Monthly Archives: August 2016

Screen-Free Bedroom #5

Screen-Free Bedroom #5 - The Slow Home Experiment

IT’S OFFICIAL. Screen-free bedrooms are the greatest.

August’s Slow Home Experiment has been one of the simplest and most effective changes we’ve made all year, and in today’s episode Ben and I talk about the challenges and benefits of going screen-free in the bedroom. We also talk through some of the reasons people didn’t or couldn’t join in, as well as some possible solutions for the most common of those.

What we’ve noticed in our own home is a marked increase in sleep quality, but also more conversations, intimacy, reading, relaxation and productivity – most of which I never thought would be impacted by a screen-free bedroom.

For anyone still on the fence about trying it, I’d really encourage you to run your own experiment for a week or two and see how going screen-free impacts your life. There is really nothing to lose and it’s proven to be one of the easiest ways to create some slow in our days without needing to commit big time or energy.

And while the screen-free bedroom is here to stay, it’s time to turn our attention to September’s experiment. And honestly, it’s one I’m feeling quite nervous about.

Inspired by my recent conversation with Jono Fisher, we’ve decided to try and commit one random act of kindness every day throughout September. And while on the face of it, this seems like a simple task, I’m feeling pretty anxious. Something about being vulnerable and not wanting to ever offend someone with an offer of help has me feeling very apprehensive. Which almost certainly means it’s going to be incredibly worthwhile!

Ben and I talk about potential acts of kindness we could try, as well as some of the options that won’t cost money every day. We’d love to hear from you too – are you going to join us? What ideas do you have for your random acts? What budget-friendly options do you have in mind?

This is another experiment that anyone can join in on, so please feel free to play along, and tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

In the meantime, have a cracking week! Enjoy!

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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 important of all, thanks for being here!

Create More, Consume Less with Margy Heuschele

Create More, Consume Less with Margy Heuschele - The Slow Home Podcast

One of my favourite parts of having these pogpast conversations every week is learning how people come to slow living. Where do they hear about it? Is it an intuitive thing they simply need to do, or are they specifically inspired to change by a book or a blog post or an event in their lives?

What I’ve discovered is there is no one way. There is no right way. There is no ideal path to a slower, simpler, more mindful life. There is your way, and there are small steps. There are no quick fixes or miracle cures. There are questions and answers. There is time and kindness and gentleness and honesty. There is courage and fear and letting go and pulling close.

In today’s episode I have the distinct pleasure of chatting with Margy Heuschele – a teacher-librarian from Toowoomba in Queensland, who has gradually shifted her life from one of stress and overwhelm and perfectionism and control, to one of slowness, contentment, simplicity and joy in the tiny moments.

I loved so many things about this conversation, not least Margy’s amazing book recommendations (which you can find below) and learning more about the Makerspace movement. But one of the things I particularly loved was the beautiful contentment Margy exudes and the way she describes the tiny, beautiful moments in her life as the turning point in living a slower, more mindful life. There wasn’t a huge traumatic experience or a momentous realisation that brought her to slow living, but rather taking the time for little, mundane moments of beauty in her every day.

We also talk about the impact simplifying had on her now-grown kids, why it’s so important to teach people (both the young and not-so-young) foundational skills such as sewing and gardening, and why she and her husband started a simple living organisation in their community.

This is a wonderful episode and I’m sure you’re going to love Margy’s story as much as I did.

Today’s show is sponsored by Ettitude. For 10% off your first order of ethically-made, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, bamboo lyocell bed linen, visit Ettitude and use the code: sleephealthy.

Enjoy!

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

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

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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!

Screen-Free Bedroom #4 – The Slow Home Experiment

Screen-Free Bedroom #4 - The Slow Home Experiment

We’re rolling in to week four of this month’s screen-free bedroom experiment and rather than continue to tell everyone just how amazing and life-changing it is (which it is) Ben and I talk more about why it’s making such an impact on our home.

This week I discovered that ‘blue light’ is present in pretty much every modern light – not just our screens – and that researchers think it’s not just our devices impacting sleep, but all household lights. On a new episode of Low Tox Life, Alexx Stuart explores sleep hacking and how one man lived without artificial light for 6 weeks, and the results have me almost convinced I need to buy a pair of blue blocking glasses (I didn’t even realise they were a thing!) and remove the lightbulb from our fridge…

There are a whole range of solutions to start minimising our light exposure at night, but this month is really just about removing the tech from our bedrooms, and that in itself is having such a massive impact. Like we mentioned in last week’s episode, more conversations, more peace and more presence, and I haven’t missed the tech once.

