Welcome to the How to Create a Family Life You Love series! This five-part series is going to help you reduce the overwhelm and eliminate the unessential. It’s going to help you take back control and create a life you don’t want to take a vacation from. I’m going to share with you lots of small and easy-to-follow steps you can take right now to make your family life a little bit less stressful and a whole lot more enjoyable. Follow the steps and you’ll be well on your way to living a family life you love before you know it!
The series lays the foundation for every other blog post that follows, so it’s a great place to start if you’re new to the A Simple and Contented Life blog. This first post introduces the series and reveals the three areas of your life you should focus on if you want to make a change for the better. The blog posts that follow go much deeper than what we’re covering here, so consider this series your springboard for kick-starting creating a family live you love! So are you ready to get started?! Let’s dive in!
Part One: How to Love Your Life
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut, frustrated with the family life you are leading? Well you’re not alone! I know exactly what it’s like to wish that things would just slow down, that life wasn’t quite as stressful. The constant demands of everyday life can leave us feeling frazzled, exhausted and overwhelmed. We muddle through from one day to the next, never quite achieving the things we set out to do. Sooner or later we become frustrated. Eventually we get to the point where we can’t take it anymore and things have to change. We might not know what we need to change or how to go about it, but we know that something has to give.
So where do we start? How do we slow things down and make life a little bit less stressful? How do we reduce the overwhelm and ramp up the quality of our family life? Regardless of the struggles you might be facing, there are a few things you can do to make a change for the better. Things that will help make family life a little happier and (relatively!) stress-free. I say “relatively” because let’s face it, life is never going to be 100% stress-free is it?! But that shouldn’t stop us from taking steps to make things a little easier – and that’s what this series is all about!
The four pillars to creating a life you love
You may have noticed that A Simple and Contented Life is made up of four key areas – Love Your Family, Love Your Home, Love Yourself and Love Your Life. The idea is that if you invest your time in the first three, you end up with the fourth. Sounds pretty simple right? Well that’s because it is! Changing things up to live a family life you love really isn’t as hard as you might think. By addressing each of these areas in turn, by working out what frustrates you and making a few tweaks here and there, you CAN lead a happier family life. This series looks at the first three areas in more detail and come the end, you will be armed with a host of easily actionable steps to take. Steps that’ll help you kick-start loving your family, your home, yourself AND your life.
Now I’m not saying your family life isn’t already great. I’m sure there are parts of your life that you love. But I’m also betting there are parts you don’t like quite so much? Things you wish you could improve and things you wish you could change. Well this series is going to help you do just that. It’s going to help you reduce the overwhelm, take back control and find time for the things that really matter. But before we dive into the good stuff, let’s take a quick look at the first three pillars in a bit more detail:
Pillar One – Love Your Family
This area is all about loving the way you live your life together as a family. It’s about being happy with the way your little unit functions and operates. It’s about recognising what’s really important and shifting your priorities so you have more time together. That you finally start ticking things off your ever-growing bucket list. That your kids have a childhood they look back on with a smile.
In part three of this series you will find some great tips on how to make family life run a little smoother. I reveal the four steps you can take to find the balance between getting things done and having quality time together.
Pillar Two – Love Your Home
This area is all about loving the home you share with your family. It’s about making your house a home and making the space you have work for you. It’s about creating routines that make home life run a little easier. Routines that allow you to stay on track, get things done and keep your home clean and tidy.
In part four of this series I reveal the five things you can to do to love your home that little bit more. I’ll be sharing a few ways you can make the best of the space you have and how to make your home feel like your own.
Pillar Three – Love Yourself
This is probably the most important area of them all! We know self-care should be high on our list of priorities. But we are so busy taking care of everyone else it often gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Loving yourself is all about adding self-care to your daily routine and not feeling guilty about it. It’s about finding time for the things that make you happy. It’s about setting goals and actually achieving them – goals that are for you, not anybody else. Goals that focus on your own wellbeing and personal development.
In part five, the last part of this series, I explain why you need to take better care of yourself. I’ll be sharing ways to find time to make your own wellbeing a priority and ways to avoid burnout.
So are you ready to get started?
Making a change for the better is all about eliminating whatever is weighing you down so you can focus your efforts on the things that really matter. I promise that if you follow the steps featured in the next few blog posts, you’ll discover that creating a family life you love really isn’t as hard as it might seem. In the next post I reveal the three questions you should ask yourself BEFORE making changes to your life. I can’t wait to see you there!
If you’ve enjoyed reading this make sure you check out the rest of the posts in the series too. And don’t forget to download the FREE accompanying workbook. Let’s kick-start creating a family life you love right now!
- Part One: How to Love Your Life
- Part Two: Three Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE Making Changes to Your Life
- Part Three: Four Ways to Live a Happier Family Life
- Part Four: Five Ways to Love the Home You Live In
- Part Five: How to Take Better Care of Yourself