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Community with Dr Monty Badami

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Ben and I are always on the look-out for fascinating people to chat with for the poggie, and today’s guest is no exception. In fact, I think he’s probably got one of the most varied careers of anyone we’ve spoken with so far.

He is an:

  • Anthropolgist
  • Civil Marriage Celebrant
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Jazz Singer
  • English Teacher
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Youth Worker
  • Bouncer…
  • and is training to become an officer in the Australia Reserve!

To say that Dr Sumant Badami (Dr Monty as he is known to most) leads a busy life is an understatement. Ben first met Monty at Dr Arne Rubenstein’s leadership camp back in July, in fact this conversation is a great extension to Episode 91 when Ben spoke to Arne about Rights of Passage and the importance of strong role models in Western society.

In yet another Ben ‘takeover’ episode, Monty talks about the importance of community and what it means on a very fundamental level to be part of a community. Monty shares a beautiful story about his research travels in South India where he visited the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group, who were slaves until quite recently and what that taught him about being accepted and valued in a community.

In a very articulate way, Monty challenges the concept of the ‘broken community’ in Western culture and what he believes we need to do to better connect with like-minded people (*hint: it’s pretty simple!)

This is an extremely enlightening conversation that is designed to spark conversation (and many more questions!) rather than provide the answers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Also, if you enjoy the chat be sure to check out Monty’s new podcast over at “The meaning of…”

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

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

Slow Living and Social Media: Instagram

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This is the second episode in our social media series, and today we’re talking about Ben’s favourite social media platform – Instagram.

If you’ve listened to last Monday’s episode you know that we’re working through our three biggest social channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and how we make them work for in both our business and our personal lives while still living a slower-paced life. Undoubtedly, the combination of running an online business that utilises social media while also advocating a slower pace of life can feel pretty incongruous, so we wanted to talk about how we manage (or ignore) social media.

First up we talk about the expectation that when you have a business online, you’re always accessible, and that being mindful of social media use and setting boundaries around the amount of time spent online can feel like the opposite of all the business advice you read and hear. We’ve come to realisation, over time, that it’s OK to not do things by the book, when the book itself is the problem.

We also discuss the evolving strategy we’re using for social media now that our team is growing, and why we’ve decided to create a dedicated Instagram account for the poggie too. I discuss some of the strategies I use to manage my Instagram (while still being present in everyday life) and go in to detail on the following tactics:

  • rarely post in real-time
  • rarely post every day (my life isn’t that interesting!)
  • pre-planning and scheduling can help with the more business-centric posts
  • as fun as it is sometimes, I consider social media part of my job and try to keep it firmly in working hours

We also talk about one of the biggest criticisms of Instagram – the dreaded comparisonitis that we all fall prey to on occasion. For me, feeling free to unfollow anyone who’s account leaves me feeling drained or angry or less-than, has been a big freedom and I’d encourage you to do the same. Just because a profile is popular or related to the same topics we’re interested in doesn’t mean we need to wallow in the negative feelings that can arise from comparing ourselves. So feel free to find your own people – profiles who inspire or educate you, or, even better, make you laugh.

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Also a quick reminder about the Live Life Simply Online Retreat – a six-week program that brings together the wisdom and expertise of 13 mindfulness, simplicity and slow living experts into one blissful online space.

The line-up is incredible and we can’t wait to see you there! Head over to the retreat for all the details and to secure your place. Registrations close on October 22, 2017, and the retreat kicks off on October 23.

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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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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

 

 

How to go zero waste (slowly) with Erin Rhoads

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Last week, during our hostful episode, I tried to answer a very good and very common question: how do we deal with eco-anxiety? That is, the pressure or frustration we feel when even our best intentions to minimise waste and tread lightly on the earth are thwarted by an errant plastic bag or forgetting to ask for no straw.

Considering that I still very much struggle with this issue myself, I think Ben and I did a decent job of trying to alleviate the guilt, and hopefully went some way towards convincing you that we actually can’t ever do these things perfectly. And what’s more, that the second we realise and accept this, the more ease and peace we tend to allow ourselves.

That’s not to say I wasn’t going to revisit the question of eco-anxiety with today’s guest, however, because she’s just about the most qualified person I could think of to give us permission to cool our jets and accept that sometimes our best won’t be gold standard, and that’s OK.

Erin Rhoads is the zero-waste warrior behind The Rogue Ginger – a website that has both the coolest name and the most accessible and practical tips on living a zero-waste (or low-waste) life. I was so happy to sit down and chat with Erin, and hope that our conversation frees you up to begin making changes without the crippling fear of not being good enough. The reality is that any change is better than none and I love how encouraging Erin is in getting each of us to take one step at a time towards less waste, rather than trying to run the entire marathon straight away.

We go back to the moment (the movie, actually) that changed Erin from a mindless consumer to conscious advocate and why her journey towards zero waste began with very small and gradual changes too.

Erin answers a few questions that I’m consistently asked about when it comes to living plastic-free, specifically:

  • How can we avoid plastic wrapping when buying cheese?
  • Is there an alternative for lunch wraps that doesn’t require us to cook our own?
  • How can we open up the low-waste conversation with suppliers, family and friends without making people feel judged?

We also talk about the one simple change you can make today – regardless of where you are in your journey towards living plastic-free, as well as offering an encouragement to act rather than get angry.

