Monthly Archives: June 2016

8 Hours Sleep #2 – The Slow Home Experiment

8 Hours Sleep #2 - The Slow Home Experiment

This month’s Slow Home Experiment sees Ben and I trying to get 8 hours sleep every night, and I have to say, it’s been pretty straightforward so far.

As I mentioned in last week’s episode, I’ve found myself gaining the extra sleep in the morning rather than the evening (that is, going to bed at the same time at night and waking an hour later than normal) which is having an impact on my days.

My early morning time is usually devoted to yoga or going for a walk, plus some meditation, and I really love being up and ready for the day before everyone else. So it’s been a little challenging to adjust my mornings to waking with the rest of the family, and I have to admit, I don’t think I like it.

I do, however, like the days where I’m not waking up to an alarm clock, so I’m sure there’s more to unpack here with this experiment.

We’re also heading off for a few nights camping, and I’m convinced that will make it easier for us to get good sleep, while Ben (who loves a home ground advantage!) isn’t sure how it will go. Rest assured though, we’ll let you know.

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

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Rewilding with Joel Zaslofsky

Rewilding with Joel Zaslofsky

Every time I went to write ‘rewilding’ in this post, my auto-correct would change it to ‘rewinding’, which I actually found quite fitting, considering my conversation with today’s guest.

Joel Zaslofsky is one of the kindest, most encouraging people I’ve ever had the fortune of meeting, and today he’s back for his second visit to the pogpast.

We talk about his current efforts in optimising sleep, collecting natural spring water with his son (I don’t know about you, but I think having a natural spring to collect water from is SO rad) and his current fascination with rewilding, which really is a kind of rewinding too.

Joel is always enthusiastically in to things, and I walk away from our conversations feeling uplifted and inspired and excited at all the things I’ve yet to learn about the world. After this particular chat I’m doubly excited about an upcoming camping trip we’re taking and also weirdly excited to keep up my efforts to get 8 hours of sleep every night for this month’s Slow Home Experiment! 

As someone who spends his days connecting and helping and building, Joel is unsurprisingly passionate about community. One of his big goals is to help create and support communities of like-minded people all around the world, who are looking to simplify and live more intentionally. So if you’re looking for your tribe, do yourself a kindness and go connect with Joel!

In the meantime though, I hope you find this chat as invigorating as I did!

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8 Hours Sleep – The Slow Home Experiment

8 Hours Sleep - The Slow Home Experiment

This month’s Slow Home Experiment sees us trying to get 8 hours of sleep every night, and unsurprisingly, Ben’s nailed it so far. While this experiment plays very nicely to Ben’s strengths (sleeping) I’ve been getting 6-7 hours sleep a night for years and genuinely thought I’d been getting enough. When we started slowing down the rhythm of our lives, one of the first changes I made was to get up early in the morning and have some quiet time to myself. Over the years I’ve had good and bad runs at making this happen, and sometimes it’s been used for work while other times it’s been more about self-care rituals like writing or exercise. The past week has seen me get 8 hours sleep every night, but I’ll admit, it’s been due to me sacrificing those early morning hours, rather than going to bed earlier. So I can already see that it’s not going to be an ideal arrangement long-term and I’ll need to start getting my extra hours earlier in the night rather than the mornings. The biggest problem I’m having with that though is that by 8:30pm (the time I’d need to get to bed in order to be asleep and get a full 8 hours for my 5am alarm) I’m just not that tired. It might be because I really do need less than 8 hours sleep, or it could be that I’m simply not tiring myself out enough every day. So this week I’m going to be more physically active (walking every day on top of yoga/rock climbing) and see if that helps me to feel sleepier at 8:30pm. It’s certainly not an experiment I’m loving so far, although I will say that the extra sleep does have me feeling less weary so I’m sure there’s wisdom to be had in getting the extra hours! Also, don’t forget, you can play along with us by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and sharing your experiences. Hit us up on Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

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Caring more and caring less with Erin Loechner

Caring more and caring less with Erin Loechner - Episode 78 of The Slow Home Podcast

Slow living is a curious mix of being prepared and being prepared to let go, and while I’ve always spoken about that duality I’ve never really been able to articulate it very well. Until, that is, I sat down to chat with today’s guest – the delightful Erin Loechner.

Erin has been a fixture in my life for a long time – since back in my jewellery-making days actually – and it’s been amazing to see her focus shift over the years in many parallel ways to my own.

We talk minimalist wardrobes, slow renovations and the delicate art of sucking at meditation.

And we chat about her move from fast-paced LA to a much slower, roomier lifestyle in the Mid-West, what that actually looks like in the day-to-day, and her advice for those whose partners have a very different approach to stuff.

She also goes deep into what’s important to her, and how she now cares less about a lot of things – in order to care more about those that truly matter. As someone who struggles, still, with the idea of letting things slide, this was a genuine lightbulb moment for me and I’ve decided Erin and I will be fast friends (even if she doesn’t know it yet!)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (in spite of the less than excellent sound quality which is totally all my fault!) and be sure to check out Erin’s new book, Chasing Slow.

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