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Top 10 of 2017

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Welcome to the final episode of 2017!

This year has challenged, inspired and rewarded us in ways we never thought possible, and we were going to do a year in review style episode to round things out. But, honestly, I’m tired of talking about the big picture stuff right now (you can tell the end of the year is close!) so we decided to keep it light and fun and talk about our Top 10 for 2017.

We’re experiencing a lot of mixed emotions in our house at the moment, as we finish up the school year and have started to experience that nostalgic appreciation for a place – you know the one you get when you know you’re leaving soon? So we kick of the Top 10 by keeping it pretty light, listing our favourite TV shows, small details and movies of the year.

We then move on to our favourite new destinations, books (featuring a suspicious amount of Stephen King, no surprises there) and discovery of the year. Then it’s on to favourite album, new podcast, meal and last of all, favourite experience of 2017.

We both feel incredibly fortunate for all the great things that have happened this year (and there really has been a lot) and also talk a little bit about the intention or feeling we’re each looking to cultivate in the new year.

If you want to host your own private year in review party, here’s the full list of the Top 10 categories of 2017. Let us know what your favourites were:

  • TV show
  • small detail
  • movie
  • new destination
  • book
  • discovery
  • album
  • new podcast
  • meal
  • favourite experience of 2017

And that is that for 2017.

As we mention in the show, the Summer Series kicks of next Thursday, and every week in January we’ll be revisiting one of our most popular episodes of 2017. Whether you’re listening in for the first time or revisiting some of your old favourites, this is a nice opportunity to dig a little deeper for the gems our guests have offered this year.

Then, on February 1st we’ll be back on deck with all new episodes. As we mentioned in the last hostful, we’re shifting back to a once-a-week publishing schedule next year, so new shows will be released every Thursday. Good news though – the experiments will be back! The first one is in March, and we’re pretty excited about it.

Before I turn on my auto-responder and get out of here for a couple of weeks of unplugged down-time, I just want to send a heartfelt thank you to each and every person who has listened to the poggie, left a comment or a review, shared an episode, joined us on Facebook, bought a book, come to an event, sent an email or a message, or otherwise become part of our amazing crew of slow living people. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a great group, and want you to know how much you mean to us. It fills my heart to know there are so many people out there looking to slow down, simplify and live a more purposeful life – 2017 is the year I really found my crew, and I’m so grateful.

I also want to wish you all a happy, wonderful, restful holidays. It’s been a year of ups and downs for a lot of us and I know we’re all feeling tired. I hope there’s an extra hour of sleep on the cards for those of you who need it, or maybe some time spent in nature (snow, sun or surf – depending on the location!). I wish for you a peaceful New Year too, with a little time for reflection. 2018 is just around the corner and I’m excited to see what she holds for all of us.

In the meantime, sending you all the love.

Brooke and Ben xx


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Pre-Order Romper Today!

Pre-Order Romper Issue:X

I feel like I’ve travelled back in time.

I’m the 16-year-old high school student. I’m pushing my luck with an assignment. I’m working right up until the due date. But I’m confident (perhaps over-confident, as 16-year-olds often are) that everything will be fine. In fact, everything will be…sweet.

As of this morning, Romper’s exclusive pre-launch edition, Issue:X is available to pre-order.

Issue:X is exclusive to the patrons, the early-adopters and the believers. In other words…you.

Not only will you get to see what Romper is all about before it’s launched into the world, but you will pay less than half price, and be the first in line for big discounts when subscriptions become available in early 2014.

When Issue:X launches, it will be sent directly to your email inbox as a high-quality PDF. This means you can view it on your desktop, iPad or tablet device. (Your credit card will not be charged until you receive your copy in early December.)

You can read more about Romper and what you will find in Issue:X here.



And if you like what you see, or are ready to help me change the world – one inspiration, one story, one person at a time – then go ahead and order your copy of Issue:X today.



In non-Romper news, I will be back tomorrow with the November 2013 in 2013 Challenge checklist and a question for you about 2014.

