My Slow Living Guide To Start Enjoying Life

Slow living has dramatically improved my life and has proven to be a meaningful way to curate a lifestyle that I want. I now live with a greater sense of purpose and meaning, and it allows me more time for things that make me healthy and happy. I wrote this guide to help others understand the benefits of slow living and provide pragmatic steps to improve their lives.

Plato once said, “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” Amen.

Slow living is a mindful way to create a lifestyle.

This article is the cornerstone of all my slow living content. It will evolve to become a leading resource for slow living information.

My Guide To Slow Living

  1. What Is Slow Living
  2. Benefits Of Slow Living
  3. How To Start Living Slow
  4. Slow Living Practices
  5. Videos On Slow Living
  6. Slow Living Blog
  7. Articles On Slow Living
  8. Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is Slow Living

Slow living is about finding the slowest pace possible to live your life without sacrificing anything you genuinely need or the things you truly want.

Slow living is also about prioritizing what is essential in our lives and getting rid of the rest, opening up an abundance of free time to relax and enjoy life.

That free time can be used to relax and do what we want. The more free time we have, the slower we can live.

We can focus on being more mindful, prioritizing wellness, and spending time for ourselves and loved ones, not others.

Here is my favorite concise way to explain slow living to people:

We live in a world where speed, consumption, appearance, and wealth are things that seem to matter most. Slow living is the opposite of all that bullshit.

Gregg Zambrovitz

Slow living also includes elements of other lifestyle choices you may have heard of, like minimalism, intentional living, mindfulness, and wellness.

To truly understand what slow living is, please read the rest of this guide.

Benefits Of Slow Living

Before we dive into the types of slow living and how to get started, let’s first go over why you would even want to consider slow living as a lifestyle.

11 Benefits of Slow Living

  1. Live the Life You Want
  2. Focus On What Matters
  3. Be Creative & Productive
  4. Reduce Stress & Anxiety
  5. Enjoy Your Job
  6. Practice Mindfulness
  7. Learn To Be Grateful
  8. Find Contentment
  9. Release Negative Feelings
  10. Make Wellness A Priority
  11. Spend Less & Save Money

I’ll be adding more soon, but this is a good start.

Live the Life You Want

One of the main benefits of slow living is crafting and curating your own lifestyle. This involves identifying precisely what you genuinely need and the things you truly want to have in your life.

It helps to write out a list of what you want to do during the day. For work, play, family, friends, food, sleep, and everything. Be honest and start to itemize what you need to live and what are things you don’t want to live without.

No fluff allowed. If you are unsure, it does not make the list.  

The longer you practice slow living, the more time you have to refine your lifestyle list and work to make that list a reality.

We are talking about a new lifestyle here, so it will not happen overnight. But, the more you practice slow living, the quicker you will be living the lifestyle you always wanted.

This is an essential step because the more honest and diligent you create and monitor your lifestyle list, the more slow living will work for you.

I also want to point out that slow living is not all-or-nothing.

If you want to change your lifestyle, great. If you wish to cherry-pick such ideas to reduce stress or learn ways to center yourself, that’s fine.

For some people, starting with small steps and slowly adding more over time works better; I like to start by mapping out everything and refining as I go.

There is no right or wrong. You know you, so just be you.

Focus On What Matters

When you practice slow living, you only spend time on the meaningful and essential things that made your lifestyle list. When you do not allow the distractions in life to enter your daily routine, you will be amazed how much free time opens up. 

Here are some examples of things that I ignore daily:

  • I ignore the news.
  • I ignore who’s dating in Hollywood.
  • I ignore what other people do.
  • I ignore what other people think.
  • I ignore what other people have.
  • I ignore 99% of my emails.

We can’t always keep annoying things we don’t want out of our life, but we sure can try our best to limit them.

Be Creative and Productive

Slow living can open up more time in your day, which can be used in many ways. Among them is focusing more meaningfully when working on a task. You are not being rushed to finish only to start another job that you need to hurry and finish.

Spending more time on a task can allow you to do a better job. More time will allow you to use your creative powers to expand on the task or go off in a new direction.

I have been practicing slow living for several years now; I will tell you this.

Slow living is not about avoiding work or hiding from life. It is about identifying what needs to be done and doing your best to accomplish it.

