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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:
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
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.
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Most importantly, thanks for being here!
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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:
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?