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Top 10 of 2017

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash Welcome to the final episode of 2017! This year has challenged, inspired and rewarded us in ways we never thought possible, and we were going to do a year in review style episode to round things out. But, honestly, I’m tired of talking about the big picture stuff right now (you can tell the end of the year is close!) so we decided to keep it light and fun and talk about our Top 10 for 2017. We’re experiencing a lot of mixed emotions in our house at the moment, as we finish up the school year and have started to experience that nostalgic appreciation for a place – you know the one you get when you know you’re leaving soon? So we kick of the Top 10 by keeping it pretty light, listing our favourite TV shows, small details and movies of the year. We then move on to our favourite new destinations, books (featuring a suspicious amount of Stephen King, no surprises there) and discovery of the year. Then it’s on to favourite album, new podcast, meal and last of all, favourite experience of 2017. We both feel incredibly fortunate for all the great things that have happened this year (and there really has been a lot) and also talk a little bit about the intention or feeling we’re each looking to cultivate in the new year. If you want to host your own private year in review party, here’s the full list of the Top 10 categories of 2017. Let us know what your favourites were:
  • TV show
  • small detail
  • movie
  • new destination
  • book
  • discovery
  • album
  • new podcast
  • meal
  • favourite experience of 2017
And that is that for 2017. As we mention in the show, the Summer Series kicks of next Thursday, and every week in January we’ll be revisiting one of our most popular episodes of 2017. Whether you’re listening in for the first time or revisiting some of your old favourites, this is a nice opportunity to dig a little deeper for the gems our guests have offered this year. Then, on February 1st we’ll be back on deck with all new episodes. As we mentioned in the last hostful, we’re shifting back to a once-a-week publishing schedule next year, so new shows will be released every Thursday. Good news though – the experiments will be back! The first one is in March, and we’re pretty excited about it. Before I turn on my auto-responder and get out of here for a couple of weeks of unplugged down-time, I just want to send a heartfelt thank you to each and every person who has listened to the poggie, left a comment or a review, shared an episode, joined us on Facebook, bought a book, come to an event, sent an email or a message, or otherwise become part of our amazing crew of slow living people. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a great group, and want you to know how much you mean to us. It fills my heart to know there are so many people out there looking to slow down, simplify and live a more purposeful life – 2017 is the year I really found my crew, and I’m so grateful. I also want to wish you all a happy, wonderful, restful holidays. It’s been a year of ups and downs for a lot of us and I know we’re all feeling tired. I hope there’s an extra hour of sleep on the cards for those of you who need it, or maybe some time spent in nature (snow, sun or surf – depending on the location!). I wish for you a peaceful New Year too, with a little time for reflection. 2018 is just around the corner and I’m excited to see what she holds for all of us. In the meantime, sending you all the love. Brooke and Ben xx

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Destination: Simple

Destination: Simple

After enlisting your help, today is the day. My first e-book – ‘Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life’ is finished and available for purchase.

I’m excited, nervous, and, to be perfectly honest, really really tired.

I love and appreciate you far too much to give a big salesy spiel on why you should buy this book other than to say this:

  • If you have started decluttering your home more times than you care to remember, only to find yourself back at square one…
  • If you regularly feel overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks life requires of you…
  • If you find it difficult to switch your mind off when relaxing or trying to sleep…
  • If you often feel like your mornings are spent rushing and playing catch-up…

I suggest you take a look at ‘Destination: Simple. I think I can help.

Before you do, though…

I just wanted to say thank you. Your feedback, emails, Tweets and comments are what has helped build this community to what it is today and to what it will be tomorrow.

‘Destination: Simple’ is for you. Shifting my life to one of simplicity and intention has truly been the greatest gift I’ve given myself and my family and I want to share that gift with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Simple.

Now all you need to do is click here to see how ‘Destination: Simple’ will help you create a simpler, happier life.

The Best Of Slow Your Home

Best of Slow Your Home: And there are far, far better things ahead.
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Sit back, grab a coffee, Tweet it out and bookmark this page if need be. This post is going to give you a lot to think about.

I’ve been writing about creating a simpler life for just on two years. Over those two years, my writing has improved dramatically, my worldview has shifted and my life and the life of my family is infinitely better. Simpler, freer, happier.

Those two years have produced over 280 articles – that’s more than 160,000 words – on creating your simpler life.

I write them to share what I have learned, what I struggle with, what I want you to know. I write them to myself, I write them to people I love, I write them to strangers.

It’s a great deal of time that I spend on this site, and I do it because I believe 200% in the positive power of living a simpler life. I know it helps people, it improves lives, it brings about happiness and passion and purpose and joy.

That being said, I don’t expect you to wade through 160,000 words to find the nuggets of gold.

So I’ve put together a definitive list:

The Best Of Slow Your Home (so far)

Grab a cup and dive in, my friends!

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Simplify Your Life

You can start today, and this list gives you 21 actions to get you on your way to a simpler, happier life. Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Clutter-Free Home

Now, if shiny, white boxes float your boat, then that’s fabulous. But me? I love a home that has warmth, personality and history. I simply don’t like clutter. This post shows you that creating a beautiful, simple, clutter-free home does not mean creating a boring, sterile, style-less home. Read more…

Simple Living, It’s Ridiculously Complex

What is Simple Living? The same as success or happiness, it’s vastly different things to different people. But to me, and on this blog, simple living is… Read more.

