Welcome to

Little Challenges


Ideas, inspiration and practical tools

to help make the messy business of being human just a little bit easier

with  Katie  Elliott

"Heartfelt. Honest. Practical. Uplifting." 



Hi, I'm Katie.


I created Little Challenges after recovering from a time of personal crisis. It’s based on the simple practices, tools and ideas that helped me turn my life around.


The possibility to change stubborn behaviours

Do Lectures 2018

I battled with perfectionism, overwhelm and a series of debilitating mental health problems for 32 years. At various times I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and was told to expect to be on medication for the rest of my life. It was frequently a struggle to hold down a job and take care of my kids. I often didn’t like myself much. 


After a particularly bad time, I ended up being admitted to a psychiatric ward. It was the wake-up call I needed to show me that I couldn’t carry on living as I had; I needed to find something better. The only problem was that I had no idea where to start.


In the past, my instinct had always been to make huge changes and look for miracle cures. Over and over again I clutched onto the latest great hope, imagining that it would change everything – but in all the years I tried, I never found one that worked.


This time I tried something different.


I began studying how habits are formed, how willpower works, how personality, thinking styles and energy levels influence us. All the while, I experimented with my lifestyle to see if I could change some of the things that had caused me such unhappiness. 


It was only when I started to make tiny, positive changes and committed to them long-term that I began to see extraordinary results. 


I gradually discovered simple, practical ways to create a calmer, clearer life and became happier, healthier and more resilient than ever before.  Looking back I came to realize that many symptoms of my ‘illness’ were simply signs that I had been living in a way that was all wrong for me.


Within four months of leaving hospital I had no diagnosis of any kind for the first time in my adult life. I have remained well ever since.


I had given up hope that I could change my life, but it turns out I could. 




Little Challenges is my attempt to make the kinds of information, inspiration and ideas that helped me more readily available to others. To open a conversation about what it means to be human - in all its wonderful messiness.


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Some of the things people say about Little Challenges...

Hilary Gallo

Author of The Power of Soft and Fear Hack


"Katie conveys a host of important insights that matter to us all."

Ruth Armes

Life coach at Ruth Armes Coaching


"It is remarkable how making small changes to thinking and behaviour have brought about big shifts in the way I feel in my daily life."

Grant Sonnex

Grant Sonnex - Landscape Art


"There’s a clarity and simplicity to what Katie offers that has made all the difference to me. It's lovely to know that you don't have to do it all on your own."

Denise Demaras

Author and coach


"... a life changing tool, helping me clear the clutter from my mind, identify what is important and produce results almost effortlessly."

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