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Homecoming: A Hostful Poggie

“Right now, we all have the power and knowledge to change the world for the better. What are you waiting for?”

Ben

This whole ‘do the podcast in seasons’ caper is still relatively new, but one thing we did know from the beginning was that the final episode of every season would be a hostful – a relaxed episode where Ben and I answer listener questions, chat through what’s happening in our lives right now and occasionally enjoy some light to moderate silliness.

So when we asked for listener questions on Instagram a few weeks ago, we were stoked to see so many come through. Funnily enough though, a large percentage of them asked a version of the same question:

When are you guys coming home? (Or are you ever coming home?)

So rather than delay things any further, we kick today’s episode off with an answer to that very question and an update on life right now. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of really exciting changes afoot.

We then get down to the business of answering your non-travel related questions which are, as always, fantastic. They include:

  • What’s the thing you’re most proud of from your slow journey?
  • Do you get scared that you might go too far with the changes you’ve made?
  • How do you work towards big goals slowly?
  • How do you balance long-term goals with living in the present?
  • What’s the next thing you’d like to add or remove on your journey to slow?
  • Any tips for managing anxiety about the upcoming uni semester?
  • Which act of simplifying has had the biggest impact on your mental wellness?
  • How do I stop being addicted to my phone?
  • Would you like to come over for dinner in Raleigh NC?
  • What would life look like now if you’d never discovered slow living?
  • How do you stay slow on a busy commute?
  • How did you get started writing a book? What was your process, note taking etc?
  • Would Ben ever see himself being an employee in the corporate world again?
  • What’s your favourite poggie episode?
  • What is the soundtrack to your lives right now and who would you choose to star in a movie about your lives?
  • If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds what would you say?

It’s been a phenomenal start to the year and I’m so full of gratitude for all the wonderful guests we’ve had on the show this season, as well as the fantastic feedback we’ve received.

I’m already working on Season 3 of the poggie and am really excited to share those conversations with you when it kicks off on May 2nd.

In the meantime, take it slow, friends. xx

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Meg Berryman on moving beyond wellness

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“What’s right about you? What’s working well? Where are you whole? What does feel good? Let’s start to amplify that rather than marketing to your pain points.”

Meg Berryman

You know those conversations where you light up from the beginning? Where you feel like you’ve met a new friend and you could talk for hours?

I was lucky enough to have one of those conversations a couple of weeks ago and am so thrilled to be able to share it with you today.

In this episode I sit down with Meg Berryman of Beyond Being Well. Meg is a women’s coach, mum of two young kids, yoga teacher, empowerment educator and all-round, fabulous, no-BS human.

I was immediately taken with the work Meg does in helping women move through the process of making changes for themselves, and on to making changes for the collective, because this is something I’ve felt myself being drawn to more and more over the past year.

I have a few thoughts on what the wellness movement is becoming, but essentially I believe the current focus on wellness is wonderful as there are so many of us who need to relearn what it is to feel well and how it feels to practice self-care. But I also think that, in my case anyway, there comes a time when the focus can open up and give us the opportunity to make changes for the benefit of others too. Our homes, friends, families, communities – these are the parts of our lives that stand to benefit from our journey from wellness through to wholeness.

Meg talks about that journey from wellness to wholeness through to igniting social change – a shift from self to collective focus. She also touches on the importance of discovering what wellness is to us as individuals (letting go of those shoulds!) connecting to the body, why we need compassion in the face of patriarchy and capitalism and so much more.

This conversation was truly effortless and so engaging, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What does wellness mean to you?
  2. How can listeners start to explore what wellness looks like for them?
  3. Do you think it’s a counter-cultural move to fully explore your own wholeness?
  4. Do you find that a lot of people reach the point of wanting to shift their focus from the self to the collective in their explorations of wholeness?

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Christine Liu on how to green up your workplace

“It’s so much more powerful to have a group of people working towards something, rather than just myself as an individual.”

Christine Liu

When I was planning out this season of the podcast, I knew I wanted to spend time focusing on practical ideas – ones that we could apply in our own communities, homes and workplaces.

So when I discovered the work of today’s guest, Christine Liu, a zero-waste blogger and YouTuber who set up a green team network at her former employer, Cisco, I knew I wanted to dig deep in to how and why she decided to do so.

We chat about her experience at Cisco and Christine shares how the Green Teams initiative started small and grew throughout the entire organisation, as well as the impact it had on her own efforts to live more sustainably, and those of her colleagues.

I also talk to Christine about planning a wedding and becoming a pet owner – two areas of life that aren’t known for being zero-waste friendly – and she shares her tips and challenges for both of those in this episode too.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What is a Green Team?
  2. Why and how did you start it?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for where people can start making changes in their own workplace?
  4. Where did your personal zero-waste journey start?
  5. Any tips for where to start with zero-waste and pets?
  6. How has simplifying your life impacted your mental health?
  7. What were the reactions you received from friends and family around your zero-waste wedding?
  8. Any tips for people planning their wedding or big event who are keen to minimise waste?