It’s a conversation full of practical tips and encouragement, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

BONUS: Erin is also part of the upcoming Live Life Simply Online Retreat and will be taking us through the essentials of zero-waste living. Registration is open now so be sure to secure your place before October 22, 2017. The retreat opens its doors on October 23 and we can’t wait to have you!

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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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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

Slow Living and Social Media: Twitter

Vincent van Zalinge

One of the most incongruous things about creating an online business while also advocating for a slower, simpler pace of life is the great big issue of social media. We’re told that we need to be everywhere, be accessible, be responsive, be curated, be useful and entertaining and inspiring and authentic and honest and on and on it goes… But there’s nothing remotely slow about that.

Unsurprisingly then, one of the more common questions we’re asked relates to this conundrum: How can we create an online business, build an amazing community, connect with people and not lose hours a day to the endlessly hungry social media beast?

Instead of trying to cram an answer in to a regular hostful, Ben and I decided to create a series that looks at the main social media platforms we use (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and the strategies we employ for each of them. It might sound a little dry, but getting a hold of the time you spend on and in social media can have further reaching impact that you imagine, and the next few Monday shows are for anyone who feels the pressure to “keep up” with social media, not just people who are looking to build something with it.

Today it’s Twitter, AKA the platform I used to love but is now basically a raging dumpster fire. The soul of Twitter has shifted a lot over the past couple of years and while Ben and I still use it personally and often rely on Twitter to keep on top of the news, it’s become waaaay less central to our business. In fact, I barely use it for work at all.

Twitter itself is now a bit of a “let’s shout our opinions at each other” space which has made it a far less enjoyable way to communicate with people. Plus, the changing vibe of Twitter means a lot of slow living folk are no longer hanging out there anyway, so letting it dry up has been a pretty easy choice to make.

I do still use it to follow comedians, writers (Stephen King and JK Rowling are cracking good follows, FYI) journalists, activists and organisations I support, and if I’m going to get overtly political anywhere online, Twitter is where I’ll be. As always though, boundaries on the time and energy are the key in keeping it as a tool to be used, rather than an addiction to be battled.

We also talk about scheduling vs real-time posting, which is part of the issue for balancing social media in a slower, simpler life. It ain’t sexy, but if we want to make time for the things that are important, often we need to think about the unsexy stuff too.

Do you still use Twitter? How do you strike the balance?

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Also a quick reminder about the Live Life Simply Online Retreat – a six-week program that brings together the wisdom and expertise of 13 mindfulness, simplicity and slow living experts into one blissful online space.

 

The line-up is incredible and we can’t wait to see you there! Head over to the retreat for all the details and to secure your place. Registrations close on October 22, 2017, and the retreat kicks off on October 23.

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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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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

 

 

How to tame the eco-anxiety and tit-for-tat gift giving

Helena Hertz

It’s hostful time again, and this week we answer three very different listener questions and launch the big, exciting project we’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a good day all round!

First up, Rachael asks about coping with eco-anxiety – a great term which encapsulates the frustration that results when we try to make positive changes to our home and the waste we create, only to be constantly reminded of how imperfect our efforts are. It’s an obstacle that many people come across and we talk through the benefits and challenges of letting go of perfectionism and embracing smaller, more consistent changes over time.

I then put on my ranty pants as Ben and I discuss the utter inanity of tit-for-tat holiday gift giving. You know the gifts for the extended family and friends, the office Christmas party, the neighbourhood get-together? The novelty gifts, the plastic wrapped doodads, the obligatory presents? Those ones really grind my gears and today we talk about how to best opt out of those gift giving arrangements if at all possible, and what crap-free options are available for the situations where a gift is still appropriate. It’s a good time of year to start considering the impact of all these novelty gifts, as we edge closer to the holidays, and now is a great time to have the potentially awkward conversation about doing no-gifts or a charitable gift instead.

Finally, Kerry recently asked us what’s made us laugh uncontrollably recently. My answers are absurd while Ben’s are a little closer to home. Such a great question though as I find myself seeking out more and more comedy lately, as a balm for the heaviness that’s settled over much of social media, the news and the global vibe in general. Here’s to more laughs!

We wrap up the episode with a big old exciting announcement…

Months ago we mentioned a new project we’d been working on in response to the recent listener survey results, and today we’re finally ready to put it out in to the world!

The Live Life Simply Online Retreat is the first of its kind and brings together the wisdom and expertise of 13 mindfulness, simplicity and slow living experts into one blissful six-week online retreat.

The retreat is super practical and designed to help you learn at your own pace, in your own home. You can practice yoga and meditation, uncover your purpose, learn the essentials of low tox and zero waste living, dive deep in to mindfulness, slow money, creating a rhythm that works for your daily life, plus loads more – all at a time and pace that works for you.

Join Ben and I, plus previous podcast guests, Jessica Murnane, Rachael Kable, Alexx Stuart, Kelly Exeter, Janell Burley Hoffman, Carolyn Tate, Kevin Janks and Dr Sarah McKay, as well as Erin Rhoads, Sam Doove and Lauren Verona from Zenko Yoga, as we take you through a gorgeous six-week retreat.

The line-up is incredible and we can’t wait to see you there! Head over to the retreat for all the details and to secure your place. Registrations close on October 22, 2017, and the retreat kicks off on October 23. Don’t miss out!

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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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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!