Monthly Archives: July 2017

BIG changes and hitting reset

BIG changes and hitting reset - Episode 177 of The Slow Home Podcast

Earlier this week, over on Instagram, I did one of those annoying vague posts about big changes on the horizon and how I couldn’t wait to share them with you (sorry!) BUT the good news is, we dish all in today’s hostful.

To put it plainly, Ben and I have both been struggling over the past couple of months. We’ve been overwhelmed and lost as we felt that undeniable tug in the belly, the one that was saying we really needed to revisit our Why. When we went camping a couple of weeks ago we had the time and opportunity to think deeply on things and to really consider the way we’ve been living this year and the way we want to be living.

Combine this unease with some massive shifts in my work and the opportunities we’ll have over the next 12 months, and we knew things had to change. In today’s poggie we talk through each of those changes, what lead to them and what we have planned over the next few months.

To get all the juicy details you’ll need to listen to the show, but essentially Ben and I are going through another radical simplification.

As part of that we’ve decided to dissolve our podcast network, Jackrabbit.FM, and help each of the shows on the network to exist independently instead. I’m going to focus more on my writing (lots of news on that front in today’s show too) and, very excitingly, we’re heading off on a big adventure next year!

We also talk about all the different release dates for my new book and where to pre-order your copy. There’s a lot to cover, and we were both quite nervous to share everything in this show, but I hope you enjoy it.

Let us know your thoughts or suggestions for our trip next year in the comments, and be sure to check out the links below for info on the books and the live video call later in the month.

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Plastics: Tackling the packaging

Plastics: Tackling the packaging - Episode 176 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’ve spent the past few weeks discussing ways to reduce our plastics consumption, including doing away with single use plastics, talking to providers about non-plastic options (getting awkward with that butcher, yo!) and taking three for the sea every time we’re out in nature. This week we round out this mini-series by encouraging you to re-think your purchases based on packaging and sharing some of the swaps we’ve made over the past couple of years.

Sometimes all it takes is a little more attention at the supermarket as there is often a similar product in non-plastic packaging (milk, flours, pasta, sauces) and while there are endless opportunities to make your own, sometimes the supermarket is the best option. So the premise of today’s poggie is very simple: buy the alternatives and avoid the plastic where possible.

We also encourage you to be vocal about the changes to your purchasing, letting brands know why you’re no longer supporting them and what it would take for you to come back. Companies do pay attention to feedback from their customers – particularly if those customers begin to take their custom elsewhere – and it’s by engaging in these conversations that we’re going to see change not only at the grassroots level but also from the top levels of organisations.

Hopefully this series has been inspiring to you, I know we’ve made more changes over the past couple of months as a result, and please let us know in the comments below (or over on Facebook or Instagram if that’s your jam) what changes you’ve made this month.

Enjoy!

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Carolyn Tate on finding purpose in your work (without quitting your job!)

Carolyn Tate on finding your purpose (without quitting your job!)

When Carolyn Tate was last on the show we had an incredible conversation about conscious capitalism, B Corps and ethical manufacturing. During that chat we scratched the surface of a bigger idea – that of purpose – but I knew there was more to discover.

Since we last spoke, Carolyn has written a book about purpose, The Purpose Project – A Handbook to Bringing Meaning to Life at Work, and it’s that topic we dive deep in to in today’s episode.

If you’ve listened to the show for any length of time you’ll know that the idea of finding your personal Why is central to slow living. Once we know why we want to slow down and what we want our lives to stand for we can begin to form a foundation on which we build a simpler, slower, more intentional life. A life of purpose.

Unfortunately I think purpose often gets mixed in with the more prevalent and sexy notion of ‘passion’ and in this week’s poggie Carolyn and I discuss the important difference between a life built upon passion and a life built upon purpose.

I’m also asked a lot about finding slow-ness in a workplace that doesn’t value it, and Carolyn has some really practical advice for people looking to cultivate purpose in their work, rather than sell all their stuff and go live on a beach in Thailand (as nice as that sounds sometimes!).

We also talk specifically about people who work in corporate jobs (an area I have virtually no experience in) and what individuals can do to cultivate purpose in their work, or how they as an individual can have an impact on the wider purpose of the organisation they work for.

The truth is, corporations aren’t going anywhere, and Carolyn is passionate about helping people turn corporations in to places of purpose (not lip service) and firmly believes that positive global change lies on the other side of purpose.

Enjoy!

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Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea

Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea - Episode 174 of The Slow Home Podcast

Ben and I have focused a lot over the past couple of weeks on reducing our own use of plastics, which is no doubt vitally important in cleaning up our environment and creating long-term change. But equally important is cleaning up the rubbish that already exists in our oceans, our parks and our wilderness. It’s this plastic that is causing disasters such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and widespread environmental devastation, and it’s this kind of plastic we talk about today.

In this poggie, Ben and I take our inspiration directly from an organisation I’m very very fond of: Take 3 for the Sea.

Founded by surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, Take 3 is based on the very simple idea that small actions can have a big impact. And considering Plastic-Free July has now officially begun, we figured this would be a great time to talk about the very simple idea that lies at the heart of Take 3:

Simply Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere.

So every time you go out in to nature – be it the beach, a bushwalk, the park or river – pick up three pieces of rubbish and put them in the bin. It’s that simple.

One of the things I love about this idea is its accessibility. Kids can get behind this simple call to action just as well as (if not more than) adults, and once we introduced our kids to the idea of ‘taking 3’, it’s been incredible to see just how enthusiastic they’ve become. And in that lies the power of Take 3.

In an upcoming poggie I chat with Tim Silverwood of Take 3 about the power of these small actions (keep an ear out in a few weeks for that one!) and he told me that while the small action of taking 3 is important, it’s the awareness that comes as a result that has the true power. And I’ve seen that in action with our own family – once we see the rubbish that’s left behind, the impact it has on the environment we love so much, it’s impossible to unsee.

The takeaway from today’s episode couldn’t be simpler: when you’re out in nature, try taking 3.

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