Slow living is about knowing and loving the things we value, and designing our lives to spend the most possible time enjoying them. It’s about having intentionality ... in our activities, about embracing the fact that you’re not doing it all – it’s about doing less, but better.” — Kayte Ferris
Today, here at the Meet Jeanine blog, is dedicated to cozy, slow living and falling in love with slow mornings.
This post is the first of several blog posts I'll be sharing today, and the next couple of days will continue the theme.
I wrote this series & the free eBook that compiles and expands on it because I believe that if you're a mom, a slower lifestyle and pace can help you take back your time, be more present with your kids, carve out more time for yourself and feel good about the way you and your family spend your days.
In this post, let's take a look at the slow living lifestyle and the philosophy behind it...
Our pace is determined not by the length of our to-do list but by whether we pause (and for how long) in between the items on those lists.
The Slow Living Lifestyle & Philosophy
It has taken me years to fully integrate the concept of slow living, especially as it applies to me and my life. On the surface, the pursuit of a simplified, less cluttered life seems easy to understand, but the implications - not to mention personalizing it for yourself - are not as simple.
Here's the way I understand the slow living movement and philosophy today...
Slow living is about separating who you are from your to-do list. It's about letting go of the idea that more is better, and that faster is the way to go.
It's about doing one thing at a time and devoting yourself to it, being fully present and engaged. Which means that with slow living, you let go of multi-tasking whenever possible.
And you let yourself take the time to enjoy simple pleasures, to savor moments you love. For example, the hygge lifestyle is a slow lifestyle: savoring a cup of tea, lingering over time with family and friends, snuggling under a blanket and letting go of the worry about time.
Slow living is about the pause between each moment of engagement and the next one. It devalues the rush from one moment to the next. There's no hurry.
The slow movement can be applied, specifically, to things like food and clothes.
Why hurry through fast food when you can take the time to make really good food? Go out of your way a little, taking the time to procure what you know is better.
And live a little in your clothes before rushing to buy the next new thing. Savor what you already have.
Consider this a brief introduction to slow living, as a lifestyle and philosophy. Each new post, today, may help you sink into it a little more.
But what do you think, so far? Does it appeal to you? Is it calling your name?
3 Slow Living Books I Recommend
There are many more books I could recommend. But these are a great place to start...
Busyness is a byproduct of our culture. It is the sacrifice we make for our religion of more... But more is a never-ending immeasurable... More is always, by definition, just ahead at the horizon. That’s why we never stop chasing it. More is never enough. - Erin Loechner, Chasing Slow
One thing I love about this book is her stories. I would forget that she was making a point or teaching me something, but I'd get the message anyway while she entertained me. This was my favorite of the three.
A cluttered garage is little more than a graveyard of insecurities, a cemetery of might have been or could have been or should have been. Or should never have been. - Brooke McAlary, Destination Simple
Quick note about this book: I love some of her quotes, and I include two here, but I was a wee bit disappointed with the rituals. I love to get interesting ritual ideas (light a candle, say a prayer, do the meditation), but these were more like daily activities.
But I do love that she talks about the connection between the way we live and our identity. She talks about the willingness to shift the way we see ourselves and makes it clear that letting go in that way is a sort of first step to living more slowly.
We are drowning under to-do lists. We have been taught the longer the list, the more important we are. The more ticks we have on our list means the more efficient/smart/productive/successful we are. - Brooke McAlary
This book is an account of my winding, messy journey from exhaustion to peace, from isolation to connection, from hustling and multitasking to sacred presence. And this book is an invitation, too—a hand reaching out across the pages, inviting you into that same journey…My prayer is that this book will be a thousand invitations, springing up from every page, calling you to ... recraft a life marked by meaning, connection, and unconditional love. — Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect
The Slow Living Series
I invite you to read the other slow living posts to explore how you might adapt it to your own lifestyle. See what coziness it might have for you.
Here are the other posts in the series ...
Slow Living for Women of Faith
How Do You Want Your Mornings to Feel?
Tea and Meditation: Tea Ritual Ideas
The Slow Morning Solution for Night Owls
To download all of the slow living posts in a free printable pdf & bonus getting started checklist, plus bonus information about slow living for families, go to The Slow Living eBook.
See you next time!