Happy New Year to you all. I feel like I could hibernate for another month, but life and reality have been calling to me this last week, and I am gradually easing myself back into things.
After a blogging and Instagram break, I feel like I have lost my voice a little, and ironically I actually did lose my voice, and have been croaking my way through this week.
I like to start the year by reflecting back at the previous year, I have also been thinking about what is coming up in 2017, what I am hoping to fill my year with, and what dreams I would like to nurture.
There is something hypnotising about the summer that encourages a slower pace. I have written about it before, that particularly during the warmer months people noticeably have a strong desire to slow down.
Traditionally it’s when people go on holiday, which automatically invites a different rhythm from the rest of the year.
Bound by school terms for a large portion of childhood, maybe it’s ingrained in us from an early age, that the summer is the time to kick back and play. As adults with children, the free summer months still represent later starts and no school runs.
Perhaps also the warmer weather invites a slower lifestyle. Heat can definitely make you feel lethargic, after all the tradition of siestas became commonplace to help people avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.
Photo courtesy of Ellie @petalplum
June’s focus for the #slowliving_ project was ‘reflect’. Again, it was a word that summed up how both Danielle and I have been feeling of late, as the project reaches its one year anniversary at the end of the month.
It’s only natural to feel reflective when something is coming to a close. For those that are new to the project (and a little reminder for those that have been present since the beginning), here is why we started the slow living collaboration…
After a busy few months at the end of last spring I wrote a post about ‘My Summer of Slow Living‘. It seemed to resonate with so many people, and I was suddenly aware of this deep desire to slow down. Not just from myself and my family, but from friends and blog readers too.
There seemed to be this instant community of people looking for an alternative way to live their lives. Longing for a slower and more meaningful approach, as opposed to the busy hustle of life that we sometimes find ourselves automatically falling into. After a bit of thought, it seemed pretty clear to me, and actually very simple too… we are all after the same thing… those wholehearted and connected moments that fuel our existence. When we are whizzing through the day it’s so easy to miss those bits. By slowing things down, and taking a breath every now and again, we create the space required to be present in those wonderfully wholehearted moments.
We have all heard the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway”, but what happens when your fear pretends to be something else? Unhelpfully fear can take many different guises, so how do we recognise that stealth fear that lurks within and pretends not to be fear at all? Then once we have established it is fear, how do we begin to move past it?
I have had the pleasure of contributing to ‘Stitch and Forage’ – a Seasonal Summer Living E-course created by Hannah Bullivant (aka Seeds and Stitches) and Herbalist Natasha Richardson.
Stitch and Forage is a guide to natural Summer living on a budget. A self paced e-course, made up of four core modules; ‘Forage’, ‘Make’, ‘Gather’, and ‘Tend’. You will receive a beautifully designed PDF with all the tutorials, planning tools, resource links, and printables you need for the course.