Buy Nothing New Month

october is buy nothing new month

Did you know that Buy Nothing New Month is October? Will you join the challenge? According to the Buy Nothing New Month website, “Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It’s a little idea, that started in Melbourne and is spreading to the Netherlands and USA.” Buy Nothing New Month …

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Zero Waste Lifestyle

Zero Waste. It’s a lofty ideal. One few of us are committed enough to attain. But, given the statistics on waste generation per person, it’s an ideal we need to strive toward before half the world is buried under mountains of rubbish. According to Living Smart QLD: “Australia is one of the highest waste producers in …

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The Hidden Value of a Good Goof Off Day

a goof off day can be good for you

  A good goof off day. Nothing beats it. You know how it is… You know from the moment you force your eyelids apart, today is not going to be a good day for work. If you’re an employee, it’s the day we used to call a mental health day. You’re not sick. You’re just… …

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Planning for Visual Learners

frugal tips - planners for visual types

  Over the years I’ve spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars on planners and diaries. Most of that money was wasted. Why? Because I’m a visual learner. It doesn’t matter how attractive the diary or planner is on the outside, if you’re a visual learner you’re going to find that diary is probably more useful …

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What is a Simple Life?

simplicity - what is a simple life

What is a simple life? Is a cabin in the woods (like Thoreau in Walden) necessary for you to live simply? Do you need to turn your back on all modern conveniences, worse yet, technology? Luckily, there are no hard and fast rules dictating what defines a simple life. Each of us comes to a …

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The Secret to Balancing Your Priorities

the secret to balancing your priorities

Balancing your priorities can be a challenge. It’s one of modern life’s little jokes. You either have money or you have time, rarely, it seems do you simultaneously have an abundance of both. Invariably when I’ve had the cash flow to undertake new projects, I haven’t had the time to implement them. And, conversely, when …

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5 Books That Will Change Your Mindset On Money

5 books that will change your mindset on money

The written word has the power to change your mindset… and the world. If you’re lucky, certain books will appear in your life to inspire you and in some cases, affect you so deeply they force you to change your mindset. Here are five of the books that inspired me to view my life, and …

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Finding the Silver Lining

finding the silver lining

Bad news is the ultimate unwelcome house guest. Trouble is, we have no control over when it arrives or how long it stays and finding the silver lining in bad news can be a challenge. I mentioned in my post on Monday that my daughter’s dad just got some bad news about his health. Really bad news. …

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A Simple and Streamlined Life

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A Simple and Streamlined Life June Update/July Goals In June, my primary goals were to Simplify, Streamline and Sell Stuff. There’s still lots to do on all three goals, because, well… simplifying and streamlining your life requires a good deal of thought and planning. Sure, there’s been a lot of tossing of unwanted stuff and …

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Clearing the Clutter Update

clearing the clutter update

Here’s a quick update on the whole clutter busting goal for June. Tackling the Clutter – Inside One of my goals for June is to seriously reduce the clutter in my life; physical and mental. Clearing the clutter can be a challenge on many levels but it can also be a bit of an eye …

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Clearing the Clutter


  The challenge I’ve set myself for June is to simplify my life and streamline everything about it. One of the pivotal activities for this challenge is clearing the clutter from my house and my life. Clearing the clutter from my house is well overdue. I’m hoping that as the physical clutter diminishes, the emotional …

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