INSPIRED BY NATURE: A.S APOTHECARY

A.S Apothecary on Geoffrey & Grace. Photos by Susan Bell and Emma Lee

I am really excited to introduce you to my next guest in the ‘Inspired By Nature’ series. This lady is a traditional apothecary, a distiller, plantswoman and a therapist. She has had a really fascinating life and I have loved hearing more about why she does what she does. Having just opened a ‘bricks and mortar’ shop and therapy room in Lewes, East Sussex, I wanted to find out what led her to this point in her life.

I hope you enjoy reading her story. She has some wonderful insights into how nature can support and provide, in terms of self care. If you would like to live more in tune with the rhythm of the seasons but aren’t sure where to begin, then read on, she offers some brilliant advice.

Please welcome Amanda from A.S Apothecary….

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DREAMS OF A SLOW AND SIMPLE HOME

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. When I feel like I have lost my way, the things in this post are the things I come back to. Time feels more and more precious the older I get, and I don’t want to waste a minute of it. By simplifying our home and our belongings there is more space and time for the important things.

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. It’s something that I have gradually been working towards since we bought our house, but recently the craving has been much stronger.

I want to be able to look around our family home, and feel calm. I also want to take pleasure, and notice the lovely things we own. Where as in reality, after much sorting, I am still distracted by the clutter and mess.

Back in March I completed the ‘30 day minimalism game‘, and wrote about ‘My Idea of Minimal Living’. Seven months later, and over 600 items lighter, things are better, but we have still not managed to completely ‘slow our home.’

I have been reflecting on why this is? What have we learnt so far on our simple living journey?  What has worked, and what hasn’t? Finally, what do we need to do in order to reach that dream of having a slow and simple home.

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES

photo by @veronikaGphotography for #slowlivingforlife September Favourites

photo courtesy of @veronikagphotography

It’s been about a month since Danielle from Hippie In Disguise and I started the new slow living hashtag ‘slow living for life’ and today I wanted to share my first selection of photographs from the gallery.

Thanks to all that have participated so far. Remember the hashtag has no monthly theme now. Anyone can join in and share a photo on Instagram, you just have to put the hashtag #slowlivingforlife in your caption. I’m really looking forward to seeing the gallery grow full of slow living inspiration.

Here are my favourites moments shared from September and there is a grid over on Instagram too.

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STRESS & SLOW LIVING: BUSTING THE MYTHS

I think one of the biggest misconceptions about slow living is about stress.  If you are pursuing a life where your priority is to slow down, and fill your day with wholehearted moments, is there any room for rushing around, being busy, and feeling stressed? Of course anyone can feel stressed so I am sharing my top three things to try to bring a slow and mindful approach to your busy work environment.

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about slow living. One of the biggest myths, is about stress. If you are pursuing a life where your priority is to slow down, and connect, and fill your day with wholehearted moments, is there any room for rushing around, being busy, and feeling stressed?

I would get it a lot as a yoga teacher, my students would assume I floated about in a little zen bubble all day, not getting angry, or feeling anxious. I understand why they thought that, they only knew me through a certain context. However, stress is unavoidable, and I am naturally quite an anxious person – not to the Woody Allen extreme – but I have to work at keeping any worries in-check, other wise it can be all-consuming.

With my work, just like any other job, I come across situations that cause me stress. I also encounter days where I am really really busy – days when what needs to get done, trumps how much time I have to do it in.

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SLOW LIVING EXPLORE: MOMENTS CAPTURED

photo by Veronika @veronikaGphotography for slow living explore on Geoffrey & Grace
Photo courtesy of Veronika @veronikaGphotography

Throughout the Slow Living Collaboration Danielle and I have always had a tough job choosing a selection to share on our blogs, but this month the task was even harder as we had to pick just six images to win a beautiful gift box from MOA. Before I reveal the six images we have chosen, I just wanted to say thank you to all who entered. It really is a pleasure to look through all your wonderfully wholehearted and slow moments, and get a glimpse into your lives.

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