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5 Tips for a More Fulfilling Lifestyle

 

Having been through the pandemic and its associated lockdowns (and we aren’t in the clear from them just yet!) many of us have had some extra time to think about where we are, and where we would like to be. The outcome is that a lot of us realised we want to live a more joyful and fulfilling life.

Sound selfish when there are people in the world struggling for every bite of food they eat? I don’t think so. One person’s more fulfilling lifestyle might include volunteering at a shelter, a soup kitchen, or a food bank, or even taking a 6 month sabbatical to go to a developing country to dig latrines. Fulfilment is all about personal choice, after all – we don’t all crave Ferraris and Gucci bags to feel like we have wrung all the juice out of life.

The upshot is, we all have one life (as far as I know) and it’s probably not a bad idea to enjoy as much of it as we can!

Work, family, various extra-curricular and social commitments can all add up to a full and draining calendar, and it may seem impossible to find time for yourself or your hobbies, or the things you think might really push your life in a different direction. I’m talking about going back to college to study for a different career, learning a language to prepare for retiring abroad, or even try a series of little hobbies that make you feel like life is that little bit richer.

If you are pushed for a gap in your schedule to create some lifestyle changes, there are still plenty of ways to make the most of the spare time you do have.

We’ve got five tiny and manageable tips to help you live a more fulfilling life and feel happier with your busy schedule right here:

1) We all need time for ourselves- it is so important to take a little time every day for something you find nourishing. It could be ten minutes of meditation, taking care of your houseplants, baking bread, or even sitting with a cup of tea and your journal. I find the important thing is that this slot is regular, and isn’t spent on an activity that takes too much concentration. During this time, your brain has a moment to decompress, to unwind a little from everything else it has to deal with being thrown at it all day. This is an easy way to get some self-love in without taking too much time out from work or chores around the house. You might find that practicing this time-out gives your brain the space it needs for inspirational thoughts.

2) Invest in your hobbies, no matter how small they may seem- this investment could be time or money, or energy. For instance, running doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby- a pair of trainers and some PE kit is all you need to start, but as you grow more serious, you might invest in things to enhance the experience. Perhaps gloves and a hat for cold weather, more technical trainers, specialist socks, or even a pedicure for those tired feet! An investment in a mini greenhouse will give a budding gardener so much scope to grow the number of seedlings grown for spring, it will enhance the experience through the whole growing season. This ranges right up to investing in a qualification that could change your life significantly, re-training in another career, or to start a side hustle as a bookkeeper, for example.

3) Learn something new every day, even if it’s just a few words in another language. I use Duolingo for this very purpose! I don’t have the time for a full on language course right now, but I can easily find five minutes a day to learn a little. And by learning a little every day, you build on your knowledge base exponentially. I feel like I have learned more than when I have previously taken language classes, and because I practice it daily, it is sticking better than a weekly class where all of last week’s knowledge gets buried under everything else that has happened since. Again, this could be on any topic, not just language learning. You could look up a new word in your own language, or pick a topic you know very little about and commit to learning one additional fact about it every day. The point is more that learning expands our horizons, and the more we practice learning, the better we can see the world around us.

4) Say no – it’s a complete sentence. Now this is a harder one!! Most of us have done something that feels like an obligation rather than a choice, be it sitting on a PTA committee or attending work drinks because you think you should be ‘seen’ to do so. If you want to feel more fulfilled, even a little, these obligations have got to go. This needs to be handled delicately, but if you have a feeling of dread around any obligations, it’s probably a sign that they aren’t enriching your life any! Of course some things you might chose to continue because, for instance, you want your children to feel supported by you sitting on the PTA committee, but if there’s no justification balancing out that obligation, there will always be a way to reclaim that time commitment.

5) Give back by volunteering – you might just make a new friend! If you have said no to something that doesn’t fulfil you, this is a perfect time to find something that does. Volunteering can take a million forms these days, from spending a few hours helping in a charity shop to joining a committee to raise money for your favourite charity. Every cause is looking for any help available, be it a couple of hours or a couple of pounds, or some useful knowledge or contacts you may have. My parents have volunteered at the same charity shop for over 20 years and have made a huge circle of friends as a result, not to mention all the good work they have done.

So there you have it, a brief guide to taking your first steps on the journey to feeling a little more fulfilled.

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November Giveaway

It’s that time again!  Yes, it’s our monthly giveaway – and this one is particularly fab, if I do say so myself.

So, the weather is really autumnal at the moment – the trees are all nearly bare, or if not bare then the leaves are all orange and yellow, and the holly and ivy are giving off a real Christmassy vibe to me.