Get Rid of Your Paper Clutter Once and For All

Get rid of your paper clutter and the stress that comes with it. This is Part One of a 3-part series taking you through the entire process of getting organised and getting rid of the paper clutter – once and for all. Read more…

Comparison is a Losing Game

It’s a merry-go-round of negativity and in the game of comparison, no-one wins. Read more…

9 Kick-Arse Reasons to Slow Your Home

If you’re needing some motivation, just look at what you have to gain by creating your own Slow Home. Read more…

‘D’ is for Decluttering

An inescapable part of creating a simpler, slower home is decluttering. This post takes you through the Never-Fail decluttering technique – it’s the only thing you need to know before you dive in. Read more…

The Ultimate Clutter-Free Gift Guide

Be it Christmas, birthday or anniversary, there are dozens of gift-giving times throughout the year. This post gives you 28 clutter-free gift options for your loved ones. Give a gift of love and enjoyment, not clutter and guilt. Read more…

“But… It’s Free!”

Next time, think very carefully before accepting a gift with purchase. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you need it. In fact, the opposite is likely true. Read more…

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Try and adopt some of these 12 into your daily life – I guarantee you will benefit. Read more…

Use It? Need It? Love It?

Asking yourself those three questions when decluttering will make your decisions so much easier. “Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I love it?” Read more…

How to Start

You don’t need to start big. In fact, you probably shouldn’t try. But to create the simpler life you want, you do need to start. This post shows you how. Read more…

3 Questions for Decluttering Sentimental Items

Sentimental items feel like more than stuff. There is emotion tied up in them and they are often the hardest things to let go of. These three questions will help dramatically with your sentimental stuff. Read more…

How to be an Introvert and Still Succeed at Conferences

Written from awkward personal experience… Read more.

What is a Slow Home? 

The ultimate starting point, this post describes what a slow home is all about and why you will benefit from living in one. Read more…

Parents – Are You Getting Any?

We need it. We love it. We desire it. What is it? Read more…

How to Simplify Your Online Life

It is such a huge part of our daily life, but how do you stop your online life taking over your entire life? Read more…

How is Your Other Half?

Are you working on creating a balanced person? Or are you neglecting your other half? Read more…

The Antidote to Perfection

Can I tell you what’s better than perfect? Living. Living is better than perfect. Read more…

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

I don’t think it is actually possible to create a life that balances work and life perfectly. In fact, it’s all about the tilt. Read more…

The New York Times Best-Selling Author…And Me

The opportunities that await us – if only we learn to be open to them – are amazing.  Read more…

Lessons on Happiness – From a Pain in the Arse Teenager

I was a HUGE pain in the arse teenager. Huge. But I did learn one long-lasting lesson on happiness, and I’m here to tell you about it. 15-year-old attitude and all. Read more…

The Days Are Long…

The days are long, but the years are short. Some thoughts on learning to live in the moment. Read more…

 

That’s it. The best. For now.

Let me assure you, though, there are far, far greater things ahead. And I am so excited to share them with you.

Brooke xx

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But, you know what, while we’re here, can I ask a question (and regain some of my dignity)?

Those of you who are part of my Facebook Community may have already seen this, but I would love to get the opinion of those who aren’t over there regularly too.

Read on if you have 1 minute and a slice of your brain* to spare…

Which, if any, of the following short books sounds most interesting/helpful to you?

And which, if any, would you be most likely to pay for?

  • Everyday: 7 Daily Rituals to Create the Simpler Life You Want
  • Simplicity via Technology: Using Your Everyday Tech Gadgets to Simplify Life
  • Presence: 7 Daily Actions to Create a Slow Home
  • Slow Home Kickstart: A 12-Week Program to Completely Overhaul Your Home and Start Living the Simpler Life You Want

If you have an extra minute to spare feel free to add some ideas of your own in the comments below.

Thank you in advance!! xx

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Thanks guys. And now, it’s over to my 3-year old, Isla.

 

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5 Awesome Activities for your Preschooler

5 fun activities for preschoolers

Imagine this: You are a book fiend. You love to read. Biographies, poetry, fiction. Anything. You will read anything to quench your thirst for words.

One day, a mean, old boss lady comes and takes away all but three of your precious books. And says you may get them back one day, when she has time. Or when you’ve eaten your vegetables.  Or when she’s finished the ironing.

So you return to the same three books, over and over. Because you love reading. But it’s pretty bloody boring reading the same ones again and again.

This is how I imagine Isla feels when I roll out the same three creative play time options:

That the mean, old boss lady (ahem, me) won’t let her try new things. And while painting is really fun and awesome, surely there is something else she can try?

Pwease? Pwease, Mum?

 

5 Super Easy Creative Play Activities for your Preschooler

I don’t know about you, but these sound ridiculously fun and super awesome and I can’t wait to try them myself the kids are going to love them. What’s more, they don’t cost much (if anything – most of what you need you most likely have at home), are easy to make, non-toxic and the kids can use their imagination – which, let’s face it, is the best toy of all.

What are the go-to activities in your house? What do the kids always want to do if given the choice?