I know that ‘slow living’ can seem a bit of a buzzword these days, but when I discovered it, I knew it was something that I was immediately interested in and wanted to know more about.

The fact that people were writing about a different way to live, one that sounded much more up my street, felt like quite the revelation, and maybe I wasn’t the odd one out after all for not committing to the regular 9-5, busy weekend, city break hustle. Of course you can still abide by the slow living lifestyle even if you do do all of the above, but maybe it might take more getting used than for someone like me, who lives a small town, needs my own space, and likes time to rest and recharge.

 

What does slow living means to me?

To me, slow living means a life of no judgement. Not feeling guilty for making time to rest, not putting everything on your to-do list so it looks completely overwhelming, and not being ashamed to live a little differently than your peers.

It means being mindful of your actions. Dedicating time to not just complete, but enjoy the daily tasks you set yourself. Giving yourself time to breathe, and think, and work out what you want your next move to be. Setting intentions that feel kind to ourselves. Accepting when it’s time to put the cards down and have a nap. Walking the dog and noticing the change of seasons in the environment.

In a sentence, for me, slow living means always remembering the bigger picture. The reason we are here living and breathing. It isn’t for Instagram, to make a million pounds, or to have the best handbag collection.

It all comes down to love, for me anyway.

 

How can I incorporate slow living into my everyday life?

  • Take your lunch breaks! Invest in a great book you’ve been meaning to read, don’t look at your phone for the next 30 mins, and enjoy your lunch reading a chapter.
  • Work out what exercise feels best for you. If you don’t like the gym, don’t go for a while and find something that feels better for your body! Exercise is not punishment.
  • Have a slow morning once a week. Have breakfast in bed, laugh with your other half, cuddle your pet. Don’t rush to get up and get ready. Enjoy the time you have.
  • Be mindful when possible. Brush your teeth with care, feel the breeze on your face, the taste of water when you’re thirsty. It all makes a difference.
  • Watch how you talk to yourself. Keep it positive, and if you need a boost, maybe have a look at affirmations.
  • Spend an afternoon doing whatever you want. Yes, really!
  • Remember, you have a choice. If you have to do something, you might aswell give your best.

 

 

What does slow living look like to you?

 

Autumn is officially here! And for today’s post, heres some little sneak peeks of how I’m planning to spend the next few months..

1. Paint pumpkins. Believe it or not I’ve never actually painted pumpkins before, and I really want to re-create those gorgeous mini pastel ones you see on Pinterest. One Saturday afternoon, it’s happening!

2. Try one of the Starbucks seasonal drinks. I don’t often go to coffee shops because I don’t actually drink the stuff, but every Autumn I like to try out some of the sweet sweet drinks just as a little treat. Plus it makes me feel like an Instagram cliche which is okay by me (well, sometimes anyway)

3. Re-watch the Harry Potter series. After finishing all the books a few weeks ago, now is the perfect time to make a start on re-watching the series. I’m trying to get Dan to join me as I’m a total wimp but he seems a bit reluctant at the moment.

4. Go to the arcades. This isn’t a seasonal thing, but I’ve got quite the itch to go visit the 2p machines at the seaside, plus maybe snag a few of Dan’s chips too. I think we’re headed over there next month which I’m looking forward to.

5Buy presents in advance. October is a bit soon for me to mention Christmas (sorry!!) but this year I do want to get a head-start on picking up a few little things here and there that catch my eye. That way it feels a lot less stressful when the weeks come around quickly.

6. Make the most of the seasonal props on Instagram. I really want to gather up all the gorgeous crisp leaves and use them for an Instagram photo. Plus when I’m looking back in months to come it will be a great way to remember the season!

7. Do more creative writing. This is something that I’ve only just started doing thanks to Write Yourself Happy, the book I’m currently reading. I journal, but apart from that I don’t write very much. I’ve always loved English at school so this little project feels great I have to say. I always think writing is so therapeutic, and sometimes you express things you didn’t even know you needed to get out! Look out for the book review in a post coming this month.

