Advice to my 18-year-old self…

Advice to my 18-year-old self - Episode 161 of The Slow Home Podcast

Hey, hey, it’s hostful time again! And (as always) the questions you’ve asked are excellent.

Things have been a little weird over here the past few weeks as I’ve been finishing the final edits on my second book so it was a lot of fun to sit down and chat through our thoughts on these questions:

  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you think the role of your job/career fits into ones life, if it doesn’t link specifically with your ‘why’.
  • What are some strategies to manage the paper that builds up so that it does not become overwhelming clutter? How do you manage filing things that need to be kept, and dealing with the rest?
  • What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
  • How do I throw away gifts without the giftee noticing next time they visit?!

I have some fun lamenting my hair choice as an 18-year-old, and we also take a minute to acknowledge the paper volcano that is our desk right now.

We do also have some genuinely helpful advice though (thankfully) as well as a request: if you have a few spare minutes today could you please answer our new listener survey? We’re trying to work out our next steps and want nothing more than to be able to help more people discover what it means to live a simpler, slower life. To do that we need to know what you’re struggling with the most and how you’d like us to help. The survey can be found over here and thank you in advance for taking it!



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3 Responses to Advice to my 18-year-old self…

  1. Hi!

    Big fan of your show, and am appreciative of all of the advice and tips you have taught me.

    While listening to this episode, the topic of managing paperwork came up and I thought I would share a handy tool I have been using to digitise our paperwork around the house.

    It’s called Scanbot ( and is a fairly cheap mobile app that makes scanning important paperwork, business cards, receipts (and basically any other paper based document) simple. It also lets you upload documents you have scanned to a service such as Dropbox if you want a second backup in case your phone suffers an unfortunate fate.

    Thanks again for the show, it’s much appreciated.


  2. It does sound intriguing and quite astonishing to live like that. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so that many people around the world could have an honest answer to their question.


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