Screen-Free Bedroom #2 – The Slow Home Experiment

Screen-Free Bedroom #2

We’re in to the second week of our screen-free bedroom experiment and honestly – it’s a delight. As I mentioned in last week’s episode we’d done some backsliding in allowing our phones in to the bedroom and this past week has been such a great reminder of how much we gain when we lose the tech.

I’m feeling far more relaxed in the morning and find myself slipping back in to my preferred morning rhythm much more easily, while Ben loves the fact that he’s reading more.

One of the interesting things I’ve noticed has been “the twitch” that Anthony Ongaro spoke about back in Episode 54 of the poggie.  It’s really amazing to see just how often I go to reach for my phone and it’s only that it’s not there that I even realise I’m doing it.

We also talk a little more about last week’s launch of the Jackrabbit.FM app, where you can find it and why we’re so excited about it.

It’s going to be a great week!

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The Making of Men with Dr Arne Rubinstein

The Making of Men with Dr Arne Rubinstein

So it turns out today is a very, very exciting day – for two big reasons.

First, we’ve launched the Jackrabbit.FM app, which means you can listen to all your favourite Jackrabbit shows in the one place (think The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, Low Tox Life, Sweet Teen Club, this family life, Straight and Curly, Let It Be…) download them for offline listening, and bookmark and share them with your friends. We’re super excited to finally share this with you (both our Android and iOS listeners – we’ve got everyone covered!) and would love to hear your thoughts once you’ve downloaded it and had a little play.

Secondly, and more importantly, today is the first pogpast that sees Ben behind the microphone instead of me. And while I don’t plan on disappearing and leaving Ben to drive this podcast bus alone, it’s so lovely to see him engage with the idea of slow and simple living in a deeper way, and even more lovely to hear him have conversations like this one.

In this show Ben chats with Dr Arne Rubinstein, a doctor, counsellor and mentor who has had a profound impact on him this year, as well as the lives of many young men throughout the world. Arne is an expert in adolescent development who had a life-changing experience 20 years ago while on a rite of passage camp.

He realised that – for adolescent boys in Western culture, particularly – there was a distinct lack of rites of passage and strong role models. Even though he was more than a decade in to his medical career, Arne decided to sell his practice, buy a property in the rural Byron Bay hinterland and live in a bus for three years as he built a camp to help mentor young men.

20 years later he an author, facilitates mentoring programs and provides leadership coaching, but even more importantly, can say he spends his days doing exactly what he was put on earth to do – and that is something that both Ben and I find truly inspiring.

Ben and Arne talk through his own personal enlightenment and what it felt like to shed his safe, well respected job for the unknown, as well as his thoughts on living intuitively and aligning our actions with our values.

This is such a great conversation and I’m sure you’re going to get as much inspiration and motivation from it as I have. (Also, thanks for the week off, Ben. You’re welcome to do this any time.)

Today’s show is sponsored by Ettitude. For 10% off your first order of ethically-made, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, bamboo lyocell bed linen, visit Ettitude and use the code: sleephealthy.

Enjoy!

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Recently we hit 1 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.

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 important of all, thanks for being here!

 

Screen-Free Bedroom #1 – The Slow Home Experiment

Screen-Free Bedroom #1 - The Slow Home Experiment

A new month means a new Slow Home Experiment, and in August Ben and I are going screen-free in the bedroom.

Honestly, this sounds like something we should already have had on lockdown, but as we discuss in today’s episode there’s been a bit of backsliding in recent months and the mobile phones have slowly snuck back in to the bedroom.

There’s no doubt in my mind that having a screen in the bedroom has impacted both my sleep and my morning rhythm negatively, which begs the question why I haven’t made the shift earlier. But as we talk about in this episode, the power of habit is a mighty thing to turn around.

Ben is feeling quite nervous about this one (which is a nice change!) while I’m feeling optimistic about the challenge as well as the impact its going to have on my daily rhythms.

There’s a very low barrier to entry to this month’s experiment so please feel free to play along with us, and tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

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You may have heard that we recently hit 1 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.

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Small Acts and Big Impacts with Jono Fisher

Small Acts and Big Impact with Jono Fisher - Episode 89 of The Slow Home Podcast

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Margaret Mead

Sometimes, I’ll admit, the idea of making a real change in the world can feel impossible.

  • What good is it if we reduce waste when others are simply making more?
  • How can one small act of kindness make an impact against the negativity in the world?
  • Does it really make a difference if I live slow when we’re told we need to be faster, cheaper, louder?
  • What can I do? I’m only one person. 

In today’s episode I meet the human antidote to these feelings in Jono Fisher, a delightfully warm person who is – quite literally – changing the world with kindness. Not only did this conversation inspired me deeply, but it’s also reminded me that even the smallest action can have the most incredible impact on the people around us.

As founder of The Wake Up Project – a community and events hub on a mission to bring out the best in people – Jono is super passionate about spreading kindness, mindfulness and positivity far and wide. Not only that though, he is one of the most genuinely kind and warm people I’ve had the joy of meeting and I think today’s conversation is packed with inspiration, insight and a very healthy dose of reality.

We talk about his desire to create and grow a ‘kindness revolution’, the arrival of his firstborn son and how it’s impacted his ability to live a mindful life. He also shares a story from a recent experience with a masseuse that gave me goosebumps and acts as a beautiful reminder that we’re all connected in a very real way.

Jono also talks about burning out in his corporate job, becoming a nanny and rediscovering what it meant to have enough, and honestly, I could have spoken with him for hours.

If you haven’t met Jono yet, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

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Recently hit 1 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 important of all, thanks for being here!

 

Plastic-Free July #2

Plastic Free July Wrap-Up

While not technically an experiment, we thought it would be helpful to wrap up our Plastic Free July experience this week, before launching into a new Slow Home Experiment on August 1.

As we mentioned back at the beginning of July, we were committed to cutting back on all plastics, particularly the Big 4 – plastic shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups, plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic water bottles. The good news is we nailed those four! The bad news is, we were mostly nailing those before July even began.

We also made big strides in waste-free shopping, after talking with our local supermarket, butcher, deli and bakery. Turns out these guys are all more than happy for us to bring our own containers, which both surprised and delighted me in equal measure.

We also talk through some wonderful tips we received over the month, talk about the areas we struggled in (still no good solution for cheese) and the other areas we experimented going plastic free. We also talk about the email I received that suggested plastic wrapped produce was actually good for the environment – which I immediately scoffed at but can see the thinking behind it.

Much like the sugar-free experiment back in February, this shift began with the decision to change the way we live, but the process is going to be gradual. Rather than beat myself up over failing to do it all at once, I’ve decided to simply work through each problem one at a time, find and integrate a simple solution into our daily life, then move on to the next problem. Honestly, I think that’s the only sustainable way to make such big changes, and it’s obviously in keeping with my philosophy of slow and steady.

Let us know how you went with the Plastic Free July challenge – what you found easy, what was hard, and any handy tips or tricks you picked up over the month. Also, do you plan to keep going?

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You may have heard that we recently hit 1 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 important of all, thanks for being here!