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Book Review: The Life Plan by Shannah Kennedy

The Life Plan

It’s not very often you can genuinely claim that a book changed your life, but this one actually has for me. This book is behind my decision to move to Brisbane next year (for those not in Australia, that’s an entirely different city and state to where I live now).

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My most popular blog posts of 2015

quitting is not always bad

I normally look back on my most popular posts of the previous year at the end of December, but I’ve been a little sidetracked (and by sidetracked, I mean a sleep deprived new mum!). Better late than never right? So if you’re new to the blog, or just curious to have a stickybeak at what other people are reading, then take a look at my 10 most popular blog posts of 2015:

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Goal setting for 2016

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about new year’s resolutions. On the negative side, some people argue that you shouldn’t wait until the start of new year to make changes to your life. Others argue that resolutions/goals are too rigid and new year’s themes or intentions are more practical.

My view? Do whatever works for you. And for me, that’s setting a few new year’s resolutions. I like them. While I agree that you can and should make changes to your life and/or your goals at any time of the year, a new year provides a reminder to reflect on the past year and what you might like to achieve in the new one.

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[SPONSORED POST] When to Think About Life Insurance

life insurance

I’m guessing most of you haven’t given much, or any, thought to life insurance. It’s kind of a ‘grown up thing’ right?

Well, I decided to ask one of the new sponsors on my blog, Life Insurance Comparison, for a quick overview of the topic. I’m about to become a mum, so it seemed timely for me.

Please be aware that this is a sponsored post, but I chose the topic of the post and hope that you find it useful.

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Why you need to care about your finances

care about your finances

This post has been swirling around in my head for a while… it’s difficult to put into words. What I want this post to do is to convince you (particularly if you’re female) that you need to take an active interest in your finances, but that’s no easy task. Many financial institutions are struggling to get young women to care, and most just don’t. It seems too complicated and often people think they can put it off and worry about later, when they’re old.

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[GUEST POST] Health Insurance in Your 20s and 30s

health insurance

I know that health insurance is a confusing topic for many of us in our 20s and 30s. Why do we need it? What cover should we get?

In an attempt to get a better understanding, I asked Health Insurance Comparison to write something for my blog on this topic. Please note this is not a sponsored post, but they do advertise on the site.  I hope you find this post insightful and useful.

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How to get back on track and achieve your new year’s resolutions

new year's resolutionsNew year’s resolutions
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you might remember that in last week’s edition, I wrote about the challenge of sticking with your new year’s resolutions when it’s only March. It’s been a while since you made those goals and your initial burst of motivation is probably waning. You probably also haven’t made enough progress on your goals yet to give your willpower a boost. That’s kind of how I’m feeling anyway, and I can’t be the only one right? So I thought I’d write a post about how to get passionate about your goals again and feel recommitted to achieving them. (On a cheeky side note, if you haven’t signed up to my newsletter yet, you can do so by entering your details in the form on the right hand side of this page!)

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How to get the best out of 2015

2015 goal setting

Climb to the peak in 2015

So we are well into January now – have you thought about goal setting for the New Year yet? Or did you make a bunch of resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but haven’t actually got around to taking any action?

Hopefully this guide will help! I thought the start of 2015 would be a great excuse to put together a list of some of my most practical posts, to give you the inspiration and a starting point to make 2015 your best year ever!

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My most popular blog posts of 2014

To celebrate the fact that I reached the 50 post milestone last week, and to wrap up 2014, I thought I’d share my ten most popular blog posts of 2014. This list is ranked in order according to page views and covers a really broad range of topics. If you missed one the first time around, now is a good chance to take a look! Just click on the title to read the post.

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Goal setting for the new year

goal setting
I have a confession. I don’t have any goals for next year yet . Or rather, I didn’t when I started writing this post. That’s not too unusual right? After all, the traditional time for making resolutions is New Years and that’s still five-and-a-half weeks away. But as I’m sure you know by now, I am a planner. Goals are supposed to be my thing, and setting and achieving goals is basically the whole premise of this blog. If I don’t have any goals for next year, what on earth am I going to write about?

This has occupied my thoughts a lot recently. So a few days ago, I decided to get serious about goal setting for 2015, and it occurred to me that some of you may be interested in the process I took to decide what I want to achieve.

My goal setting process

  1. Break your life down into the key areas that are important to you. For example, this could be: Relationships (romantic, friends and family); work, health and fitness, money, and hobbies and passions.
  2. Give each of these areas a rating out of 10 that reflects your overall happiness and satisfaction.
  3.  Look at the areas that score lowest, let’s say, 6 out of 10 or less. Why did you give that area this score? What don’t you like about this aspect of your life? In case you haven’t guessed it already, these are the areas you should set some goals in.
  4. Identify what it would take to change these areas for the better. For example, if you think you need to eat better, maybe your goal could be to introduce one new healthy meal a fortnight into your diet.

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