• Adventure,  Personal Development,  Slow Living

    Slow Living Experiment – One Month Without My Smartphone!

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    I think it’s fair to say that Slow Living is often confused with going without the technological trappings of the modern world. Some folks think of the concept of Slow Living and imagine an Amish like existence, with no gadgets, no devices, no modern conveniences at all. But this isn’t the case:   Slow living is all about living intentionally, choosing to prioritise how you spend your time and allowing yourself to be truly present. As such I have always ascertained that technology can actually help you live a simpler…

  • Adventure,  Slow Living

    Slow Living for Stressful Times

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    There can be no denying that we live in stressful times. The modern world is geared towards the fast-paced and frantic. With the advent of concepts such as fast food and speed dating, every aspect of our lives from the food we eat to the relationships we build has been thrown into hyperdrive.   (If you are looking for information related to the stressful time we find ourselves in currently – the Covid-19 pandemic – please also see Lockdown Slow down)   Consumerism is at an all-time high as a…

  • Adventure,  Slow Living

    Lockdown Slow down!

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    Many people the world over who currently find themselves in an enforced state of stillness are discovering the benefits that slow living can provide – from spending time with family, baking & cooking meals from scratch, rediscovering hobbies, to regularly connecting with friends and relatives over Zoom meetings.   But understandably, others are finding it harder to slip straight into the joys that slowing down can offer. These are uncertain times, and in this situation, stress levels are naturally high.    Being forced to slow down isn’t the same as…

  • Adventure,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    Slow Morning Routines for Weekends

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    If like most of us, you find yourself rushing through the working week in a blur, you most likely breathe a sigh of relief when the weekend rolls around. But are you making the most of it?   Have you ever wondered if you should have a morning routine, but can’t find the time? Do you wish you could just hit the pause button and reset, allowing the stresses and strains of the week to melt away?   If this is you, then you’d undoubtedly benefit from creating a slow…

  • Alternative Living,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    Downshifting – Work less, live more!

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    Have you ever heard of the concept of downshifting? Well, I hadn’t until recently, but when I did I knew it was something I wanted to look into. Turns out I have been downshifting for a while now… I just didn’t realise it had a name! If, like me, you didn’t even know this was a thing, then read on: we are going to look into exactly what it means to be a downshifter, how downshifting can change your life for the better, and how you can get started.

  • Adventure,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    Everyday Slow (Slow living tips for every day life!)

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    So are you ready to Slow down?   I thought it might be helpful to briefly explore some Slow Living tips for the most common ‘everyday’ areas and how you can integrate a Slow philosophy in your day to day life. There are so many aspects to Slow Living, part of its beauty for me it’s how personal it is! You can pretty much apply Slow Living principles to any aspect of life you choose, but let’s take a look at a few key areas:

  • Adventure,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    Becoming an authentic you! Finding yourself with Slow Living

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    Heads up! This is part 2 in The Life Spotters Slow Living Series, if you’d like an in-depth introduction into Slow living and what it means to live Slow, then read: Slow Living Series: Part 1 – An introduction to Slow Living Alternatively, for tips on how to incorporate Slow Living into your day to day life, please see: Slow Living series: Part 3 – Everyday Slow (Slow living tips for everyday life!) Last week I touched on the difference between Slow living and Intentional living, and how although they…

  • Adventure,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    An introduction to Slow living

    Image of the author smiling and walking beside a river with her daughter

    The pace of living today can be frantic and overwhelming:   Technological advancements are being made continually, people want things to be better, easier and faster than ever before, and the expectation is that they will get exactly that. We have more and more demands on our time, working longer hours amidst countless distractions, and trying to fit in everything else on our (inexhaustible) to-do lists around that.

  • Adventure,  Life Design,  Slow Living

    10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

    Do you ever feel the urge to simplify? The way we live our lives today is faster, bigger and busier than ever before. In many ways this is a superb thing – we have access to information 24/7 – a whole world of knowledge at our fingertips. We can connect with people – loved ones or strangers – all over the world at the touch of a button. Our needs and wants are met quickly and efficiently, and if we can imagine it, we can own it. There is a…

  • Money,  Money Management,  Slow Living

    Reduce waste and spend less this Christmas

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to come together with family and friends, to celebrate and show our love, to share and feast, to dance, sing and be joyful. But it has also become a time of excessive consumption and mass overspending. I LOVE Christmas, truly, I’m still just like a kid, giddy and excitable and hopping up and down in anticipation from now until the day itself, (did I say now? Ok, so, actually I have been hopping up and down for weeks, waiting for…