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April Hepokoski on creating a zero-waste, nature-based classroom

“Children learn best through play and exploration in nature.”

April Hepokoski, Founder of The Little Barnyard Preschool and zero-waste campaigner

One of the most common questions I get asked from poggie listeners is about how to raise children in a slower, more mindful way. Undoubtedly it’s a difficult thing to do given how fast-paced our world is, and how much pressure is being applied at all levels of education. But that’s not to say there aren’t people looking for a different way.

In today’s episode I’m joined by one such inspiring change-maker in April Hepokoski. April is an early-childhood educator and founder of The Little Barnyard Preschool in Duluth, Minnesota, where she has created a learning centre focused on time spent in nature. April also founded a zero-waste living group on her local community, where she shares tips and tricks for living with less waste as well as lobbying the city council to make changes in her town. (See? I told you she was a change-maker!)

April and I speak about nature-based learning and the parallels it shares with slow living, as well as the positive impact that more time in nature has not only on her young students but also their families and the community in general.

We also talk about the power of grassroots change, and as someone who has recently set up a community group for zero waste living, April has some fantastic insights in to what works and the challenges she’s faced in establishing such a group.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. How did you structure a localised zero-waste living group?
  2. What is the philosophy or mission of The Little Barnyard Preschool?
  3. What caused you to combine child-led learning with nature-based learning?
  4. What does nature-based learning look like on a day-to-day basis?
  5. What benefits and differences do parents see?
  6. How can people begin to bring this philosophy into their own home if there are no nature-based learning offerings in their area?
  7. What can educators do to start to bring nature-based learning into their school? Any resources or recommendations on how to start the conversation?
  8. Do you have any tips for bringing zero-waste principles into the classroom?

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Jojo Hogan on why the Slow Post-Partum Movement is so important

“We were never meant to parent our children in isolation, but instead to have nurturing, loving support at arms reach.”

Jojo Hogan, Founder of the Slow Post-Partum movement

The conversation you’re about to listen to was recorded towards the end of 2018, and it’s a conversation I have returned to many times over the past few months. It’s a conversation that opened old wounds, and brought up feelings of powerlessness and shame, hope and compassion.

As you may know, I was diagnosed with severe postnatal depression after our second baby was born, and that horrible, tumultuous, vulnerable time is the reason I’m here today. It’s what introduced me to the idea of slow living in a very roundabout way, and I’m actually incredibly grateful for it now.

But what today’s conversation highlighted to me, and that I’ve found myself coming back to over and over again since, is the crushing isolation so many new parents feel and that I’ve felt in some capacity for every single one of the last ten years.

It’s a vulnerable time, where literally everything changes, and yet we’re bombarded with messages that we simply need to work a little harder, bounce back, and carry on as though nothing much has changed except that now we have a baby. I can only write about my experience, but this is what, in very simple terms, made me feel so deficient as a new parent, forcing me to turn inward even more, searching for strength that I didn’t have, convinced that I wasn’t trying hard enough.

What I now realise, and what I hope today’s episode highlights, is that we need to encourage ourselves and the new parents in our lives to look outward. To develop a network of people who love us and want to support us, to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to say the words, “I need help.”

If you’re deep in the trenches of new parenthood right now (or any big life changes for that matter), I’d encourage you to lift your head up and see who is near you, see who will help, and see what a difference it can make to realise you don’t have to shoulder the burden alone. And if you don’t feel like there is anyone you can turn to, call on a professional. Speak to a GP, call a mental health hotline, find a counsellor who will take a Skype session with you. Just know you’re not alone.

(This website lists mental health hotlines globally by region).

With all that being said, today’s episode is truly wonderful, and features a heartfelt discussion with Jojo Hogan: founder of the Slow Postpartum movement, yoga teacher, aromatherapist, massage therapist and doula.

Jojo has been working with expectant mothers for many years, and now specialises as a postpartum doula, providing much needed support to mothers after giving birth. There are so many beautiful intersections between slow living principles and the postpartum care practices that Jojo provides and educates around, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Because if my postpartum experience is anything to go by (and I know I’m not alone in any of it), the wisdom that Jojo shares is becoming increasingly important as we lead frantic, disconnected lives. It’s all about learning how to build that village, you know?

We talk about:

  • the pillars of postpartum care that cultures around the world share
  • the importance of deciding your parenting values before baby arrives
  • how women can create their own villages to support them after birth
  • ways to bring more slow and presence to a stressful time

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. When did your own journey of slowing down and simplifying begin? What prompted it?
  2. When did you begin working with new parents?
  3. What does a slow postpartum look like?
  4. What’s something realistic that a new parent can do to bring some slowness into those early days post-birth?
  5. How can we approach the ‘stuff’ that often comes with having a baby with a slower, more conscious mindset?

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