INSIDE: I’ve had so much fun helping you take another step closer to creating a life you LOVE this year. And now the year is nearly over, what better way to celebrate our successes than by revealing the top 10 BEST intentional living posts from 2018 – as voted by you! Want to know what they are? Keep reading!
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The BEST intentional living posts from 2018…
Can you believe we’re at the end of another year already? Just where has 2018 gone? I don’t know about you, but for me it seems to have flown by! As the year draws to a close, I have to admit that these few days of December are one of my most favourite times of the year. Not only does the goal-setting junkie in me love to start thinking about what goals to set for next year, I also love finding out which posts you’ve enjoyed reading the most over the last 12 months.
It’s my goal to help you any way I can to make family life LESS stressful and MORE enjoyable. Knowing which posts have resonated with you the most really helps me to know what type of content to create more of. And so, in reverse order, here are the top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018 – as voted by you!
#10 | Ten Must-Have Kits EVERY Busy Family Should Own
In 10th place is my post on how creating kits for the home can make home life easier to manage. Imagine having everything you need to complete a task in one place and close to hand. No more hunting, searching or having things in multiple places. No more going to use something only to discover it’s run out, empty, broken or worse, lost. Imagine the time and stress you’d save yourself. Create a few kits for the home and not only will you get things done quicker, life will become a whole lot easier to manage too!
#9 | How to Create a School Morning Routine that Works for You
Let’s be honest, getting your kids out the door on time each morning is no easy task! Just how do you get them up, dressed and to school on time each day without being frazzled and exhausted come Friday? By having a school morning routine! And that’s why How to Create a School Morning Routine that Works for You was voted as number nine in the top ten BEST intentional living posts for 2018.
If you want the start of your school day to be that little bit easier to manage, having a routine is key. And in this post, I share not only what works for me, but how you can easily create a school morning routine that works for you too. The first post in a three-part series, be sure to check out the other posts in the series too:
- My After-School Routine – A Survival Guide to Getting Through the School Week
- My Weekend Routine – A Survival Guide to Getting Through the School Week
#8 | How to Reduce Overwhelm
Do you ever feel a little overwhelmed by life? Like you have so much to do that you don’t know what to do first? That if you say yes to one more thing, your head might actually explode?! If so, you’re not alone. My post How to Reduce Overwhelm ranking #8 in my top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018 shows that others struggle with this too.
If you want to reduce the overwhelm and take back control, you’ll love the tips suggested in this post. Not only do I show you how to figure out what’s causing your overwhelm, I also share five simple steps you can take to make life easier to manage.
#7 | A Year of Dates – the EASY Way to Date Your Spouse
When life’s so busy, finding time to spend more time with your other half can be tough. But there’s one way to make sure you have a date night at least once a month – no matter how busy you are. What is it? A Year of Dates! The perfect birthday, Christmas, anniversary of Valentine’s gift, A Year of Dates really helps you be more intentional about the time you spend together. If you want to date your spouse more often but don’t know how to make it happen, this is THE post for you!
Related: Ten Habits that’ll Make Your Marriage Stronger.
#6 | Where to Find Inspiration for New Meal Ideas
Coming up with new ideas of what to cook each night is no easy task! And with my post Where to Find Inspiration for New Meal Ideas reaching #6 in my top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018, it looks like you struggle with this as much as I do. Find out where I head to for inspiration when my meals start getting a little samey and I need to switch things up. Guaranteed there are at least two or three places you won’t have thought of before!
Related: Five Simple Steps to Make Meal Planning a Breeze.
#5 | How to Beat the Winter Blues
We’re halfway through the list of top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018! And snagging the fifth-place spot is my post How to Beat the Winter Blues. After all the excitement of Christmas, the first few weeks of the new year can feel like a bit of an anti-climax. PLUS, it’s miserable and cold outside and the mornings are still dark. With plenty of reason to stay warm and cosy under our duvets, how do we beat the winter blues? With tips that can be applied to any time of the year you’re feeling bummed, here’s how to kick those January blues to the kerb!
