Monthly Archives: December 2016

How to Live a Good Life with Jonathan Fields – The Slow Home Summer Series

How to Live a Good Life with Jonathan Fields - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF 2016.

In today’s episode, I sit down with Jonathan Fields – founder and host of The Good Life Project, author, father, life-long learner and all-round wonderful human.

We talk about what it means to live a good life, why the power of choice is a game-changer in how we choose to spend our days, and the hugely traumatic event that led Jonathan to question his definition of ‘a good life’.

Jonathan and I also chat about the delicious irony of advocating a slower, simpler way of life when in the midst of a busy season (when we first spoke, Jonathan was in the midst of launching his book) but also why it’s not necessarily a bad thing to experience busy-ness some times.

Jonathan explains the difference between mindful living and practicing mindfulness, and has some incredibly practical tips on using technology to live more intentionally – flipping on its head the idea that technology is only good for distraction and faux-connection.

Such a wide-ranging and beautiful conversation, that’s certain to leave you feeling inspired and motivated to continue the quest for your own version of a ‘good life’.

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!

Christmas Bonus Episode – The Hobbit Poem Revealed!

Holiday Bonus Episode - The Hobbit Poem Revealed!

Just because it’s the holidays, and just because we love you all dearly, consider this a thank you gift for those who A) love an unedited poggie and B) wanted to hear a reading of a special little something I unearthed a few weeks ago…

For years people would ask me what my biggest decluttering regret was and I never had a good answer because I genuinely couldn’t think of anything I missed.

That was, until the day I realised my beloved Hobbit poem (a reimagining of Tolkien’s epic tale that I wrote as an 11-year) had been accidentally decluttered. Not a big deal, sure. But at least it gave me an interesting story to tell people when the inevitable question arose.

A few weeks ago, I was looking for some paperwork and found my poem tucked in a folder of academic transcripts. As an end of year treat (for me, anyway!) and as a thank you to this amazing community of Slow Home listeners and readers here is a live Boxing Day reading of this previously lost masterpiece.

Happy Holidays, and we love you all!

Happy Holiday Hostful

Happy Holiday Hostful

What a year 2016 has been. Globally, it was an incredibly tough one for a lot of people, and one that has many of us (me included) deeply examining our choices, our actions and our why.

One of the positives I’m choosing to see in the fallout of 2016 is an increase in ACTION. So many people have felt powerless this year – be it politically, environmentally or socially – but I’ve seen so many take that as an opportunity to do something. Challenging, supporting, protesting, changing… We can make a difference, and when things feel desperate, like they have at times this year, we can still do something. That’s the upside of a year that has taken a steep toll.

Personally, however, 2016 has been a (good) big year. Ben and I started down the path of self-employment, we’ve challenged ourselves in ways we never thought possible, we’ve worked harder than we thought we could, and at the end of it all we still love each other (and like each other).

In today’s poggie, a special ‘year in review’ kind of hostful, we talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of 2016. We look at the Slow Home Experiments – which ones have stuck, which ones have fallen by the wayside – and which ones we’ve learnt the most from.

We also talk more about the year that was, our personal highlights, the biggest challenges we faced and the toughest lessons we each learnt, as well as the things we’ll be doing more of and less of in the year ahead.

I’ve never been someone who chooses a guiding word for the year ahead, but inspired by my dear friend Kelly Exeter, I decided to nominate one for 2017 and Ben’s giving it a go too. We reveal what they are (and why) in this episode as well.

We wrap up with some talk about the poggie in 2017 – we’re taking a break from today through to early February, but will be hosting a Summer Series every Thursday to give you a chance to revisit some of our favourite episodes of the past two years. There’s also a special, silly treat for you next Monday, so be sure to check it out.

But I just want to round out the year by saying an enormous thank you to everyone who has listened, shared, reviewed, laughed at, or enjoyed one of our shows this year. We wouldn’t be anything without the amazing people who listen, ask questions or appear as guests and Ben and I want you to know just how much we love and appreciate you all.

Here’s to a better 2017, full of action, change and ownership of our choices – plus a whole heap of fun and stupid jokes too. Knowledge Nugs for all these holidays!

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

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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!

Slow December #3

Slow December #3 - The Slow Home Experiment

This is the final Slow Home Experiment episode of 2016 (next Monday is Boxing Day and we have something a little special planned for you!) and Ben and I take the opportunity to wrap up our Slow December experiment.

We have taken December super easy by adding little pockets of peace and slow to our days in order to combat the craziness of the holidays. In today’s episode we talk about the different things we’ve tried this week, and the slowing down techniques we’ve got in mind for the last working week of 2016.

I talk about yin yoga (a slower type yoga where we hold poses for up to three minutes, and focus on softening in to the pose, rather than moving quickly in to another) and finding something beautiful to focus on every day. We also talk about the parallel idea of softening in to stress and problems, as opposed to meeting them with resistance and tension, which has been really helpful over the past few days as we’ve put in a lot of hours in the hope of taking a full break over January.

Ben talks about his efforts to say no more this month, and how it’s been more difficult but also more rewarding than he thought it would be, and why this is going to be a focus for both of us in 2017.

I just want to finish the Slow Home Experiments of 2016 by saying thank you to everyone who has joined in over the year. We’re going to spend some time on Thursday looking at the experiments that stuck, the ones that didn’t, and the changes that have made the biggest impact on us this year. It’s definitely been a year for the books, that’s for sure!

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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!

Getting Off the Wheel with Caro Ryan

Getting Off the Wheel with Caro Ryan - Episode 128 of The Slow Home Podcast


So often in my life I’ve felt like I simply didn’t have a choice. I didn’t have a choice in how to react, or what I said. I didn’t have a choice in the work I did or where I lived. I’d been sold the story for years that this was me, this was my lot in life, this is what people like me did once they grew up, and I’d forgotten that there is another way. And what’s more, there’s usually more than just one other way.

In today’s episode – the last non-hostful conversation of the year – I have the absolute pleasure of chatting with Caro Ryan, whose story is an amazing reminder that there is always choice and always another way, we just need to be ready to see it.

Having recently moved from a hectic, fast-paced life in Sydney to a much more intentionally paced life in the Blue Mountains (locals unite! Yay!) Caro talks about the catalyst for change and why getting her hands dirty and growing some veggies was one of the most important changes she’s ever made.

We also talk about the challenges she faced as she decided to make the move to the mountains, as well as the benefits and confidence that have come from becoming part of a new community.

The other part of our conversation is centred on Caro’s big passion of bushwalking, and we talk at length about learning to love and treasure something (in this case, nature) by spending time immersed in it. As an avid multi-day hiker Caro also talks about the mental health benefits of bushwalking and why one of her favourite things to do is go off-trail and walk in silence.

This is such an exciting, positive episode. 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 1.2 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!