Slow Living with Naomi Bulger
When I started Tiny Loves Slow, I knew that my status as a slow living novice was not going to cut it. I try, but mostly I’m still running around chasing my tail, hoping for a few more hours in the day to get everything done. I needed an actual real-life practicing slow living human being. So when I came across the beautiful blog that is Naomi Loves, I knew I’d found my guide. Naomi is an incredibly talented writer and illustrator with a passion for old-fashioned mail. We are thrilled to have her join our team to share her life and little discoveries about slow living.
As a family, we were hurtling through life and barely even noticing the good things that came our way. I felt as though I was missing key milestones, and failing to appreciate the simple pleasures of playing with my children, chatting with my friends, enjoying mealtimes together, and living more responsibly in this beautiful world we share.
My mission to slow down is going… well… I am trying. For me, “slow living” is about taking the time to really think about what I am doing. To mean it, to put my heart into it. Cooking a meal from scratch. Turning off the TV at meal times. Writing a letter instead of banging out a text.
We are a busy family with very full lives, and that is not likely to change any time soon. As much as I dream, frequently and wistfully, of packing up and moving to an old country house in the mountains with a permanent stream and apple trees that grow all the way up to the doors of the converted barn where I paint all day long (I don’t dream by halves)… wholesale lifestyle revolution is simply not in our foreseeable future.
However, things do need to change for us, right where we are. So I have decided to take this journey one step at a time. I focus my energies on just one thing. For example, cutting back on social media, or reducing household waste, or blocking out and fiercely protecting family time. Once that one thing has become so much a part of our lives that we don’t need to think about doing it any more, I move on to the next thing.
Slow living does not necessarily mean “not busy living,” and I think we need to be kind to ourselves, and find ways to simplify and be mindful in the life we live right now, rather than in the bucolic fantasy of my imaginings.
Ultimately, my goal is to lead a life that is slow, creative and personal; in a world that can all-too-often feel frantic, mainstream and remote. I’m thrilled to be sharing that journey with you in this blog.
Naomi will be sharing more of her slow living journey with us over the coming months. You can find out more about Naomi, her snail mail revolution, letter writing courses and much more on her blog.