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Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Ten Silly Little Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
There are some lessons in life that don’t become obvious until you’re right there in the middle ...
When I was a single mother with young children, night-time was my special ‘me’ time
Enjoy the Commute
Whether our journey is a long or short one, there are ways we can make it pleasurable and arrive...
Live a Life Worthy of your Eulogy
Have you ever wondered what you will be remembered for after you’re gone? I know it’s not the mo...
Life as an Introvert
In a previous post about I talked about some of the challenges I face as an introvert
Respecting Other People’s Wishes
Understanding the way other people think and feel is a challenge, especially when their ideas an...
When Obsession Becomes Addiction
When does liking something become an obsession and when does an obsession become an addiction? S...
Having it All
What does ‘having it all’ mean to you? Having all of what - everything you’ve ever desired? We a...
Fun Facts About Coffee
Not all of us love coffee but those of us that do, know a good one from a bad one
Defining Self Confidence and Self Esteem
We hear the words ‘self-confidence’ and ‘self-esteem’ used quite regularly in articles about impro...
Rebuilding Burnt Bridges
The catchphrase of ‘burning bridges’ implies that we've ruined our chances of ever going back
Respecting Fears and Phobias
Statistics from the Beyond Blue organisation show that around eleven percent of Australians suff...
Five Reasons Why it’s OK to Make Mistakes
Let’s face it; we all make mistakes
Clues to a Happy Home
Do you ever walk into someone’s home for the first time and experience a really good vibe? Some ...
A Love of Books – Part 2
How many books do you own? If you are like me you’ve probably lost count
Advice From a Lazy Cook
I’m sure it’s no surprise to you by now when I say I don’t like cooking
Make a Personal Time Plan
Are you the kind of person who needs structure in your day? Do you find yourself frittering away...
Choosing Your Community
When we’re considering a move to a new town or suburb, or even to a new job, there are lots of t...
Expressions of Love
Loving someone is a wonderful thing, and knowing that you are loved back is comforting and reass...
I read an article some time back about a young man who had pared his belongings down to just fif...
It can be easy to take for granted the role that a mother plays in the family
Getting Better With Age
There’s no denying that youth has its advantages
Lavender is one of the easiest to grow and most versatile plants we can have in our garden
Ten Signs That You May Be a Workaholic
Workaholism can be a serious issue – an addiction much like any other
Set Your Creative Side Free
When I was younger I spent much of my time writing, drawing and enjoying a variety of craft acti...
A Lesson From Japanese Culture
Watching a Japanese tea ceremony a few days ago, I was really impressed by the reverence and car...
Conversations With Our Elders
What is the first thing you say to your parents when you see them? How do you start a conversati...
Don't Envy Those With More
Do you ever look at those who have more than you and feel a sense of envy? Some of us seem to...
Sometimes We Just Have to Walk Away
Relationships are complicated - we all know that – but we also know that human beings are not me...
More Than a Dad
Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s always a good time to show our fathers how much we app...
Those Little Things We Neglect
If you’re reading this at home I’d like you to stop for a minute and take a good look around the...
Make Your Life Count In The End
We all know that the end of life is inevitable and unpredictable, and no-one really wants to thi...
Bring the Outdoors Inside
I would spend more time outdoors if the weather was always perfect and there was no chance of wi...
My No-Plastic Kitchen
In my cottage I have a small kitchen with limited space and storage, so I keep only the essentia...
Recovering From Depression – A Three Part Approach
We hear and read so much information about anxiety and depression, most of it urging us to seek ...
Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun
These days family fun is becoming more about eating snacks in front of the TV or game console an...
Public Speaking - Conquering the Fear
What is it about public speaking that terrifies most of us? Research shows that around eighty-f...
Connect With Your Community
It’s not so easy these days to get to know our community
Some of us that live alone do so through unexpected circumstances and some by choice
Are you the sort of person who begins a project only to be distracted by another, and then anoth...
Savouring a Balanced Life
Do you know that feeling you get when everything seems to be in balance? When every area of your l...
Do you ever pass a stranger in the street and they shoot you a friendly smile, leaving you to wo...
When Counselling is On the Cards
It’s great to have friends and family to talk to when life gets a bit bumpy, and often having th...
The Benefits of Mentoring
When I left my previous career (in education) for a new direction (managing volunteer programs) ...
There’s One in Every Crowd
We’re all familiar with the observation that ‘there’s one in every crowd,’ and no doubt just rea...
A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way
It’s becoming somewhat rare these days to find personalised service in some stores
The Advantages of Downsizing
Downsizing your life may seem like a pipe dream, and just the thought of working out how, when ...
Survive the Drive
My daily commute to work is quite long but never boring
Create a 'Not to Do' List
We’re all so busy creating ‘To Do’ lists, trying to fit as many meaningful tasks as we can into ...
Things I've Learned To Let Go Of
To live a life of simplicity means letting go of all sorts of things that make our lives more c...
A Simple View on Friendship
When I was a child, I didn’t have any friends (not fishing for sympathy here – just stating a fa...
My Life is a Sit-com
Do you become frustrated with daily life and the odd assortment of people you need to deal with ...
