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.
Things look a little different around here. I don’t just mean the way that the blog looks (although that is different too). The new design is not 100% finished yet, and the blog will probably sit in this ‘nearly done state’ for a little while.
Originally I started the Monthly Voice to let you know where I have been finding inspiration each month, and to share things that have captured my heart. However I spent most of April trying to slow down and reconnect to my heart and find any form of inspiration at all. Occasionally inspiration would strike, but it would quickly dissipate into a fog of tiredness.
Oddly, even though really good things have been happening recently, it was one of the most challenging months I have had for a while. I’m experiencing this disconcerting mix of feeling stuck, yet also feeling like I am right on the verge of something. I have only just figured out that fear is playing a big part in holding me back, but I will write more about this soon.
Today, the 22nd of April, is Earth day; A chance to think about this wonderful planet of ours that we all call home. The Earth Day movement was created 46 years ago to spread awareness to make sure we are all doing what we can to reduce our impact on the world, keeping this incredible revolving rock of ours healthy and thriving for generations to come.
Sarah-Lou from Lapinblu and I have organised an Instameet for this Saturday the 23rd of April to coincide with celebrating Earth Day and to help make others aware of the Earth Day movement. If you are a regular reader you will know about my love for Instagram, not only because it’s a place to share wholehearted moments captured through photography, but also because it is a social network that has a wonderful sense of community. Instameets are a great opportunity to connect with some of the brilliantly creative people you get to know online, in real life.