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.

Developing a positive attitude for goals to achieve success


Developing a confident attitude toward goals can set you up for success right from the beginning. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, improve your health, or be more relaxed, developing a positive mental attitude toward goals can give you better outcomes and greater chances of success. 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 [...]

Developing a positive attitude for goals to achieve success2023-11-30T14:46:02+11:00

10 of the best traits and qualities of a good friend


A good friend can be hard to come by, especially when you are an adult. But there are a few qualities to look out for to ensure your new friendship will continue to blossom. There are a number of characteristics that set genuine friends apart from potential fake friends. So what makes a good friend? You might have many acquaintances and a handful of friends. But only the best of the best get to be called good friends. So what sets these amazingly great friends apart from all of your casual friends?  Some of the benefits that we get out of strong [...]

10 of the best traits and qualities of a good friend2023-11-06T13:52:17+11:00

How to use the different love languages in your friendships


Each person has their own primary love language, which is the way they feel most loved and appreciated. Understanding your friends' love languages can help you communicate your love and appreciation in a way that they will truly understand and appreciate. By understanding and speaking your friends' love languages, you can deepen your friendships and show your appreciation in a way that really resonates with them. What are Love Languages? Do you ever feel like you and your friends are not on the same wavelength when it comes to expressing love and appreciation? This is where the concept of love [...]

How to use the different love languages in your friendships2023-10-30T11:29:11+11:00

How to cultivate amazing and meaningful friendships


I always complained to my husband that I never had any close friendships, even in high school. He said that I would make friends with the other school mums when our kids were at school. And let me tell you, that was a long time for me to have to wait.So I chose not to wait for those friends to appear in my life. I decided to do things to become closer to the people I already knew.  And now I have a group of about 10 women that I am really great friends with. And a few of those I consider [...]

How to cultivate amazing and meaningful friendships2023-10-27T17:47:20+11:00

French Onion Potato Bake that tastes better the next day


This is the best potato bake that I have ever had. Although if I’m totally honest, I haven’t tried too many. There are many iterations of this recipe around the internet. And I think each person does something different to make it their own. Many recipes call for potato slices arranged in layers of potatoes or are a variation of au gratin. It is an absolute miracle when there are leftovers, it's that good. And somehow it tastes even better when it's reheated the next day. Just add a little shredded cheese But whenever I make it everyone loves it [...]

French Onion Potato Bake that tastes better the next day2023-10-18T13:45:38+11:00

The best ways make adult friends in a new city


Moving to a new city as an adult can be both exhilarating and challenging. And one of the most significant hurdles is establishing a social circle in unfamiliar territory. The sense of leaving behind established friendships can be daunting, but forming new connections is important for personal growth and building a broader support network. Here, we'll walk through practical steps and strategies to help you smoothly navigate this transition and make meaningful connections in your new community. Acknowledging the Initial Hurdles It's entirely normal to feel a mix of excitement and apprehension when embarking on any new chapter of your [...]

The best ways make adult friends in a new city2023-10-10T07:03:42+11:00

20+ ideas to add to your mental health toolbox


Life can get hard sometimes. So I have a bunch of things in what I call my mental health toolbox. They are all tasks I have used in the past to help lift my mood, motivate me and instil a little extra confidence. It’s unfortunate, but I need to say this. I have no qualifications when it comes to mental health, so this is all just my opinion and experience. And so many of the things in this article are not for everybody. So my advice to you is to just take what you need and be open to new [...]

20+ ideas to add to your mental health toolbox2023-10-04T12:46:39+11:00

The best quotes celebrating friendship to share with friends


There are many different types of friends that you need in life. You need a best friend, an old friend, one that makes you laugh and many more. Here are some friendship quotes that you can share with them. What is the meaning of friendship? A friendship is a deep, meaningful and reciprocal connection between two people. It's built on many foundations including trust, understanding, support as well as shared interests and experiences. Great friends enrich our lives with companionship, a sense of belonging, unwavering support and cherished memories. I know and love the privilege of friendship. Where can I [...]

The best quotes celebrating friendship to share with friends2023-11-01T18:46:54+11:00

Friendship Green Flags: Signs You’re a Good Friend


Friendship plays a crucial role in enhancing emotional well-being, fostering personal growth, and improving your overall quality of life. Genuine friendships provide invaluable support and validation through shared experiences and lifelong companionship. These essential elements contribute to cultivating happiness, building resilience, and nurturing a deep sense of belonging. What are friendship green flags? Friendship green flags are the opposite of red flags. They are a good sign that you have a healthy relationship and are a good friend to others. Understanding the importance of these green flags is pretty important. They help you in promoting positive and fulfilling connections. Real [...]

Friendship Green Flags: Signs You’re a Good Friend2023-09-27T15:17:24+10:00

The Types of Friends Everyone Needs in Life


Surrounding yourself with a bunch of amazing friends is one of the secrets to an amazing life. Having a diverse group of friends can keep things interesting. And you’ll be able to turn to different types of friends to help you through different areas of your life. You’ll also find there are a few trends between different groups of friends. Why we need friends Friends make life better. They help steer us in the right direction They provide us with a sense of belonging. Which is incredibly important when you are trying to find your place in the world. They [...]

The Types of Friends Everyone Needs in Life2023-09-27T11:54:29+10:00

Out of Apple? Try this banana crumble recipe


One winter, I was craving an apple crumble for dessert. Unfortunately, we were out of apples. But there were plenty of bananas. So I tried my hand at making up a crumble from scratch with the ingredients I had on hand. The result was a warm and comforting winter dessert with a contrast of textures between the soft, caramelized bananas and the crispy, crumble mixture. It's such an easy recipe that makes a lovely dessert from a few ingredients you likely have in your pantry. I was on a health and fitness kick in 2014, which is roughly when I [...]

Out of Apple? Try this banana crumble recipe2023-09-14T11:36:00+10:00

Ideas you need for an owl themed baby shower


My third niece arrived in the world on September 21 2014. I had a bit of a mad rush to crochet as much as I could before the baby shower which was back in July. The themed baby shower is done and dusted now, I can finally take a bit of a break from crochet. I love to crochet something as a baby shower gift. And I usually only make one thing. I think I’ve outdone myself this time! I love to crochet something as a baby shower gift. And I usually only make one thing. I think I've outdone [...]

Ideas you need for an owl themed baby shower2023-09-27T15:36:38+10:00

How To Stop Arguing About Housework


Whether you are married, engaged or just living with a partner or friends, disagreements often arise around housework. And it generally evolves into one party listing all the things that they do that aren’t related to housework but still makes a difference. It’s important to be on the same page when it comes to the expectation of who will do the housework. And effective communication and collaboration is a key factors in resolving any housework-related conflicts that may arise. Everyone comes from a different upbringing and likely has different expectations.  A parent that didn’t work outside the home A paid [...]

How To Stop Arguing About Housework2023-09-27T12:31:53+10:00

Book Review: Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian


Part self-help book, part memoir and part diet and exercise guide, Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian provides practical advice and personal anecdotes in this inspiring book. I had to wait a little while for Strong Looks Better Naked to become available at the library. But I didn't mind waiting. I get an email notification when something is ready for me to collect, which is one of the reasons why I love my library. The book features three parts. Each covers a specific area of your life; body, mind, and heart. If you’re not excited about your life, it’s up to you [...]

Book Review: Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian2023-09-27T12:02:14+10:00
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