Monthly Archives: January 2017

Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman – The Slow Home Summer Series

Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

James Wallman is an ex-adman and trend forecaster who also wrote the excellent book, Stuffocation and coined the phrase ‘experientialism’.

This conversation was a really interesting one – much more of a true conversation than an interview – as I found James asking me as many questions as I did of him!

We talk about minimalism’s branding issue and why he thinks that experientialism is the way to make a life of less, more appealing to the mainstream. We also look at the overwhelming number of choices we face each day and why experiences will almost always trump stuff.

James also had some ridiculously straightforward advice for me when I tell him I sometimes just feel so damn defeated by the rampant consumerism happening across the globe.

I loved this conversation and have found myself thinking a lot about how we discuss the idea of simple or slow living, and I think James is right – we might have a branding problem! What do you think? 

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Happiness and habits with Gretchen Rubin – The Slow Home Summer Series

Happiness and habits with Gretchen Rubin - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE PAST TWO YEARS.

In this ridiculously enlightening episode, I chat with Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.

This show starts out as any other – a regular conversation – in this instance, about happiness and habits and the changes Gretchen is most proud of in her own life. But somewhere around the middle it shifts into something different… A personalised habits counselling session, as Gretchen digs into why I’m so inclined to take on too many projects and burn out (in a big way).

We also discuss the Four Tendencies of Habits, and why that means I’m less likely to do a morning yoga class by myself, but far more likely to turn up if Ben joins me.

This is such a fun conversation with plenty of insight into why we do and don’t find making changes easy. And for anyone looking to make a shift towards a slower, simpler life, there are plenty of tips and tricks from Gretchen to help you make those changes as seamlessly as possible.

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Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis – The Slow Home Summer Series

Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF 2016.

I’ve been reading Paul Jarvis’ Sunday Dispatches and listening to his Invisible Office Hours podcast for a long time. So long, in fact, I felt like I knew him before I’d ever spoken a word in conversation! So it was beyond a delight to sit and chat with him, and even more delightful to realise he is exactly the same in conversation as in his writing.

We spend quite a bit of time talking about the importance of being our true self online, and the BIG difference between that and sharing things we haven’t actually processed yet. Paul has written a lot about comparison and the myth that everyone else is living more interesting, photogenic lives that us, so we dive in to that too. I’ve linked to a fantastic post of his below that I would highly recommend you read if you find yourself playing the comparison game too often.

(Actually, I’ve linked to a handful of my favourite articles from Paul. Do yourself a kindness and take a read over the weekend.)

Paul also talks about his lack of routine, why busy-ness is a crutch we lean on to avoid feeling our feelings, and what he’s watching on TV these days.

Enjoy!

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How slow living can save you… in a zombie apocalypse – The Slow Home Summer Series

How slow living can save you… in a zombie apocalypse - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF 2016.

Let me start by saying that this is an… unusual episode.

A slot unexpectedly opened up in our publishing schedule early this week and rather than scrambling to fill it, Ben and I decided to take the opportunity to go a little deeper on a topic that has (somewhat unexpectedly) resonated with a lot of people.

In last week’s hostful, we answered some excellent listener questions about birthday presents, advice for our 20-year-old selves, and how we manage to balance home duties while also working from home. But the question that got the most feedback was one about zombies.

Ben and I are massive fans of The Walking Dead so having an opportunity to briefly discuss our chances of survival in a post-apocalyptic zombie-filled world was super fun. Possibly even more fun was working out what our weapons would be – a golf club for Ben (natch) and long-handled secateurs for me (gardening forever!) – and what our fate might actually look like.

But it also got us thinking about the different ways slow living could actually impact our ability to survive (and perhaps even thrive?) in the apocalypse, and in a discussion over on Facebook earlier this week, a lot of people weighed in on the question:

“What is it about slow living that would prepare you for a zombie apocalypse?”

So here it is – a possibly-slightly-ridiculous but-very-well-researched episode that addresses the incredibly serious issue of how slow living could save your life if ever you find yourself living through a zombie apocalypse.

Enjoy! (And rest assured, it will be back to regular slow living talk – with an emphasis on the living – next episode.)

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