Monthly Archives: August 2016

How to Combine Simple Living and Kids with Rachel Jonat

How to combine kids and simple living with Rachel Jonat - The Slow Home Podcast Rachel Jonat is back for her second visit to the pogpast and, as always, it’s such a delight to chat. Last we spoke, Rachel and her family had recently moved back to Vancouver from the Isle of Man and were finding their feet and discovering what it meant to keep a slow and simple pace in a busy city. Today we talk about the move, and the unintentional decluttering that came when a lot of their possessions were ruined in transit. I’ve found myself thinking about our first conversation a lot over the past 12 months as it really got me thinking about the slow benefits of living in an urban area. I love having a backyard and plenty of space but I’d be lying if I wasn’t curious about apartment living and having less maintenance to do. (That part particularly appeals to the lazy person in me!) Factor in the public transport, parks, museums, concerts, events, a wide choice of coffee shops and it sounds very appealing indeed… Rachel and I also talk about her new book and what it looks like to live a minimalist life with three young boys – particularly the baby years. We talk about creating a home that’s flexible enough to change as your family grows, and I decide that we should house-swap very very soon – whether Rachel actually wants to or not. Enjoy!

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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.

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. 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.) Enjoy!

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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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