Conscious Capitalism with Carolyn Tate

Conscious Capitalism with Carolyn Tate

Last week you heard the first part of my chat with the lovely Carolyn Tate – founder of The Slow School of Business and founding member of Conscious Capitalism Australia – and today she returns for Part 2!

In this episode we go deep into the issue of hyper-consumerism and whether Carolyn feels a sense of ownership of it – considering her background as a marketer. This leads us into a really interesting conversation on conscious consumption, what it looks like and how to know if a brand we’re supporting really is ethical, as well as the important accompaniment to conscious consumption, which is conscious capitalism.

To be honest, capitalism is something I have an uneasy relationship with so it was interesting to get Carolyn’s thoughts on the old model of capitalism and the shift she’s seeing towards a purpose-centred economy. We also look at the sharing economy and what it will take for it to become a true sharing economy.

We also share a whole heap of resources (links to which you’ll find below) and I’d love for you to check out Carolyn’s books and her upcoming Purpose workshop in Melbourne too. This is a woman passionate about purpose, with so much to offer.

I loved the opportunity to have a really deep discussion on some of the issues I struggle with the most, and I hope you enjoy it just as much!

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Recently we passed 1.2 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Random Acts of Kindness #4 – The Slow Home Experiment

Random Acts of Kindness #4

“You will never regret being kind.”

Turns out, not only is this an internet-friendly quote thrown around online a great deal, but it’s also actually true! This month’s random acts of kindness experiment has been both eye and heart-opening, and I’m so grateful we decided to try it.

We’ve still got almost a whole week to go, but as today is the last Monday of the month Ben and I wanted to sum up our experience and announce next month’s Slow Home Experiment, in the hope that some of you will want to join in again.

At the beginning of the month I was pretty shaken to realise I was nervous about our Random Acts of Kindness experiment. What did that say about me? What kind of person feels nervous to be kind? Well, as it turns out, most of us. At least before we’ve had a chance to practise, anyway.

Rationally, we know that being kind is a good thing. We hear about acts of kindness – sometimes on the news or social media, or as a nice thing someone did for someone else, or even being a recipient of that kindness ourselves – and we recognise how much impact it can have. But still I found myself worried about the reaction I’d get if I extended a hand in kindness this month.

Today Ben and I talk about the vulnerability of kindness, and the ease with which it has started to come the more we’ve practised. Both he and I have felt a big shift over the past week as we’ve really warmed into the idea of kindness as a lifestyle, rather than kindness as a once-off, and it’s in this every day connection, looking into the eyes of the person we’re speaking with, thanking someone and genuinely meaning it, that I uncovered the true heart of this experiment.

We also talk about some of our favourite acts of kindness and what we’re planning on doing this week, and as we move into October. Though I might need to find a new favourite random act of kindness, as my coffee shop expenses are slowly mounting!

As this is the last Monday show for September, it’s also time for us to reveal next month’s Slow Home Experiment…

In October we’re going back to my decluttering roots and… playing the Minimalists Game.

For those of you who may not have heard of The Minimalists Game it’s the creation of Joshua and Ryan of The Minimalists. Essentially, on Day 1 of the month, we declutter one item. Day 2, two items. Day 3, three items. And so on, until the end of the month. It starts out easily enough, but as the month progresses and we find ourselves decluttering 10, 15 or 20 items a day it’s sure to become more challenging! 

I was a little hesitant to do a decluttering experiment, but I know this is something a lot of you would like to join in on, and truth be told, I’m at the point where I’d welcome another opportunity to let go of some of the stuff that’s made its way in to our house over the past 6 months.

To join in, it’s super easy. On October 1, just let go of one item of clutter from your home. Day 2, two items, and so on. If you wanted to share your progress, feel free to join us over on Facebook or use #minsgame and #slowhomeexperiment wherever good hashtags are used. (That would be Twitter and Instagram!)

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favourite tips for decluttering and simplifying your home on the poggie, and if you have decluttering questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them over the course of the month.

In the meantime, enjoy the show, and choose kindness!

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Show Notes:

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1.2 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination with Carolyn Tate

It's the Journey, Not the Destination - with Carolyn Tate

One of the most common questions I’m asked when people first hear about slowing down and living a simpler life is, “Where do I start?” And while I think people usually expect me to offer a really practical, hands-on tip like declutter or turn off your notifications, I always suggest something different to begin with: uncover your Why.

Today I chat with Carolyn Tate, co-founder of The Slow School of Business and Conscious Capitalism Australia. She’s an ex-marketing executive who ‘flicked on her slow switch’ in 2010, after a massive realisation about the life she’d been living.

