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Cantober – Month of mindful changes week 1

Welcome to Cantober! A gorgeous collaboration with the Frugal Family. Check their site for a different version of the weekly prompts. Firstly, we have daily tasks. They are not difficult. They are designed to be as easy as possible. We have a little star chart so you can tick them off when you have done them. If you don’t manage …

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What do do when you have no motivation

It happens to all of us. We tick along nicely and then something just pushes us over the edge of productivity, straight into feeling like it’s all too much bother. Here are some strategies that help me. I hope they help you too. Work out why you feel like this When I lose motivation I take it as a warning …

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54 Self Care ideas for frugal and busy people

I’ve been feeling kind of Meh lately. A bit run down and lacking motivation or energy to do anything. In the Meh state I tend to forget what helps, so now I’m feeling a bit more up, I’ve written a list. It will become part of a book or course later, I’m writing it now. Possibly as a distraction from …

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B is for Boundaries – Working from home

Thank you to George who is a lovely less-stuff Patreon for this idea. I’ve been working at home for so long I’m hopeful that some of my strategies will help other people. Do you work from home?  Putting boundaries in place can help you feel more relaxed and in control of the situation. I’ve worked from home for 15 years …

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How to plan a staying in schedule

I mostly took last week off because I’ve been hit with total overwhelm and loads of anxiety. My normal weekly routine of work, college, teaching etc. has been blown away and it has thrown me. I need to get back on track and get on with things so I’m working on a schedule for the week. I don’t think this …

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A good long list of nice things to do.

This idea came from Christine in the less-stuff Facebook group. I post prompts most days with ideas for little things to do and on Tick it off Tuesday Christine posted a list of nice things to do. That was such a brilliant idea I asked if we could use it to write a blog post. All the ideas in this …

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The Frugal Family Takeover Part 4 – Practical Self Care

Often people assume that after spending so very long teaching and supporting others with their personal development I have a perfect life – this is hilarious to me and those who know me well. My life is as messy and full of procrastination as every one else’s, but that’s the beauty of information – I can pass on what I …

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Free emotional support posters with tear off strips

Last month the lovely Anna in our Facebook group posted a link to an emotional support poster that had tear off strips. Each strip had words of comfort and support on it. I printed one out and taped it to the nearest lamp post.   View this post on Instagram   Lovely Anna posted this in the less-stuff Facebook group. …

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Why failing is impossible

Next week I have to give a presentation at college. The subject is ‘Failure in Design’. Since we have been told not to discount any of our ideas as rubbish just yet, I’m assuming that the point of the exercise is to get us to embrace failure as a design resource. This has got me thinking about failure in all …

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How to get rid of toxic friends: Guest Post from www.howtomakefriends.co.uk

Hey I’m Gemma, blogger at www.howtomakefriends.co.uk. I’m on a mission to cure loneliness amongst women and to empower you to build self-worth, spark up your social life and ultimately help you to make rewarding and real friends. A huge part of making new friends is detoxing old friends which is why Lisa has kindly let me put together this guest …

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A green and ethical alternative to sending greeting cards

Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Births…. all these things are made nicer when we know that our loved ones are thinking of us. The traditional way is to send a greeting card and we have been doing it since the ancient Chinese sent Happy New Year cards. Ranging from home made with love, through to super thrifty in Poundland up to …