The importance of intention with Joshua Fields Millburn

The importance of intention with Joshua Fields Millburn

Online inspiration is a strange thing. If you’re anything like me, your life has been positively impacted by blogs, books, podcasts and even Instagram feeds, but sometimes even the good ones leave us feeling overwhelmed.

That’s why I love digging in to the past of my guests and getting a little insight into what life was like for them before they started simplifying. I love looking into the why, and even more importantly, the how of making those first difficult changes. When I can see that my guests had to start somewhere, it makes the entire process seem far more manageable, and the destination of a slower, simpler life that much closer.

Today’s guest is Joshua Fields Millburn – one half of The Minimalists and a delightful human – and he and I go back to his life pre-minimalism. We look at why he made the shift away from the American Dream (hint: it wasn’t his dream after all) and how he started the process of simplifying.

We look at some practical approaches for dealing with clutter and the “just in case” stuff that trips so many of us up, and we also talk about the importance of understanding our reasons for wanting to change. Both Joshua and I have found that it’s these reasons that keep us going when things get tricky, so spending the time to uncover our why is super important as we create a simpler, slower life.

Joshua also talks about simplicity and living a creative life, as well as the upcoming release of Minimalism: A Film – the beautiful documentary he and Ryan have produced.

This is such a warm, wide-ranging conversation, and I hope you walk away from it as inspired as I did.

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Journal #2

Episode 63 of The Slow Home Podcast - Journal #2

After a very, ahem, relaxed lunch, Ben and I sat down for a chat about our current Slow Home Experiment and the first couple of weeks of our Canadian holiday.

We talk about bears, hiking and the beauty that is taking it slow on the road, before we get down to this month’s surprisingly challenging experiment of daily family journalling.

Ben talks about the messiness factor, while I’ve been surprised by the transformation my thoughts can take simply by making time to write about our day. It’s been interesting to see how my feelings about a day can change when I take time to focus on small moments, and the kids’ experience is similar. Even if a day includes meltdowns and (multiple) rough patches, talking about something they enjoyed or a moment of fun turns things around and leaves them feeling positive about the day.

So while it wasn’t designed as a gratitude exercise as such, I’m finding that this is what it’s turning out to be most days. And that’s partly because life is good and, yes, we’re on a wonderful trip, but it’s also partly because we’re taking the time to focus on those good moments and our perspective shifts as a result.

Here’s the beautiful journal (straight out of Lord of the Rings) Ben bought for us. Isn’t it just gorgeous and understated? Ha!

Episode 63 of The Slow Home Podcast

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Slow medicine with Dr Christine Walker

Slow medicine with Dr Christine Walker - The Slow Home Podcast

For someone who works online and uses social media as well as I can, I have to admit, I don’t love it. Sometimes it feels forced and other times it just feels like another item on my to-do list. BUT there are many times where it’s lead to a great connection or even friendship, so for that, I’m super grateful for the weird world of social media.

One such instance happened a few weeks ago, when I asked people on Twitter what they’d like me to discuss on future episodes of the podcast. I got loads of excellent answers, as well as a message from today’s guest, suggesting I look at Slow Medicine.

Turns out I didn’t have to look far, because Dr Christine Walker has a great deal to share about slow medicine. Christine is a PT with a private practice in North Carolina, and is adopting many elements of slow living to her own home and life, meaning she was the perfect person to chat with about the role Slow has when it comes to our health.

We talk about her personal experience with stress, fatigue and illness and how a realisation that her frantic lifestyle was exacerbating these issues became a pivotal moment in her own journey towards a slower, more intentional way of living.

We also talk about the wider issue of stress and its impact on our bodies, as well as her personal experiences with meditation and the impact it’s had on her physical and mental well-being.

This conversation has some exceptional insights into modern medicine and the opportunity we have to combine the preventative benefits of mindfulness and overall health, with the incredible advances of traditional medicine over the past few decades.

Enjoy!

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Journal #1

Journal #1 - Episode 61 of The Slow Home Podcast

Hello from sunny, spectacular Alberta!

This is the first episode we’re recording while travelling throughout April, so we talk a little about our first few days away, as well as the embarrassing moment I realised I’d posted an unedited version of the podcast before we flew out!

In related news, I also talk about how grateful I am to have such a kind, lovely community surrounding me! You guys made me feel so much better about the mix-up, but even more so about showing the realities of creating these shows around having a young family. Turns out you quite enjoyed it!

Aside from that though, we look back at our March experiment of daily yoga – what went well, what was challenging, and whether we think we’ll be adopting into our lives moving forward.

We also talk about this month’s experiment of journalling as a family every day – which is already proving more challenging than expected.

Rather than use a set of rules, we’re keeping it pretty fluid this month and are both really looking forward to seeing how we enjoy the experiment and how it impacts our gratitude, contentment, happiness and feelings of being present.

I know a lot of people are hoping to join us this month, so don’t forget, you can join in at any time and adapt the challenge to whatever works for you. Play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us upon Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

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We go deep.

We go deep - Episode 60 of The Slow Home Podcast

(This is totally not my photo – it’s from Unsplash – but man, I’d love to see one of these beauties on this trip. From a safe distance, of course.)

Hello, from the lovely town of Canmore in Canada! (Actually, we recorded this the day before we flew out, but time travel is such a trip isn’t it?)

In today’s episode Ben and I answer some super tricky listener questions about the deeper issues of choosing to live a slower, more intentional life and, to be honest, we got a little stumped in answering them!

They include questions about:

  • Planning for the future vs living in the moment
  • How to minimise time spent talking on the phone, as it impedes our attempts to live a simpler, more present life
  • How simplifying life has impacted our relationships
  • How to balance work, family and down-time, particularly with a new job
  • What can we do to reconcile our work lives with our values, or how to overcome the discrepancy from one to the other.

These are some serious questions and we loved the opportunity to dig in to them, but as always would love to know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts about some of these issues.

As we mentioned in last week’s show, we’re in Canada for the next month, taking a working holiday. We won’t be spending as much time online, and as a result will be slower to respond to emails and social media comments. 

We will be posting about our newest Slow Home Experiment though, including some sneak peeks into our family journal, as well as some epic Canadian landscape. So be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

In the meantime though, enjoy the pogpast!

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