The simple life – slow your home!!

The last few years have been pretty mental with me doing my postgraduate certificate in Human Nutrition. I tell you me studying part time and having a family REALLY takes its toll on everyone. I am very happy that I am now a University trained Nutritionist and really look forward to working in this field however I’d be lying if I said it was easy or smooth snailing or if there was much joy all the time I was studying. No there wasn’t it was hard on all of us. Oh I LOVED my studies I really REALLY did but if you ask my family they’ll tell you I was distracted, unavailable, time-poor, joyless, angry, and certainly not present; all together not a pretty picture! Not that it was all bad all the time but I was certainly focused on my studies and what we ate and not always on spending quality time with the family.

I knew the whole time I was studying I wasn’t being mindful and I knew I needed to focus on this but I had NO idea where to begin. I felt so weighed down by everything around me, our home, our stuff, things I thought I had to do, my perception of what was expected of me and what I had to achieve, everything was so hard and overwhelming. I even wanted to sell our house so I could get rid of everything and not feel so weighted down anymore. Everywhere I looked all I could see was things to do, things to clean, stuff, stuff STUFF EVERYWHERE!!! I actually kind of hoped the house would burn down so I could start afresh. I am so sure I am not the only person who feels like this!! All in all rather stressed.

So fast forward a few months, my studies are now finished (I passed with flying colours woohoo go me!!!) and then I discovered¬†Bea Johnson (from Zero waste home wow that woman is freaking AMAZING!!!). I read her amazing book and I started decluttering. I become a mad woman and decluttered, constantly getting rid of everything busy, busy constantly decluttering. Getting there, still a long way to go but constantly removing. Feeling better all the time, feeling lighter without all that stuff around me. I have always been so good at what comes into our home and reusing, recycling but my downfall was the crap already in my home. It’s so hard to just get rid of stuff when you think oh I might need that or someone might be able to use that one day. I was an excellent gate keeper but not so good at reducing my in home clutter.

Through Bea I discovered and the slow home movement. A light went off WOW that’s me!! That’s how I want to live!! It’s all about living in the moment, being fully present, focusing on people and experiences over stuff, opting out, getting rid of distractions and all in all about living intentionally. I started listening again, I started reading again, I turned off the TV, I talked to my kids, I’m trying to spent true whole hearted focused time with my family and friends. Oh I’m SO NOT perfect I still have moments where I want to scream and yell and thrown tantrums but the anger is going, the weigh of the world is gone, I feel so much happier and I am so much kinder. I realized I had become rather cynical and I didn’t really like who I was becoming. It’s never too late to change, to love more, to be truly present, to kiss more, to play more. Turn off facebook, turn off the tv, go outside and smell the roses. I still have a long LONG way to go but I feel so much happier and I see my kids are so much happier already. Life’s a journey right?!

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I have unsubscribed from about ten billion emails I was getting so so many that I wasn’t reading, I’m saying yes to what truly matters, I’m option out of the distracted race. So to be truly, truly present I am turning off all internet and devices from 16-21 January so I can focus on my kids and family without ANY outside forces, pressures or distractions. This year I am slowing down and living the simple life!!! Come join me!

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Slow home resources

Slow your home – especially Brook’s super awesome pogpasts

Hands free living – Rachel’s book Hands Free life totally rocked my world!!!

Zero waste home – Bea is just freaking awesome!! Her book is a game changer!

Intentional wondering podcast – Jeff just rocks!

Miss minimalist – her book The joy of less is freaking awesome!!!

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10 thoughts on “The simple life – slow your home!!

  1. January 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Oh I love this, I can relate to it (apart from the study!!) its so true. I find it really hard to stay present without my phone to ‘just check this’ or read through fb in a quiet moment (that lasts all of 30 seconds then its preying on my mind while DD is with me), then again if I don’t have my phone to add reminders to, I can’t remember what I need to do/organise. Excuses, maybe?
    The idea of no computer or fb for a week leaves me cold. I may yet try it, in a fit of masochism. I tried the quitting of sugar for a month, so anything is possible.
    I have sooo much decluttering too, I can feel it building, swelling, like a wave . . . and it will be decluttered when it is right and natural!

    1. January 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Trust me I SO hear you!! I have to add everything to my phone as I will not remember and that’s ok too. It took me several weeks to come up with the decision to go distraction free. When I first heard of the idea it left me cold too and I thought I can never do that which made me decide that’s what I have to do! You will do everything in your own time at your own pace or not. You have to do what is right for you and your family and when the time is right come join the liberation. M x

  2. Pam Adam
    January 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Madeleine,
    I love what you are doing. I love what you are planning and I love the attitude you are spreading. You are courageous and brave and wise. You will move many to re-think their lives and come up with new ways to be more and give more. Good on you. I support you.

    1. January 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely kind words Pam. I can always rely on your support and kind words that means so much to me. All the best M x

  3. Honora
    January 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Really good links and thought provoking.

    1. January 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I’m glad you think so. I hope my journey and discovery can help others. All the best M x

  4. January 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

    What an awesome post! And I can totally relate, and those little ones and our family that are so important should not be waiting inline for our attention. The whole reason we are living and sharing what we do is for them so they need to be prioritised. That email and facebook post can wait. This summer has been so awesome to slow down, we regularly turn off the internet and phones for days and don’t even miss it! Lets hope this can continue into the working year. See you soon lovely xx

  5. January 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I love ‘Zero Waste Home’ too! So inspiring. I read the book back in 2014, and it changed my life. My family and I have been zero waste ever since.

  6. January 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about how turning off your devices for the week went. I am a big fan of Slow Your Home also. Brooke’s stuff on decluttering is great (it spurred a great Facebook group called Annual Declutter Challenge via Slow Your Home), but it is her stuff about finding and working with your rhythm that I really love.

    1. April 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Brooke rocks I totally have a girl crush on her!! I LOVED my week offline and I do it regularly now. I find it such a great way to reset myself and means I can truly focus on those around me. It also means I use my phone/ internet a lot less at other times as well. I highly recommend doing it regularly. M x

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