The Right Words at the Right Time
We are bombarded every day with advice on living well, coping with stress and enjoying life
The Kindness of Strangers
After a particularly hard week at work and soggy weather, Saturday dawned calm and sunny so I de...
Space To Create
Creative output happens in different ways for different people
Your Home, Your Haven
I have some questions for you to ponder: - How much time do you spend at home? - Are you...
In the Mood for Music
Music is one of the most powerful influences in our lives
Yesterday I stayed in my pyjamas for the whole day
You Can’t Beat a Bath
If you’re lucky enough to own a bathtub then I’m green with envy
Hooked on Stress
In an earlier article (Get some good stress in your life) I talked about good stress but now I’d...
Not Just Shy
When I was a child my teacher wrote on my school report card that I was ‘introverted
When things get difficult or stressful, we all need some time out to recharge the batteries
Trade-offs for a Simpler Life
A simple life means different things to different people
Simplifying Our Wardrobe
I think it’s time we took a good look at our closets
Ten Ways to Get Motivated
Whatever it is that you are trying to change or to achieve in your life, we all know that diffe...
Two Sides to Serenity
Picture your ideal life
Routines Work for Some but Not for Me
Some of us grew up in households with strict rules and routines, and others in complete chaos, b...
Why Procrastination Costs us Money
Ok, we all know that procrastination (the bad habit of putting things off) can cause all sorts o...
A Love of Books
I can’t resist a book store or a book box at a garage sale
Living a Deliberate Life
While some people go about their daily lives with no planning or forethought, letting things and...
Thrift Gets a Bad Rap
I’m a thrifty person by nature and quite proud of it
Addicted to Stuff
When we hear the word ‘addiction’ we automatically think about alcohol, drugs, gambling or maybe...
Your Life in Pictures – Part 2 - Organising your Photos
In I talked about taking photographs to record the moments of your life, but now I’d like to go...
Your Life in Pictures
You know how people always groan when you bring out the camera and ask them to smile? Well, ...
Sometimes Losing Makes Way for Finding
We all know how devastating it feels to lose someone or something special from our lives
A Look at How We Look
Regardless of whether it’s right or wrong, people will always judge us by how we present ourselv...
Let’s Not Do the Time Warp
I often wonder why some people, as they age, seem to reach a certain point where they come to a ...
Opportunity - Recognizing the Knock
We all have an awareness inside of us that can be quite difficult to define, but we certainly ...
Who Cares About the Joneses
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘Keeping up with the Joneses,’ but just in case you haven’t...
Quotes to Live By
Most of us have favourite quotes that mean something special to us
The Mindful Acquisition Theory
We all have possessions, some more important to us than others
Twenty Good Reasons to Own Pets
There are plenty of good reasons to own a pet, and many different types of pets
Learning to Manage our Moods
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to learn to read signals that our body is send...
The Sound of Silence
Yesterday I took a walk in a pine forest not far from my home
Television – The Time Thief
Have you ever calculated how much TV you actually watch? You may be surprised
Where There’s a Will There’s Peace of Mind
Have you written a will yet? If so, is it current? By that I mean is the information in it as...
Simple Ways to Control your Paperwork
I don’t think there would be anyone reading this who could honestly say they have complete contr...
Taking Stock of Household Appliances
We're constantly being blitzed with advertising about all sorts of wonder gadgets and appliances...
Housework is a Dirty Word
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not very domestic
Personal Organising - What Works Best for Me
Life can sometimes be pretty full-on, and if you’re anything like me, each week brings something...
Excess Baggage - What You Carry Around with You
Is it time to lighten your load - literally? I’m talking about all the paraphernalia you're carr...
It’s Never Too late
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream” (CS Lewis) Do you eve...
Your Special Space
No matter where you are in life or what your role is within the family, you need someplace that ...
Starting Over - It Can Be Done
We’ve all dreamed about it - about starting a whole new life; finding a new direction and reinve...
Accepting Your Shortcomings
Do you find yourself apologising for being less than perfect? Do you worry that you are not mea...
The Kids Are Definitely Alright
One of the things I loved most about my children when they were young (and now my grandchildren)...
Dealing with Difficult People
We all have them in our lives
Communication - Keeping it Simple
Do any of these sound like you? - You carry your mobile phone with you everywhere you go – ev...
Simplifying Doesn't Always Mean De-cluttering
Does simplifying mean de-cluttering? The short answer to this one is no
Assessing Life’s Priorities
I'm sure you've heard this all before, but before we can take steps to creating a simple and ser...
Although it’s not always easy to describe, there is a definite distinction between fashion and s...
Prepare Your Home for Spring.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when the first signs of spring start to appear
First Steps toward a Simple Life
Raise your hand if all you want is a simple life
Spreading Yourself Too Thin
We all have obligations and responsibilities that we must undertake no matter what
The Tradition of The Easter Bonnet
We’ve all heard about Easter Bonnets, particularly through the song %%Easter Parade%% made famou...
Non Traditional Easter Ideas
Not all of us celebrate the religious aspect of the Easter Holiday but most of us still enjoy th...