Slow living allows me to focus and create much better work than when rushed. I think you will find the same if you give it a try.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Once you start implementing slow living practices into your life, you will notice that your stress and anxiety will begin to fade away. It stands to reason too. Slow living is about eliminating all the bullshit you don’t need or want in your life and only doing what you need and genuinely enjoy.

That will free up time to do things at a pace much slower and more meaningful than you are probably used to. Over time the more you practice slow living, the more the lifestyle you want takes shape. 

Having more time to work on my physical and mental well-being also helped me reduce stress and anxiety, more on that below.

Enjoy Your Job

When I first started implementing slow living, I had difficulty applying it to my work, but trust me, it is possible. I knew I needed to work for myself as a content creator in the long term because that was what I put on my lifestyle list (we talked about earlier). But that was something to work towards over time, and I needed to work on slow living at my current job.

Here are several examples of how I applied slow living to my work:

  • I reduced the amount of time I spent socializing.
  • I stopped micromanaging people.
  • I focused more on each task I was doing.
  • I took 10-minute breaks in between tasks.
  • I would close my eyes, concentrate on breathing, and get centered.

I actually started to enjoy my job again and was able to spend less time at work but actually get more done.

As time passed, I was finally able to start working for myself and travel as a digital nomad. Again, creating the lifestyle you want takes time but is totally worth it.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness, as it relates to slow living, is about learning to be aware of how you are feeling and being able to calm and center yourself when you feel out of sorts.

I’ll give you a few examples.

Learn ways to calm and center yourself. I practice sitting quietly with my eyes closed and breathing in and out, listening to my body breathe. I keep my mind blank. Over time, I learned how to calm my body and mind pretty quickly with this technique, and it also helps me get to sleep.

Learn to be mindful of your emotions. As much as I try to practice slow living, life usually could care less, and you just can’t help getting annoyed at something. I travel full time as a digital nomad, and recently there was a long line at the passport check. It had already been a long day, and I noticed I was clenching my jaw and getting stressed thinking about the next hour standing in a line.

So, while standing, I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing, as I mentioned above. This centered me emotionally, and I felt better in minutes.

So being mindful, at least for me, is twofold. First, you need to practice and learn tools to center yourself. Second, you need to be aware of your emotions during the day and practice applying these tools to keep your stress down and enjoyment up. 

Once you do it a few times and it works, you’ll learn to get better and better at it.

Learn To Be Grateful

The practice of slow living has many moving parts; among them is being grateful to be able to live the life you want. It takes work to create your lifestyle, and being grateful is one of the true blessings and rewards.

I will tell you that I am grateful for my life, which means the world to me.

How do I work on being grateful? I spend a minute or two repeatedly throughout the day thinking of things I am thankful for. I am grateful to have a place to stay and food to eat. I am thankful I have family and friends. I was grateful for my view at the top of a hill I climbed today. I don’t think you can actually be grateful until you consciously acknowledge it. Make it tangible by saying it out loud or writing it down somewhere.

Find Contentment

Contentment is an emotion I am learning to get better at. Contentment is about loving yourself and allowing yourself to be proud of where you are in life (without being pretentious). It is about not worrying about what others are doing or their status in life.

Contentment is also living beneath your means, consuming less, and living more. It is about realizing you can’t control the future, so you decide to plan for it, but not fear or worry about it too much.  

You can work on being content by noticing when you feel grumpy, unsatisfied, or displeased with something or someone. These are trigger emotions, and when you get better at being mindful and aware of when they occur, you can pause and determine what caused those emotions.

Working on genuinely feeling content is a tricky thing. I have gotten better at it over the years, and I will tell you it is worth the work. Practice, practice, practice.

Release Negative Feelings

Slow living is about eliminating what you don’t want in your life. Still, things will happen anyway, and we need to learn to deal with negative feelings.  

For example, I allow myself to admit when my feelings are hurt instead of lying to myself by saying I don’t care. I do care.  

If someone sends me a mean message online, it hurts my feelings and makes me sad. But here’s the thing. It is fleeting. I acknowledge it hurt. Allow a minute to go by, and then make sure I am mindful that it is over.  

If it is still bothering me, I’ll do an exercise to center myself again.  

Don’t try to hide negative feelings because they will just build up and manifest into natural stress and anxiety over time. Acknowledge these negative emotions, and deal with them as it happens. Then move on.

You will be amazed at how light you feel when you learn to do this.

Make Wellness A Priority

Before practicing slow living, I never considered my mental and physical wellness when making life decisions. The practice of slow living enhances our lives, including making health a priority. Of course, the specifics of health will vary between individuals.

