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.

How a Word of the Year Can Help you Achieve Your Goals


The first time I heard about a word of the year it was a light bulb moment. I found out about the idea via the Happier with Gretchen Ruben podcast. And I thought to myself, why am I setting all of these goals when I'd probably have more success with just one? What is a word of the year? A word, or phrase, of the year, is a guide for what you want to get out of the year or an area of your life that you want to focus on. It's a great way to set an intention for [...]

How a Word of the Year Can Help you Achieve Your Goals2020-08-10T21:07:33+10:00

My Favourite Tools for Goal Setting Success


There are many ways to be successful when it comes to setting and achieving your goals. But some tools can make the whole process a whole lot easier and much more fun. There are three particular tools for goal setting that have really made a difference in my success. Write it down I think writing down your goals is probably one of the most well-known goal-setting tools. There are a lot of different statistics out there about it. But you are about 40% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. So if you only do one [...]

My Favourite Tools for Goal Setting Success2021-04-30T16:55:23+10:00

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year


I’m sure you know by now that I love a good girls night with my friends. But it’s been hard for all of us to catch up in the last few months. We’ve been keeping a list of things we want to do together when this period of our lives is over. In the meantime, I have been relying on technology to stay connected with friends. Snapchat We have our own Snapchat group. And while it can get a little confusing sometimes when there is more than one conversation happening, it’s been an excellent outlet for all of us. It [...]

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year2021-05-25T20:39:15+10:00

A to Z of Self Care Ideas


Please note this post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase. Self care. It’s one of those things you love or don’t really care for. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of the phrase. But I know I need to keep a few self care ideas up my sleeve. Aromatherapy You don’t have to have hippy tendencies to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. There are many different ways you can use smells to shift or improve your mood. From wax melts [...]

A to Z of Self Care Ideas2020-08-09T21:33:22+10:00

Why setting easy goals is the secret to goal setting success


You don't need to wait until New Years to start on a new goal. And it's totally ok if you choose an easy goal. After all, easy goals lay the groundwork for the more challenging ones. And, not all goals need to take months or years to accomplish. Some can be done in a matter of days. And those easy goals can quickly help you gain momentum towards something more significant. Easy goals don’t always start out easy In August last year, I set myself a goal of drinking one litre of water a day. Easy, right? Wrong. You may [...]

Why setting easy goals is the secret to goal setting success2020-08-03T21:07:54+10:00

30th Birthday Gifts For Her


The season of your life when you and your friends all turn 30 can be full of parties, presents and the occasional existential crisis. It’s a fun and festival time but it can be hard to come up with unique gift ideas for everyone. So help a friend say goodbye to their 20’s with any (or all) of these brilliant 30th birthday gifts for her. Things There are so many things we want or need, and so many others that are just nice to have. Here are some of the more affordable things that make a great 30th birthday gift. [...]

30th Birthday Gifts For Her2021-04-30T16:59:19+10:00

Get Your House in Order, Get Your Life in Order


Keeping a clean and orderly house its not always at the top of your list of priorities, but for some people it is. And for those that don't prioritise it, getting your house in order might take less effort than you might think. Laundry and dishes seem to be the bane of my existence, especially since we are all spending so much time at home at the moment. But there are a few things you can do to get your house in order that will also help you get your life in order. 1. Make your bed Whether you throw [...]

Get Your House in Order, Get Your Life in Order2020-07-30T14:32:08+10:00

10 Traits 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 aside from your other 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 the rest? If your lucky, you'll find some of your existing friends with [...]

10 Traits of a Good Friend2021-05-25T20:34:40+10:00

26 Different Kinds of Friends


The kinds of friends you have throughout your life can be so varied. I've put together a list featuring each letter of the alphabet that represents a kind of friend. In my close group of about 10 friends, I know I can attribute each one of these letters to a friend. And I know which ones I'd pick for myself, but I wonder if my friends would agree?  Athlete The athlete is good at many sports and most likely has a competitive streak. She can beat you at your own game, even if it’s her first time. Naturally fast reflexes, [...]

26 Different Kinds of Friends2021-05-25T20:27:25+10:00

The Types of Friends Everyone Needs


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. I feel that I may need to add a disclaimer here though. I may or may not have based some of these on my IRL friends. The examples may or may not be true. And I consider myself to be [...]

The Types of Friends Everyone Needs2021-05-25T20:22:24+10:00
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