Monthly Archives: February 2017

How to take time off as a self-employed person

How to take time off as a self employed person - Episode 133 of The Slow Home Podcast

Since launching the podcast almost two years ago (time flies when you’re having fun, that’s for sure!) one of the things I’ve learnt to love the most are our hostful Q&A episodes. I used to face them with a little trepidation because I was afraid of not having a good enough answer. But what I failed to see was the opportunity to learn from your questions, rather than worry about getting the answers ‘right’.

Today is the first Q&A of the year and, as always, you’ve asked some incredibly insightful questions:

    • Do you find you are more sensitive to others people’s cluttered homes now you have simplified yourself? Any tips for dealing with clutter intolerance in other people’s homes and even our own homes at times?
    • As I search for my first job after college, I’m noticing most companies lack a work-life balance. Taking care of myself and living a slow life is important to me. Do you have any advice about maintaining a slow living value while searching for a job in a world that operates at a very high speed?
    • Does slow living apply to how you eat? Do you eat simple meals? Any tips?
    • I own my own business and your vacation sounded so relaxing. How do you just unplug or set those boundaries to spend time with family without thinking if someone needs something with your business?
  • I love the sound of your holiday in Japan, and my husband and kids would have an absolute ball. I’d love a lot of it too, but I’d end up spending most of it alone as I have adrenal fatigue. How would you approach this challenge? My ideal holiday right now would involve long, lazy days and plenty of rest, but the kids (7,10 & 11) would be bored silly. How do you think we could find adventurous and fun ways to spend time together that suit all of us?

We had so much fun answering these, and it gave us the chance to talk through topics we’ve not really discussed on the poggie before. So to everyone who submitted a question – thank you!

We couldn’t get through them all today so will keep answering your questions next month. If ever you do have a question for the hostful shows, feel free to post in the comments here on the blog.

In the meantime, have a lovely week!

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Rituals: Single Tasking

Rituals: Single Tasking - Episode 132 of The Slow Home Podcast

Welcome to the first Monday show of the year! As we mentioned last week, these Monday episodes are going to be a little different in 2017 as we move away from the month-long experiments and into something more accessible and actionable.

So much of slow living is about small, consistent changes as opposed to large-scale shifts, and while the experiments were such an amazing way of transforming our lives, they took a huge amount of energy to implement, which wasn’t the “small, consistent changes” approach we were going for. Plus, Ben and I both agree that recording and creating shows in real-time wasn’t the best example of slower, simpler work practices either!

Every week we’re going to cover one simple, easy, accessible slow living idea that will either give you something to do, or something to think about in the days after. We want to give you opportunity to act on these without feeling overwhelmed, so there will sometimes be a suggested action or change at the end of these episodes too.

Which brings me to today’s show, where we talk about the idea of single-tasking.

This is one of my favourite ways to introduce productive mindfulness to people who are too busy to meditate or take time for quiet reflection, as it allows us to keep doing, albeit in a much more mindful way than the overwhelming approach that is multi-tasking.

We talk about what I actually mean when I talk about single-tasking, why it’s necessary and how to practice it. 

We also want to finish each of these Monday shows with a takeaway or action for you to try, and this week it’s to try single-tasking once a day for the next week. Then simply observe yourself and see how it makes you feel and any changes – no matter how small – you may notice over time.

I really hope you enjoy this new style of show and that it brings slow living back down to a level where we can always find a small step forward, no matter how overwhelmed you may be feeling. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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Slow Living in Japan

Slow Living in Japan - Episode 131 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’re baaa-aaaack!

Happy 2017, my friends. I’ve actually spent the past week saying Happy New Year to people before realising it’s now February and the time for New Year salutations has probably passed. Regardless though, I hope you all had a restful break over the holidays?

Things are getting back to normal here, the kids are back to school, work is in full swing and, true to a Sydney summer, it’s pretty much sweltering. We did take some time off to disconnect/reconnect after a busy 2016 though, and as you’ll hear in this poggie, the first new one of 2017, we spent a couple of weeks in Japan and had an incredible, perspective-shifting time there.

We spent most of our time nestled into the utterly beautiful town of Nozawa Onsen – a small, traditional ski and hot spring village in the mountains northeast of Tokyo – and as we head in to the meat and potatoes of the year, we’re taking with us quite a few lessons learnt while staying there.

We thought it would be fun to start the year with a chatty, light-hearted poggie of just Ben and I, so in this episode we talk about what some of those lessons looked like and how they’re already influencing us at home. We also talk about the beautiful ritual of onsen bathing, the benefits of sleeping on traditional Japanese futons and tatami mats and the amaaaazing food we discovered while there.

Below you can find a handful of links, resources and websites we used when planning and researching our trip, and I can highly, absolutely, unequivocally recommend it as an incredible family holiday. I can’t wait to go back and if ever you’re looking to take a similar trip I’d recommend talking to the folks at Nozawa Holidays. They were beyond awesome in helping us find the perfect accommodation in a family-run, traditional Japanese lodge and their website is full of excellent information. (This is not a sponsored episode, by the way. They were just awesome.)  

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