Here are some examples of wellness topics that made my lifestyle list:

  • I will make time each day to be silent and focus on my breathing.
  • I will eat nutritiously and exercise every day.
  • I will not overwork myself.
  • I will be ok if I do not get everything done today.
  • I will rest when I notice I need to.
  • I will sleep 9 hours each night.

Think through what you need mentally and physically to be healthy and happy, be honest, and then work to fold those needs into your lifestyle.

Spend Less and Save Money

For many, slowing down and enjoying life also means decluttering and buying less. I promise you, the less you own, the less stress you will have. 

I live out of a 32-liter backpack, so you probably don’t want to go to that extreme.

When you downsize your living space and regift furniture, clothing, and the stuff you really do not need, you are left with only things you want and need.

Only having what you need and desire, whether emotionally or with possessions, is a critical theme repeated in slow living.

A smaller living space usually costs less and is cheaper to furnish and keep up. Find a place without a yard, and save time and money on upkeep. Learn to buy only matching clothing instead of single outfits. These simple things add up to protecting not only money but also less to do and worry about.

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How To Start Living Slow

This section lists pragmatic ways to actually start implementing slow living into your daily life. As I mentioned before, you can cherry-pick a few to begin with, or map out your new lifestyle. Just keep in mind that the more you do, the sooner real change can happen.

15 Ways To Start Living Slow

  1. Define What You Need
  2. Define What You Want
  3. Map Out Needs & Wants
  4. Take 10 Minute Breaks
  5. Remove Physical Clutter
  6. Remove Mental Clutter
  7. Remove Digital Clutter
  8. Work On Bad Habits
  9. Get 9 Hours Sleep
  10. Start Exercising Daily
  11. Daily Quiet Time
  12. Say No More Often
  13. Develop Useful Routines
  14. Only Do Important Stuff
  15. Develop A Positive Attitude

I’ll be adding more soon, but this is a good start.

Define What You Need

Write down what you need to do each day, week, or month. Be honest and try to only include must-do tasks.

Here’s an excerpt from my list. Each day, I need to eat nutritiously, sleep at least 9 hours a night, stay hydrated, and get at least one hour of exercise. I also need to do enough work to pay the bills and have one hour per day for quiet time and breathing exercises. Each month I need one hour to pay bills online and review finances.

If you have kids, take care of a parent, etc., you will add accordingly, but make sure there is no fluff.

Define What You Want

After you define what you need to do each day, now list the things you genuinely want to do. Don’t use wish lists; think about what passions you require to have in your life, and write them down.  

For example, each day, I want to have one sweet or salty snack that is not nutritious. I want to take a 30-minute nap each day.

Map Out Needs and Wants

Now that you have a list of needs and wants, the next task is to put a time duration next to the daily tasks where it makes sense.

From the examples I mentioned above, it looks like this:

  • Eat nutritiously – not applicable
  • Sleep at least 9 hours a night – 9 hours
  • Stay hydrated – not applicable
  • Get at least one hour of exercise – 1 hour
  • Do enough work to pay the bills – 8 hours
  • One hour of quiet time and breathing exercises – 1 hour
  • One hour per month to pay bills online – not applicable
  • Have one sweet or salty snack that is not nutritious – not applicable
  • I want to take a 30-minute nap each day – 0.5 hours

That totals 19.5 hours, which leaves 4.5 hours of free time to do whatever I want on work days and 12.5 hours of free time on non-work days.

If you went over 24 hours, you are stretched too thin and need to rework your list. The idea is to work your lifestyle list to increase your free time, not fill up your day. Keeping your needs and wants low to have more free time.

There is much more to this, so I am working on creating a workbook to guide you through this process.

Take Ten Minute Breaks

Try taking a ten-minute break before starting another one when you complete a task. You can do something fun during this break, or I prefer to close my eyes and work on my breathing. I find that the best way to relax my brain is to be ready for the next challenge.

Everyone is different, so experiment with what works for you. The key is to do something that shifts your mind’s focus from what you were doing to something short-term and unrelated.

Remove Physical Clutter

Decluttering has become popular because it works. The less we own, the less stress we have. It may sound like reverse logic, but it worked out to be true in my case.

I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist, but even I had too much stuff. How do you tell if you have too much stuff? Here is an exercise to try.

