When I created this blog, I wanted to give my readers an idea of what I was after in terms of content, so I came up with the tagline Slowing Down Life While Chasing Two Toddlers.
I thought that Slowing Down Life While Chasing Two Toddlers was a perfect example of my every day life: my want to bring some simplicity and calm, some slowness, into the often chaotic every day life of raising toddlers and being a mom. I would incorporate screen-free toddler activities, homemade wellness products, healthy home cooking and baking, and self care, among other things.
Only recently though, I became aware of the terms Slow Living and Simple Living as lifestyle concepts (call me behind the times!!). I was intrigued, and began doing some reading of Slow Living blogs.
Here’s a simple breakdown of what the internet population has termed collectively as Slow Living:
- putting an end to the glorification of the word “busy”, and that being busy does not make your more important or successful than anyone else.
- creating healthy boundaries to give you time to do what really matters to you.
- being intentional with your time and simplifying your schedule.
- minimalism and decluttering of your home/possessions to create a sense of peace and calm in your home and within your being.
- reconnecting with nature and being eco-conscious.
- choosing to support slow fashion (ethically made, higher quality items), which is usually talked about with the idea of a capsule or minimalist wardrobe.
- eating slow food (real, local food).
- taking a step back from mindless consumerism.
- avoiding multi-tasking.
- creating a self care practice.
After a good read about what Slow Living was now deemed to be, I agreed with the concepts completely. In fact, I was already doing (or not doing, if appropriate) most of these things. I found it comforting to know that there was a substantial group of people out there who were also choosing to embrace life with a slow, simple approach.
What I find interesting though, is the “movement” of Slow Living in terms of societal pressure and the ever present hashtag battle.
I had read a few pages from blogs about how Slow Living wasn’t for them. One blogger laughed that she attended a “slow living dinner” and stared in disbelief at the people in attendance as they stood up on chairs to get the perfect flatlay photo of their dinner, stealing decor from other tables to create the desired look.
After reading that, I laughed too. Isn’t it interesting, that even something as organic and natural as the concept of Slow Living, when portrayed by social media, is essentially the complete opposite? Intrigued, I began looking at the #slowliving images. The feed is full of bright, high exposure images of houseplants, clean homes with white walls, feet wrapped in cozy socks, beautiful children in crisp neutral linens, mugs of hot beverages, and campers vans.
In short, after looking at these images I had the nagging sense that it was all trying to tell me I was doing slow living wrong, because, by comparison, I am: two of my houseplants are hanging on by a thread, my children are often dressed in lime green robot-crocodile printed pants with shirts depicting a cartoon wiener dog sandwiched in a hot dog bun, and I still have boxes to unpack from our move that quite honestly, I don’t even know what they contain. Basically, I would be deemed a Slow Living fraud.
But, If I’m being honest, I think that’s alright. If I had to keep up with all that, my life would be far from slow!
For me, Slow Living means I’m trying to live my best life, and give the same to my boys. I’m being intentional with my time, and creating space for what matters. I try to get back to basics wherever possible. But, I’m not on social media posting about it 20 times per day… does that seem Slow Living to anyone? Not to me… but I bet we can all agree that there’s something appealing about making our lives less chaotic.
Here’s my two cents on this: embrace the ways of Slow Living. Embrace the wonderfully simple principles behind living your best, calmest life. Create boundaries, know your value, and create space in your life (and home) for what is important to your most authentic self. Spend time outdoors. Get away from constant screens. Practice self care. Be intentional with your money and purchases.