Of course it’s far too early to start thinking about the big day itself, but, is it ever too soon to think about spoiling yourself or those closes to you?  I didn’t think so!

Personally, I LOVE an afternoon tea, and what with all the lockdowns of the last couple of years, I haven’t put one at the top of my priorities list.  Happily, you don’t need to leave the house to enjoy this luxuriously Christmassy afternoon tea hamper.  Read on for details of the prize, and how to enter.

With Christmas right around the corner it is the perfect time to start thinking of maybe a little Christmas tea party to enjoy. I have teamed up with some UK bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway.

This prize is M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair hamper.

So hold onto your kettles! There are plenty of ways to enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below to see the options. You will also see the terms and conditions below as well as all of the blogs taking part – please do take a moment to visit them to show your support to them. 

Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

Blog Bay Bee | Not got a Clue | Sit and Take in the View | Money Making Mummy | Brig Knows Best | Fully Money | Make a Little Money | Touch of Wellness | Diet Exercise Lose Weight | Online Life Calendar | The Finance Fettler | Doing the Impossible | Positively Eco | The Heaton Fam | Good Life and Mind | Weddings and Wishes | Feli Family | Schoolhouse Cinema

She’s Changing Lanes | Make Money Online Creative | Photographyish | Sahara Vibes | Celtic Tigress | Forever Home | Eric Ales | Mum’s Guide to Life | Keene on Saving | Home and Garden Things | The Green Purpose | Make Money Blogging Now | Crafting Her Joy | Our Life Interrupted | Skylark Virtual Services | Home Town Furniture | The How to Heroes | Wow Gift Creations | Mudpies and Rainbows | The Parenting Insider | Thrifty Husband | Mrs Pinch

Blogger Creations | Harley Smith | Surviving with Coffee | The Blogging Portal | Spiritual Life Learning | Big Boys Cry | Sporf | Image Premiums | Live Life Love | Birds and Lillies | Journalist Book | The Way up Fitness | Cheat Planet | Cotswold Lifestyle | Mental Health Parent | Ellis Denning | Frugal and Fun | Blog Masters | 911 Blog | Bake More Cake

Inhome Insights | Craving Christmas | Lifestyle Saving Techniques | Insequiral | Ecoralive | Have a Fab Day | Mrs Money Pot | Wake up it’s Monday | Money Matters UK | Mortgages After 60 | Gonna Get Wed | Lifestyle of a Londoner | Manifest with Loa | Active Gardening | Skinny Spending | Discount Days Out | Gin and Gemini | Joyful Bite | Lula Grace | The Family Cookbook | Madam Blunt | Steely Soft | Interior Design Toolbox

Blogging 101 | Savvy Squirrel | Paper Writing | Pots of Pennies | Trust Nature | Full of Wishes | Life with More Sparkle | Balance the Budget | Guide to Health and Fitness | Money Money Money Online | Green Northerner | The Free From Mummy | Kitchen Recipe Book | Binancially Inclined | The Green Shilling | KiddoCo | The Life we Built | Annie Grace | The Thrifty Princess | Crafted with Perfection

Make Enough Money | Thrifty Minimalist | Lydony | A Little Life of Lovely | The Good Life in Somerset | Live it Your Way | Better Best You | Christmas Ahoy | Pounds and Pennies | Amaze Ball Gamer | All Sorts of Jazz | Lisa Cooking | Frugal Home Project | Dotranker | SEO Gold | Nishiv | Vegan Book | Mums the Wurd | Valid Articles | Houston Marcha | Citas Planet | Doggie Attitude

The Prize

This prize is M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair hamper.

This includes:

  • 6 all butter mince pies (334g)
  • Classic Panettone (100g)
  • Clementine & cranberry Bucks Fizz (75cl) (Alcohol Content- 4%)
  • Luxury Gold tea tin (10 bags)
  • 8 Chocolate & orange cookies & cream biscuits (176g)
  • Classic recipe iced Christmas cake slices (240g)
  • Hand decorated fudge chocolate yule log (495g)
  • All butter shortbread trees (100g)
  • Grey wicker hamper

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of the M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair Hamper.
2. There are no runner up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 23.11.2021
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details. In this giveaway’s case prizes will be dispatched from 15th December.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

Enter now

Simply complete any or all of the Rafflecopter entry widget options below to be entered. You can also tweet about the giveaway daily to earn bonus entries.

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October 2021 Giveaway!

Here we are in October, with the autumnal weather creeping in and the nights drawing in shorter.  I have recently been out pumpkin picking myself, and am enjoying eating the lovely orange fruits of my labours!

