Slow Living: One Year Later

It has been a year since I started Blushing Lately in the hope of it leading to a more thoughtful, considered life. Inspired by the slow living movement, I wanted to embrace things that add focus to my everyday existence and bring some meaning to what I do. One year later, my understanding of slow living has evolved. Much like the concept of transnationalism that has been the core topic of my MA, slow living seems to have many contested meanings to us all. Quite literally, it can mean slowing down in life. But what does that actually entail? Not all of us are able to give up our day jobs, move to the countryside and spend our days tending to the chickens. Although, admittedly, that sounds like an ideal life. Slow living can be embraced in smaller, subtler ways as well.

Noticing the little details

Whether it’s observing the way sunlight filters through trees onto the ground below, the intricate pattern on a teacup or stopping to capture beautiful wildflowers in a local field, paying attention to little details can help to bring us into the moment and feel more connected to our surroundings.

Making time for simple moments

A book enjoyed in the bath, lighting a candle in the evening and making a cup of loose leaf tea are all such simple moments that can transform a day from ordinary to something a little more special. Simple moments are just that: simple.

Spending time outside

Taking a longer but more scenic route, walks in the forest at weekends or visiting somewhere beautiful to photograph can instantly bring a sense of calm and slow. Joining the National Trust a few years ago was the best decision. Another favourite of ours is walking to the pub in our local village. Anything that involves fresh air can do wonders.

Pursuing what we enjoy

Slow living is often associated with making and creating, from scrapbooks to our own soap and candles. But as Kayte from Simple and Season stated, creative pursuits do not have to be limited to making and creating with our hands to fit the definition of slow living. There are many other things that can be enjoyed creatively that don’t involve crafts or baking. Browsing book stores, reading poetry, wine tasting and simply consuming creative material all come to mind. It’s about allowing ourselves to enjoy what we actually enjoy.

What ideas do you associate with slow living?

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26 Comments

  1. September 10, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Love this! I’m all for slow living myself. We are going at warp speed these days and as William Henry Davies says have ‘no time to stand and stare.”

    • September 10, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you! Yesss exactly and it is so easy get wrapped up in our daily lives that we lose focus of what really matters.
      xxx

  2. September 10, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    I had never really heard of slow living before reading this post but I think this is exactly what I’ve been aiming for this year. I love this ideas and I think this is what I am aspiring to. Heading off to binge-read your posts now 🙂

    • September 10, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      It’s a lovely approach to life, isn’t it! Thank you so much, Sammy. I hope you enjoy the rest of the posts!
      xxx

  3. September 10, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I’m really trying to embrace slow living much more as we get into autumn. I’ve been getting up a little earlier on a morning to make the most of my day and ease into it without rushing everything! Xx
    http://www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

    • September 11, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Autumn is the perfect time to start! That sounds like a really lovely way of doing it. I’ve been setting myself the goal of getting up an hour earlier and preparing everything the night before so that the day starts of calmly. Hoping to keep this up like you!
      xxx

  4. September 10, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I’d never really considered the term before reading this, but my first thought was thoughtfulness. Taking the time to fully evaluate your decisions and choices to get a better idea of what you want. Something I think we should all do more of x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • September 11, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Yesss it’s very much based on thoughtfulness!
      xxx

  5. September 11, 2018 / 9:17 am

    I hadn’t heard much about slow living until now but it sounds like a great movement and very helpful for the mental state of mind. Thank you for making me aware of it 🙂

    • September 11, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      It’s a really lovely approach to life. You’re very welcome, Susanne!
      xxx

  6. September 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Love this! Last year I took the plunge and moved to Switzerland – pace of life feels slower yet more enjoyable! Absolutely love that on Sundays the whole family goes out for a walk and in this scenery who wouldn’t!!

    • September 14, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Oh wow what an incredible thing to do! Switzerland must be so beautiful. That sounds like an idyllic way to spend a Sunday!
      xxx

  7. September 14, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Not gonna lie, I’ve never heard the term “slow living” before but I feel that it matches with a lot of things I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been trying to slow down a bit myself, focussing a lot on mindfullness and taking better care of myself mentally. Definitely need to look more into this term though, it sounds like something I’d be interested in.

  8. September 14, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Oh wow I love this post. I definitely need to start making more time to slow down and enjoy more things. I love going for walks in pretty places without my phone and just enjoying my surroundings and the company I’m in.

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • September 14, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you so much! Yesss a break from technology and the screen is such a lovely way to unwind, especially somewhere beautiful outside!
      xxx

  9. September 14, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I haven’t heard about this slow living lifestyle before, but.it.sounds like a nice and peaceful way of living.

  10. Alex
    September 14, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love the idea of slow living and hopefully I can achieve the tranquility and calm that you seem to have.

    • September 16, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Alex! It takes work and I sometimes do slip off the path but I suppose that is normal with everything!
      xxx

  11. September 16, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I loved this post so so much. I’ve not heard of the term ‘slow living’ before really, but I love the sound of everything you’ve described here. Taking time to enjoy and notice small things can be so important for mental health, keeping you grounded when things get stressful. Thanks so much for sharing, I’d love to see more posts in the future about your journey. xx

    • September 16, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much – I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Yessss it really does help with mental health and general wellbeing. You’re very welcome and thank you for your lovely comment, Kate!
      xxx

  12. September 17, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    I absolutely love this. There is something so important about slowing down and taking pause—in just about every aspect of life. Congrats on your one year celebration of creating something so important, both to yourself and others as they navigate living their best lives. 🙂

    • September 19, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely words, Savannah! This slower approach to life has made me really appreciate things more.
      xxx

  13. September 19, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I loved this, firstly you write so beautifully. Secondly I’ve been really trying to immerse myself in slow living for a while, as it’s always important to just take those pauses and breathe a little. So this post is just a nice reminder to keep at it. Have a fab week lovely xx

    Em // http:www.emilybecca.com

    • September 19, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      That’s honestly the biggest compliment – thank you, lovely! It really helps when life gets a little overwhelming at times. Have a wonderful week, too!
      xxx

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