Everyday slow living for the “normal person” with Ellen Ronalds Keene
One of the most common requests I’ve had for the podcast (apart from more singing from Ben) is to talk to more “normal” people. That is, people who don’t work online, haven’t written a book or aren’t teaching others how to slow down and simplify. And I totally get it.
For the vast majority of people who listen to the podcast, those who are balancing work, family, friends, health, home and external commitments, the added tasks of slowing down and simplifying can seem incredibly overwhelming. While listening to people who have already worked through some of the process is helpful – we get to benefit from their experiences and insights – it can also feel a little disconnected. A little like, “Well, that’s great, but it doesn’t actually apply to me.”
I mentioned this a while ago on the pogpast and received an email from the utterly delightful Ellen, who volunteered to come on the show and talk to me about her ongoing work to simplify and slow down.
Ellen is a high school teacher who has battled a variety of health issues over the past few years, and when she shared some of her story with me I knew I had to share it with you too.
In this episode we talk about her decision to slow down and the impact it had on her work, her colleagues, her family, her health and her home. We look at the questions she faced and the challenges she has already worked through, as well as the simplifying projects she is currently in the middle of.
It was really wonderful for me to talk to someone who is right in the thick of working out what slow living is for them, and I know that Ellen’s experience and insights (and this is one incredibly insightful lady – I found myself making notes of some of the killer tips and advice she shared!) will be super valuable to you – wherever you are on the slow living road.
Be sure to give Ellen some love in the comments and over on her blog too, as it was a really brave choice to come on and share her story with us. Thanks Ellen!
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