“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is just much more calm when we’re not making it so frantic.
When you agree to live a slow life, you agree to cut out a lot of unnecessary things.
But, how? How do we slow this pace down? Let me show you how we’re doing it …
Create Frantic-Free Weekends — Do everything you can during the week to give yourselves a true break on the weekends. Plan for nothing. Eliminate anything that just doesn’t feel right.
Go back in time — Hang your own laundry. Bake your own bread. Unplug the TVs and video games and play a board game. Make jam. Use the stove to cook popcorn. Make s’mores the real way, outside with a fire, if you can. Play hide and seek. Modern technology is great — and 90 percent of the week it saves us so much time and hassle. But for 10 percent of your week (or more), pretend like it doesn’t exist.
Hand write a letter or journal — Use a pen and sit down and use your brain. I promote a lot of journaling in my e-courses and e-books because I make sense of the world through words and writing. Writing things down just seems to naturally slow time and help us live more reflectively. And, once it’s written down it’s a memory we can keep forever, which helps us perceive a simpler life. And it keeps our minds functioning at a higher level — often necessary when communicating with kids all day.
Choose free activities — When we cut out everything associated with spending money, the options just melt away, naturally simplifying our days and nights. Life becomes more streamlined and more spacious for things like reading and exploring. Give yourself a tiny budget to use as fun money. When it’s gone, it’s gone. I love this list of free things to do instead of spending money I found via Pinterest.
Nourish Boredom — Creativity blooms during boring times. It’s a child’s right to declare that they are bored. Prepare them for it. Let them know that you’re simplifying and planning slow days, which just means they get to do more of what they want. But, have a few things ready to do in case the kids are so bored they just can’t possibly survive another day.
Read More — “I wish my child didn’t read so much,” said NO PARENT ever. We all want our children to keep reading daily so when all else fails, make reading the ultimate party. After reading this lovely article in the New York Times, I popped some popcorn and surprised my daughters with a brand new book club idea. They were enamored with this idea and really enjoyed setting it up and helping. You can fancy up reading when there’s nothing shiny, sparkly or pink to stare at or play with.
There are some families whose schedules would make this list a laughing matter. But, even the busiest — especially the busiest — can find ways to slow everything down and stop rushing around so much — if that’s the desired outcome.
How about you? Is the slow life calling you? How do you slow down?