The Slow Home Podcast

We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-committed and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't need to.

There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. I'm one of them, and in The Slow Home Podcast I chat to others who have adopted a similar approach to life - slowing down, opting out, saying no.

Listen in to learn what makes people change, how life is different once you adopt a slower way of life, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

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It’s the Journey, Not the Destination with Carolyn Tate

It's the Journey, Not the Destination - with Carolyn Tate

One of the most common questions I’m asked when people first hear about slowing down and living a simpler life is, “Where do I start?” And while I think people usually expect me to offer a really practical, hands-on tip like declutter or turn off your notifications, I always suggest something different to begin with: uncover your Why.

Today I chat with Carolyn Tate, co-founder of The Slow School of Business and Conscious Capitalism Australia. She’s an ex-marketing executive who ‘flicked on her slow switch’ in 2010, after a massive realisation about the life she’d been living.

We talk a lot about her personal journey, what changes she’s made over the past 6 years, what she’s still working on and how her life is different now. Carolyn is also a massive advocate for living a purpose-driven life, and she and I talk a lot about this idea of finding our Why and using it to inform the choices we make and the life we create.

We also talk about one of the problems with work/life balance (and it’s not the one I normally talk about!) as one of the core reasons for Carolyn to start The Slow School of Business. It was really important to both Carolyn and I that this didn’t turn in to another “let’s all be entrepreneurs” conversation, and she has some golden tips on how to start affecting change from within an organisation, and how to turn the focus on ourselves and our own motivations before looking to others for guidance.

There is so much to learn from Carolyn’s personal story, including what happens when we have the courage to listen to that little voice in our heads that’s telling us something isn’t right, and I couldn’t actually fit it all in to one conversation. So stay tuned next week for part two of our chat! But in the meantime, enjoy!


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