Self Improvement

Dive into a world of insightful articles, practical tips, and transformative resources that will inspire you to become the best version of yourself. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your mindset, boost your confidence, develop healthy habits, or find inner balance, this category provides a wealth of guidance to support your journey. Discover powerful techniques, actionable advice, and uplifting stories that will empower you to make positive changes and lead a fulfilling life. Embark on a path of self-discovery and self-improvement with Life by Kathleen

7 Self-Improvement Podcasts You Need To Listen To


I know it sounds a little bit lame, but I only really discovered podcasts in 2017. I’m not even sure what made me open the podcast app but I started with a podcast from Headspace. This was also during the throws of postnatal depression. Now that I’d found a podcast to listen to, I found some similar podcasts. And so began my road to devouring self improvement podcasts. A little note about all the self-improvement podcasts listed here. These are all podcasts that I listen to regularly. I’ve been a long-time fan of each one, and some from the very [...]

7 Self-Improvement Podcasts You Need To Listen To2024-03-14T14:19:32+11:00

Self sabotaging beliefs and how to overcome them


Self-sabotaging beliefs are sneaky thoughts that tell you that you’re not good enough, can’t do it, or are not worthy of success. They can manifest themselves in various ways, such as procrastination, self-doubt, and perfectionism. In this article, we’ll explore self-limiting beliefs, how to identify them in yourself, and how to deal with them when they pop up. We’ll also look at some prevention techniques so that these beliefs don’t sabotage your life and prevent long-term progression. These beliefs can be harmful because they prevent you from taking risks and moving forward in your life. What are self-sabotaging beliefs? Self-sabotaging [...]

Self sabotaging beliefs and how to overcome them2023-05-16T05:58:13+10:00

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 Lasts2024-03-14T14:26:21+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 From2023-05-16T06:09:35+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 Mood2024-01-31T10:24:06+11:00

My Regrets and What I’ve Done About Them


Regrets happen. Sometimes they are big. Like not reconciling with a family member before their death. Sometimes they are small. Like not buying that jacket when it was on sale. And sometimes they are really small. Like not ordering a McFlurry with your drive through order. And they come in many forms. Regret for doing something. Regret for not doing something. And the wondering of what if. Either way, I think it's impossible to live a life without regrets. When you look up regret on Google you get a wide variety of results ranging from tattoos, break ups and children [...]

My Regrets and What I’ve Done About Them2022-08-22T16:57:38+10:00

10+ Ways of Simplifying Your Life


Sometimes simplifying your life comes out of necessity and other times it's just an evolution. To me, simplifying your life is more along the lines of work smarter, not harder. And these are some of the changes I've made to work smarter. And while some of these steps are quite small, when combined they can make quite an impact on your day to day life. Robot Vacuum I really didn't think I needed a robot vacuum. It would only take me about half an hour to vacuum the whole house. And its not like I needed to find more time [...]

10+ Ways of Simplifying Your Life2023-09-27T12:25:31+10:00

Coping with anxiety during fertility treatments


Infertility can bring up a number of mental health concerns. And anxiety is probably the most common. Due to the nature of the treatments involved, you might already be very attuned with your bodies. Noticing subtle changes and become conscious of every possible ache, twinge or sensation in your body. Your thoughts are racing and you are worried about all sorts of things you should or shouldn’t be doing. Which makes it very difficult to relax and not think about it. You wonder how you can possibly switch off and not think about something that is so important to you. [...]

Coping with anxiety during fertility treatments2023-02-09T12:46:22+11:00

Opening Up About Postnatal Depression


I knew something was up when I realised that my daughter was five days old yet I had not kissed her once. This got me so worked up that my eyes filled with tears at the thought of it. I really struggled to kiss her then and there. You hear about people falling instantly in love with their child and feeling this special connection. I didn’t feel that. I spent perhaps an hour with my daughter before I was whisked off to surgery, to be reunited with her six hours after her birth. My daughter’s six-week maternal health nurse appointment [...]

Opening Up About Postnatal Depression2019-08-01T19:11:22+10:00

Learning How To Give Myself Grace


I have recently been learning how to give myself grace, particularly when it comes to my daughter. I’ve inherited a trait from my dad that I’ve only just noticed: impatience. I am very impatient with a short temper when it comes to my daughter. And it doesn’t take long before I start to feel how I did at the peak of my postnatal depression. So for me, learning how to give myself grace is becoming something I really need to pay attention to. I need to have more patience, more grace and put a lid on my temper. Some days [...]

Learning How To Give Myself Grace2019-07-18T20:47:47+10:00

A Two Day Journal Of My Anxiety


I never had anxiety until I was pregnant but it has lingered ever since. Just like everything, there are good days and bad days. And I recently had two bad days in a row. So this is a journal of my anxiety for those two days. Friday I almost didn’t leave the house this morning. I'd booked and paid for a play session with a candid photoshoot for my daughter but I almost didn’t go. I changed my top twice. I made sure to have a breakfast that wouldn’t make me look bloated. Even shaving my legs for fear of [...]

A Two Day Journal Of My Anxiety2019-03-09T12:18:09+11:00

So Blessed: A Modern-Day Cliche


I hate to use a modern-day cliche but sometimes I really do feel so blessed. Yesterday was certainly one of those days. Last night I had a chance to reflect a little. Thirteen years ago I had the chance to reconnect with some old family friends. Normally I would not have taken up that opportunity but I thought why the heck not? This group of family friends has grown, as other friends have been added, partners have been added and now kids have also been added into the mix. Some of these people I have known since I was born [...]

So Blessed: A Modern-Day Cliche2021-04-30T17:12:13+10:00

Quote Monday Redesign


I have just completed a pretty big feat. I have just completed updating all of my old Quote Monday posts. Back in November, I decided that I should be using the same layout for all of my Quote Monday posts. By then I was already up to 110, so that meant I had to re-do 110 posts. It has taken eight months, but I am proud to say it is done. It wasn't easy. There were so many steps to make it right. Quote Monday Redesign The first thing I did was go through each and every Quote Monday post and [...]

Quote Monday Redesign2018-08-29T21:27:11+10:00

Life Lessons From a 30-Year-Old


Last year I turned 30, and in all that time I’ve learned quite a lot. Some of it important, like how to adult and some not so important, like the words to too many songs from the 90s. Most of these life lessons I learned in my 20s, but some are quite recent, like number 15. So here are my 30 life lessons from a 30-year-old. Have an outlet to relieve your frustrations; write, exercise, meditate etc. Prioritise by working out what is important to you. Stop spending your time on things you don’t enjoy. Hate a particular chore? Outsource it. [...]

Life Lessons From a 30-Year-Old2023-09-18T15:47:22+10:00
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