Monthly Archives: February 2020

Stuff: A Slow-Living Deep Dive

Experiences over stuff 4eva.

Since returning to Australia and moving in to a new home, we’ve found there’s a lot of curiosity about our stuff. Or more specifically, whether we’ve accumulated a lot of it since settling down.

So in this episode we decided to dive deep in to our current relationship with stuff and how we view the accumulation or letting go of it through a slow living lens. We also answer some of the more common questions we receive about the things we own, including:

  • How has our relationship with stuff changed?
  • Have we rediscovered any old belongings since settling back in to a normal life? 
  • What sort of stuff have we bought?
  • Has our approach to buying things changed?
  • Have we have continued to declutter and if so, how we do it now?

Running through this entire deep dive is also a more general discussion of how we’ve moved away from a ‘traditional minimalist’ mindset to a more ‘lower waste living’ philosophy, as well as some thoughts on why we don’t really associate with a minimalist approach to life anymore. 

In the second half of the episode I then have the pleasure of speaking with Nancy from Season 4, who had been struggling to find her happy place on the socialising/slow living spectrum and was worried that living a slower life was causing her to feel lonely.

In this catch-up Nancy shares some of the incredible progress she’s made since her and I last spoke, and includes an epiphany all about hummus. (Yes, really!)

Nancy has come so far along her path of intentional living and it’s pure joy to hear her share the changes in her self-confidence, self-esteem and ability to embrace discomfort.

Enjoy! 

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Rhythms: A Slow Living Deep Dive

“It’s much better to have five minutes of discomfort by saying no, than having months of resentment.”

Welcome back to another season of the Slow Home podcast! 

As we mentioned in last week’s sneak peek, Season 5 of the poggie has a new format that I’m pumped to share with you. Each episode comprises of two parts, the first which will see Ben and I diving deep into an area of slow living that you’ve told us you want to know more about (think topics like self-care, waste reduction, tech and our relationship to stuff). The second part will feature a follow-up with guests from Season 4 to see how they have been tracking since we last spoke and whether they’ve implemented any changes. 

Having recorded a couple of these catch-ups already, I am so excited to share them with you this season. I knew my guests from Season 4 were amazingly insightful people and what these follow-ups are showing is that they’re also not afraid to put in the hard work of showing up, making changes and living a life aligned with their values. It’s incredibly inspiring and I’m grateful to every single one of them.

Ben and I kick the season off with a deep dive in to rhythms (as opposed to routines), which is a topic we’ve discussed a lot on the podcast before. Establishing rhythms is a slow-living strategy I use a lot to ensure life runs smoothly enough to feel slow, but not so rigid as to feel stressful, and today we talk a lot about what they are and how they can be applied to real life to create a sense of right-pacedness amidst the busy-ness.

Some of the questions we answer include:

  • What exactly are rhythms?
  • How do we apply rhythms to different parts of our life?
  • What do rhythms look like since settling into our new town?
  • What have we discovered about rhythms and how they best work for us?
  • Is there room for flexibility and fluidity within our rhythms?
  • How do we set up and maintain rhythms?

I then catch up with my Season 4 guest, Kate, who you might remember was struggling with the question of whether slow living might actually be robbing her of ambition. 

Kate shares how she has embraced the ‘messy middle’ and has started to get comfortable with the unknown since she and I last spoke. She also talks about how saying no to things has given her energy, and shares a few examples of opportunities she would have previously said yes to, and the power she felt by saying no instead. 

In a word Kate has slayed the last few months and our conversation is testament to the power of choosing to be present and mindful. There’s so much inspiration and practical slow living ideas in this episode and I hope you enjoy it! 

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