Monthly Archives: April 2016

Journal #2

Episode 63 of The Slow Home Podcast - Journal #2

After a very, ahem, relaxed lunch, Ben and I sat down for a chat about our current Slow Home Experiment and the first couple of weeks of our Canadian holiday.

We talk about bears, hiking and the beauty that is taking it slow on the road, before we get down to this month’s surprisingly challenging experiment of daily family journalling.

Ben talks about the messiness factor, while I’ve been surprised by the transformation my thoughts can take simply by making time to write about our day. It’s been interesting to see how my feelings about a day can change when I take time to focus on small moments, and the kids’ experience is similar. Even if a day includes meltdowns and (multiple) rough patches, talking about something they enjoyed or a moment of fun turns things around and leaves them feeling positive about the day.

So while it wasn’t designed as a gratitude exercise as such, I’m finding that this is what it’s turning out to be most days. And that’s partly because life is good and, yes, we’re on a wonderful trip, but it’s also partly because we’re taking the time to focus on those good moments and our perspective shifts as a result.

Here’s the beautiful journal (straight out of Lord of the Rings) Ben bought for us. Isn’t it just gorgeous and understated? Ha!

Episode 63 of The Slow Home Podcast

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Slow medicine with Dr Christine Walker

Slow medicine with Dr Christine Walker - The Slow Home Podcast

For someone who works online and uses social media as well as I can, I have to admit, I don’t love it. Sometimes it feels forced and other times it just feels like another item on my to-do list. BUT there are many times where it’s lead to a great connection or even friendship, so for that, I’m super grateful for the weird world of social media.

One such instance happened a few weeks ago, when I asked people on Twitter what they’d like me to discuss on future episodes of the podcast. I got loads of excellent answers, as well as a message from today’s guest, suggesting I look at Slow Medicine.

Turns out I didn’t have to look far, because Dr Christine Walker has a great deal to share about slow medicine. Christine is a PT with a private practice in North Carolina, and is adopting many elements of slow living to her own home and life, meaning she was the perfect person to chat with about the role Slow has when it comes to our health.

We talk about her personal experience with stress, fatigue and illness and how a realisation that her frantic lifestyle was exacerbating these issues became a pivotal moment in her own journey towards a slower, more intentional way of living.

We also talk about the wider issue of stress and its impact on our bodies, as well as her personal experiences with meditation and the impact it’s had on her physical and mental well-being.

This conversation has some exceptional insights into modern medicine and the opportunity we have to combine the preventative benefits of mindfulness and overall health, with the incredible advances of traditional medicine over the past few decades.

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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Journal #1

Journal #1 - Episode 61 of The Slow Home Podcast

Hello from sunny, spectacular Alberta!

This is the first episode we’re recording while travelling throughout April, so we talk a little about our first few days away, as well as the embarrassing moment I realised I’d posted an unedited version of the podcast before we flew out!

In related news, I also talk about how grateful I am to have such a kind, lovely community surrounding me! You guys made me feel so much better about the mix-up, but even more so about showing the realities of creating these shows around having a young family. Turns out you quite enjoyed it!

Aside from that though, we look back at our March experiment of daily yoga – what went well, what was challenging, and whether we think we’ll be adopting into our lives moving forward.

We also talk about this month’s experiment of journalling as a family every day – which is already proving more challenging than expected.

Rather than use a set of rules, we’re keeping it pretty fluid this month and are both really looking forward to seeing how we enjoy the experiment and how it impacts our gratitude, contentment, happiness and feelings of being present.

I know a lot of people are hoping to join us this month, so don’t forget, you can join in at any time and adapt the challenge to whatever works for you. Play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

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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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode: