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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ATLIST THE ETHICAL WISHLISITING COMMUNITY: PROMOTING CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

More and more there is a shift towards conscious consumerism.

It’s important what we surround ourselves with; the things we choose to have in our homes, the clothes we choose to wear, the products we choose to put on our bodies, and the food we choose to eat. Not just our personal choices but the choices we make for our children and families too.

Not just because these choices impact the planet (which is obviously super important) but they impact our health, wellbeing and lifestyle too.

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THE RENOVATION SO FAR: SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

It was just over a month ago that I shared our plans for a Simple Children’s Bedroom for Bailey (if you missed that post you can catch up with those plans here).

We are making really good progress with the renovation so far and I managed to get lots of the preparing and painting done over the Easter holidays. However, things are taking a little longer than I initially thought they would. I underestimated how much work would be involved in decorating a whole room by myself, plus of course I am juggling finishing the room, with work, and looking after Bailey too. It’s slowly coming together but there is still quite a bit to do.

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HOW TO DO MORE THINGS SLOWLY AND HURRY LESS

Hurrying is such an unhelpful feeling but one that is familiar to all of us. Lots of folk seem to be playing catch up this week, myself included. It can be that way after a school holiday, right? We all spent the Easter holiday juggling (and loving) having the kids at home but also keeping on top of normal stuff too, be it work, or other projects. That unhelpful sense of being behind can swiftly spiral into rushing, which then turns into stress and anxiety.

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SLOW LIVING EVENT: WEEKND:IN 

Slow living can ripple through every aspects of your lifestyle. Not only can it change how you choose to spend your time but which brands you are happy to support as well.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a slow living event to celebrate all things slow lived. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend a peaceful few days escaping from the normal day-to-day and I also had the privilege of leading a session at the event too.

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SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

One of the next projects with our house restoration is to create a calm and simple children’s bedroom for Bailey.

I have a few really clear ideas of how I would like the space to be, but there is still lots to decide.

Here are some of the rooms I have been loving and looking at for inspiration. All photo credits are at the bottom of the post. I have of course been using Pinterest lots and it’s still one of my favourite ways to work out how I want a room to look and feel.

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WOODEN FLOOR RESTORATION

Lots of you are loving following along with our breakfast room DIY endeavours. If you are on Instagram, and more precisely Instagram Stories, then you will have seen the wooden floor restoration taking place as it happened. The floor has been finished for about a month now and we are totally in love with it.

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