Monthly Archives: November 2016

Play #4

Play #4 - The Slow Home Experiment

I just want to start by assuring you that no podcaster became distraught as a result of this recording. There are no tears in this poggie. I repeat, there are no tears in this poggie. It’s OK. I’m OK. I am grateful for all the beautiful messages of love and support over the past week, and want you to know it made me feel so uplifted, and I’m in a good place now. I promise!

I can’t quite believe how quickly this year has gone, and that our daily play experiment is winding up. As you know, this has been an unexpectedly challenging experiment for me, and while Ben and I originally chose the theme of ‘play’ as a respite from last month’s decluttering work, this one has proven to be much more taxing in ways I hadn’t expected.

Admittedly, I have been feeling the pinch of some big deadlines, and getting sick mid-month certainly didn’t help matters, but as I discuss in this week’s episode, having the idea of playfulness in the back of my mind over the past few weeks has seen some really simple, beautiful changes in my daily actions.

Things like giving a funny reply to the kids when it would otherwise have been neutral, dancing around the kitchen, listening to music in the car and having a ready laugh have all helped in small but significant ways.

Truth be told, this is a funny episode and I do believe the end of year shenanigans are starting to take their toll on us (in a good way!)

Speaking of the end of year shenanigans though. Ben and I also talk about the final experiment of the year, and why we changed it at the last minute – given how overwhelmed we were feeling at the mere thought of another thing to do at what is one of the busiest times of the year.

So instead, we’re simply committing to making time for slow every day. These are some of the ideas we’re running with in the first few days of the experiment, starting December 1, and we’d love for you to join us:

  • 2 minutes of deep, slow breathing. This can be done in bed, at our desk, sitting on the back deck or while waiting for a coffee. Just taking a moment to reconnect with our breath, calm the racing thoughts and slow right down.
  • Phones off and out of sight while we’re eating alone. We have a no phones at the table rule when others are there, but both Ben and I tend to scroll through our phones if we’re eating by ourselves. So it’s time to just sit, enjoy the food we’re eating and let our thoughts simply be.
  • Make time to sit and just listen to a favourite song or piece of music. If we’re on the train or bus, it’s a matter of pressing play, closing our eyes and immersing ourselves in something beautiful for no other reason than to experience it fully.
  • Commit to more single-tasking every day. Even though this is related to being productive, the biggest benefit of single tasking is actually being productive while also being intentional. Focusing attention on just one thing and completing it is such a rewarding and rejuvenating thing to do and is perfect for this time of year where we can feel torn in too many opposing directions.

We’d love you to join us this month as we go against the grain and slow down in the holiday season. Feel free to use #slowhomeexperiment to share your play posts and your slow posts too.

Enjoy your week, my friends!

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Show Notes:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1.3 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!

From the City to the Bush – The Realities of a Tree Change with Bele Masterman

From the city to the country - the realities of a tree change with Bele Masterman - Episode 122 of The Slow Home Podcast

I’m very excited to bring you this week’s poggie, as it’s our first ever four-time return guest AND it’s my delightful friend, Bele Masterman!

I’ve been living a vicarious tree change through Bele for the past 6 months, and it’s been endlessly inspiring to see the decisions and choices she and her family have made in order to change their lives and live a life more closely aligned with their Why.

Earlier this week I went tow visit her beautiful new country home and to sit down face-to-face to talk about the realities a very big tree-change. Bele and her family have recently moved from a large family home in the inner-city to a tiny cabin on riverfront acreage, and in this chat Bele talks about the process of moving, the challenges and pushback she’s had to overcome, and the surprising benefits she’s uncovered as her family has settled in to what is a very different life.

We also discuss the pros and cons of documenting such a big life change on social media, and why it so often feels like the documenting of life is actually the robbing of presence.

As has been a theme lately, we both talk about our personal Whys (no tears though – yay!) and how knowing our priorities in life helps us avoid slipping in to comparisonitis (too often).

There’s also more bird talk, some excellent knowledge nugs, and this time we also throw a little cliche party too. I love chatting with Bele – she makes me laugh and makes me calm, and given my slightly emotional state of the past two weeks, this conversation was like a soothing, hilarious balm. She’s a gem!

