Monthly Archives: November 2017

Jess Davis is leading the analog rebellion

Dane Deaner

Most of the time I think the gently-gently, whatever-works-for-you approach is the best way to spread the message of slow living. Because, really, it is about your life and how you feel in the living of it, and what works for others isn’t always going to be relevant. But then there are times where we need a swift and friendly kick up the butt to get our attention. A kind-hearted and direct reminder that mindlessness, or over-consumption, or endless scrolling is having a negative impact on our lives. 

Folk Rebellion is that reminder. Founded by former digital brand strategist, Chief Rebel and today’s guest, Jess Davis, Folk Rebellion is a call to arms for all of us to get off our phones, look people in the eye when we talk to them and live an analog life; do things with our hands, go hiking, start making, listen to a whole album on vinyl. Jess is an unapologetic advocate for getting the hell off our devices and getting into life, and this episode follows on nicely from our recent Monday series about social media and is a continuation of the theme of the relationship between technology and distraction. While working as a digital brand strategist, Jess started to realise the impact her tech dependent life was having on her brain. She found herself losing focus, struggling with memory and feeling disassociated, and went to see doctors about these issues. After a tech intervention by her husband on a holiday to Hawaii, she felt a shift. Eight days of no technology meant she started to feel like her old self again, and this triggered a series of massive shifts and changes Jess has since made to her life. In this episode, I chat with Jess about about how to get people on board with changes, thoughts on digital detox, insight into Jess’ daily routine with technology, changing expectations around technology and availability as well as slow living in the city.
“The fax machine stayed at the office – you didn’t take that home with you. If people wanted to get a hold of you after work, they called your house phone, and no one wanted to call your house phone and interrupt your family dinners. The work waited until you went back the next day.” – Jess
We also talk about an exciting new Folk Rebellion project; the launch of an IRL, old-school, paper newspaper called Rebel Times. Delivered to your door, featuring long form pieces and a throwback to the funny pages, this monthly publication is coming out in January 2018. Check out @folkrebellion on Instagram or go to folkrebellion.com to stay posted or find out how to get involved.

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Slow Holidays: Clutter-Free Gifts

Tim Mossholder It’s the most wonderful (exhausting?) time of the year… and it’s almost upon us. Considering we’re now well in to November, Ben and I wanted to spend the next few weeks talking about how we may be able to reduce the stress, overwhelm, expense, clutter and expectations we all feel when the silly season arrives, and today we begin by going to the heart of the matter – gifts.

It kind of bugs me that this is the first question that comes to mind, because as far as I’m concerned, the holidays should be about spending time with people we love and having enough time to actually sit and enjoy their company. It shouldn’t be about stuff at all, and yet, that’s the overarching theme of the Christmas and holiday season.

So instead of just ranting about it, in today’s episode we offer you a few ways of changing your mindset regarding gifts and showing love, but also share a whole heap of (hopefully) practical and interesting gifts that won’t add to the endless clutter that comes with the seemingly endless gift giving.

Plus, we also talk about the benefit of experiences over things, homemade and consumable gifts and one of my favourites – giving the gift of our time and skills.

We also talk about the fact that, yes, Ben and I do give Christmas gifts to our kids, and that rather than get lost in the Toy of the Year craziness, buying whatever plastic piece of junk is on the Must Have List for all girls and boys, we stick to these guidelines. They usually serve us pretty well:

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read

We then also list some of my favourite clutter-free gift ideas for a variety of ages, including:

  • Young kids: movie, theatre, concert tickets, sporting event passes, annual pass to a local attraction
  • Older kids: movie or event tickets, art, music, dance or cooking classes,
  • Teenagers: classes or lessons, concert tickets, vouchers to Etsy, iTunes, Google Play etc
  • Adults: consumables, cooking lessons, online courses, charitable gifts, vouchers for babysitting, gardening, time spent together
You can also read my comprehensive Clutter-Free Gift Guide from a few years ago here. The Ultimate Clutter-Free Gift Guide #christmas

Sometimes it takes a little creativity or a little deeper questioning on what the person would like, but these thoughtful gifts are so wonderful and you know they get to spend time doing something they enjoy as opposed to simply being given something they may or may not even need, use or want.

Undoubtedly, it’s a tricky time to make sweeping changes to the way you and your family do gifts, but even by introducing some of these ideas this year you can pave the way for simpler, slower, less cluttered Christmases in the years ahead.

Do you have a favourite clutter-free gift? What’s been the best you’ve ever received?

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You may have heard that we recently hit 3 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much. If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs. Most importantly, thanks for being here!  

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Courtney Carver on heart-centred living and soulful simplicity

Oliver Cole Today’s episode is such a treat. Courtney Carver was one of the first ever guests on the show (Episode 10 – it feels like a lifetime and five minutes ago at the same time!) and in today’s episode she returns to share her very personal story and get deep into the importance of love and honesty and vulnerability and rediscovering of ourselves on the way to a simpler life. So often the idea of simplifying life is presented in a fairly dogmatic, unemotional way. Initially the focus is on stuff and the process of letting it go, then the focus moves to habit changes or health or food, and then it shifts to mental wellbeing or environmental awareness. Very rarely does it begin with soul, and hardly ever is it shaped (in the beginning at least) by love. But in this conversation and in Courtney’s wonderful new book, Soulful Simplicity, love is absolutely everywhere. It’s sprinkled throughout each story and lesson learnt, and it’s love that Courtney returns to every time. I loved every second of this conversation. Courtney is so open and warm and honest, and this chat, and Courtney’s book, reflect that wholly. We talk a lot about what it means to share fully and honestly some of the hardest lessons learnt throughout our simplifying processes, as well as the discovery of self throughout the process. We also talk about the headwork and heartwork required by the re-making of self, which is so often ignored while we pursue the physical work of removing the clutter and excess from our lives. But it’s that deep work that really requires prolonged effort, and Courtney talks specifically about her non-negotiables that provide her with the health, strength and presence of mind required t actually do the work. This is such a love-filled, soul-centred conversation that I feel so grateful to have had. Be sure to check out the awesome pre-order bonuses for Courtney’s book, Soulful Simplicity, here. Enjoy!

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 3 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much. If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs. Most importantly, thanks for being here!

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