Without looking, make a list of everything in your bedroom closet. Then go to your closet and put everything from your list on your bed. What you have left in your closet is probably unnecessary and can be thrown out or regifted.

Apply this exercise to every room, closet, and cabinet, and you will be amazed how much stuff you have and never use.

Remove Mental Clutter

Removing mental clutter is tricky, but it can be done. This is an ongoing exercise for me, but here is what I do. I feel a bit vulnerable sharing this example, so easy on the comments – LOL.

I am an alcoholic who has not had a drink since September 2007. To this day, I am still a little depressed and upset that I spent so many years of my life drunk and wasted precious time.

It bothers me less and less as time goes by, and I don’t mean to say it limits me. It’s just mental clutter that is around and gives me stress, and I am working on getting rid of it.

The way I do that is each time I am mindful that I am beating myself up over my past drinking problem, I make sure I pause and acknowledge that feeling.

I don’t hide from it, I don’t ignore it, and I don’t pretend it isn’t a problem.

I acknowledge it is a problem. I do my breathing exercise with my eyes closed.

Then I allow myself to compliment myself. Yes, I spent decades in the bottle. But I got help, went through withdrawals, came out the other side of detox, and remained strong ever since.

It’s not something I share with others (until now). Still, I can directly address it by forcing myself to make that feeling tangible and honest.

It was uncomfortable, painful, and awkward when I started doing this. Having gone through it so many times, now it takes a few seconds, and I’m over it and moving on with my day, and it rarely causes me any stress these days.

In behavior psychology, they refer to this as habituation, I think.

Anyway, the point is mental clutter can be damaging if you have a lot and let it linger. I recommend confronting mental clutter and working on ways to minimize its impact on your life. It takes time, but I think it is worth it.

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Remove Digital Clutter

Removing digital clutter makes your computerized devices easier to work with and manage. Here is what it means in my life; see if it gives you some ideas.

When I save documents these days, I use titles that make sense and use meta tags when I can, which helps me find them easier later on. Also, I went back to older documents when I ignored naming conventions, renamed many of them, and deleted some.

I also no longer keep copies of everything and delete items when I am done with them. For example, I have all the footage I edit when making videos. I used to keep all the raw footage, but then I realized I never used it. It is not hurting anything, but it makes things I am looking for harder to find because they clog up a folder or a search result.  

I also remove apps that I no longer use. Not only does this free screen space for apps I do use on one page, but my phone also seems to run faster now. A win-win!

Work On Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, and most are harmless, but you want to be honest and list the ones you probably should address. 

As an example, I used to add salt to everything. Now for some, this may not be a bad habit, but it was for me because when I started practicing slow living, I was having health issues, and I needed to cut out the salt. The solution for me was to throw out the salt shaker and throw out everything that had salt in it.

For about six months, I went without adding any salt and ate only no salt or no salt added foods. When I eventually added salt back into my diet, food tasted overly salty to me. To this day, I barely use salt.

Other examples might be smoking, eating ice cream before bed, drinking too much coffee, etc.

The main idea is to identify and fix unhealthy habits that lead to stress or less sleep. It may also include practices you simply don’t want to do anymore, perhaps like cursing.

Get 9 Hours Of Sleep

Slow living is about reducing the amount of time we spend doing things, except when it comes to rest. Sleeping is so crucial to our wellness.

There is not much to say here; Google what sleep does for you if you feel compelled, but we all know we need it and why.

I choose 9 hours because I like to lay in bed for about 30 minutes and work on my breathing (which puts me to sleep), and I want to spend the first 30 minutes of my day waking up in bed. That leaves 8 hours for the actual sleep part.

Start Exercising Daily

What does exercise have to do with slow living? Everything! We should get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, ideally one hour or more.

And by exercise, I don’t mean joining a gym, buying a bunch of equipment, or anything like that. You can if you want, but not necessary.

I exercise a minimum of one hour a day, usually 1.5 hours or more. I choose to stretch, walk and do some pushups and situps, and that’s about it.

Just doing those exercises (and proper nutrition and sleep), I lost 75 pounds, reduced my blood pressure, and got my blood work in order.

Exercise makes us healthy, reduces stress, and it is probably the most important thing we can do in our day.

I never used to exercise, which put me in poor health. Fortunately, I found slow living. You can read my story of living slow by reading Why I Live Slow.

Daily Quiet Time

Quiet time is the padding in our life. The white space.

