We hear the phrase slow living written about a lot. It seems to be 'the thing' to talk about at the moment. But what does slow living really mean?
A few weekends ago I dropped my phone onto concrete and the screen smashed into tiny pieces. While it was broken I hardly used my phone. Every time I swiped or scrolled my thumb would catch on the pieces of jagged glass, and zigzagging lines broke everything I looked at up across the screen. Four days later I got it replaced. But, as happens when you get a new phone, I had to reload all my apps. And as I went to download the Instagram app I stopped, and asked myself the question … what if?
A while ago I wrote a post called Filling Our Plates. I talked about how our days were like a dinner plate. We can either balance them with a healthy portion of tasks, activities and work, or we can overload them so we struggle to get through everything. Recently I had to take a good look at my own plate, as I wanted to add something to it. The question I needed to ask myself was, can I keep it balanced or is it going to start to overflow?
I am not a fan of motivational quotes. You know the ones. You see them on Instagram and Pinterest all the time. They say things like ‘shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars’. Which in itself is a ridiculous saying because stars are farther from the earth than the moon is. In fact they even farther from the earth than the sun is. So theoretically if you missed the moon, you are more likely to end up on the sun than amongst the stars, and I’m not sure that would be very pleasant considering how hot it is.
Have you heard of the Liebster Award? If you haven’t don’t worry. Neither had I until a week ago when an email arrived in my inbox from the lovely Vanessa of The Simpson Sisters, letting me know she had nominated me for the award. Vanessa had been nominated herself (you can read her own post about the award here) and was paying it forward, which is essentially what the Liebster Award is all about. So firstly I want to say a huge thank you to Vanessa for thinking of me!
It started with McCaw having to have surgery at the end of February to remove another eight cancerous growths. Then an Instagram friend was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Someone else had to put her dog to sleep when it was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. And someone else has just made the hard decision to stop the chemotherapy treatment their dog was having. Throw in my own cancer scare (I’m fine, I just need another check up in six months) and suddenly life began to feel very short and fragile.
You know those days when you wake up and immediately feel overwhelmed by everything you need to do? I used to wake up feeling like this all the time. These days not so much, but yesterday was definitely a day when I did. So I thought I’d share with you how I dealt with this feeling of overwhelm, in the hope it might help if you’re feeling this way too.
A couple of weeks ago someone asked me what my thoughts were on perfectionism. I’ve been thinking about this since. More so, I’ve been thinking about whether I would call myself a perfectionist or not. Interestingly, despite my perfect handwriting, immaculate house and Type-A personality, I wouldn’t say I am. The reason for this is that I have always believed that 'done is better than perfect’. This belief has been my saving grace, in that it has stopped my perfectionist tendencies from taking over and allowed me to do things I otherwise would have never done.