We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of SlowYourHome.com, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.
Brooke and Ben discuss their changing relationship with stuff (the things they buy and own and use) and why they've shifted away from minimalism. Brooke also catches up with Nancy from Season 4 to see what changes she's made since they last spoke.
Ben and Brooke talk about their efforts to reduce waste in their home. From food, to clothes, to cleaning Ben and Brooke talk about where they started out on their waste reduction journey and where they find themselves now. Brooke then catches up with Georgi from Season 4, who shares the fantastic project she's begun since they last spoke.
What is community and how does it fit in with slow living? In this episode Brooke and Ben discuss their experience in finding and developing community, and why belonging is so important. Brooke also catches up with Lauren from Season 4 who shares some massive changes she's made since they last spoke, and how she's finding a new appreciation for slow/intentional living in her twenties.
Is self-care really just about baths and treating yo'self? Brooke and Ben discuss the roots of self-care, what it looks like in their lives and why it's so important. Brooke then chats with listener Amy about her waste-reduction efforts and how she's managing work from home.
Brooke and Ben discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the slow living tools that are helping with the new normal. Brooke then catches up with Elisa who shares what's been working for her since they last spoke, as well as the challenges of applying intentional living to parenting a medically-complex child.
Season 5 wraps up with a hostful episode full of audience questions - some pandemic-related, some not - and Brooke and Ben spend some time talking through their working from home strategies and future plans, as well as what to expect from Season 6.