EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: THE BEGINNINGS OF A BOOK

I sent out a rather exciting newsletter last week sharing some news. Thanks for all your kind words of congratulations.

If you missed the update, you’ll be wondering what I am talking about. I am thrilled and a little anxious to be able to finally tell you all that I am writing a book. It’s so exciting to think that my words and photographs are going to be published.

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RESTORATION REVEAL: BREAKFAST ROOM

Finally!!! We have finished our breakfast room restoration!! I’m not normally an over-user of exclamation marks! But in this instance, I think they are well deserved. After all, it’s taken us a long time to get to this point!

Technically the room has been finished for a few months now but I’ve only just had the opportunity to edit my photos and the headspace to write this post.

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CONFESSIONS OF A LIFE SLOW LIVED: SELF-COMPASSION

I have been feeling a little stuck for a while… stuck creatively, stuck with work stuff, stuck with our house renovations. It’s been a struggle to find the energy to move anything forward and build any momentum – I appear to have hit a bit of a wall.  

In reality, we live pretty slowly and simply and yet I am still feeling overwhelmed by life at the moment and that seems like a contradiction. It’s possible that I might have a vulnerability hangover tomorrow by sharing what I am finding difficult, but I always want to be really frank about my slow living experiences and never want to paint a picture that everything is mellow and easy all the time – when it’s not.

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A WORD FOR EVERY SEASON: FAITH

In previous years I have chosen a word to hold onto for the year, something to focus on and turn to for inspiration, for example in 2017 my word for the year was ‘Ease’. However at the start of 2018 I couldn’t settle on a word, but as the year has gone on there has been one word that has kept coming into focus. It has become apparent that the word very much needed for this season of my life is ‘Faith’.

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TALES FROM MY YOGA MAT: BREATH EXERCISE FOR ANXIETY

It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all.

Back to school is a big transition for us grown-ups as well as the little people in our lives. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a mix of feeling ready to go, and needing to find my feet again, as we all get used to being back in a more structured routine.

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GATHER AND TEND: AUTUMN SLOW LIVING DAY RETREAT

Some of you may have seen on social networks that I have been planning a day retreat with Emma Harris from A Quite Style. I am really excited to be able to finally share with you some details about the day retreat which will be taking place this autumn.

Gather and Tend‘ offers you space to slow down and find some quiet through creativity and nature. Time to breathe deeply, time to relax, time to soak in your surroundings and enjoy the present moment.

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SLOW LIVING IN OUR DIGITAL AGE: FREE GUIDE

Just a quick one from me today to let you know that I have put together a free guide to Slow Living in our Digital Age to help you be more mindful with your time online and on your handheld devices.

Our phones are brilliant at keeping us connected but we need to find a healthy and happy balance and make sure we are intentional with how we use them so that the time we do spend online is productive and positive.

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WELLBEING STORIES: MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY

Sometimes I think music is my church. It’s the place I go to, to feel that everything is connected and intertwined, a place to find and feel something outside of myself, a higher state of consciousness. It’s also a place to get reflective and have some space to think about what is happening in my life and to let the weekly/daily happenings settle. Finally, it’s something to turn to when things don’t make sense and I feel a little lost. 

Time and time again I have listened to music and found the answers to questions that weren’t even fully formed in my mind. Music has the ability to express things that words alone cannot.

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RELAXATION IS WHO YOU ARE

I shared this quote a while ago in my Facebook Group Seeking Slow and it seemed to resonate with lots of you… ”Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese Proverb

I therefore thought it would be useful to unpick this concept a little more, and a good starting point is learning to recognise how we physically hold tension in our body.

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