Take my website, for example. It is purposely minimal because I want as much white space as possible. Hence, my words, pics, and videos stand out without distraction.

Apply that same logic to quiet time and centering your emotions with breathing exercises.

Quiet time is where we can focus on actually communicating with our emotions. We just need to be in a calm place, free our minds, relax our bodies, and listen.

Sitting in silence provides a mental canvass for self-reflection, allows our senses to relax and reboot, and our blood pressure and adrenaline levels also lower.

Quiet time and breathing exercises can lower stress and anxiety.

It is magic time.

I recommend at least 30 minutes a day (total), and you will notice less stress and more focus. It started working for me almost immediately; your mileage may vary. Still, I know many people who swear by quiet time and breathing exercises.

Say No More Often

I used to think people wouldn’t like me if I said no. Turns out they could care less; they just go ask someone else.

We get bombarded with people asking us for things all day, so it is difficult for me to give specific advice here, but I will say this.

Every time you say yes, you are eating into your free time. We can’t say no to everything, but we can limit when we say yes.

When you say no, mean it, so people will stop asking. Many people will keep asking to wear us down until they get a yes. Here’s an example.

Someone asks you to help them move this Saturday.

I would say, “No, I don’t even move my own furniture, (add a chuckle) say, have you looked into a local moving company? It’s not as expensive as you may think.”

Instead of saying, “oh, I can’t, I’m wrestling tigers with my mom on Saturday.”

With the second response, they may say, “I can move Sunday then, let’s say at 9am?”

In my response, I told them no, used the word “don’t,” which is a powerful word, and threw the question back on them.

Everyone has a different personality, so it’s hard to be specific, but the main idea here is to guard your time and say no more than you say yes.

Develop Useful Routines

Routines have their place and can help make life easier, reduce stress, and are best for those mundane tasks; here are some examples.

My morning routine I can do with my eyes closed. I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, make coffee, drink a glass of water, eat a banana, drink another glass of water, pour coffee, and then shave.

That is a routine. Why is it good? Because I know how much coffee and how many bananas I need to buy when I’m at the store, I know how much time I need to get ready. But mostly, I don’t need to start my day making decisions.

I have routines for grooming, doing laundry, and even finding places to stay on Airbnb.

I travel full time and need to plan the next month’s accommodations.

So I went to Airbnb’s website and searched the city and country. I then use their filters to select pricing and only choose listings from a Superhost. Next, I set the features I want, including A/C, heating, washer, wifi, and finally, English-speaking host, and hit enter.

I only select from those results. If there are no options (it has happened), I go to Expedia and search for a hotel in the city with a different routine use on that website.

These routines may seem silly, but I know them, and I can search faster with them, saving me hours online each month.

So I recommend routines for repetitive tasks; you will be amazed how much time your routines collectively save you and also help to reduce stress.

Only Do Important Stuff

Whoever said, “never put off to tomorrow what you can do today,” was wrong. Here is a saying I can get behind, “Never do today what you can postpone indefinitely.”

Most things in life do not have to be done, let alone today or tomorrow.

I used to think everything on my to-do list had to be done because it was necessary. It had to be because that meant I was needed, and what I did mattered.

Nope.  

Sure, if your kids are sick, you need to care for them. If your car has a flat, you need to get it fixed. So yes, there are things that need to be done and done now.

That said, 90% of the things I used to think I had to do, I no longer do. Here’s an exercise that may help.

Write down everything you think you have to get done today and tomorrow.

Then write what you think will happen if you don’t do it next to it.

If you are honest, my guess is at least two-thirds of the list does not need to be done today or tomorrow.

Develop A Positive Attitude

I have dealt with depression most of my adult life and even took medication for it, but not anymore.

I mention that for context because if someone with diagnosed depression can develop a positive outlook and attitude towards life, anyone can.

It can be challenging at times, but you can develop a positive outlook with a bit of work.

To promote a general good mood and boost confidence, try these ideas. You will be surprised how good you feel.

  • Say hi to people you don’t know often
  • Be conscious that you smile when you walk
  • Be mindful to keep good posture
  • Try humming or whistling in a crowd

For more profound positive thoughts, try the following:

Set some quiet time and mentally go over your accomplishments. This is a time to praise yourself, to feel good about yourself. Often we have a negative outlook because we feel insecure about who we are.

Notice signs that you are being negative, and then go through acknowledging them and centering your emotions. Negative attitudes are often short-lived, so this exercise can knock them out. 

