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We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of SlowYourHome.com, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of SlowYourHome.com, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.
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We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of SlowYourHome.com, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

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English


Episodes

On settling, slowness and fitting out a new house: A Hostful Podcast

9/11/2019
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Unbelievable though it may seem, today's episode is the final poggie of Season 3. (Time flies when you're having fun!) Before Brooke and Ben get in to today's episode and the outstanding listener questions that have been submitted throughout the season, they begin on a bittersweet note as they bid a very fond farewell to two Slow Home team members. Once they wipe away their tears and (literally) play Steph and Ryan off in to the sunset, Brooke and Ben dive head-first in to some...

Duration:01:04:11

Beth Kempton on the slow way of wabi sabi

9/4/2019
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This season has been an exploration of slow living through a variety of different lenses, looking at what constitutes ‘slow’ from new perspectives. Today’s episode, the second-last of the season, is no different as Brooke chats with author and Japanologist Beth Kempton about slow living through the lens of Japanese culture. Or more specifically, through the lens of wabi sabi. Complex to define, wabi sabi is an exploration of acceptance and contentment. An acknowledgement of the true nature...

Duration:00:51:34

Emily Stochl on the planet-saving power of shopping second-hand

8/28/2019
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You may know by now that the fashion industry is one of the leading planet polluters, and you also may know that fast fashion (cheap, poorly made fashion that's created for very short-term wear) is a huge part of the problem. One of the best solutions is to start buying second-hand clothes, but if you're a little clueless about how to start thrifting or if you feel intimidated every time you step in to a vintage store, this episode is for you. Brooke chats with Emily Stochl, a passionate...

Duration:00:47:02

Katie Patrick on how to save the world

8/21/2019
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Often on the podcast we dance around the topic of technology - usually viewing it as something that gets in the way of our efforts to slow down and live a more mindful, sustainable life. But what if we embraced technology and viewed it as the greatest opportunity we have to change (or maybe even save) the world? In this week’s episode Brooke chats with Katie Patrick, an environmental engineer and designer who applies data-driven, gamification, and behaviour-change techniques to solve the...

Duration:00:56:15

Kali Gray on body positivity, mindful eating and living counter-culturally

8/14/2019
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Is there a link between the rise in consumerism, the endless advertising messages that assault us thousands of times a day and the increase in body image issues? According to today’s guest, Kali Gray, the answer is a resounding yes. Kali is a body confidence expert and a “non diet” dietician and in today’s episode she and Brooke discuss the the relationship between food security and body image issues, while also looking at the crossover between slow living and the work of reframing our...

Duration:00:56:57

Sheri Salata on embracing the beauty of No

8/7/2019
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Today’s episode features the powerhouse that is Sheri Salata - creator of The Pillar Life.com and The Sheri and Nancy Show and author of The Beautiful No. Brooke was lucky enough to meet Sheri in person in LA during her book tour, and we’re thrilled we’ve finally had the opportunity to have her on the show. She and Brooke chat about her journey from executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show to where she is now, her approach to slowing down, spirituality, the second half of life and...

Duration:00:45:54

Blaire Palmer on rethinking our modern conventions of Work

7/31/2019
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One question we get asked a lot at Slow Home HQ is how can we find our passion and make it our work. It’s something so many of us grapple with, which is why we’re so excited to have Blaire Palmer on the show today. Blaire is an ex-BBC journalist turned business owner, who under the moniker A Brilliant Gamble works to help people unpick the industrial-age conventions of work and find a fulfilling way forward that works for them. In her chat with Brooke, Blaire shares her own story and the...

Duration:00:51:52

Katrina Rodabaugh on why mending matters

7/24/2019
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Hello, and welcome to season 3! We‘re thrilled to be back, and even more thrilled to share today’s conversation with slow fashion expert and advocate, fibre artist, writer and crafter Katrina Rodabaugh. She and Brooke talk all things slow fashion: why Katrina got started, how her fashion-fast experiment became her lifestyle, the art of mending, creating systems and networks for thrifting and more. They also talk social media and the importance of ‘showing the cracks’, the trade-offs of...

Duration:00:47:29

The Slow Return - A Hostful Update

7/3/2019
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Oh hello there! In this sneaky episode Brooke and Ben pop in with a mini-hostful and an update on what’s been happening over the past few weeks. Plus there's talk of what's on the horizon (lots of good stuff). First of all they've got a huge thank you to give all our listeners for the understanding, encouragement and patience they've received as they took a wee break to tilt into finding a new rhythm for life in Oz. They also talk about what they’ve been up to, how they’ve been feeling...

Duration:00:16:36

Homecoming

3/27/2019
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We’re going out with a bang this week, ending season 2 with a hostful full to the brim with your amazing questions. It’s been a while between catch ups, and Brooke and Ben kick off by answering the question of the season – when are they coming home? Are they ever coming home? You’ll have to listen to find out! As well, they talk about everything from goals to their proudest moments, what they want to bring into their lives next and what they want to let go of, how to stay slow on a commute...

