Who else is concerned with the pace of this year? It’s the end of March already and I’m still getting used to writing 2018.
February was a real whirlwind, but things settled down a bit in March. I participated in the Slow Your Home Podcast’s Get Outside Slow Experiment. I challenged myself to spend 45 minutes outside every day. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I know from experience that spending time outside does wonders for my physical and mental wellbeing. If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll see my frequent #beachwalk posts. I’m fortunate to live five minutes stroll from the beach and I try to get there most days, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
That said, a beach stroll is often the first thing I ditch in the face of other things. The experiment prompted me to prioritise getting outside regardless. I didn’t make 45 minutes every day, I fell short on 3 or 4 days, despite best efforts. However, if it weren’t for the experiment, I’m guessing I would have only got out around half as much as I did. The biggest change was on the one day a week that I commute. I opted to walk the last leg (25 minutes) rather than bus, even in the rain. It turns out it only takes around 7 minutes longer than the bus in traffic.
I’m going to make a few changes to keep this up on a more regular basis, especially as we head into winter, including buying some wet weather trousers and a pair of work shoes that don’t give me blisters. I’m also signing up for a weekly green waste collection. We love gardening as a family, but tend to save it up and do full-on weekend missions when we hire a trailer and go hard out. With a new weekly collection, I think we’ll be more inclined to get out there and do a little bit each week.
What I’ve been:
Reading – tied in to the Slow Experiment, I’ve been reading The Nature Fix by Florence Williams as part of the Slow Home Podcast book club. If you need some motivation to get outside more, this is it. It takes a look at the science behind how and why nature and time outside is good for us. Another book on that theme, one I’ve recommended before, is How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D Sampson. It includes lots of practical ideas for fostering a connection with nature in kids that aren’t hippy dippy and can be applied in an urban or suburban setting.
Listening to – I listened to a few good episodes this month including a fascinating discussion about sleep – Have we always been this tired? – on The Inquiry and a discussion about Mommy Wine Culture on The Nuanced Life. The little piece of gold, relevant to anyone, is the idea that you need to find little ways to break the rules every now and then, but ones that aren’t detrimental to your health. The hosts mention taking yourself off to the movies during the day. Here I am putting it to the test by rebelliously wearing socks outside – it works.
Making – I made some delicious hot cross buns yesterday. They are Chelsea Winter’s recipe. If you want them for afternoon tea, you need to start making them after breakfast. Crosses by Mr 5.
Thinking about – I’m currently thinking about how I’m going to tackle decluttering over 500 items this month! I’ve decided to do a round of the Minimalism Game in April. I was inspired by the Carly and Kelly on the Straight and Curly podcast. I’ve been piling up stuff around the house, especially with the change of season, but I haven’t actually got rid of anything – yet. So I’m starting on 1 April. I’m looking for buddies, as I think this is going to be tough. If you’d like to join me, head over to my Facebook page where I’ll be doing a weekly thread, or comment below. If you haven’t played before and want to know a bit more about it, my post Playing the Minimalism Game: A Guide to Success has all the details.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on topics for posts you’d like to see in the future. Watch this space. If you’ve got a topic you’d love to see a post on, please let me know.
How was March for you? Are you keen to play the Minimalism Game with me in April?