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Sunday funday, managing emails and our favourite beers

Sunday funday, managing emails and our favourite beers - Episode 155 of The Slow Home Podcast

It’s hostful time again and the questions we answer today are, as always, complete crackers. It’s such a fun thing to do and I find myself looking forward to it every month. Because not only do I get an insight into what you’re struggling with or questioning at the moment, but it also gives Ben and I the chance to talk about things in a way we may otherwise not have.

I’ve learnt a lot from these hostful poggies and I just wanted to say thank you to you for being here, asking questions, joining in, letting us know what you need. It’s a privilege and I’m so glad for it.

On to the questions we answer this week:

  • Do you have any tips on managing email and the impact it’s having on my life, both personal and professional?
  • How can I deal with kids clothes? We’re constantly receiving hand-me-downs and the sheer volume is making things difficult. Any tips on keeping it manageable?
  • Has there ever been a point in the beginning of your journey where you felt stuck? Perhaps lost momentum? I’m feeling a little frustrated at the moment, but I’m a long way away from where I’ve come. What can I do to move past this?
  • Do you meal plan for lunches and breakfasts as well as dinners? How does this work?
  • What’s your favorite choice of beer?!
  • And what do you like to throw on the grill?!
  • I’m trying to slow things down here and implement “Sunday Fun days” at my house. Would love to hear your take on slow, fun days at home.

As you can see, a varied offering of questions and lots of fun to answer.

Also, as promised, here is my recipe for sweet potato and black bean patties (excuse the vagueness of the measurements, I’m not really a measurement kind of cook!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 400g tin black beans, rinsed
  • 2-3 handfuls grated sweet potato (about half a medium one)
  • 1 small brown onion, diced finely
  • 1 egg or a flaxseed/chia egg if you’re going plant-based
  • plain flour or quinoa flour to bind
  • healthy sprinkle of coriander seeds, crushed
  • healthy sprinkle of cumin, crushed 
  • salt and pepper
  • sprinkle of chilli powder if desired

HOW TO:

  1. Place the beans into a bowl and using your hands, squeeze them roughly and begin to break them down.
  2. Add the sweet potato and continue to use your hands to mix/squeeze.
  3. Add the egg/flax egg, spices and maybe a couple of tablespoons of flour. Use hands to mix well and bring the mixture together. Add more flour or water as needed.
  4. Once the consistency is sticky and will hold its shape once rolled into a patty, scoop up the mixture in half-handfuls and roll into a ball. Flatten gently and place into fridge for at least 30 mins.
  5. You can cook the patties on the BBQ (they are quite dense so will take at least 30 mins on a low-med heat to cook. OR you can heat up coconut oil in a thick-walled roasting tray and place the patties in to a moderate-hot oven, turning after about 20 minutes. These taste best when they’re a little crispy, a little charred, so be sure to give them time.
  6. These are delicious in a veggie burger situation or an abundance bowl. If you’ve got leftovers you can simply stack them on parchment paper or reusable beeswax wraps, pop them in a glass container and freeze for another time.

Enjoy the poggie, and let me know if you try these bad boys out (they’re pretty delicious!) or if you have a smoked meat recommendation for Ben.

And thanks again to today’s sponsor Pocketbook – the personal finance app that takes the complexity out of budgeting and tracking your money. To download the free Pocketbook app and take control of your finances today, head to getpocketbook.com/slowhome and get all the details. 

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The Slow WIP (aka a Work In Progress podcast)

The Slow WIP - Episode 153 of The Slow Home Podcast

When is a hostful not actually a hostful? When it’s a WIP! (Otherwise known as a Work In Progress). 

A few weeks ago I wrote a post over on The Art of Simple, outlining mine and Ben’s weekly WIP. I was a little worried that it would be boring, but it turns out this is an idea that resonated with lots of readers so I thought it would be a good opportunity for Ben and I to look at another really practical thing we’ve implemented over the past year and a half of self-employment. Essentially it allows us to work together, be productive and actually like each other at the end of (almost) every day. 

We look at the structure of our WIP, why they work and how we use them to give shape and direction to the rest of our week, as well as how we each manage when unexpected things pop up.

Interestingly, this also leads us in to a wider conversation around the issue of living a less-than-slow life right now, and how we find balance between building a business and maintaining a certain level of slow-ness in our home home and family life. It’s not an easy one to strike and there are a few times in today’s poggie where I admit to the toll it takes when advocating for slow while not being able to live it. But on the flipside, I also talk about how I’ve turned that from a guilt-ridden experience to one of learning and gaining a deeper understanding of what the mindset of slow living looks like – even when it’s not slow-paced. 

Ben and I also talk about some of the changes we’re in the midst of making in our work and how we think it’s going to impact the podcast and the ways in which we can help you live a slower, simpler life yourself. 

There’s plenty of honesty in this poggie, that’s for sure! 

Today’s sponsor is Pocketbook – the personal finance app that takes the complexity out of budgeting and tracking your money. To download the free Pocketbook app and take control of your finances today, head to getpocketbook.com/slowhome and get all the details. 

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Your Why: Legacy

Your Why: Legacy

Last Monday we spoke about the idea of developing your Why – specifically, what it is and why it’s important. Today we’re continuing that same conversation, focusing on how we can uncover our Why.

