Small Acts and Big Impacts with Jono Fisher

Small Acts and Big Impact with Jono Fisher - Episode 89 of The Slow Home Podcast

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Margaret Mead

Sometimes, I’ll admit, the idea of making a real change in the world can feel impossible.

  • What good is it if we reduce waste when others are simply making more?
  • How can one small act of kindness make an impact against the negativity in the world?
  • Does it really make a difference if I live slow when we’re told we need to be faster, cheaper, louder?
  • What can I do? I’m only one person. 

In today’s episode I meet the human antidote to these feelings in Jono Fisher, a delightfully warm person who is – quite literally – changing the world with kindness. Not only did this conversation inspired me deeply, but it’s also reminded me that even the smallest action can have the most incredible impact on the people around us.

As founder of The Wake Up Project – a community and events hub on a mission to bring out the best in people – Jono is super passionate about spreading kindness, mindfulness and positivity far and wide. Not only that though, he is one of the most genuinely kind and warm people I’ve had the joy of meeting and I think today’s conversation is packed with inspiration, insight and a very healthy dose of reality.

We talk about his desire to create and grow a ‘kindness revolution’, the arrival of his firstborn son and how it’s impacted his ability to live a mindful life. He also shares a story from a recent experience with a masseuse that gave me goosebumps and acts as a beautiful reminder that we’re all connected in a very real way.

Jono also talks about burning out in his corporate job, becoming a nanny and rediscovering what it meant to have enough, and honestly, I could have spoken with him for hours.

If you haven’t met Jono yet, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

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Recently hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

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Plastic-Free July #2

Plastic Free July Wrap-Up

While not technically an experiment, we thought it would be helpful to wrap up our Plastic Free July experience this week, before launching into a new Slow Home Experiment on August 1.

As we mentioned back at the beginning of July, we were committed to cutting back on all plastics, particularly the Big 4 – plastic shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups, plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic water bottles. The good news is we nailed those four! The bad news is, we were mostly nailing those before July even began.

We also made big strides in waste-free shopping, after talking with our local supermarket, butcher, deli and bakery. Turns out these guys are all more than happy for us to bring our own containers, which both surprised and delighted me in equal measure.

We also talk through some wonderful tips we received over the month, talk about the areas we struggled in (still no good solution for cheese) and the other areas we experimented going plastic free. We also talk about the email I received that suggested plastic wrapped produce was actually good for the environment – which I immediately scoffed at but can see the thinking behind it.

Much like the sugar-free experiment back in February, this shift began with the decision to change the way we live, but the process is going to be gradual. Rather than beat myself up over failing to do it all at once, I’ve decided to simply work through each problem one at a time, find and integrate a simple solution into our daily life, then move on to the next problem. Honestly, I think that’s the only sustainable way to make such big changes, and it’s obviously in keeping with my philosophy of slow and steady.

Let us know how you went with the Plastic Free July challenge – what you found easy, what was hard, and any handy tips or tricks you picked up over the month. Also, do you plan to keep going?

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You may have heard that we recently hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

 

The Problem with Minimalism

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After a delightful few weeks off, Ben and I are back in the podcasting chair. In today’s episode we talk about our break (the good, the bad, the unexpected) and a little of what we’ve been up to in July.

Despite best intentions, July has still been a full on month in terms of work projects, one of which inspired today’s episode.

A few weeks ago I was part of a TV show called Insight, and the episode I was (a small) part of dealt with stuff – and more specifically, hoarding. In this poggie I talk a lot about my misgivings of taking part in the show (judgement! privacy! comparison!) and also the bigger issue of presenting minimalism and hoarding as opposite sides of the same coin.

If you’ve seen the show you’ll understand that the guests who shared their stories of hoarding had a vastly different experience of stuff than I did back in my pre-simplicity days, so I felt more than a little uncomfortable about any comparisons that might have been made.

One of the best things to come out of the experience, however, was an even greater clarity on ‘minimalism’ and why I really really don’t love it as a label. Ben and I go in deep on this topic, but essentially there are two reasons I struggle to identify as a minimalist:

  1. It breeds comparisons (“Do I not have enough?” “Do I have too much?” “Why doesn’t my house look like that?”)
  2. It can encourage an obsession with our things which takes us away from living life.

