Night Dinner Ideas: Tips For a Fun and Easy Night


Looking for a fun and memorable way to spend time with your gal pals? Look no further than a girls' night dinner! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for an excuse to catch up with your best friends, a girls' night dinner is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and enjoy some delicious food. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to decide what to serve. Should you go for something fancy and upscale, or keep things casual with some comfort food favourites? And what about drinks and dessert? Don't worry – we've got [...]

Girls Night Dinner Ideas: Tips For a Fun and Easy Night2024-05-20T12:17:37+10:00

Small Talk Topics: Conversation Starters for Any Occasion


When it comes to making small talk, it can sometimes feel like a daunting task. You might feel like you don't know what to say or worry that you'll come across as awkward. However, small talk is an important part of building relationships and connecting with others. By learning a few key topics to discuss, you can feel more confident in your ability to make conversation with anyone. Understanding Small Talk Small talk is an essential aspect of social interaction and can help you build rapport with others. It involves casual conversations that are not meant to be deep or [...]

Small Talk Topics: Conversation Starters for Any Occasion2024-05-03T12:08:15+10:00

Letting Go of a Friendship: When It’s Time to Move On


Letting go of a friendship can be a difficult and emotional process. Perhaps you've grown apart from someone you used to be close with, or maybe there was a falling out that caused irreparable damage to the relationship. Whatever the reason, ending a friendship can be just as painful as ending a romantic relationship. But, sometimes it's necessary for your own well-being and personal growth. Recognising when to let go Sometimes, friendships can be difficult to maintain. As you grow and change, so do your friends. And sometimes, you may find that you've grown apart. It can be challenging to [...]

Letting Go of a Friendship: When It’s Time to Move On2024-06-13T13:44:52+10:00

The many ways friendships change and evolve in adulthood


As you grow older, you may notice that your friendships change in adulthood. The people you once considered your good friends may not be as present in your life as they once were, or you may find yourself making new friends with different interests and priorities. These changes are a natural part of adult life, and understanding them can help you navigate your social relationships more effectively. Why friendships change One reason why friendships change in adulthood is due to the demands of work and family life. As you establish your career and start a family, you may have less time and energy to devote to socializing. Your friends may [...]

The many ways friendships change and evolve in adulthood2024-05-14T05:25:21+10:00
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