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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Show Notes:

Keep Listening:

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!

Play #3 (AKA BANGARANG!)

"Oh there you are, Peter." This scene kills me every. single. time.
“Oh, there you are, Peter.”

 

On Friday night we watched Hook with the kids (my favourite childhood movie, alongside Aladdin and The Labyrinth). And while I was beyond delighted that they loved it as much as we did, I actually spent most of the film wiping copious amounts of tears off my cheeks. Turns out Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg (and, of course, J.M Barrie) had a lot to say about play, and what happens to us as adults when we simply forget what it means to view the world through a child’s eyes.

In the interests of transparency, this week has been a tough one. I’ve been sick and not a little bit tired and emotional, and truth be told I’m still not feeling very well. As a result, I find myself getting a little teary again this week.

This month’s experiment has taught me a great deal. About what’s important, what that looks like in everyday life, and why we need to pay attention to the silliness, the playfulness, the childlike wonder that we tend to lose as we grow up. Ironically, it’s also turned out to be one of the most challenging experiments we’ve ever done, when it was initially chosen as a light and easy reprieve after last month’s decluttering experiment.

In today’s pogpast we talk through some of this week’s realisations and lightbulb moments (and tearful moments too!) 

Biggest takeaway of the week though: Dance like Thud Butt.

via GIPHY

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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 1.3 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!

Coping With News and Social Media Overwhelm

Coping with news and social media overwhelm - Episode 120 of The Slow Home Podcast

Well, it’s certainly been some kind of week, hasn’t it? And it might have been the after effects of a tumultuous, emotional few days or possibly the fact that we had to record this episode twice (no word on whose fault that is… *cough* Brooke) but this hostful gets a little emotional.

As usual, we answer some cracking listener questions about various elements of slow living, but considering the events of the past week and the subsequent media frenzy, this poggie comes at a super opportune time. We spend some time talking about the role of social media and news in a slower paced life, and specifically on how to avoid overwhelm when faced with an excess of opinions dressed as news. We also talk through some of the strategies we both use to keep oversaturation of ‘current affairs’ to a minimum.

Things get quite emotional when we answer a question about our personal Whys, as both Ben and I examine our reasons for change and what we stand to gain by choosing to slow down and simplify.

Thankfully, there are also some less emotional questions regarding books (which I am thrilled to answer!) recovering from a busy or stressful period, and the negatives to slow living.

As always, these questions got our brain juices flowing, and hopefully some of the answers and strategies in today’s poggie will be helpful to you as you continue to slow down and simplify.

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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 1.2 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!

Play #2

Play #2 - The Slow Home Experiment

This is the second full week of our Slow Home Experiment in play, and in today’s episode Ben and I talk about our progress, and the week that was.

To be perfectly honest I’ve been feeling a little insecure in my play attempts this past week. I’m not as playful as Ben (though I’m more likely to stop and wonder at little things and pay attention to tiny details in a child-like way) and I’ve found myself wondering if I’m doing it ‘right’.

We talk about the things we have been doing, including more play with the kids, choosing to laugh and joke more freely, listening to funny things instead of serious things, hunting for rainbows and throwing the ball around. But what I can’t really shake is the feeling that this is a job.

Which, really, is what habit change is about, isn’t it? Doing the thing over and over again, even when it feels like work, until it becomes part of our lives.

It’s interesting to get Ben’s take on it too, as someone who is definitely more playful, as well as the impact it’s been having on his week. He managed to surprise a stranger with his playfulness during the week (which went relatively well!) and, like me, he’s also switched his default position to Yes rather than No.

Regardless of how challenging it feels to me in the moment, I truly believe that anything that gets us to connect and be lighter, more joyful people is a good thing, and while I’m not taking to this month’s experiment as well as others, I can see how bringing playfulness to the front of my mind is having a really positive impact. Which probably means I’m very much in need of it!

How are you finding the play experiment? Are you a natural like Ben? Or finding it a challenge?

This is another experiment that is open to everyone, and I’m really excited to see the #slowhomeexperiment posts popping up on Instagram! It’s never too late to join in, and feel free to tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

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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 1.3 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!