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Creating a Slow Home with Amelia Lee

Creating a Slow Home with Amelia Lee - Episode 141 of The Slow Home Podcast

Given the name of this podcast it’s perhaps unsurprising that Ben and I often talk about the idea of creating a slow home – that is, a home that works for you, dependant on your lifestyle, circumstance and priorities. So often we talk about this in really broad terms though, not necessarily getting in to the nitty-gritty practicalities of what a slow home actually looks like.

So this week we decided to go deep in to the question of home, and specifically, what does the ‘home’ part of a slow home really look like? How does the idea of slow impact the spaces in which we spend so much of our down-time? How can we adopt those ideas into the building we live in now, or the building we may live in in the future?

It was a complete no-brainer for me to speak with Amelia Lee about this topic, as Amelia is someone who walks the slow home walk. She’s an architect based in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland, who helps people create homes that support the life they want to live, rather than create houses that require a life-support in order to exist, and what’s more, she’s been on her own journey towards intentional living for the past few years and understands better than most the impact it can have on the spaces we live in.

Today we talk about the philosophy of Slow Home design and why mindfulness and intention should be the cornerstones of the home we create. We also talk about Amelia’s personal journey towards intentional living and how a trip to Uganda proved the pivotal point for her in recognising the excess in her own life and society in general, as well as what that meant for her fast-growing architecture firm.

The idea of a Slow Home – one that is simple to live in and light on the environment – is something Amelia and I discuss in depth, including ways you can incorporate the idea of a slow home in to both your current house, or any future home.

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1.8 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!

Rituals: Gratitude

Rituals: Gratitude - Episode 140 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’re wrapping up the simple rituals series with today’s episode, which is all about gratitude.

Now, I think gratitude gets a bit of a bad wrap, because we see it as an attempt to Pollyanna ourselves out of challenging situations, or to avoid dealing with negative feelings. But I’m a firm believer in the power of gratitude, and today we talk about how making it part of your day can not only help you see the positive in your day-to-day life, but also shift your mindset into one of contentment and peace.

One of the ways I find gratitude most helpful is that it stops me from taking the good things for granted. By ritualising the act of gratitude we’re telling ourselves that there are good things in life (no matter what kind of day we’ve had) and they are absolutely worth celebrating. And it’s here, in those taken-for-granted things, that we find the cure for discontent.

When we’re so convinced that we’re missing out, that we’ve been hard done by, or everyone else has all the luck, we’re ignoring all the good we do have in our lives. By paying attention and choosing to be grateful for them, we shift our mindset to one of plenty, or abundance, of enough. And from that place springs contentment.

We talk about my own approach to gratitude, as well as some other, practical, non-bragging ways of practising gratitude, including:

  • taking photos
  • documenting on Instagram
  • journalling
  • Liz Gilbert’s Happiness Jar
  • nightly ritual of gratitude at the dinner table
  • thanking your self or your body during meditation, prayer, yoga, exercise

This week we’d love you to commit to a daily practise of gratitude. It doesn’t need to be over the top or public, but just the act of taking a moment to reflect on the wonderful things that have been part of your day – big or small, it doesn’t matter.

Let us know if it makes an impact though – leave a comment, post over on Facebook or share your thoughts Instagram – we’d love to know if it was helpful. In the meantime though, have a wonderful week!

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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 1.8 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!

Finances, shopping and rediscovering your Why

Finances, shopping and rediscovering your Why - Episode 139 of The Slow Home Podcast

It’s Hostful time! And, like every single month, in today’s episode we do our best to answer some incredible listener questions. But before I get in to it, I just want to let you know how much we enjoy these episodes. Not only do Ben and I get to have conversations about really interesting and important ideas (with quite a few stupid jokes thrown in for good measure) but we also discover things about slow living along the way.

So while I know people ask us questions because they think we may have something helpful to offer, we learn just as much from your questions as you do from our answers. And for that, I am so, so grateful.

If you’ve got your own burning questions or even a mild curiosity about an element of slow living, please feel free to leave a comment on today’s post and we’ll add it to the list of cracking questions we’ve got lined up for the next couple of months.

In the meantime though, today’s episode takes us through five varied topics, as we answer the following questions:

  • What impact did slow living have on your finances?
  • How do you judge if something is necessary and “valuable” enough to warrant purchase?
  • As your items start to get a bit tatty, when do you replace them? Or do you keep repairing or mending instead?
  • How does one re-learn oneself?
  • Other than decluttering, what aspect of slow living do you feel has made the most difference in your family’s life?

