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What really is slow living?

It wasn’t that long ago that I heard about the concept of slow living, and to be perfectly honest I didn’t fully understand what it was all about. Living your life slowly? I mean, you can only live at the same pace as everyone else, right? The days are only so many hours long and we only get 24 each to do with as we please. Surely it couldn’t mean holding yourself back, slowing down your life and falling behind others?

And then I found out about slow blogging and the phrase ‘quality over quantity’ was used over and over again. The idea of not rushing out content at breakneck speed (because generally that’s the speed the internet moves at) and really taking your time in producing content. Content that has so much more to it than a quick review of a product and a few rushed words because we’ve all got things going on other than creating online content. The idea really did appeal to me and to be honest it would fit in a lot more with my life and my job, but then would I be falling behind? There are so many other great bloggers who manage their time so wisely that they produce amazing content, daily, as well as working full time. Perhaps not something that would really do me and my little blog that much good.

And then Sophie from Theprivatelifeofagirl introduce the idea of slow fashion. Now this. This is something I could really get into. The concept of holding out when buying new items, not finding a cheap ‘make do’ item from Primark and instead waiting until a slightly erm, better quality item is affordable to you. One that will actually last the season instead of either shrinking or becoming completely misshapen upon the first wash. This also applies to the idea of fast fashion that most shops live by these days, with constantly changing stock and trends to keep up with. Something I used to be very guilty of is buying without thinking of what other options I already have in my wardrobe. This year is going to be one where I carve out some kind of uniform/ personal style for myself, instead of mindlessly purchasing clothing and ending up with a mish-mash of colours, styles and trends to try and pair together.

So turns out that slow living isn’t so much to do with holding out, missing out or stagnation (something I’m personally trying to avoid this year). But more about careful thinking, personal style and durability. Plus, anything the uber-stylish Kinfolk are fans of is something I want to get involved in!

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Weekly Thoughts

Weekly Thoughts

When staying is sometimes the better option.

While I was in the process of writing my Year Ahead post and looking back on what has been a fairly successful year of blogging (for the girl who’s started and stopped about three or more in the past) I realised that the one thing I don’t have over here, is something that’s unique to me. A couple of my favourite bloggers all have regular features, whether that’s a monthly round up, weekly favourites, or one of my personal favourites, The Fitness Files from Anna of Viviannadoesmakeup. I’ve decided my own offering will be a weekly post on what’s mostly been occupying my mind that week. A couple of thoughts and feelings, a few favourites, maybe something a bit more personal to me and will give a little snippet of my life.

The first one of the year is a topic that’s been on my mind and making me live in limbo for the last few weeks. When the decision of whether to move or stay first came up I thought I’d mull it over for a bit and answer would come to me. Life doesn’t really work like that for me and consequently I ended up hauling boxes up stairs, frantically bleaching everywhere and handing over keys before rushing homehome on Christmas Eve.

If you had bumped into me a few months ago, I would have told you that I wasn’t going to be here after Christmas. In my current town. I was sick of it, sick of all the weird things and people here. Tired of my flat above a noisy pub and the smoking area you had to fight your way through to get to the front door. I was bored of my job that, at the start of the year had seemed such a great foot in the door, and tired of the admin. I wanted a fresh start and something new in a place that wasn’t so unfamiliar and isolated. And yet where am I now? I’m still right here.

I’ve read so many articles that say if you’re not happy where you are or doing what you do, that you should just change it. Simple as that, just change your circumstances and life will give you a pat on the back and a go with the happy card. But what if you’re neither happy nor unhappy? What if the thought of changing everything makes you wonder if it will be for the better or the worse and there’s no way of telling what the outcome will be? In my case the option was either stay in Bristol, in said job and weird surroundings or move back home to London, find a new job, commute everyday and pay extortionate rent.

In a case when both sides of the coin looked the same I did the opposite of what those articles suggested. I stayed. In the same job and place, but in a new flat with my boyfriend. And instead of feeling like I’m stuck, stale and stagnating, it suddenly feels fresher and more positive. I want to fill my new flat with plants, put photos on the walls and explore my new area. I want to talk to new people at work, find new opportunities and create something half resembling a network for myself.

Staying is often regarded as the easy way out, staying in your comfort zone and not taking risks. But staying and working with what you already have can be just as good for you. It’s improvement but without the added stress of literally starting from scratch.

Im very aware of my word count, and the fact that I intended this to be a positive post, so I’ll call it a day here. I guess the point of all these words is that sometimes you don’t need to change everything about your life in order to feel like you’re moving forward, you just need a new perspective.

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