Lets discuss slow

by kath_red on 11/01/2012

in my life, Newsletter

This year I am trialling something new and old for my newsletters – still going with the same provider who I started with last year, but returning to my old ways with posting the newsletter here at whipup as well. That way you can read it online here or via email – easy for you and easy for me. I would be interested in your feedback – if you are receiving this via email already — let me know how you like (or don’t like) it.

Today I want to talk about slow. This year I am going to concentrate on not rushing, not hurrying, not stressing about rushing and hurrying, and in doing so I am sure I will get more done.

I have started off the year by taking it slowly, easing my way into the routine, cooking slow dinners, relaxing in the evening with a snack and then cooking together with a relaxing glass of wine. I am not going to worry about the perfect meal, not going to rush to the shops to pick up something, instead I am going to eat half an hour later if necessary, or I am going to make omelettes for dinner or allow myself to declare cheese and crackers a perfectly acceptable meal. And then on weekends I will put on a casserole to cook quietly in the corner — emitting delicious aromas — while I get on with the business of life.

I am going to take this slow idea and ease myself effortlessly into housework by not rushing, not yelling, not stressing about a little mess and dirt here and there. I am going to declutter and throw things out or give them away if they don’t have a home. And then I am going to do the laundry only once a week – not every day – yes you heard me not every day! Let them wear yesterday’s clothes for another day if they are desperate. And then I am going to delegate tasks — the boys can clean the toilets! But in delegating I am not going to fuss if it is not done to my exacting standards, I am going to let it be (maybe give some advice here and there — that’s allowed), and let them get on with it with some trial and error. And while we are on the subject of housework, I am going to give myself permission to laze about on the weekends — yes, the dirty cups can stay dirty for a few more hours, I am not going to be cleaning the kitchen for the whole of the weekend — I am going to read my book . on the couch . maybe getting up for a cup of tea . or to update my twitter . so there!

Slow is also my mantra for work, for emails, for this blog and for crafting. I am going to take things one step at a time, write lists to help me get organised, and on those lists I am going to include some fun activities that I never seem to be able to fit in anywhere of late — like spending time in the garden or going for an evening walk, having lunch with an old friend, or starting to make that new pattern I have had bookmarked over on ravelry — lists will become my friend and slow will become my mantra. Will you join me on a quest for slow in 2012?

On whipup this week you might want to read about Sayraphim Lothian’s project Gilding the City or a read about a new book – Soul to soul parenting, make a sleep mask, or perhaps get into some crafty recycling. All good things to start the year off slowly.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 beth lehman January 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

amen!

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2 jodie January 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

YES !

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3 Jill January 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

THANK YOU for the inspiration!
Also thanks for posting your newsletter on the website again.

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4 Nancy January 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’m with you on this one. My new mantra is “the slow-cooker is my friend.”

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5 Jodi Anderson January 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

I am absolutely on board with slow in 2012. Your goals are similar to mine. I am sick and freaking tired of hurrying for anyone. I feel healthier when I take it easy. I’m happier and so are those around me.

You’ve said it all so eloquently, Kathreen. You totally get it.

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6 Catherine January 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I second the ‘amen’. Trying to work out how to slow down our days too.

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7 Lisa January 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Well said. I’m am trying to be more realistic and more gentle with myself this year as well… and to realize my needs for calmness and down time count. For now, I’m trying to translate that into “no rushing on the weekends”… but it’s a work in progress.

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8 Sophia January 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I will try. Next week or in two weeks I will be a mama for the first time and I hope I will manage to be a “slow” mama :)

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9 Carmen January 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Ahhhh! I can honestly say that you have been able to verbalize what I have been trying to figure out for myself. I so need to live my life slower. Savour every moment and stop hurrying. Thanks so much!

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10 Regina January 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Amen!!

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11 Selina January 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

How refreshing to know that I am not alone, yes please to slowing down and enjoying life more and less stressing about fitting in housework etc with full-time work, family and serious craft habit!

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12 kath_red January 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

seriously not alone! I think we all want to go a little slower and appreciate these day a little more

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13 Diane January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Good for you! This past year I’ve been doing a lot more hand sewing and embroidery and however long it takes is OK. Cooking with fresh ingredients is also healthier!

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14 tamdoll January 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I read this in my email, the timing was perfect… going to take 2012 slow and enjoy more of it with less rushing around. Thanks for the wonderful blog & this great post.
Tammy

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15 Sara January 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

Yes!

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16 Mitts January 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

Kathleen, luv your SLOW article, makes sense, slow down and live goes everywhere, thank you for the inspiration now I will slowly put things into perspective..

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