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The Marie Kondo method: does it work?

The Marie Kondo method: does it work?

Do you feel like you’re surrounded by clutter or constantly tidying, only to find you’re soon in the same mess you were in before? It’s a common complaint. In fact, Steve Howard, Head of Sustainability at Ikea recently announced that Western consumers have hit their peak for home furnishings. Coming from a company that is trying to selling furniture to us, that’s quite a statement! Our houses are often so full of stuff, that there’s nowhere to put it all….

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Things not going to plan? Embrace it!

Things not going to plan? Embrace it!

Sometimes, its good when things don’t go to plan. This week, I’ve been drawn in by Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History Of Time’ and all because my plans went slightly awry… What was the plan? Over the last few years, I’ve had various attempts at trying to declutter the house without being fully successful (hence why I’m setting mini goals now). One of my husband’s favourite quotes is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity “Doing the same thing over and over…

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Don’t wait until January to make a change- carpe diem!

Don’t wait until January to make a change- carpe diem!

For many, the turn of the New Year is the point of making resolutions for the future. Perhaps it is symbolic, the start of the new year and the opportunity for a ‘new you’. Or, it may be to undo the negative consequences of Christmas. It is common to set a new challenge for yourself at the turn of the new year, but I’m going to challenge you not to put off what can begin today! Here are some of…

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Set yourself a monthly goal and start making changes today

Set yourself a monthly goal and start making changes today

If you think about where you want to be in 5, 10 or 25 years, the size of the challenge ahead of you is sometimes so daunting that you don’t make the first step, or you find it difficult to know what the first step should be. Or you might have so many goals that you don’t know where to start, or feel like your days are too busy to cram anything further in. Setting yourself a specific goal to…

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Financial independence and me

Financial independence and me

In essence, the name of this blog is my goal. To be tortoise happy. To me, it makes perfect sense… but then, I have spent several hours trying to create a blog name that would inspire me to reach financial independence. Allow me to explain… I recently found a notebook of scribbles I used to write in when we first bought our house. Its full of things we wanted to do with the house, places we wanted to experience, and…

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Slow and steady wins the race

Slow and steady wins the race

I said in my first post that starting a blog is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. On numerous occasions, I’ve been captivated by the prospect of new challenges that I convince myself are the answer to financial independence. Beyond the initial excitement of my hare brained ideas, nothing further happens, and I’ve realised that slow and steady wins the race. When I bought a house with my now-husband, our aim was to become mortgage free. But after…

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Enemy, thy name is procrastination

Enemy, thy name is procrastination

Enemy, thy name is procrastination I’ve thought about starting a blog for a few years, just like I’ve thought about starting various other stuff. So this is post number 1. There will be more, and more stuff will get ticked off the to-do list, because doing stuff will give me more to blog about. Let the virtuous circle begin…