Slow Down

By Abbie Bailey 

New year.

New you.

New resolutions.

It’s January 2018 and whether you believe in New Year’s Resolutions or not, I’m sure you’ve at least had a conversation in the last month about what you have resolved to achieve this year. Personally I’ve decided to take cues from the slow living movement and live with a little more purpose.

2017 flew right past me and while I don’t regret one minute of it, I wish I had taken a little more time to soak it all in, to just be present.

Busy has become the new normal, so much so that we often question ourselves when we’re not busy. Have we forgotten something? Should we be doing more with our time? When really we should be questioning ourselves the most when we’re run off our feet with barely a second to breathe. Where can we find a moment to slow down?

Slow Living

“It’s about rediscovering the rhythms of life and experiencing the people, places and events that are usually a blur as you rush from one must-do task to another.”

It’s not necessarily about slowing down the pace in all aspects of your life, it’s about trying to do everything at the right speed. Step up the pace when you need to but remember to slow down when you can – never hurry for the sake of it.

Personally I’m going to start with the little things:

  • Getting off the tram a few stops earlier and enjoying half an hour outside while I walk to work.
  • Calling my friends and family rather than turning on the radio.
  • Taking pride in my herb garden.
  • And enjoying the moments of quiet.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions and how will they help you achieve your goals in 2018? Will you join me on the road walk to slow living?