Someone You Should Meet

Romper Magazine is coming soon
{ via Ello Lovely on Etsy }


First, can I just say – thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The last post I wrote wasn’t designed to garner a heap of attention or praise. Your comments and emails were so gratefully received, and everything you have said – both publicly and privately – has been taken on board.

I’m not going anywhere. I promise.

I just needed some time to recallibrate and work out where I fit in this world.

Like I said, I want to be part of the solution, not the problem, and many of you have assured me that is the case. That you’re actually doing with my words what I hoped you would be – allowing yourself time to read them, and then moving out into the world, ready to live life whole-heartedly.

If someone asked me about my dream for the readers of this blog, it would be that they, or rather, you, might find something on these pages – a spark, an idea – that would spur you into action. Be it to clear out the clutter and excess, or to embrace the simple beauties that surround you. Fill your hearts up with gratitude or take ten minutes a day for yourself. I want your life to be as good as you deserve.

But I had been struggling with how that would happen. I was worried that I was adding to the noise and the pace and the urgency, rather than encouraging you to live a slower life.

But you tell me different.

You tell me you dip in and out of my words as needed. That you take the inspiration here and apply it to your daily life. And I want more of that. I want to see this idea of living simpler, slower, more joyfully, more beautifully, more playfully and more mindfully spread even further into the world – both yours and others. I want it to unfold before us, like the ripples from a stone tossed in a pond.

So I’m creating something new.

This blog will remain here. It will be here as far into the future as I can see. I love writing here and I love the community of beautiful, like-minded souls we’ve created. Don’t go anywhere! (Unless you want to, of course.)

But I am creating something new. Something big. Something I’ve never done before…


Romper Magazine - coming soon


I’m publishing a magazine.

Friends, meet Romper


Romper is playful.

Romper is joyful.

Romper will inspire you to discover the tiny beauties so often passed by. It will uplift and motivate you. It will tell stories of people living incredible, inspiring lives. It will share life-changing ideas. It will offer the small moments of peace and joy and fun and human-fuelled inspiration that we all need.

Romper is, in a word, different.

And excitingly, the first issue of Romper will be hitting the Apple Newsstand in early December, 2013.


There will be more information about the magazine and how you can get involved over the coming weeks. But for now, I simply needed to let you in on my plans. And to let you know – I’m not going anywhere.


Destination: Simple

Destination: Simple

After enlisting your help, today is the day. My first e-book – ‘Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life’ is finished and available for purchase.

I’m excited, nervous, and, to be perfectly honest, really really tired.

I love and appreciate you far too much to give a big salesy spiel on why you should buy this book other than to say this:

  • If you have started decluttering your home more times than you care to remember, only to find yourself back at square one…
  • If you regularly feel overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks life requires of you…
  • If you find it difficult to switch your mind off when relaxing or trying to sleep…
  • If you often feel like your mornings are spent rushing and playing catch-up…

I suggest you take a look at ‘Destination: Simple. I think I can help.

Before you do, though…

I just wanted to say thank you. Your feedback, emails, Tweets and comments are what has helped build this community to what it is today and to what it will be tomorrow.

‘Destination: Simple’ is for you. Shifting my life to one of simplicity and intention has truly been the greatest gift I’ve given myself and my family and I want to share that gift with you. I hope you enjoy it.


Now all you need to do is click here to see how ‘Destination: Simple’ will help you create a simpler, happier life.

The Best Of Slow Your Home

Best of Slow Your Home: And there are far, far better things ahead.
{via Observando}


Sit back, grab a coffee, Tweet it out and bookmark this page if need be. This post is going to give you a lot to think about.

I’ve been writing about creating a simpler life for just on two years. Over those two years, my writing has improved dramatically, my worldview has shifted and my life and the life of my family is infinitely better. Simpler, freer, happier.

Those two years have produced over 280 articles – that’s more than 160,000 words – on creating your simpler life.

I write them to share what I have learned, what I struggle with, what I want you to know. I write them to myself, I write them to people I love, I write them to strangers.

