Monthly Archives: March 2016

We go deep.

We go deep - Episode 60 of The Slow Home Podcast

(This is totally not my photo – it’s from Unsplash – but man, I’d love to see one of these beauties on this trip. From a safe distance, of course.)

Hello, from the lovely town of Canmore in Canada! (Actually, we recorded this the day before we flew out, but time travel is such a trip isn’t it?)

In today’s episode Ben and I answer some super tricky listener questions about the deeper issues of choosing to live a slower, more intentional life and, to be honest, we got a little stumped in answering them!

They include questions about:

  • Planning for the future vs living in the moment
  • How to minimise time spent talking on the phone, as it impedes our attempts to live a simpler, more present life
  • How simplifying life has impacted our relationships
  • How to balance work, family and down-time, particularly with a new job
  • What can we do to reconcile our work lives with our values, or how to overcome the discrepancy from one to the other.

These are some serious questions and we loved the opportunity to dig in to them, but as always would love to know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts about some of these issues.

As we mentioned in last week’s show, we’re in Canada for the next month, taking a working holiday. We won’t be spending as much time online, and as a result will be slower to respond to emails and social media comments. 

We will be posting about our newest Slow Home Experiment though, including some sneak peeks into our family journal, as well as some epic Canadian landscape. So be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

In the meantime though, enjoy the pogpast!

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Yoga #4

Just a short post today as we’re off enjoying the Easter long weekend (and I hope you’ve been enjoying a little downtime too, no matter what your celebrations looks like.)

Ben and I sat down to talk about Week 4 of the Yoga Slow Home Experiment, and specifically how we managed to keep it up over the past week, where work has been busy and mornings disrupted.

We essentially learned the importance of being flexible (ha!) and again the idea of reducing the scope and sticking to the schedule has come in to play.

I’ve spent a little more time off script this week, doing what feels good as opposed to what is strictly in the videos, and I’m being rewarded by just feeling more at ease in general. Actually, I think it’s helped me move through what has been a pretty hectic week while maintaining most of my sanity.

We also talk about next month’s challenge, as by this time next week we’ll be a few days into it and wanted to give you a little heads-up in case you’d like to join in.

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!

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Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis

Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis

I’ve been reading Paul Jarvis’ Sunday Dispatches and listening to his Invisible Office Hours podcast for a long time. So long, in fact, I felt like I knew him before I’d ever spoken a word in conversation! So it was beyond a delight to sit and chat with him, and even more delightful to realise he is exactly the same in conversation as in his writing.

We spend quite a bit of time talking about the importance of being our true self online, and the BIG difference between that and sharing things we haven’t actually processed yet. Paul has written a lot about comparison and the myth that everyone else is living more interesting, photogenic lives that us, so we dive in to that too. I’ve linked to a fantastic post of his below that I would highly recommend you read if you find yourself playing the comparison game too often.

(Actually, I’ve linked to a handful of my favourite articles from Paul. Do yourself a kindness and take a read over the weekend.)

Paul also talks about his lack of routine, why busy-ness is a crutch we lean on to avoid feeling our feelings, and what he’s watching on TV these days.

Enjoy!

This week’s episode is brought to you by…well, you! Some listeners have asked how they can support the show in a direct way, so we’ve created a Patreon page for you to do just that. There’s no obligation to contribute – simply sharing the show with friends or leaving a review in iTunes is fabulous – but if you did want to help support the show financially you can donate as little as $1 a month and know that you’re helping us to cover our costs.

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Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Yoga #3

Yoga #3

When we first started this month’s Slow Home Experiment, the last thing I expected was to be brought to tears. And yet, late last week, on Day 18 of the experiment, I found myself crying on the mat as my previously uncooperative hips let me stand in my first ever tree pose.

That sense of wonder (and I know this might seem overblown, but I really did feel a sense of absolute wonder) came partly from suddenly being able to do something I never could before, and partly from the beauty of the slow changes I’ve been going through since we started the 30 Days of Yoga challenge.

I Instagrammed the moment (because of course) and my caption summed it up:

I went on to bust out a fairly decent crow pose on too, which saw me do a weird kind of squeally thing, rather than full-blown tears.

All that to say, this experiment is changing me. Far, far more than I thought it would.

I’ve always enjoyed the physical feeling of doing yoga – the stretching, the flexibility – but I’ve never really seen it as a full body-mind experience before. As I begin to see the changes in my strength, my breath, my muscles and my mind, I can see the massive benefits of yoga – beyond flexibility, or strength, or even striking an impressive pose and posting it on social media. I’m loving it and can’t wait to see what changes the last week brings.

Ben, on the other hand, has had a kind of crappy week. He’s still really determined to touch his toes by the end of the month and feels like a failure to do so will mean the experiment was a bust. I disagree on that and we talk a little about what we hope to gain from these experiments, as well as  the fact that some days just aren’t good yoga days.

We’re also looking for your input on what our April experiment should be. We’ll be travelling for the entire month so a lot of the ideas I have aren’t going to really apply. I’m thinking about a play-based experiment, while Ben thinks we should meditate every day. We’d love to hear your thoughts though – what would you like to see us try for the month of April?

Don’t forget, if you want to play along with us this month, join in and tag your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with #slowhomeexperiment and let us know how you’re finding it.

Enjoy!

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Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman

Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman

James Wallman is an ex-adman and trend forecaster – which doesn’t necessarily sound like my typical guest – but when you learn he is also the author of Stuffocation and the person who coined the phrase ‘experientialism’ it starts to make a lot of sense.

This conversation was a really interesting one – much more of a true conversation than an interview – as I found James asking me as many questions as I did of him!

We talk about minimalism’s branding issue and why he thinks that experientialism is the way to make a life of less, more appealing to the mainstream. We also look at the overwhelming number of choices we face each day and why experiences will almost always trump stuff.

James also had some ridiculously straightforward advice for me when I tell him I sometimes just feel so damn defeated by the rampant consumerism happening across the globe.

I loved this conversation and have found myself thinking a lot about how we discuss the idea of simple or slow living, and I think James is right – we might have a branding problem! What do you think? 

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Most important of all, thanks for being here!