Some of these topics I feel relatively confident tackling, while there are others that I feel very much like a novice myself, so while we talk through our own experiences, I’ve also included links below that will point you in the direction of people who are much more knowledgeable than us.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for today’s poggie, and for anyone whose question we haven’t yet answered, please know we’re trying our best to get through them all.

Also, if you’re in Sydney and wanted to come see me talk about Destination Simple on March 8th, head over to Cornersmith and reserve your free spot now. It would be so awesome to see you there!

Enjoy the poggie!

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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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Check out after listening:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1.8 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!

Rituals: Three Things

Ritual: Three Things - Episode 138 of The Slow Home Podcast

In last Monday’s episode, Ben and I spoke about the ritual of brain dumping. Where you take a blank piece of paper and write down everything that’s on your mind – big or small, important or not. We spoke about the ways in which it helps us to let go of anxiety and avoid that paralysing feeling of overwhelm we sometimes experience, and why we’ve made it a semi-regular part of our daily rhythm.

But what we didn’t discuss was what to do with those tasks once they were out on paper. The biggest criticism of the brain dumping ritual is that it often leaves people feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that needs to be done, so in today’s episode we talk about how to create an effective to-do list for every day.

That might sound more like a productivity tool than one designed to help you slow down, but, as you might expect, we’re all about keeping it very simple, and we specifically talk about creating a to-do list with only three tasks on it.

Yes. Just three.

I used to be a big list maker, overwhelming myself every day by listing 30 or 40 tasks to do, which left me feeling defeated and overwhelmed before I’d even started. And even when I did get a lot done during one day, the fact that there were dozens on tasks on my to-do list that remained unchecked, I ended the day feeling like a failure.  When I made the change to a to-do list of three things only, a few things happened:

  • I became more productive
  • I felt less anxious and overwhelmed
  • I was able to move ahead on more projects because I was committed to taking steps every day, rather than only occasionally

In this episode Ben and I talk about why we prefer this approach, but also how to try it yourself and how to combine the Brain Dump ritual with this one, to create a powerhouse ritual of productivity every day!

This ritual isn’t so much about doing less, but focusing more. It’s about priorities, action and spending our time and energy wisely, and we’d love you to try it out this week. Every morning this week, try writing a to-do list of only three main tasks for the day ahead, and see whether your productivity and mental wellbeing has improved, stayed the same, or decreased by the time Friday rolls around.

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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 1.8 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!

One Part Plant with Jessica Murnane

One Part Plant with Jessica Murnane - Episode 137 of The Slow Home Podcast

If you’ve been listening to the show for any length of time you’d know I’m not a big fan of labels. I don’t like putting people in to boxes (even when we do it to ourselves) because boxes don’t grow as we do. They’re inflexible and restrictive and we find ourselves changing course or choosing inaction simply so the box doesn’t become too uncomfortable.

It’s why I’ve stopped using ‘minimalism’ as a label – I simply saw too many people (myself included) caught up in what it meant to be a minimalist that we stopped making beneficial changes and began making changes simply to fit in to what we thought minimalism should look like. We’d effectively traded one set of the Joneses for another and were struggling with the same paralysing comparisons we were trying to escape.

Today I chat with the awesomely honest Jessica Murnane about making massive positive change and avoiding the labels that come with it, and how doing so has helped her keep things simple.

A few years ago Jessica was on the verge of major surgery, a last resort to help manage her endometriosis. After a friend recommended her trying a plant-based diet to alleviate some of the pain, Jessica figured she had nothing to lose. Weeks later she was already feeling better than she’d felt for years and the surgery was put on the back burner.

Over the past few years Jessica has taught herself how to cook (her diet previously consisted of “Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and whatever Lean Cuisine had cheese”) and began to figure out how to navigate the massive changes to her lifestyle without alienating herself or her friends and family. In our chat we talk about the One Part philosophy and how small, incremental changes can lead to enormous shifts over time, but also the importance of being patient with ourselves as these changes settle in.

We talk about the challenges she faced in changing her lifestyle, the benefits of those changes (she still hasn’t had that surgery) and also the recent move from Chicago to Charlston and how a slower paced city has impacted family life.

We also have a really interesting chat about trends, and how to avoid becoming that annoying person when your lifestyle or passion has its 15 minutes of fame. It’s something I’ve found myself thinking about a lot lately, and Jessica has some brilliant points to make about basically ignoring the BS.

I loved this conversation with Jessica so much and can’t wait to read her gorgeous book (it’s currently available for Australian pre-order – link below).

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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Check out after listening:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1.8 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!