#4 | How to NEVER Run Out of Ideas of What to Do with Your Kids
If you’re looking for ideas of what to do with your kids, the simple trick I’m sharing in this post is guaranteed to help! Never again will you be stumped for ideas of what to do together. Find out what it is and how to have a fun activity up your sleeve for every day of the year in this post! Hint: It’s all about making the most of national days. Think National Popcorn Day, Pillow Fight Day, Real Bread Week…the list goes on!
#3 | Three Ways to Make Life Simpler
We’re getting closer to the BEST intentional living post from 2018! In third place is my post Three Ways to Make Life Simpler. I’m glad to see this so high up on the list as this post was a lot of fun for me to do. A little different to most of the content I produce, it’s a YouTube video of a masterclass I did with my good friend Lee Lam for her Facebook group Journey Through the Guilt Trip.
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing life was a little less complicated, that you didn’t have quite so much on your plate, you’ll LOVE the topics Lee and I discussed. From relieving ourselves of the guilt of trying to live up to unrealistic expectations to the one thing you need to do if you want to be truly happy, we share our best tips on how to uncomplicate things and make life simpler.
Related: How to Reduce Overwhelm.
#2 | How to Get Organised at Home (and STAY organised)
The second most popular post of 2018? How to Get Organised (and STAY organised)! I’m not surprised that this post has made it to #2 in my top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018. Because for us busy mums, one of the hardest things for us to stay on top of are our diaries. With SO much going on all the time, keeping track of who needs to be where when, who’s birthday is next and when the next school holidays are can feel like mission impossible.
BUT, in this post, I share the simple strategy I use to not only help me get organised but STAY organised all year long. Want to know what it is? Head on over to the post to find out…and don’t forget to download my FREE Busy Mum’s MASTER PLAN while you’re there too!
Related: Six Ways to Stay on Track While the Kids are Off.
#1 | 12 Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life
Quite possibly one of my most favourite posts too, I’m so happy that 12 Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life has been voted as #1 in the top ten BEST intentional living posts from 2018! I’m a firm believer that if we want to achieve anything in life, habits are the way to go. And these 12 habits are guaranteed to help you become the very BEST version of yourself with minimal stress and fuss.
From obvious healthy habits like drinking more water and getting more sleep to some not so obvious ones, find out what 12 habits I recommend adopting to instantly make life better. My only question is, which will you choose to adopt first?!
Related: 12 Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life – Part Two.
The BEST intentional living posts from 2018…
There you have it. The top 10 BEST intentional living posts from 2018 – as voted by you! I truly hope they’ve helped you step out of a life on autopilot and into one of purpose in one way or another. Here they are again, in order:
- 12 Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life.
- How to Get Organised and STAY Organised.
- 3 Ways to Make Life Simpler.
- How to NEVER Run out of Ideas of What to Do with Your Kids.
- How to Beat the January Blues.
- Where to Find Inspiration for New Meal Ideas.
- A Year of Dates – How to Spend More Time with Your Spouse.
- How to Reduce Overwhelm.
- How to Create a School Morning Routine that Works for You.
- 10 Must-Have Kits EVERY Busy Family Should Own.
You’ve spoken, I’ve listened!
Before we say goodbye to 2018, I just wanted to say thank you so much for being part of the A Simple and Contented Life community this past, year. It wouldn’t be the amazing community it has become without you! Your being here and being part of the tribe means more to me that I can ever find the words to explain. So, thank you!
And, now I know which posts you’ve enjoyed reading the most, I know exactly what to focus on heading into 2019. So be sure to keep an eye out for tons of great new content that’s packed full of tips and simple steps you can take to reduce the overwhelm, take back control and create a family life you LOVE!
Here’s to making family life LESS stressful and MORE enjoyable…Happy New Year!
That’s it for this post! What was your favourite post from 2018? What would you like me to write about in 2019? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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