The Slow Home Podcast



We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-committed and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't need to.

There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. I'm one of them, and in The Slow Home Podcast I chat to others who have adopted a similar approach to life - slowing down, opting out, saying no.

Listen in to learn what makes people change, how life is different once you adopt a slower way of life, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

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An Interview with Ben

Hello, and welcome to the Slow Home Summer Series (AKA Winter Warmies!) For all of January we’ll be revisiting some of our favourite episodes from 2018, so we can walk the walk and slow down during the New Year break. Also it turns out podcasts, just like fine wine, really do get better with age. Whether you missed them the first time around, or are having another listen, we hope you enjoy these poggies as much as we did and that they keep you company on the beach (or the slopes!) 

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Today we’re highlighting one of the most-loved (and most nerve-wracking to release) episodes of last year – my interview with Ben.

After some 200-odd episodes of the poggie, where I’ve shared so much of my own journey, so many of my own struggles and discoveries and lessons, we were well overdue for an episode where the focus was solely on Ben.

Over the years I’ve been asked many times about what this whole slow living thing has been like for him. What it’s like for someone who works in the corporate sector, for someone who worked long hours, someone who didn’t have the privilege of taking a few years to find out what was important and then gradually put it at the centre of his life. For someone who is married to me.

So in this conversation, I asked him all those questions. And honestly, it got a little raw.

If you haven’t heard this episode yet I’m not going to tell you anything more about it, because it really is worth a listen. But I do want you to know that this was a really enjoyable, uncomfortable yet comforting, healing, illuminating conversation for both Ben and I, and I’m genuinely thrilled to be able to share it with you again.

So many people connected with this episode, which is why I decided to include it in the Summer Series. If it resonates, I’d love for this to start a new conversation about slow with your loved ones. It’s the perfect time of year to check in and examine your priorities for 2019, so I hope this helps!

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Mindful Moments (Observation) – A Slow Experiment

Neil Thomas “Mindful attention is choosing to make our mindfulness practice the act of diving deep into one detail.” In this week’s episode we continue our month of Mindful Moments for the Slow Experiment, looking at the technique of mindful attention or observation. This is something I’ve been practicing for a few years now, and… Continue Reading

Mindful Moments (Breath) – A Slow Experiment

Valeriia Bugaiova “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn It’s a new month, which means it’s a new Slow Experiment. Hooray! For September, we’re are playing with Mindful Moments, and invite you to do the same. Considering how full-on and intense the book tour has… Continue Reading

Making Friends as an Adult – A Deep Dive in to Slow Relationships

joyce huis Active listening is the cornerstone to developing meaningful, longer-lasting relationships. We’re onto the last of our slow relationships episodes, and this week is all about new friends: where to find them and how to get from barely know each other to BFF, slowly. It’s all about taking the time, being intentional and paying… Continue Reading