At the start of the year, I found myself contemplating a goal around shopping and my possessions. Considering implementing a one in, one out policy. Or a shopping ban for January. Or fix it February focusing on repairing things I already own. As I evaluated different options and tried to figure out what was best … Continue reading Thoughts On Trusting Your Intuition
Welcome to the New Year! How is it feeling so far? Hitting the ground running with clear goals or taking it a bit slower? I'm certainly easing my way into 2019 and feel better for it. The start of a new year provides an easy reminder to pause, reflect, reevaluate but the thirty first of December … Continue reading 2018: A Round-Up
I was going to write a post about being a confident single lady on Valentine's Day. But V-Day has never turned me into that 'why am I still single?' person so actually don't have that much to say on the subject. I've always just got on with life which isn't exactly startling and helpful insight. … Continue reading Responsible for Valentine’s Day
Last year I did something I didn't think I'd do again - I quit my job without having another role lined up. Scary. It was a bold move. It has taken me a while to process everything that led to that point. To distill the lessons learned. It's one of those scenarios that are hell … Continue reading Having the Confidence to Quit my Job
If you ask any of us, I'm sure we would all proclaim to be generous in some way. That it's a value we aspire to live up to. But how well do we embrace it really? How much is living generously a true guiding principle in our lives and how much is it just a … Continue reading Lessons on Living a Generous Life
We've all heard you get back what you put out in the world right? Have you ever thought about that in the context of friendship? The kind of friend you are might be the biggest indicator of the kind of friends you have. I'll be the first to admit to wishing my friends included me … Continue reading Maven Matters: On Being the Friend You Want to Have
Why I Love This Question The short answer is I'm writing this on a Virgo New Moon and when I googled what to reflect on, this is the question I got. What's more, it felt like the question I needed to be answering. Always the sign of a good question, when it hits a nerve. More … Continue reading Good Question: What’s the Most Loving Thing I Can Do for Myself Right Now?
For a long time, I doubted my credibility as an improvement blogger. Lots of my new habits didn't stick. And the ones that do stick, it's for four or five times per week, not daily. Not surprisingly I thought I was a bit of a failure. And an imposter. Somehow the fact I don't meditate … Continue reading Maven Matters: On Not Being Perfect
Most mornings you'll find me, earbuds in on my commute, soaking up the latest podcast. Of course, at An Independent Maven, we're all about amplifying our options as a way to elevate our lives. Over the past three years of podcasting listening, I've discovered how powerful they can be in elevating my life, and no doubt, … Continue reading 9 Ways Podcasts Amplify Your Life
Why I Love This Question It's a great checkin. One question to prompt a quick life scan. The answer can run the gamut from basics like sleep and vege intake to the social, when was the last time I talked to my best friend?, to the material, kick arse stilettos for that work meeting, to … Continue reading Good Question: What’s Missing From My Life?