Simplicity, Thoughts


There is so much stuff. Stuff we have, stuff we think we should have, stuff that others try to convince us we should have. Stuff in storage, stuff in the trash, donated stuff, pre-loved stuff, defunct stuff, broken stuff. Sometimes it seem as though we might drown in a sea of stuff.  The collection of… Continue reading Stuff


Simple money project #5 use it up & wear it out

Once upon a time a busy mum opened up the pantry to find 7 jars of pasta sauce but no pasta. She got into the shower to wash her hair to find no shampoo but four bottles of different hair conditioners lurking at her feet. Today in the Simple Money Project, I want to share… Continue reading Simple money project #5 use it up & wear it out


Simple Money project #4 Get serious about saving

I am often impulsive and usually stubborn and so saving money was not something that came naturally to me as I grew up, even though my parents and grandparents modelled frugality and prioritised experiences over things. Over the past few years, however, working towards greater intentionality and purpose has  made a positive difference to my… Continue reading Simple Money project #4 Get serious about saving


Simple Money project #2: Pay yourself first

As we have become more purposeful with our money, one of the strategies that we have found particularly helpful is to pay ourselves first. When we first started being intentional and trying to save, we aimed to save any money that was left over at the end of the month but there was rarely any… Continue reading Simple Money project #2: Pay yourself first


Simple Money Project #1: Goals

Over the past few years I have learned the value of setting an intention when it comes to money and today I want to help you do the same. For a long time, we did not have any goals as far as finance was concerned. Unbelievably I wasn't even aiming to pay off my overdraft… Continue reading Simple Money Project #1: Goals


Introducing the Simple Money Project

It is fair to say that it has taken me a long time to get to grips with money. When I was a student I would say a little prayer every time I visited the cash machine because I was never confident that there would actually be enough money in the account left over from… Continue reading Introducing the Simple Money Project

mental health, Simplicity, Thoughts

Four steps towards contentment 

Consumer culture tells us that we always need more. What we have is not enough. Who we are is not enough. I spent a long time thinking that I could only start to really live my life and embrace it, once I improved myself to the point where I was 'acceptable'. I was unhappy and… Continue reading Four steps towards contentment 

Life in New Zealand, Simplicity

The 5 simple financial principles that have brought us peace

    Since moving here to New Zealand, we have adopted a more purposeful and intentional approach to our family finances. We are still a work in progress and do not claim to be experts by any means but we have come such a long way and have learned so much. We are no longer… Continue reading The 5 simple financial principles that have brought us peace

Life in New Zealand, Reflecting, Simplicity, Thoughts


Living a simple life. It sounds simple and surely it should be simple - but what does it actually mean? One of my recurring goals for at least the past 10 years has been to “simplify my life” but I am still not exactly sure what it is that I really want to achieve. Fourteen… Continue reading Simplification