Proper rest also helps keep a positive outlook. Everyone can get grumpy and pessimistic when tired.

Slow Living Practices

Just as many categories make up a lifestyle, numerous disciplines make up slow living. In this section, I try to identify different areas where you can apply slow living. I will also highlight other lifestyle practices that complement our choice to live slower and more meaningfully.

9 Slow Living Practices

  1. Slow Living at Home
  2. Slow Living at Work
  3. Slow Travel
  4. Part-Time Slow Living
  5. Mindfulness & Slow Living
  6. Wellness & Slow Living
  7. Minimalism & Slow Living
  8. Simple & Slow Living
  9. Intentional & Slow Living

I’ll be adding more soon, but this is a good start.

Slow Living at Home

Our home is the bedrock for which to build our slow living lifestyle. It is where we live, raise our family, and spend most of our time. It is also one of the few places where we can, for the most part, control our environment and set firm boundaries for our lifestyle. This environment makes it possible to quickly initiate some positive changes to live a slow life.

Typical examples of slow living at home include decluttering, downsizing and reducing errands and tasks, eating healthier, and practicing at home to spend more time being mindful, resting, and relaxing.

Slow Living at Work

Work is where we do not usually have as much control over our day. However, we can still incorporate elements of slow living. It may take a little creativity, but try to establish boundaries at work for yourself and others. 

From finding ways to reduce the number of hours you spend at work to figuring out how to be more focused on each task, slow living can help improve your lifestyle at work.

Slow Travel

As a digital nomad who travels full time, it may seem like my lifestyle is the opposite of slow living. Still, it is not because I travel slowly.

Slow travel is pretty much what it sounds like, a more deliberate approach to travel.

When I travel, I do not have an itinerary filled with places to go and see, I do not stay out late at night, and I make time to get exercise and some rest during the day.

People who just came back from traveling often comment on how tired they are. The reason is they overextended themselves and didn’t get enough rest.

Slow travel is about packing less, getting rest, spending less money, and spending more time in one place learning about the people and culture.

Part-Time Slow Living

You do not have to dedicate your life to slow living to benefit from some of its practices. Slow living can help you learn how to use quiet time to center your emotions and allow you to reboot in between tasks at work or home. 

If you are looking to declutter your home or figure out how not to be so busy on the weekends, slow living just might be able to provide you some insight.

Select a few practices of slow living and give it a try. You might just see how well it works and want to try more in the future.

Mindfulness and Slow Living

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of how you feel in the current moment. As an example of how it applies to slow living, mindfulness allows us to mentally pause or take a step back and figure out why we feel a certain way.

Once we figure that out, we can work to improve a negative emotion or replicate it if it is positive.

Mindfulness is a beautiful tool that can be used in creating a slow living lifestyle.

Wellness and Slow Living

Making our physical and mental health a priority is what wellness means to me. It is how I apply it to my slow living lifestyle.

While slow living is about maximizing our free time to spend for ourselves, which means nothing if we do not have our health. I started living slowly due to wellness issues, so making wellness a priority is a pivotal aspect of slow living. For more information, you can read my post, Why I Live Slow.

Minimalism and Slow Living

Minimalism is a great practice to complement slow living because it focuses on only living with things we really need.

I don’t always embrace the entirety of minimalism but choose to pick elements that enable and improve my slow living intentions. Downsizing and decluttering are excellent examples of this.

Simple Living and Slow Living

Simple living is about reducing the number of our possessions, having less technology in our lives, and not relying on money as much as we do for spending.

Some aspects of simple living that parallel slow living can be helpful to read and learn more about. I don’t necessarily practice everything simple living is about, and I use select tools and ideas that help in my slow living pursuit.

Intentional Living and Slow Living

Intentional living is perhaps the closest practice to slow living on this list because it involves crafting a lifestyle based on one’s values and beliefs.

Slow living’s values and beliefs are about prioritizing what is essential in our lives and getting rid of the rest, opening up an abundance of free time to relax and enjoy life.

The practice of intentional living has many disciplines to learn and implement that either overlap with slow living or complement it very well.

Slow Living Videos

Here is a curated list of videos I created on slow living and other lifestyle topics for my blog and other websites.

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Travel, Be Patient, and Go With The Flow

I Got Locked Out In Albania; A Travel Story

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Slow Living Articles

Here is a curated list of articles I wrote on slow living and other lifestyle topics for my blog and other websites.

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