Monthly Archives: October 2015

What’s the best part of slow living?

What's the best thing about slow living? SHP032

Before I get into this week, can I tell you how chuffed I am that ‘pogpast’ is a thing? It makes me happy and so grateful for the amazing community of people who listen to us each week and allow us a degree of self-interested rambling. We love you guys and love that you enjoy the show. Thanks so much for being awesome.

This week it’s another hostful, where we do our best to answer some listener questions. Ben even sings a bit. It’s a beautiful thing.

Fortunately, this was our first time recording with a two-mic set up (we’re so professional) so Ben’s mic is a little quiet. We’ve done our best to shift the levels around and it should be fine but if things sound a little different, that’s why.

We spend this week’s episode answering a handful of great questions straight from you, including:

  • How can I find support and guidance in my local area, particularly from those looking to live a similarly slow, simple life?
  • Can you give us an insight into your daily life?
  • Any tips for the upcoming holidays, especially the social engagements with friends and colleagues?
  • Can you suggest some other podcasts in a similar vein to the Slow Home Podcast?
  • What’s been the biggest advantage or most rewarding aspect of slow living?

It’s a great group of questions and I think we do a good job of giving you the answers, amidst the singing and general silliness.

Enjoy!

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Low-tox living with Alexx Stuart – SHP031

Low-tox living with Alexx Stuart

Everyone’s path to a simpler life unfolds differently, but as I’ve been interviewing guests for the podcast and talking to more and more people about their stories, it’s becoming clear that there are common points in most tellings. Common realisations as we strip away the excess, the clutter, the stress and the stuff.

One of the most common is the desire to simplify the food we eat and the products we use, simply because of the impact they’re having on our well being.

Today I chat with Alexx Stuart, low-tox living expert, about the changes we can make to our food and many of our everyday products, and the impact these changes can have on our well being.

We look at the first steps anyone can take to make the shift towards a low-tox life, and also talk about guilt and how to move past the fear of being “too far gone” to make any significant changes.

It’s an information-packed episode so be sure to check out the resources listed below, as well as Alexx’s upcoming Low Tox Life ecourse (of which I’m an affiliate) where you can learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to ditch nasty toxins from your life and home.

Enjoy!

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Simple city living with Rachel Jonat – SHP030

Simple city living with Rachel Jonat

Many people dream of making the shift from hectic city life to somewhere slower paced, and I can’t help but feel this has become the expected move for those adopting a simpler life.

But it totally doesn’t need to be the case. Today I chat with Rachel Jonat who has just moved her family of five from The Isle of Man (a relatively small and remote island in the Irish Sea) back to inner-city Vancouver, and life is just as, if not more simple now.

Cities have a whole lot going for them when it comes to slow living, and today we talk about the benefits of living in a city as opposed to a small community. But we also look at the down sides to living in an expensive city like Vancouver (or Sydney!) and what changes can be made to make the expense less impactful.

Rachel and I also talk about minimalism-lite and how it plays out with three young boys, why she loves over-the-top birthday parties and what her world-champion rowing career taught her about living a non-conventional life.

There was lots for me to think about after this conversation – particularly about things like fear, failure, experimenting and honesty – and I really hope you get as much from it as I did!

Enjoy!

Today’s show is sponsored by Audible.com where you can access over 180,000 audiobooks, including the limited release Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Click here to get a free, no strings attached, 30-day trial of Audible and claim one free audiobook of your choice.

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Tsh Oxenreider on slow travel and why you’re never really ready – SHP029

Tsh Oxenreider talks slow travel and why you're never really ready - SHP029

Travel has been a part of my life for a really long time. Childhood summers were road trips up the coast, caravan parks, campgrounds, sunscreen, mozzie repellent and bodysurfing.

Then, when Ben and I graduated uni we set off on a year-long trip around the world. We travelled through the States, Canada, Europe and SE Asia before coming home and pretending to be adults for a while. But the itchy feet never went away and we still love travel – any way we can get it.

That’s why this week’s episode was such a joy to me, because I get to talk all things travel with Tsh Oxenreider, who has just returned home after a year-long round the world trip with her husband and 3 kids.

We chat about the different types of long-term travel – both slow travel and ‘hurry up and see all the sights’ travel – as well as how to make it work with a family. We look at packing, toys and the things that surprised her most about being on the road for such a long time, and we also talk about the different parenting styles they encountered along the way.

Honestly, this episode gave Ben and I a big dose of itchy feet, so be warned that you may just find yourself perusing airline deals later today. (Not that we did anything of the sort, of course. Ahem.)

Enjoy!

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In This Episode You’ll Hear About:

  • The reasons behind Tsh and Kyle’s big trip
  • How long it took them to prepare for a year-long round the world trip
  • Western cultures, our abundance of choice and how that differs in other societies
  • The loss of paper maps and why travelling without a phone is more fun
  • Why Tsh believes you’re never going to be ready for a trip like this – instead just plan, prepare and jump!

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Finding time for slow living – SHP028

Finding time for slow living - SHP028

Time for another hostful episode of the pogpast (ha!) and today Ben and I are answering two really excellent listener questions:

  1. I’m a stay home mum of an 8 year old & 2 year old. I struggle with school demands, our small farm & hubby working 50 hour weeks & always feeling exhausted. Any advice on looking after myself while still meeting the other demands on my time? (Ailsa via Facebook)
  2. When I’m by myself in nature and spending a lot of time meditating and reading I find it very easy to have a slow life, but when I talk to friends a lot of times they want to share more stimulating, expensive and busy social events. I’ve been able to initiate some mindful events like starting a meditation group and inviting friends over for dinner at my home instead of eating out but still I find it hard to “go against the grain” of mainstream culture and find people who are more interested in living a simple, mindful life. What recommendations do you have for building a slow living social network? How do you work with friends who aren’t interested in the same type of lifestyle? (Travis via Facebook)

See? Told you they were cracking questions!

Ben and I go back and forth a lot with both questions, as neither of them has a clear, black and white answer. Like so much of slow and simple living, it’s about what works for you rather than what works for ‘everyone’ (whoever the hell ‘everyone’ is).

I’m also loathe to give a one size fits all answer, because they’re so dissatisfying to me. I love that there’s more than one way to approach these issues and endlessly differing points of view.

We also chat about my health briefly (thankfully it’s improving!) and the new way you can support the show.

If you have a question you’d like answered on the next hostful Q&A show, you can leave a comment below, post on the Facebook page or leave a voice message over here. Similarly, if you have a topic or guest suggestion, we’d love to hear from you too!

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