So now it’s getting chillier and there’s less to do in the evenings, what better way to adapt to the changing seasons and keep the cold out, than with a big bundle of lovely chocolate and wine?

Lucky for you, I have that bundle right here for you to win!  I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome bloggers to create this giveaway of a Cadbury’s chocolate and wine hamper worth £50, and all you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter.

 

Best of luck, everyone!

 

The Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

Gin and Gemini | Beauty Wellness TipsOur Life InterruptedMum’s Guide to Life | Kids on RollWeddings and Wishes | The Heaton Family | The Finance FettlerAll Sort of Jazz | Dharma Advise | Lula Grace | Joyfull Bite | Child Free Biz | Christmas Ahoy | Dot RankerLifestyle Saving Techniques |  Ellis Denning | Fully Money | Bossy Girl | Frugal Home Project | Lisa Cooking | The Happy Piggy Bank | Bark and Bites | Freelancer Kit | The Blogging Portal | Lifestyle of a Londoner | Doing the ImPCOSible | Adjusting the NetBalance the Budget | Life with more SparkleManifest with LoaHave a Fab DayMrs Money Pot | Wake up it’s Monday | Journalist Book | Giving is Glorious | Pink Lollipops | Positively Eco | RCS Wins | Shut Eye Music | Steely Soft | Successful Mess | In Home Insights | Interior Design Toolbox | Crafting Her Blooms | Family Loving Life | Festive Family ChristmasChasing my SunshineFashion Shirt | The Thrifty Princess | Save and Earn | Lydony | Several Ways To | Life Changing Side Hustle | Off White | Ecoralive | Insequiral |  Guide to Health and FitnessMud Pies and RainbowsThe Parenting Insider | Bubbly Nattie | Swallow Tail Games | That’s Bella | Thrifty and Minimalist | Tiny House Big Heart | Cheat Planet | Cheshire Kat Blog | The Mindful Slow Life | Mummy Vs Work | My Healthy Temple | Muff & Teacake | Oceans Of Gold | Tea Driven | The Life We Built | The Way Up Fitness | Toothbrush Packed | Valid Articles | Amaze Ball Gamer | Enviro Online | Inter ScholarsWeightloss on a Budget | A Life Less Plastic | Blogger CreationsSkinny Spending | Discount Days Out | | Our Hand Made HomeBay-Bee | Not a ClueMortgages After 60Lofpo | Houseton Marcha | It Coin | Life Of A Hobbit | Mamma Blogger | Minima Furniture | Miss Foxy Blog | Modern Rustic Weddings | Most Rolling In | Yorkshire Wedding Blog | Chronicling Home | Colourful Corner | Craving ChristmasCool Kid Crafts | 4 Kids Blog | Bells and Bouquets | Better Best You | Bitten Food | British Bride | Final Blogger | Hellaswell | Our Travel | Paper Writing | Sweet Oven Lovin | The Family Cookbook | The Good Life in Somerset | Madam Blunt | Our Green Shilling | Accounting Page | Best Workouts At Home | Bitcoin and Bets | Cooking From Frozen | Full Of Wishes | Health Beauty Show | Keene On Saving | Kiddo Co | Midnight Review | Sister Lessons | That Copper Life | Not Got A Clue | Our House Our Home | Richard and Erin | Sit And Take In The View | Slow Fashion Fanatic | Spiritual Life Learning | Christmas Geeks | Five Ways To | Michelle Amy Weddings | Money Money Money Online | Health N Beauty Tips | Pesto and Margaritas | Pots Of Pennies | Brig Knows Best | Making Money Mummy | Pale Girl Rambling | Open Hearted Traveller | Mums The Wurd | Vegan Book | Nishi V |

The prize

We are really pleased to be giving away a Cadbury Chocolate and Wine Hamper worth £50.

This hamper includes:

  • 1 x Dark Brown Wicker 16″ Hamper Basket with single clasp
  • 1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio 75cl
  • 1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Shiraz Cabernet 75cl
  • 1 x 420g Chocolate Eclairs Carton
  • 1 x 185g Heroes Carton
  • 1 x 290g Roses Carton
  • 1 x 180g Milk Tray Box
  • 1 x Cadbury Bournville GIant Buttons 110g Bag
  • 1 x 110g Dairy Milk Bar

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of the Cadbury Chocolate and wine hamper.
2. There are no runner up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 22.10.21
5. The same widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the widget will earn  bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be despatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

Enter now

Simply complete any or all of the entry widget options below to be entered. You can also tweet about the giveaway daily to earn bonus entries.

Win a Cadbury Chocolate and wine hamper