Slowing Down: Walking the Walk – Not Just Talking the Talk

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I posted recently on the benefits of Slow Living and I am making a concerted effort to slow things down. Sometimes it’s just not possible, but being considered and factoring in time to just hang out can make a huge difference.

So I thought I should show you that I’m trying to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Here are some of the things I’m doing to live a more considered life. [Read more…]

Six Ways to Manage the Christmas Mayhem

piper_heidsieckChristmas is a wonderful, but exhausting, time. If you have young children, even more so. Combine the grown up Christmas catch ups with the school nativity concert, kinder Santa visit, the Christmas Carol events, and the stealth-like visits to the shopping centre on behalf of Mr Claus, and it makes for one crazy time.

I would consider myself to be an extrovert – I don’t mean loud and boisterous (although possibly) but more that I thrive on the company of others. I love to socialise, I love a party and I love company. But, without a doubt, this needs to be balanced out with down time and time alone. Properly alone, not just at home with my family. So, while I love Christmas, I also find it a challenge because that alone time that I really need (not just want, but need) is rarely available.

So this is a guide for the solitude-challenged. Here are a few tips for getting through the thick of the Christmas mayhem. [Read more…]

10 Ways to Banish the Overwhelm

I drew this when I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed. It soothed.

I drew this when I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed. It helped me escape and soothed my pain.

 

Never before have we lived such comfortable and affluent lives. Australia has the third highest average wealth in the world, behind Switzerland and Norway.  We make up 0.36% of the world’s adult population but account for 3.78% of the world’s top 1% of wealthiest people. (source)

But this comes at a cost, on many levels. The African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ still remains, yet the village has gone. Everyone is out working, or taking their kids to gymnastics, swimming, athletics, scouts, karate, football, cricket. Or volunteering in the class room, on the sports pitch or up at the school. Or preparing for dinner guests, kids parties family get togethers…it never ends.

There’s no doubt we have very full lives. Often too full. So full, in fact that many of us feel that our day to day lives have become an avalanche of events and we are like a pack of hounds chasing our tails in a frenzy of FOMO confusion. (FOMO, for those who don’t know, is an acronym for Fear Of Missing Out). [Read more…]