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Life Is Beautiful. Stop And See

Posted:05.20.2014

Life-is-beautifulSometimes it’s not about starting something, it’s about stopping.

Full article on LifeBuzz. Here’s the highlights – we’ve added an exercise for each idea to get your started. What # rings true for you?

#1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.

EX: Identify someone you spend time with who drains your energy. Unless they need your help, cut your time with them back a little. 

#2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. 

EX: Identify your #1 problem at the moment. What’s one thing you can do about it?

#3. Stop lying to yourself.

EX: What do you need to be more honest about?

#4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner.

EX: Do something for yourself today! Just do it! 

#5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not.

EX: Identify someone who you want to be like. Do you really want to be them?

#6. Stop trying to hold onto the past.

EX: Think of a memory in the past you hold onto. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the memory. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#7. Stop being scared to make a mistake.

EX: Do something you think you’ll fail at. See what happens! 

#8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6. Identify something you are constantly berating yourself about. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#9. Stop trying to buy happiness.

EX: What have you bought lately because you thought it would make you feel good? Next time you make a similar purchase, ask yourself ‘why?’. What feeling are you trying to buy? What else can you do to create that feeling?

#10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.

EX: Identify a person that makes you happy? What makes them that way? What quality do they have? Mmm yes you have it too!

#11. Stop being idle.

EX: Get up today and DO something you’ve been putting off. 

#12. Stop thinking you’re not ready.

EX: START. Start investing, start a conversation with a guy you like, start negotiating a career progression… just START.

#13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.

EX: Focus instead on the relationship you have with yourself, all other relationships are a bonus.

#14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6 & 8. Identify something you have experienced in a relationship in the past. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else.

EX: Set a goal around improving yourself. About making an improvement on your efforts last week or last month, or yesterday or last year. 

#16. Stop being jealous of others.

EX: Identify someone you’re jealous of. Pay them a compliment – call, email, text or in person.

#17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.

EX: Identify something that’s great in your life.

#18. Stop holding grudges.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6 & 8. Identify a grudge you have. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level.

EX: Next time someone brings you down, look them in the eye and tell them you don’t agree. And that actually… you rock at that!! 

#20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.

EX: Next time you find yourself explaining yourself, stop. If they get you they’ll get you.

#21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.

EX: Take a sporadic break – a walk around the block or a week away!

#22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.

EX: Smile deliberately at something beautiful that catches your eye. Enjoy it for a minute +.

#23. Stop trying to make things perfect.

EX: Laugh out loud at an imperfection.

#24. Stop following the path of least resistance.

EX: Do something that CHALLENGES you.

#25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.

EX: Ask someone for help.

#26. Stop blaming others for your troubles.

EX: Next time you catch yourself blaming someone else, bring it back to you? What could you have done differently? What can you do better next time? 

#27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

EX: Pick your battles a friend once said to me. It’s the same with helping others. Pick a few people to support in your life, and support them well.

#28. Stop worrying so much.

EX: Jump up and down 10 times, waving your hands around above your head. Keep going till you burst out laughing – what were you worrying about again?

#29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.

EX: Life’s like a garden, you need to fertilise the plants not the weeds. Identify one of your plants (key goals) – water it!!

#30. Stop being ungrateful.

EX: No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere is desperately fighting for theirs. Say thank you for something out aloud.

xx

What can you stop doing?

 

2014 Federal Budget At A Glance

Posted:05.17.2014

Budget at a glance

Infographic: Thanks to theconversation.com

Personally I’d like to see less spending on defence and welfare and more on education – since one would think the latter decreases the need for the former, however…

Here’s some other resources to help get your head around it:

  • Official papers : http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/index.htm
  • Summary & transcript : http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/13/budget-2014-joe-hockey-speech-live
  • Fan of these changes : http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/federal-budget-2014-young-to-wait-until-25-to-get-dole-20140513-388di.html
  • ABC take : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-12/budget-2014-what-we-know/5439838 

Watch out for:

  • Family Payments : http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/glossy/welfare/html/welfare_08.htm
  • First Home Savers Account abolished: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/First-home-saver-account/

2014 budget at glance info

Life before my Thirties

Posted:04.10.2014

growup careersJust read a blog on the MoneySoft site that made me go ‘yeah, that’s me too!’ Have you hit that age or stage where dreams of marrying a prince are slipping away and you’re finding yourself thinking about money?? 

Here’s Amy’s story… ‘Before I was a mum, I was a woman who enjoyed shopping for myself, being out with friends and family, paying for Foxtel to make sure I was update with every show and movie available on this planet. I enjoyed manicures, pedicures, facials, dinner parties, brunches, shopping online, spending summer days at the beach and having a quick drink before heading home. I drove everywhere, not really stressing about the cost of parking meters, or parking stations. Late nights splurging on food and drinks was not an issue as I could most probably sleep in the next day and if not have a quick nap before meeting up with friends for dinner. Everything seemed simple. Life was simple. What I wanted I did with no care in the world.

Something happened between my twenty’s and my thirties. I would always put it down to “well that’s what happens when you start having kids”…but in actual fact it’s just that my priorities shifted. I woke up one day thinking hang on (and that’s a PG version of what I was really thinking) why has everything changed? At what point did I become so money conscious and when did I start loosing sleep over this matter?

I can’t tell you exactly when or why but it happened. I found myself regretting a lot of my decisions from my younger days. What if I didn’t live paycheck to pay check, what if I saved a bit here and there, maybe just maybe I wouldn’t be in the predicament that I’m in now. When friends were all putting deposits on their investment properties I was that hippy saying “Enjoy life, life is short, we have plenty of time to work our a$$’ off and worry about money” then I would laugh and go home and think how I have got it so down packed this thing called life…. Just quietly I think those friends are now laughing.

Something had to be done it was getting ridiculous, having twins, a husband and all the pressures of life I no longer craved the ‘what I wanted I did with no care in the world’ kind of approach. My husband who is equally if not more a little ‘whatever’ with our finances came up with a great idea, pretend like we don’t have money. The first few months was great, we set up separate accounts to which our income was assigned to and another account for all our bills to come out of. We did the whole take food from home for lunch, put our left over coins in a jar at the end of the day, started selling a few bits and pieces online for some extra income, but slowly slowly our spending demons started resurfacing and scratching through the few months of hard work we had put in. In the end we looked at each other and..’ READ FULL ARTICLE >>

 

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