We also talk about the upcoming September experiment and what you can do to get involved, as well as a free program Cybele and I are running next month.

I honestly cannot recommend this experiment enough, and would love it if you shared your own experience with going screen-free. Feel free to play along, and tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

*Also, I read a recent one-star review of our show (it’s OK – not everyone thinks we’re awesome) that complained about the inside jokes Ben and I share on the show. Sorry to say, this episode has plenty, so enjoy! 

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

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

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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 important of all, thanks for being here!

Listener Chat with Colleen Valles

Listener Chat with Colleen Valles - Episode 95 of The Slow Home Podcast

I’m feeling incredibly grateful this morning. Grateful to be alive, grateful to have a computer to type my words on, grateful that I got to see the amazing moon sink below the horizon before the sky began to lighten, grateful for Netflix and my son who woke up extra-special early this morning just to sit next to me and watch Power Rangers, and grateful for you being here.

I may be biased, but I think I have just about the nicest audience on the internet. My people, you guys, are kind and positive and supportive of each other. You’re curious and interested and interesting and I get all kinds of happy feelings when I think about the community we’re creating. And one of my favourite parts of pogpasting is getting to chat with amazing listeners like today’s guest – Colleen Valles.

A few months ago Colleen noticed I’d been getting some pushback about the fact I live in a dual-income household, work from home and am able to fit that work around parenting and running a house, and how that wasn’t representative of the reality for a lot of people (which is absolutely true). She wanted to offer herself as a guest for the show, and after hearing some of her story I knew it needed to happen.

A few years ago Colleen’s life was incredibly busy and full, and she realised it was taking its toll on her health, her relationships and her well-being. As a single parent of a young daughter, working a more-than-full-time job and trying to fit all of life’s commitments into an overstuffed schedule, Colleen found herself completely overwhelmed.

Today Colleen’s life is still a busy and full one, but in a positive, mindful way. She works full-time, but in a job closer to home, she has simplified and slowed her pace of life, allowing for more time with her daughter, and she is currently building a tiny home in one of the most expensive parts of the US.

Colleen and I talk a lot about how she made time to simplify her life when it was so full and so all-consuming, as well as the impact it’s had on her family. Colleen is so generous in what she shares, and we go deep into how she uncovered her priorities and used them to change her job, her schedule and her home.

We also talk some more about the tiny home she is building and what appealed to her about living in a small space with two kids, as well as her plans for eventually combining households with her non-minimalist partner.

In short, there is so much wisdom in this episode, and I know Colleen’s story is going to not only resonate but also inspire you to think about the slow and simple ways we can each shift our lives towards living closer to our priorities – and there’s nothing more mindful and intentional than that.

(Colleen, you’re a gem. Thank you so much for sharing your story and for putting up with my rescheduling shenanigans!)

Today’s show is sponsored by Ettitude. For 10% off your first order of ethically-made, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, bamboo lyocell bed linen, visit Ettitude and use the code: sleephealthy.

Enjoy!

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

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

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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!

 

Screen-Free Bedroom #3

Screen-Free Bedroom #3 - The Slow Home Experiment

Ben and I were talking over the weekend about this year, and how it’s already been a big one for us (and it’s only August!) While a lot of that has to do with some significant changes in our work, a big part of it is also related to how we’re choosing to live. And a big part of that has been our monthly Slow Home Experiments.

For me, the sugar experiment, and the daily yoga and daily meditation experiments have been really transformative, but in terms of sheer impact this month’s screen-free bedroom is massive. In this poggie we talk some more about the experiment and its challenges, as well as the surprising impact it’s having on other areas of our lives.

Of course, it really does make sense that the effect of a screen-free bedroom would be so wide-ranging, because quality sleep improves pretty much everything. But I find myself surprised at the knock-on effect of higher productivity, better mornings, more and better conversations and way more energy. All from one small change that any of us can make!

We also talk about why going screen-free in the bedroom is a great place to start if you or a loved one is keen to slow down but unsure where to begin, and we offer up some suggestions for those who live in a small space or who need to access their phones overnight.

I honestly cannot recommend this experiment enough, and would love it if you shared your own experience with going screen-free. Feel free to play along, and tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

Enjoy!

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

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

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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 important of all, thanks for being here!