About Kathleen

Kathleen is the adventurous writer behind Life by Kathleen. After having her first child, she realised that she wanted and needed better relationships with her friends. Finding ways to improve those friendships, set and achieve her goals, all while juggling motherhood, a career in marketing and a household.

6 Tips to Help you Build Willpower and Make it Lasts


Usually, when we hear the word willpower, we relate it to losing weight or quitting smoking. Willpower is extremely helpful when trying to break those bad habits, but it can also be beneficial in other areas of your life as well.  I'm sure that you've heard that your willpower is a muscle. The more you use it, the better it gets. And like a muscle, some experts believe that it can get fatigued from overuse. What is willpower? Before we can start building our willpower muscle, we need to know what it is.  Willpower is a tricky concept. We all want to [...]

6 Tips to Help you Build Willpower and Make it Lasts2022-11-18T09:16:36+11:00

101 Girls Night Cocktails (and mocktails) For Your Next Ladies Night


The only place you need to search for the perfect drink for your next girl’s night. Whether it's a bachelorette party, a movie night or just quality time building a female friendship, these drinks are sure to take your girls' night to the next level. Before you even look at new recipes, you will need some basic tools and equipment to make even the simplest drinks. large pitcherstrainerjiggermuddlerbar spoonscocktail shakercocktail glasscocktail toppers like umbrellas Or try cocktail kits that have everything you need. And don’t forget the ice cubes! Are you ready for this giant list of killer cocktails that [...]

101 Girls Night Cocktails (and mocktails) For Your Next Ladies Night2022-11-14T21:39:21+11:00

When it’s a good idea to share your goals (and when it’s not)


You’re probably familiar with the idea of sharing your goals publicly. You announce to the world that you’re going to eat less meat, save $5,000 for a holiday, learn how to knit, or donate blood. But before you share your goals with anyone, you need to know if it's advantageous or damaging. Is it a good idea to share your goals? The simple answer is yes and no. Just like almost anything in life, there are pros and cons to sharing your goals with friends and family members. Sharing your goals has several advantages It can make you more accountable [...]

When it’s a good idea to share your goals (and when it’s not)2022-10-28T11:17:41+11:00

10 Goal Setting Frameworks to Help You Succeed


Creating a goal-setting framework that works for you. But you need to know a few more things about goal setting before you get started with a framework. During the process of setting goals, you want to find the sweet spot between your ambitious objectives and managing your to-do list with measurable goals. Is goal setting effective? In short, yes. Setting clear goals is an effective way to get your desired results. The increased motivation from achieving small goals builds momentum to help you achieve complex goals. But the goal-setting approach can be the most important thing when it comes to [...]

10 Goal Setting Frameworks to Help You Succeed2022-10-27T06:02:33+11:00

18 Habits That Make You More Productive


You all know that there are only so many hours in a day. But you can learn to use your time more effectively. And if you already think that you are working as hard as you can, it's time to learn how to work smarter. Try these 18 habits that will make you more productive. Invest in yourself It can be all too easy to forget about your health and well-being during a stressful phase of life. But taking care of yourself gives you more energy to do the things you enjoy most. Ways you can invest in yourself Eat [...]

18 Habits That Make You More Productive2022-10-20T14:27:06+11:00

20+ Best Manifestation Books You Will Actually Learn From


Have you ever wondered about what is manifestation and how to manifest things? I know I have. And the truth is that you can manifest just about anything and in every aspect of your life. It all comes down to learning about the powerful tool that is your mind. Narrow it down with a few actionable steps by harnessing the power of your thoughts. And next thing you know you are practising the art of manifesting and living out your wildest dreams. What is manifestation? In short, manifestation is the law of attraction. It’s the practice of thinking certain positive [...]

20+ Best Manifestation Books You Will Actually Learn From2022-09-29T09:14:40+10:00

Practical Tips to Set Effective Daily Goals


If you're anything like me, you're excited to set new and exciting goals. But you lose track somewhere along the day. As much as you want to cut back on your screen time or spend more time outside, nothing ever seems to change. But I'm here to tell you that setting daily goals might just be the key to your goal getting success. You can hang on to those long-term goals but use short-term goals to help you get to your destination. Keep reading to find out the benefits of daily goals and how to use them. Goals can be [...]

Practical Tips to Set Effective Daily Goals2022-09-23T09:32:18+10:00

Developing an attitude for goals


Developing an attitude toward goals can set you up for success right from the beginning. Whether you're looking to advance you career, improve your health, or be more relaxed, developing an attitude for goals can make any activity easier to achieve. A positive attitude is not just forcing a smile through gritted teeth in the hopes of feeling better. It is something a lot more profound than that. When we adopt a positive attitude, we are using the power of our mind to remove thoughts and ideas that are no longer helping us to develop. - Itayi Garande, Broken Families: How [...]

Developing an attitude for goals2022-09-16T15:48:31+10:00

9 Ways To Help You Stay Motivated and Positive


With everything happening in the world at the moment, it's important to stay motivated and positive, despite everything you might be facing. And that includes the good and the bad. How many times have you read a self-help book, watch a TED Talk, or tried to start a new habit but given up only a few days later? Why? Why do we get inspired and motivated with all of these grand ideas, but nothing happens? When I'm feeling a lack of motivation and energy, I ask myself these three questions: What do I want from today? What have I done [...]

9 Ways To Help You Stay Motivated and Positive2022-08-18T05:45:18+10:00

Why it’s ok to change your goals and how it can make your life better


Can you say that you are completely satisfied with the way you are working towards your goals? Hopefully, continuing to strive for the goals that you’ve set is bringing you joy and filling you with purpose.   But, maybe it's not. Maybe you feel a bit lost and unsure. Perhaps you were being too ambitious when you started setting goals. Or maybe your life has changed in a way that you didn't expect, like losing your job or a breakup.   Sometimes we just have to yell pivot like we're in a 90s sitcom and start in a new direction. [...]

Why it’s ok to change your goals and how it can make your life better2022-07-29T14:02:13+10:00

40+ Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas For Your Next Party


A spread to feed a crowd that goes by many names. Charcuterie Grazing Table Grazing Plater Mezze Antipasto Snack Plate (as my daughter calls it) Whatever you call it. It's delicious, simple and always a party pleaser. You can put in as much or as little effort as you like. There are different charcuterie board ideas to suit any budget, occasion, diet and age group. With a selection of things like smoked salmon, cured meats, too many cheeses I can't pronounce, seasonal fruits and something sweet, these unique charcuterie board ideas will make it easy next time you need to [...]

40+ Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas For Your Next Party2022-07-03T18:41:45+10:00

19 Ways to Boost Your Mood


Lately I've been noticing the small things that can make a difference to my mood. And I'm hoping you can use some (or all) of these to boost your mood too! Change your phone wallpaper A couple of weeks ago I change the lock screen wallpaper on my phone. And I cannot believe how much of a difference this has made to my mood. I'm still not used to it, so every time I pick up my phone I smile. And the strange thing is that it isn't a special photo. It's just a coloured wallpaper that I found on [...]

19 Ways to Boost Your Mood2022-05-27T13:28:45+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! But there are a few important things you need to know about the easy steps to successful manifesting. What is manifestation? In short, manifestation is the law of attraction. It's the practice of thinking certain positive thoughts in order to make them your reality. 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 [...]

How To Manifest Friends2022-05-15T16:20:40+10:00

How to make friends at 30 (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 at 30 (or any age)2022-04-26T12:18:48+10:00
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