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.

Exploring the Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte Experience


Ordering a pumpkin spice latte might have you stereotyped as basic in America. But the Australian fixation makes you cultured and gives the impression of a well-travelled individual. But if you’ve never tried a pumpkin spice latte in Australia, do not fret. I have a number of solutions to make sure your first experience will not be your last. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in North America during November. While there I sampled many, many Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And it got me thinking about how I could recreate the pumpkin spice flavour back home.  What [...]

Exploring the Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte Experience2023-09-18T16:43:11+10:00

A to Z of Self Care Ideas to Nurture your Wellbeing


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 activities up my sleeve. The definition of self-care Self-care is the practice of taking deliberate actions to develop and nurture your physical well-being, emotional health and mental welfare. But it goes beyond simple indulgences like a bath or rich chocolate ice cream. It encompasses activities and habits that promote long-term balance. It recognises the importance of maintaining a good relationship with yourself. And by taking care [...]

A to Z of Self Care Ideas to Nurture your Wellbeing2024-05-06T16:14:54+10:00

Insightful Quotes from James Clear’s Atomic Habits


As a self-confessed self-improvement junkie, I love a good self-help book. And Atomic Habits by James Clear is no exception. It's one of the most popular books on habits. And can be found near the top of almost any book recommendation list about habits, motivation or self-improvement. A little about James Clear James Clear, the renowned author and speaker, has transformed the way we approach personal development and behaviour change through his innovative self-help book, Atomic Habits. Throughout its pages, Clear offers invaluable insights and strategies for building positive habits that can transform our lives. A little about Atomic Habits [...]

Insightful Quotes from James Clear’s Atomic Habits2024-05-10T16:19:59+10:00

9 Uncommon Ways To Practice Self Care


Sitting in a hot bubble bath with a face mask or doing yoga is not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to self-care. While I do love a long hot bubble bath, yoga is just too slow for me. The term self-care wasn’t something I was familiar with before trying to become a parent. Before that, it was just part of what I did anyway. But going through IVF, an importance was placed on looking after my mental health, not just my physical health.Now self-care means taking the time to do things that I enjoy and being a little [...]

9 Uncommon Ways To Practice Self Care2024-04-08T12:53:01+10:00

How to Survive a Season of Chaos


Working in the accounting industry for 9 years, I learned really quickly when the busiest time of the year is. No one dared apply for leave during the month of July. I had to learn how to survive a season of chaos, and fast. Here are a few things I do to keep myself sane outside of work hours during those busy times. What is a season of chaos? A season of chaos is a period of life where things feel unpredictable, disordered and even turbulent. It's important to embrace flexibility and adaptability during this time. And recognise that your circumstances [...]

How to Survive a Season of Chaos2023-10-18T11:39:10+11:00

How A Girls Night Changed My Life


I hosted my first girls' night in January 2018, and that first girls' night changed my life. It was such a great night that I hosted another one in February. I guess you could say the rest is history. Relationships were a major focus for me in 2018, one of the main ones was with my friends. I wanted to catch up with them more often and know more about their day-to-day lives. We all get busy with work, family, and other commitments. We often don’t make time to catch up with those that have been there for us. Life just [...]

How A Girls Night Changed My Life2024-03-14T13:48:52+11:00

The Power of an Anti-Morning Routine: Embracing Your Own Unique Flow


There can be a lot of pressure to try to fit in as much as you can in the morning. Gurus flaunt the ideals of waking up before your kids. Journalling, exercising and doing some form of self-care before doing anything else. Yet that doesn’t seem realistic. For me, my house is not designed in a way that shuts rooms off from one another. If you played music in any room of the house, you could hear it from each and every other room. Except maybe the garage. So it’s not practical for me to be doing much before anyone [...]

The Power of an Anti-Morning Routine: Embracing Your Own Unique Flow2023-12-07T09:54:09+11:00

How I Cut My Laundry Costs In Half


A while ago I caught a snippet from a morning show on Facebook where it was mentioned that it is not necessary to use the recommended amount when doing laundry. So I followed the advice and experimented with these small changes on my own. And the result was that I cut my laundry costs in half.But I have a secret confession: Doing laundry is my favourite household chore. I put the machine on and then get to do something else for almost an hour before I have to worry about it again. It takes me 10-15 minutes to hang it [...]

How I Cut My Laundry Costs In Half2024-03-14T13:50:48+11:00

Strategies to reduce and overcome procrastination


What’s your relationship with procrastination like? Are you constantly fighting it, or does it have the upper hand? If your to-do list is seemingly never-ending and you often find that you’re running behind in projects and tasks, it might be time to reevaluate your approach to procrastination. You are not alone In this article, you’ll learn more about why you procrastinate, how to tell when you are procrastinating, and what you can do to overcome it. Procrastination isn't just a symptom; it's a condition. It tends to develop over time and can also lead to other issues. If you procrastinate, [...]

Strategies to reduce and overcome procrastination2024-03-14T14:02:24+11:00

20+ self improvement books to help you learn anything


In today's fast-paced and constantly changing world, the importance of self-improvement cannot be overstated. Whether you want to advance in your career, improve your relationships, or simply become a better version of yourself, there are countless resources available to help you achieve your goals. One of the most popular and effective ways to embark on a journey of self-improvement is by reading books. With so many self-improvement books out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right ones.  Whether you're just starting your self-improvement journey or looking for new insights and strategies, this list is sure to provide you [...]

20+ self improvement books to help you learn anything2023-03-04T11:46:37+11:00

A Grazing Table Shopping List To Feed A Crowd


The old bikkies and dip have come a long way since I was a kid. Now it’s all Instagram-worthy spreads, specialty cheese and the latest food trends. It goes by many names like grazing board, grazing table, grazing plate, grazing platter, charcuterie board, charcuterie table, and antipasto. But whatever you call it, it’s an easy way to feed a crowd and almost always looks too good to eat. A few months ago I went to a lunchtime birthday party where they had a large grazing table. There were quite a lot of adults at the party and I kept wondering [...]

A Grazing Table Shopping List To Feed A Crowd2024-04-08T12:53:40+10:00

15 Gifts for the Self Improvement Junkie in Your Life


Buying gifts for some people can be tough. And what about those people that are always trying to improve themselves and make positive changes in their lives? As a self-confessed self-improvement junkie, I can say that I am a little bit picky when it comes time to tell people what I’d like for my birthday or Christmas. Surely it's only a good thing when you know what you want. What's the purpose of self-improvement? The purpose of self-improvement is to enhance your personal growth and development by identifying and working on areas that require improvement. Areas like personal growth, emotional [...]

15 Gifts for the Self Improvement Junkie in Your Life2024-05-10T16:24:45+10:00

My IVF Regrets


In-Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, comes with a lot of things. And for me, one of those things is regret. While IVF treatment can be amazing, it certainly is life-changing, regardless of the result. But, as I said, I have a few IVF regrets. Here's hoping you learn from me and have zero regrets about your cycle of IVF. While the success rates of IVF have improved dramatically over the years, the process can still be emotionally and physically challenging for many people. As a result, some people may experience feelings of regret, whether it's due to failed attempts, multiple rounds [...]

My IVF Regrets2024-03-14T14:06:20+11:00

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, hosted by New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Ruben. And I thought to myself, why am I setting all of these big 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. [...]

How a Word of the Year Can Help you Achieve Your Goals2024-06-20T13:43:12+10:00
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