Monthly Archives: December 2016

Slow December #2 (or is that #1?)

Slow December #2 (or is that #1?) - The Slow Home Experiment

After the slightly hectic end to our November, Ben and I decided to make our final Slow Home Experiment of the year a simple one – make time for slow every day.

Granted, we probably took the theme a little too far last week when we completely forgot to record a Monday episode, but the experiment remains nonetheless!

Today we look at the different ways we’ve uncovered pockets of slow (most) days, and the impact it’s been having on our December – a typically busy month. Ben talks through the successes and failures he’s felt, and I work through a list of the strategies I’ve been using to find that slowness everyday.

The nice thing is there’s simply no pressure at all this month, and the benefits of taking time to slow down are so obvious and so keenly felt that it doesn’t feel like anything other than a reprieve. Plus, having the opportunity to take stock like this is proving a great motivator, because Ben and I can both see that despite feeling a little overwhelmed recently, we’ve got the long-term balance right.

These are the different ways we’re finding time for slow in December, and would love you to join us!

    • 2 minutes of deep, slow breathing. This can be done in bed, at our desk, sitting on the back deck or while waiting for a coffee. Just taking a moment to reconnect with our breath, calm the racing thoughts and slow right down.
    • Phones off and out of sight while we’re eating alone. We have a no phones at the table rule when others are there, but both Ben and I tend to scroll through our phones if we’re eating by ourselves. So it’s time to just sit, enjoy the food we’re eating and let our thoughts simply be.
    • Make time to sit and just listen to a favourite song or piece of music. If we’re on the train or bus, it’s a matter of pressing play, closing our eyes and immersing ourselves in something beautiful for no other reason than to experience it fully.
  • Commit to more single-tasking every day. Even though this is related to being productive, the biggest benefit of single tasking is actually being productive while also being intentional. Focusing attention on just one thing and completing it is such a rewarding and rejuvenating thing to do and is perfect for this time of year where we can feel torn in too many opposing directions.

We’d love you to join us this month as we go against the grain and slow down in the holiday season. Feel free to use #slowhomeexperiment to share your play posts and your slow posts too.

Enjoy your week, my friends!

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How to get back on the slow living wagon

Can simplicity and creativity exist together? The Slow Home Podcast

Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the…month. It’s hostful pogpast time! (As an aside, I really love that we’ve developed a weird show language over the past couple of years, but sometimes wonder what people who are new to the podcast might think when they see us talking about poggies and knowledge nugs!)

Anyway, as is now customary, we answer some incredibly insightful and wide-ranging listener queries in today’s hostful, that cover questions like:

    • How do you view the relationship between creativity and stuff? That is, how does simplifying impact a creative person’s ability or desire to surround themselves with beautiful, inspirational things?
    • What’s your plan of action when you fall off the slow living wagon? (This is very timely for us but also lots of others feeling the pinch of a busy end of year period).
    • Much of the advice on minimalism forums centres on simply ‘getting rid of excess’ or throwing it in the bin. What can we do with our unwanted items before the last resort of throwing them away, and how can we begin to educate others on the different options available to us?
  • How can I get back to living in alignment with my why when I’m tired or completely unmotivated?

See? You guys ask the best questions.

Buyerarchy of Needs by Sarah Lazarovic

We talk about a pyramid of decluttering in this episode that borrows from Bea Johnson’s 5 Rs, as well as this amazing illustration from Sarah at Long Live Irony. How awesome is it?! Head over to her site for more inspiration, and also take a peek at her delightful book too – A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy.

We’ve got another couple of Thursday shows before things wrap up for our Christmas/New Year break, including a fun ‘year in review’ style episode where we look back at the experiments we completed this year, what’s stuck, what’s fallen away, what we loved and what we didn’t (family journalling, I’m still looking at you). We’ll also talk about the changes we’re making to the poggie next year, as well as some more personal realisations and challenges of 2016.

We’re already planning for a cracking 2017, so if you’ve got questions you’d like us to answer in our first hostful of next year, let us know! We’re all ears!

In the meantime, enjoy today’s show!

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Same, same but different with Andy McLean

Same same, but different with Andy McLean

One of the things a lot of you requested from our recent Listener Survey (thank you to everyone who took it, by the way – we appreciate it so much!) was that Ben take the reigns and host more poggies featuring conversations with other men. 

The good news is, you’ve spoken and we’ve listened! 

Following his chat with Dr Arne Rubinstein earlier in the year, this week Ben sits down to have a chat with freelance content creator, ocean swimmer, meditator, Dad, Shakespearian tragic and business magazine publisher Andy McLean. 

Ben has known Andy for eight years first as a co-worker and have since become great friends. In this pogpast they talk about the similar trajectories their lives have taken over the best part of a decade with Andy too taking the leap and starting his own business this year. 

Andy and Ben also talk about the themes of mentoring, balance, mindfulness, feminism and the importance of passion projects as well as their love of pogpasts (Ben and Andy were trailblazers having recorded their first podcast together close to seven years ago).

It’s not often men get to talk about such themes in such a public way and hopefully you will get a lot from the discussion – I know I did! 

Enjoy!

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