How Slow Mornings Changed My Life

February 3, 2017

How Slow Mornings Changed My Life

Testing, testing… is this thing on? :)

HI FRIENDS! Oops, let me try that again. Hi, friends! It’s been so long, I got a little excited and almost forgot how to write an appropriate introduction.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to be typing this post, and how much I’ve missed being here with you! January was a complete blur. I worked on the book for some amount of time every single day for 30 days straight. With the exception of a few breaks to go snowshoeing with friends, I was in complete solitude – and I think I had a touch of cabin fever, by the end of it. But coming up to Squamish was the best decision I could have made, because I finished the book! I submitted the first draft of The Year of Less earlier this week, and celebrated with a delicious piece of cake! And then I woke up the next morning and realized how behind I was on email/freelance work/the blog/regular life, haha.

There are so many things I want to share with you, like what the process taught me and how I think it improved my writing (not made evident by this blog post, but hey, cabin fever! I’m talking to real people again!). However, I’m acutely aware of the fact that I should start by giving you an update on how my month of slow mornings worked out…

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Why I’m Taking Back My Mornings

January 9, 2017

Why I'm Taking Back My Mornings (and You Should Too)

Last week, I shared my plans to conduct a year of slow living experiments, rightly dubbing it The Year of Slow. The idea was born after noticing how much anxiety I was experiencing seeing article after article after article come out about resolutions and goals for the new year. Get more done, make more money and do all the work! It’s not that I don’t want to do any of that. I’ll be doing all the work this year. But in between all that work, I also want to do something else: enjoy my life.

I want to sip my coffee rather than gulp it down. I want to taste the food I cook instead of swallow it up. I want to walk more and really breathe in the air – especially when it is as fresh and crisp as it is here in Squamish. I want to find my favourite spot on the couch and sink into it with a good book. I want to remember how it FEELS to work towards and achieve a goal. And at the end of the day, I want to curl up in bed and notice the weight of the blanket over me.

What I don’t want is to work so hard and for so many hours that I mindlessly get to the end of the year wondering how I did it all. I don’t want to be on auto-pilot. I want to be more present. And while it would be nice to think we could practice being present during every moment of our lives, I’m not sure that’s possible – at least not where I’m at right now. So, I’m starting slow. Each month, I’m going to experiment with slowing down in one area of my life. This month, I’m taking back my mornings.

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A Year of Slow Living Experiments

January 2, 2017

A Year of Slow Living Experiments

I don’t know about you, but the new year has only just arrived and I’m already exhausted. It feels as though every article that’s been shared on Twitter recently is telling me how to be bigger, better, faster and stronger in 2017. Grow your business, build your brand and read this specific list of books. Get more work done in fewer hours, make more money and invest it in things that will help you grow further. Finally, because you’re not busy with all of that, make sure you also eat better, exercise daily, and lose the weight once and for all. I’m tired just from writing that out, let alone doing it.

In paying attention to how I feel every time I look at Twitter and Feedly, I’ve realized that the best thing I can do for myself (and for you) is to steer clear of those articles. You know, the ones that make you feel like you’re already failing at life, but here are five ways to become a better version of yourself this year. I’m done. Over it. And it’s not really surprising that I’m done and over it.

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