21 WAYS TO MAKE MORE OF AN EFFORT IN UNDER 10 MINUTES

Starting in the April just gone and for 12 months I am giving each month theme. This is a word that is going to be my focus for that month. My theme for May is EFFORT. This means, as part of my Happiness Project, I am making a concerted effort to make more of an…

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PASSION SMASHSSION: FORGET FEELING BAD

I was having a conversation with a friend over a G&T at the weekend about the much bandied around phrase follow your passion.¬† It got me thinking as this phrase suggests: (1) everybody has a passion, a passion being something you are excitedly drawn towards to the exclusion of everything else, and (2) that you…

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HAPPINESS PROJECT: LET THE SUN-SHRINE IN

One of the ideas that really captured my attention whilst reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier At Home was the concept of “cultivating a shrine,” a shrine being a place in your home where a collection comes together; a place that enshrines passions and interests. Rubin’s shrines include shrines to her family (a Valentine’s Day photograph collection…

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SPRING CLEANING: HANDY TIPS TO SET STORE BY

I know, I know, I know. Skip to page 157 or thereabouts of The Magic Art of Tidying Up and it clearly says that fancy storage is the enemy. Fancy storage is the frenemy of those who cannot discard properly – it lulls you into a false sense of security. It pretends it is helping…

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SPRING CLEAN & DECLUTTER YOUR HOME: YOU KON-DO IT!

M, who in no way subscribes to self-help and indulges me sporadically more for a quiet life rather than anything else, refreshingly seemed to be taking the concept of “sparking joy” incredibly seriously. I was thrilled. He was on board. A moment later I felt his hand on my shoulder. “Hmm,” he said. “Does this…

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WHY I STARTED BLOGGING & MY HAPPINESS PROJECT

I started a blog in February for two reasons. The first was that I’d just come back from a long weekend in Lisbon and had what I felt were lots of good tips that I wanted to pass onto others (it’s such an overlooked gem of a city; you can read the post here –…

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HELP YOURSELF TO SOME INSPIRATION

Follow my blog with Bloglovin If you are hankering after a life epiphany it appears that you could do worse than getting on a bus in the rain. Gretchen Rubin was sitting in a bus one day when she had the sudden realisation¬†when staring out of a window that she was in danger of wasting…

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