Duration:00:55:49

Meg Berryman on moving beyond wellness

3/20/2019
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Platonic sparks fly in today’s episode, when Brooke sits down with Meg Berryman of Beyond Being Well. Meg is a women’s coach, mum, yoga teacher, empowerment educator and fabulous no-BS human. We couldn’t wait to have her on the show to talk about her work and especially the link between making changes for ourselves and making changes for the collective, which is something Brooke has felt herself being pulled toward more and more. Meg talks about the journey from wellness to wholeness to...

Duration:00:47:00

Christine Liu on how to create a green team in your workplace

3/13/2019
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Welcome to this week’s poggie! Today Brooke talks to zero-waste blogger and YouTuber Christine Liu of Simply By Christine. Christine is not only a great source of practical information in the low-waste world, she also talks about her experience in her previous job at Cisco where she was instrumental in organising the Green Team network. This initiative brought sustainability to the workplace, and is a great example of how to create real-world, community-based change in our own...

Duration:00:40:14

Rebecca Sullivan on eating local and the power of simple observation

3/6/2019
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Today Brooke shares her conversation with the delicious and delightful Rebecca Sullivan. The two first spoke on the podcast back in 2017, and since then Rebecca has published four (!!) books, with another on the way, and moved from an apartment in Adelaide to a closed loop eco-farm in the Clare Valley. There’s just a bit for the two to catch up on, so we thought it was about time! Rebecca reflects on the challenges and joys that living on the land have brought so far, how paying attention...

Duration:00:53:55

April Hepokoski on creating a zero-waste, nature-based classroom

2/27/2019
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This week Brooke is joined by early-childhood educator April Hepokoski for a fascinating discussion about all things child-led and nature-based learning. April is the founder and teacher at The Little Barnyard Preschool in Duluth, Minnesota, where she centres learning around being outside in nature every single day. April also founded a zero-waste living group on her local community, where she shares tips and tricks for living with less waste as well as lobbying the city council to make...

Duration:00:39:51

Jojo Hogan on why the Slow Postpartum movement is so important

2/20/2019
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This week’s Brooke sits down for a heartfelt discussion with Jojo Hogan: founder of the Slow Postpartum movement, yoga teacher, aromatherapist, massage therapist and doula. Jojo has been working with expectant mothers for many years, and now specialises as a postpartum doula, providing much needed support to mothers after giving birth. There are so many beautiful intersections between slow living principles and the postpartum care practices that Jojo provides and educates around, and...

Duration:00:58:30

Listener Chat with Xan Holyoak

2/13/2019
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This week we welcome back listener chats, as Brooke sits down to talk with Xan Holyoak. Xan is a listener of the show, a writer, a single parent and a slow living and nature loving woman. She first reached out to us after the nature experiment last year, and the more Brooke learned about her story, the more she wanted to share Xan’s wisdom with our wider community. So here we go! In today’s chat Xan and Brooke talk about when she first started to slow things down, why she started writing...

Duration:00:28:51

Jacki Carr on redefining balance (and making room for failure)

2/6/2019
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Welcome to season 2 of the Slow Home Podcast! Today Brooke sits down with goals coach, co-founder of Rock Your Bliss and incredible public speaker/human Jacki Carr. Brooke did some work with Jacki last year before embarking on the Slow book tour and it had the most enormous impact on her time on the road. So she was determined to chat with Jacki this season, and especially at this time of year, as there’s so much buzz about resolutions, goals and general New Year vibes, which is all Jacki’s...

Duration:00:54:29

Jocelyn Glei on fast tech and slow work - Summer Series

1/30/2019
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Welcome to the fifth and final episode of the Summer Series (/Winter Warmies!) For all of January, we’ve been bringing back the best of 2018, re-sharing some of our favourite episodes to keep you company on the beach (or the slopes!) Last but not least, this week is our episode with the awesome Jocelyn Glei, writer and creator of the podcast Hurry Slowly. Now seemed like the perfect time to feature Brooke’s chat with Jocelyn, as they focus on the relationship between technology, work, life,...

Duration:00:41:30

Tsh Oxenreider on ignoring what slow 'should' look like

1/23/2019
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Welcome to the fourth episode of the Summer Series (/Winter Warmies)! For all of January, we’ll be bringing back the best of 2018, re-sharing some of our favourite episodes to keep you company on the beach (or the slopes!) This week we’re heading back on the road, with Brooke’s conversation with friend of the show Tsh Oxenreider on the Slow Book Tour. This was a live recording at an event in Austin, Texas, featuring a lovely audience full of great questions that Brooke and Tsh got to...

Duration:00:55:29

An Interview with Ben - Summer Series

1/16/2019
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Welcome to the third episode of the Summer Series (Winter Warmies!) For all of January, we’ll be bringing back the best of 2018, re-sharing some of our favourite episodes to keep you company on the beach (or the slopes!) Today we’re highlighting one of the most-loved episodes of last year - when Brooke interviewed Ben about his slow living journey. What started out as a chance to turn the tables and switch the spotlight ended up being a deeply personal and raw conversation. Ben talks about...

Duration:00:51:55