It’s a great deal of time that I spend on this site, and I do it because I believe 200% in the positive power of living a simpler life. I know it helps people, it improves lives, it brings about happiness and passion and purpose and joy.

That being said, I don’t expect you to wade through 160,000 words to find the nuggets of gold.

So I’ve put together a definitive list:

The Best Of Slow Your Home (so far)

Grab a cup and dive in, my friends!

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Simplify Your Life

You can start today, and this list gives you 21 actions to get you on your way to a simpler, happier life. Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Clutter-Free Home

Now, if shiny, white boxes float your boat, then that’s fabulous. But me? I love a home that has warmth, personality and history. I simply don’t like clutter. This post shows you that creating a beautiful, simple, clutter-free home does not mean creating a boring, sterile, style-less home. Read more…

Simple Living, It’s Ridiculously Complex

What is Simple Living? The same as success or happiness, it’s vastly different things to different people. But to me, and on this blog, simple living is… Read more.

Get Rid of Your Paper Clutter Once and For All

Get rid of your paper clutter and the stress that comes with it. This is Part One of a 3-part series taking you through the entire process of getting organised and getting rid of the paper clutter – once and for all. Read more…

Comparison is a Losing Game

It’s a merry-go-round of negativity and in the game of comparison, no-one wins. Read more…

9 Kick-Arse Reasons to Slow Your Home

If you’re needing some motivation, just look at what you have to gain by creating your own Slow Home. Read more…

‘D’ is for Decluttering

An inescapable part of creating a simpler, slower home is decluttering. This post takes you through the Never-Fail decluttering technique – it’s the only thing you need to know before you dive in. Read more…

The Ultimate Clutter-Free Gift Guide

Be it Christmas, birthday or anniversary, there are dozens of gift-giving times throughout the year. This post gives you 28 clutter-free gift options for your loved ones. Give a gift of love and enjoyment, not clutter and guilt. Read more…

“But… It’s Free!”

Next time, think very carefully before accepting a gift with purchase. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you need it. In fact, the opposite is likely true. Read more…

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Try and adopt some of these 12 into your daily life – I guarantee you will benefit. Read more…

Use It? Need It? Love It?

Asking yourself those three questions when decluttering will make your decisions so much easier. “Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I love it?” Read more…

How to Start

You don’t need to start big. In fact, you probably shouldn’t try. But to create the simpler life you want, you do need to start. This post shows you how. Read more…

3 Questions for Decluttering Sentimental Items

Sentimental items feel like more than stuff. There is emotion tied up in them and they are often the hardest things to let go of. These three questions will help dramatically with your sentimental stuff. Read more…

How to be an Introvert and Still Succeed at Conferences

Written from awkward personal experience… Read more.

What is a Slow Home? 

The ultimate starting point, this post describes what a slow home is all about and why you will benefit from living in one. Read more…

Parents – Are You Getting Any?

We need it. We love it. We desire it. What is it? Read more…

How to Simplify Your Online Life

It is such a huge part of our daily life, but how do you stop your online life taking over your entire life? Read more…

How is Your Other Half?

Are you working on creating a balanced person? Or are you neglecting your other half? Read more…

The Antidote to Perfection

Can I tell you what’s better than perfect? Living. Living is better than perfect. Read more…

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

I don’t think it is actually possible to create a life that balances work and life perfectly. In fact, it’s all about the tilt. Read more…

The New York Times Best-Selling Author…And Me

The opportunities that await us – if only we learn to be open to them – are amazing.  Read more…

Lessons on Happiness – From a Pain in the Arse Teenager

I was a HUGE pain in the arse teenager. Huge. But I did learn one long-lasting lesson on happiness, and I’m here to tell you about it. 15-year-old attitude and all. Read more…

The Days Are Long…

The days are long, but the years are short. Some thoughts on learning to live in the moment. Read more…


That’s it. The best. For now.

Let me assure you, though, there are far, far greater things ahead. And I am so excited to share them with you.

Brooke xx