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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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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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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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!

Slow December #2 (or is that #1?)

Slow December #2 (or is that #1?) - The Slow Home Experiment

After the slightly hectic end to our November, Ben and I decided to make our final Slow Home Experiment of the year a simple one – make time for slow every day.

Granted, we probably took the theme a little too far last week when we completely forgot to record a Monday episode, but the experiment remains nonetheless!

Today we look at the different ways we’ve uncovered pockets of slow (most) days, and the impact it’s been having on our December – a typically busy month. Ben talks through the successes and failures he’s felt, and I work through a list of the strategies I’ve been using to find that slowness everyday.

The nice thing is there’s simply no pressure at all this month, and the benefits of taking time to slow down are so obvious and so keenly felt that it doesn’t feel like anything other than a reprieve. Plus, having the opportunity to take stock like this is proving a great motivator, because Ben and I can both see that despite feeling a little overwhelmed recently, we’ve got the long-term balance right.

These are the different ways we’re finding time for slow in December, and would love you to join us!

  • 2 minutes of deep, slow breathing. This can be done in bed, at our desk, sitting on the back deck or while waiting for a coffee. Just taking a moment to reconnect with our breath, calm the racing thoughts and slow right down.
  • Phones off and out of sight while we’re eating alone. We have a no phones at the table rule when others are there, but both Ben and I tend to scroll through our phones if we’re eating by ourselves. So it’s time to just sit, enjoy the food we’re eating and let our thoughts simply be.
  • Make time to sit and just listen to a favourite song or piece of music. If we’re on the train or bus, it’s a matter of pressing play, closing our eyes and immersing ourselves in something beautiful for no other reason than to experience it fully.
  • Commit to more single-tasking every day. Even though this is related to being productive, the biggest benefit of single tasking is actually being productive while also being intentional. Focusing attention on just one thing and completing it is such a rewarding and rejuvenating thing to do and is perfect for this time of year where we can feel torn in too many opposing directions.

We’d love you to join us this month as we go against the grain and slow down in the holiday season. Feel free to use #slowhomeexperiment to share your play posts and your slow posts too.

Enjoy your week, my friends!

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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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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!

How to get back on the slow living wagon

Can simplicity and creativity exist together? The Slow Home Podcast

Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the…month. It’s hostful pogpast time! (As an aside, I really love that we’ve developed a weird show language over the past couple of years, but sometimes wonder what people who are new to the podcast might think when they see us talking about poggies and knowledge nugs!)

Anyway, as is now customary, we answer some incredibly insightful and wide-ranging listener queries in today’s hostful, that cover questions like:

  • How do you view the relationship between creativity and stuff? That is, how does simplifying impact a creative person’s ability or desire to surround themselves with beautiful, inspirational things?
  • What’s your plan of action when you fall off the slow living wagon? (This is very timely for us but also lots of others feeling the pinch of a busy end of year period).
  • Much of the advice on minimalism forums centres on simply ‘getting rid of excess’ or throwing it in the bin. What can we do with our unwanted items before the last resort of throwing them away, and how can we begin to educate others on the different options available to us?
  • How can I get back to living in alignment with my why when I’m tired or completely unmotivated?

See? You guys ask the best questions.

Buyerarchy of Needs by Sarah Lazarovic

We talk about a pyramid of decluttering in this episode that borrows from Bea Johnson’s 5 Rs, as well as this amazing illustration from Sarah at A Bunch of Pretty. How awesome is it?! Head over to her site for more inspiration, and also take a peek at her delightful book too – A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy.

We’ve got another couple of Thursday shows before things wrap up for our Christmas/New Year break, including a fun ‘year in review’ style episode where we look back at the experiments we completed this year, what’s stuck, what’s fallen away, what we loved and what we didn’t (family journalling, I’m still looking at you). We’ll also talk about the changes we’re making to the poggie next year, as well as some more personal realisations and challenges of 2016.

We’re already planning for a cracking 2017, so if you’ve got questions you’d like us to answer in our first hostful of next year, let us know! We’re all ears!

In the meantime, enjoy today’s show!

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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!