We talk a lot about her personal journey, what changes she’s made over the past 6 years, what she’s still working on and how her life is different now. Carolyn is also a massive advocate for living a purpose-driven life, and she and I talk a lot about this idea of finding our Why and using it to inform the choices we make and the life we create.

We also talk about one of the problems with work/life balance (and it’s not the one I normally talk about!) as one of the core reasons for Carolyn to start The Slow School of Business. It was really important to both Carolyn and I that this didn’t turn in to another “let’s all be entrepreneurs” conversation, and she has some golden tips on how to start affecting change from within an organisation, and how to turn the focus on ourselves and our own motivations before looking to others for guidance.

There is so much to learn from Carolyn’s personal story, including what happens when we have the courage to listen to that little voice in our heads that’s telling us something isn’t right, and I couldn’t actually fit it all in to one conversation. So stay tuned next week for part two of our chat! But in the meantime, enjoy!

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Show Notes:

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Support the Show:

Recently we passed 1.2 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Random Acts of Kindness #3 – The Slow Home Experiment

Random Acts of Kindness #3 - The Slow Home Experiment

Last week, as part of our current Slow Home Experiment of conducting random acts of kindness every day, I asked the barista at my favourite coffee shop if I could also pay for the coffee of the next person who came in and ordered. Honestly, I thought this might be met with confusion or derision (“Really? Why do you want to do that?”) but instead saw only something a lot like happiness, maybe even gratitude. She got a little teary-eyed and told me it was a really kind and generous thing to do, and then she thanked me.

Turns out the impact a random act of kindness can have stretches further than only the receiver, and even beyond the giver, and can impact people who witness it too. And in that way is really an incredible thing to be putting out in to the world on a regular basis.

This week Ben and I talk about the good parts of our experiment, as well as some of the things we’ve been struggling with personally, and I share a particularly funny internal reaction to my buying coffee for a stranger.

We also walk through some of the kind things we’ve done for others this week, and I would like to put it on record that Ben’s act of kindness to me over the weekend made the world of difference. It was super thoughtful, and while only a small thing, had such an impact. Plus, who doesn’t love it when we realise someone has been thinking about us?

I’ll be posting some ideas for kindness acts over on Facebook this week but here are a few we’ve done this week:

  • Something fun and imagination-inducing for the kids
  • Ben did the ironing for me while I was away
  • Tried to buy coffee for a friend but she wouldn’t let me. In fact she ended up buying mine instead. I had to let go of the “But I want to do you a kindness!” and accepted her offer of kindness.
  • Spoke to someone who looked lost and overwhelmed at a conference I attended
  • Complemented someone who had her baby at the conference about how well she was doing.
  • Sent a really heartfelt email to someone I admire a lot, simply saying thank you.
  • Reacted with compassion and kindness when someone was nervous to tell me bad news
  • Bought coffee for the next person in line at the coffee shop.
  • Yoga teacher asked for good vibes for her partner who’d been in hospital. After class I asked her if he was OK, listened, then asked her if she was OK.

None of these is big, and most don’t cost anything other than our time and attention, but the benefits are much more wide-reaching than I’d expected.

Tell me, are you joining in on this month’s experiment? How are you finding it?

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Show Notes:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

Listener Chat with Joshua

Listener Chat with Joshua - Episode 102 of The Slow Home Podcast

It’s time for another listener chat episode, and this one is a delight. Not that this is a surprise – as it turns out the people who listen to our poggie are some of the kindest, coolest, most compassionate and self-aware people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. And today’s guest Joshua is no exception.

When I heard his story in the Straight and Curly Facebook group a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to talk to him about his journey back from overwhelm, and how he and his family have learnt to value time and experiences over the trappings of ‘success’.

Joshua is so open and generous in the things he shares, and I think this conversation is going to be incredibly valuable to a lot of people, as he talks about the moment it became clear that things weren’t OK and goes deep in to the ways he and his husband have worked together to find a balance.

We talk about how their slow, simple philosophy has impacted the choices they make as parents, and some of the changes (big and small) they’ve made over the past few years that have seen an incredible transformation.

Joshua also talks about the really simple shifts he’s made at home in order to start living more sustainably, as well as what he’s doing with the space letting go has opened up. I found all of our chat inspiring, but to see the ways Joshua is adding awesome, values-based things in to his life made it clear to me just how much we each have to gain from learning to let go.

The audio in this conversation isn’t great unfortunately, but the wisdom Joshua drops is way too good not to share so I hope you’ll forgive it.

Thank you so much Joshua!

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Head over to iTunes to subscribe to the show and play the episode.

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Show Notes:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

Recently we hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!