The stories we tell ourselves absolutely have an impact on our happiness and while the distinction between ‘minimalism’ and ‘simplicity’ might seem like semantics to some, I don’t want to add to the pressure and expectation to measure up that so many of us already feel.

So that’s what you can expect in today’s show, and I’d love to hear your thoughts both on the episode of Insight, and the label of minimalism.

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You may have heard that we recently hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

 

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July - The Slow Home Podcast

Did you know that every single piece of plastic ever produced still remains somewhere on earth today? I mean, if I thought about it logically I would recognise that fact, but there’s such a disconnect between the things we use every day and where they end up, that we simply don’t think about it at all.

Before Ben and I decided to walk the slow living walk and take some time away from our Slow Home Experiments, we had considered making July our month of living plastic free, to coincide with Plastic Free July. And while we’re not running an official experiment this month, in today’s episode we decide to take the Plastic Free July challenge anyway. After all, it’s an area both of us can afford to improve on, and there’s nothing like an outside challenge to motivate.

We talk about the challenge itself, as well as the areas we think we’ll do OK in, the areas that will challenge us (cheese: I am looking at you) and some of the changes we’ve already made over the past year.

The crew at Plastic Free July ask that we commit to reducing plastic for a day, a week or the entire month of July, and if going completely plastic free straight up makes you anxious (the reason I’ve not done it before) then all they ask is that we commit to avoiding these four single-use plastic items for a period of time:

  • shopping bags
  • water bottles
  • takeaway coffee cups and lids
  • drinking straws

Ben and I have already made a lot of changes over the past year or two, including:

  • purchasing reusable fabric produce bags
  • using fabric grocery bags
  • keeping a canvas bag in my handbag
  • using KeepCups when we buy takeaway coffee
  • paper straws at home
  • stainless steel water bottles for the family
  • reusable food wraps instead of plastic wrap, waxed paper and aluminium foil
  • heavy duty glass containers and jars for leftovers, bulk cooking, freezing and food storage

But there are some additional changes we’re going to make this month to see how much we can reduce our plastic load:

  • buy some stainless steel straws to use both at home and while we’re out
  • buy a KeepCup or similar for both the kids
  • talk to the butcher and deli owner about using our own glass containers when purchasing meat, cheese etc
  • get our bread from the local bakehouse and use our own fabric bags instead of plastic or paper
  • investigate nearby bulk food stores, or the option of buying online

Maybe it’s because the pressure to Do It All and Do It Right has been removed, but I don’t feel as overwhelmed by the prospect of Plastic Free July now. Granted, I am sure there will be failures and obstacles, but a big part of slow living is doing away with the idea of ‘perfect’ anyway, so this is a good opportunity for growth!

Do you want to join us in our efforts to go Plastic Free? Feel free to use the official #plasticfreejuly as well as our #slowhomeexperiment and we can help keep each other motivated.

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Show Notes:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 1 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

 

8 Hours Sleep #4 – The Slow Home Experiment

8 Hours Sleep #4 - The Slow Home Experiment

It’s well documented that Ben is a Big Fan of sleep, so this past weekend when he took part in a 24-hour walking challenge, the lack of sleep had some pretty crazy side-effects. Turns out things gets a little… hallucinogenic when he goes without sleep for more than a full day, and it was the perfect opportunity for us to wrap up this month’s Slow Home Experiment.

I’ve struggled to find the time for the full 8 hours, and while I have managed it for the past month I don’t necessarily think I’ll be sticking to it. I feel like 7 hours is a good amount for me, but like most things I’m open to changing that if I feel the need.

It’s been interesting to put sleep at the forefront for the month though because it’s easy to see just how swiftly sleep is sacrificed, and one thing I’ve learnt is that we’re much better off sacrificing other activities before giving up our sleep.

We also talk about quality vs quantity, whether we think we actually can regain a sleep debt and what’s in store for the podcast moving forward, as we take a break from the experiments for a little while.

How did you go with your attempts to get 8 hours sleep a night? Did you notice any difference? Or did you find it difficult to find time for the full 8 hours while also doing everything that needs to happen? 

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If you love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most important of all, thanks for being here!