 

Do you have any plans for this Autumn? I’d love to know!

 

It’s time for another version of my chatty life update post! I’ve just checked and the last one (which was actually the first too) was in August so I reckon there’s quite a lot of stuff that’s been on my mind lately.

 

SLOWING DOWN

I feel like over the past week I’ve really started slowing down. Making the most of being at home, and when I am busy and out and about, being mindful in those moments too, which I think is super important. Seeing every car journey as a chance for me to catch up on podcasts and ‘me-time’, instead of something I don’t particularly enjoy. I’m slowly learning that it’s okay to say no even if it’s something you don’t mind doing, but your body says otherwise. It doesn’t have to be a big dramatic gesture, you can just postpone it to the next day. It feels good I have to say.

FUN PLANS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

We’ve just booked our honeymoon, which is very exciting! We are going on a cruise around Dubai which came about quite out of the blue, but we just ran with the idea, and it looks incredible. There’s quite a few stops along the way such as Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, aswell as a spa on board which I will for sure be making the use out of! I’ve never been on a cruise before so I’m intrigued as to how it will be, and we go in February so not that long to wait. In other fun plan news, me, my mum and sister have booked a girls weekend to Sheffield at the end of the month which I’m really looking forward to. We did it in the summer and it was great to spend quality time together as a three.

INSTAGRAM

I spoke about this on my Instagram stories a few days ago so I won’t harp on about it too much here, but I did have a little Instagram self-doubt dilemma. Even though I’m enjoying posting and creating on there and my engagement is really good, my follower count was just dropping constantly. I got some lovely messages when I spoke out about it and from now on I’m really going to focus on the positives, and that even though numbers shouldn’t matter, the right people WILL find you online and stay.

 

Things I’m loving:

  • Amy’s Instagram stories
  • Where The Lights Get in by Lucy Dillon
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
  • Pringles Texas BBQ flavour
  • Mrs Meldrum’s Youtube channel
  • ‘In The Moment’ magazine- every one is just so good!

 

I would love to know what’s been on your mind lately?

 

I have to say, September has probably been my favourite month of the year so far! It just felt like a month of pure joy and it was the happiest I’ve ever been I think. So I’m definitely hoping this feeling continues into October, but lets see how I did with my goals first…

 

SEPTEMBER GOAL RECAP

Don’t be as hard on myself. Granted this was kind of a tricky one to manage, but I tried hard this month to go easier on myself and calm the negative self-talk. Obviously this is something to still work on, but I feel I have achieved it at times and I’m also trying to include more positive affirmations in my everyday life which I always think helps too.

Keep up running. I feel very proud of myself to say I kept up with Couch to 5k this month, and I’ve just started week 5 which is exciting! I’m only one run in so far but it wasn’t as awful as I thought it was going to be. I think my stamina has improved a lot whilst doing it so far.

Spend more time on the blog. I FINALLY got all our wedding posts up, and it was such a nice thing to share on the blog. They seem to of went down a treat, so thank you to you guys for following along and reading them!

 

OCTOBER GOALS

Listen to my body more. This is something that I’ve been on quite a journey with, but in October I want to focus on listening to my body more. Seeing if it wants to work out, rest, and what type of foods I’m really craving instead of just heading to get biscuits as soon as my tummy grumbles (I don’t do that all the time, but sometimes I swear you can’t stop me!)

Re-do our bedroom! We’re not planning a total massive over-haul of our bedroom, but we want to change our bedside tables into ladder shelves, and maybe mix up the decor in there a little. I think October will be the perfect month to do this.

Declutter and change up my Autumn wardrobe. I’m a bit flaky when it comes to clothes, they aren’t my favourite thing in the world but I do like to feel nice and look good, and I’ve spotted a few stuff hanging up in my wardrobe that I’m not as keen on anymore, so I need to have a good sort through. I always give my clothes to charity once I’m done with them. With giving things away, I’ll need to pick up a few bits to replace them and I’m looking forward to seeing a few newer pieces in my clothes stash.

 

Do you have any goals for October?