I’ve spoken about this on the podcast before, but it was actually a eulogy writing exercise that helped me uncover my personal Why. So in this episode I read that eulogy out, cry a little, and talk about the impact it’s had on the years since. Not only has it helped me paint a picture of what a life well-lived looked like (to me) but it’s also helped:

  • deliver perspective
  • make clear the things worth worrying about (and the things that aren’t)
  • simplify decision-making
  • keep focus on my choices and the life I’m heading towards by making them

In a nutshell, my eulogy is about what I want to see at the end of my life. The things people remember about me, the work I’ve done, the way I’ve loved, the way I’ve lived… And when I first wrote it I realised that if I kept living my life like I was, my eulogy would sound a lot different, and not in a good way.

Ben talks about his Why in terms of the idea of legacy rather than eulogy, and I think it’s really helpful to see that it doesn’t need to be a big heavy exercise, but rather one of intention and mindfulness.

We both share the big picture things that drive us, and the realisation that these are going to change over the years, as well as some questions for you to ask of yourself as you work through the process of uncovering your personal Why.

  • What do I want to leave behind?
  • What don’t I want to leave behind?
  • What would my day to day life look like it I worked towards that?

And I’d encourage you to think on these questions over the next few days, jotting down some of the answers or revisiting the mind map from last week, and start creating a picture of this Why – whether you decide to write a eulogy or a legacy, or something else that works for you.

In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

The Art of Frugal Hedonism with Annie Raser-Rowland

The Art of Frugal Hedonism with Annie Raser-Rowland - Episode 151 of The Slow Home Podcast

[HELLO! Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve fixed the audio issues in today’s episode. If you have any trouble getting the new version to upload, you can try refreshing your feed or unsubscribing/resubscribing in your podcast app. Enjoy the poggie!]

You know those conversations that change things? The ones that act as a delineation point? The ones you look back on and realise that, as a result of having them, your worldview is different? Ben and I had one of those a couple of weeks ago when we sat down to chat with the utterly wonderful Annie Raser-Rowland.

Annie was actually recommended to us as a poggie guest in light of The Art of Frugal Hedonism – the book she co-authored with Adam Grubb – and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to chat with her about life and pleasure and scarcity and ego and many other things.

One of the things I noticed about Annie almost straight away was the way she uses words. They have weight and meaning and feeling to them, and I sat across from her for an hour with an enormous, goofy grin on my face and simply listened to her. It feels like the way Annie speaks is very similar to the way she moves through life. Things are considered, but they’re also felt. Life is experienced, explored, meaningful, soaked up and revelled in.

And that’s what I love about this notion of frugal hedonism. There are many practical ways to start adopting it in to your life, and Annie and I cover some of those in our chat, but even more than that it’s about experiencing things, paying attention, giving yourself space and time to spend afternoons immersed in cloud-watching or 10 minutes eating an apple in the sun. It’s about deciding what’s important to us and putting those things at the centre, even if that means we give up on lots of other things along the way.

We also talk about envy and comparisons, and the role these have in the constant striving to keep up, the impact of advertising and social conditioning (and social media for that matter!) on our desire to fit in, and where Annie’s drive to simplify stems from.

In short, this is such an inspiring conversation that I hope you enjoy as much as we did.

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You may have heard that we recently hit 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!

Your Why: Why start with Why?

Your Why: Why start with Why? - Episode 150 of The Slow Home Podcast

This year our Monday shows are focused on small, bite-sized actions that will help you move towards living a slower, simpler life. The past few episodes were about the very practical tasks of green cleaning, so the next few weeks we’re going to look at things from a different, bigger picture perspective: your Why.

The notion of Why and living a life aligned with it is something I’m asked about a lot – not only how to uncover it, but specifically what to do with your Why once it’s been uncovered – so Ben and I have decided to spend the next few weeks exploring the idea of Why, and why it’s so important in creating a simpler, slower, more values-based life.

In today’s show, we explore two main ideas about Why and while they may seem very basic to anyone who has given this values-based stuff any thought, we wanted to go back to the beginning and discuss: what actually is a Why, and why is it so important to have one?

We talk about the ways in which our personal Why is at the centre of everything we do, how it adds clarity and confidence to our decisions and how it helps us to stay on track when things get difficult.

Essentially, having a Why in place, even a general idea of one, helps in so many ways. Your Why can:

  • provide a foundation on which to build the kind of life you want, supporting it and giving it strength over time
  • help make decisions simpler (not easier, necessarily)
  • direct your choices and actions
  • help you to recognise that you stand for something, you’re not merely existing or being a passenger in life
  • provide you with reasons to give and the confidence to give them when someone questions your choices
  • help support you when you feel overwhelmed or wrong or conflicted
  • act as a touchstone in your life – by checking in regularly you can stay connected with your Why and feel sure of the reasons for your choices and actions.

We also talk about the fact that your Why can (and will) change over time, which is perfectly OK! In fact, that’s where we find ourselves at the moment, and while it’s a little uncomfortable it’s also important to understand that as people we change and evolve so it’s fair to expect our Why to evolve too.

As always, there is a brief, simple action we’d love you to try this week too. Just start thinking about your Why. What do you think it might be? What do you want it to be? What lights a fire in your belly? What is at the centre of your life already? Then just write these things down on a blank piece of paper. Mindmap them, don’t censor anything, don’t judge your answers or thoughts, and simply sit with these ideas for the next few days.

In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 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!