• Jordyn

A Modern Guide to Slow Living.

This week's musical tune to compliment the {field note} below as you read, slow down or do what you please: Jam Here.

In a western culture where we tend to value every ounce of productivity we can get, it is uncommon to hear about the beauty of living life simply. Do you ever feel like you need to take every spare minute to get things accomplished while trying to find ways to complete tasks at an even faster speed? I see it all the time and occasionally catch myself doing the same.


It can feel like a challenge to live in a fast-paced world, and for us dreamers and explorers, it can have us feeling overwhelmed, on overdrive, or overworked. When boggled down in such state, however, it's challenging to see the larger picture, and prioritizing can be a major task in and of itself. Even more, its where life's everyday magic can pass us by!


Now, I’m not suggesting we should tear up checklists or refuse to get a lot done but I do believe there is another way to productivity as a human being, not a "human doing." Taking theory into practice, it starts with slowing things down a notch.


Personally, when I slow down, I notice that I have space to think clearly and move deliberately. This, in a sense, actually allows me to be more productive. Counterintuitive, I know!


As layers of leaves and fall colors come in, I’m naturally beginning to think it’s about time to collect color for Swan Studio tiny house and a future capsule wardrobe to travel and live in. Here’s a look at the latest from behind-the-scenes.

This is 100+ year old reclaimed metal that came from a barn outside of Comstock, Wisconsin. I used this metal for the remainder of exterior siding on Swan Studio after the cedar shakes and vinyl were installed. The metal got up JUST before our first snowfall of the year… whew!

I look forward to (an attempt!) at installing insulation inside. For now, however, I’m just celebrating that the exterior of this tiny house on wheels is almost complete. As I take a pause, I’ve also been quietly under the radar on an adventurous fabric hunt for my North Coast capsule wardrobe.

Above is a sneak peek at some vintage and deadstock fabrics that came from some recent travels from places such as Duluth, Minneapolis and Chicago. This winter I’ll be missing the Los Angeles sunshine but it’ll be warm and cozy inside as I sit down, slow down and learn to sew.

I wanted to come up with a few simple rituals that can be done from wherever, whenever! I know I'll be putting this field experience to practice and I invite you to give any or all of them a try too! ... to slow down… just for a moment… and really savor the small stuff.


Here we go:

  1. As a start, do whatever it is you normally would do, but do it outside! Perhaps on a blanket if the weather permits. One of the first things I’ve been learning about “sewing 101” is the process of hand stitching. Time felt so yummy when the sun beat down on me as I cracked open and treated myself to a cold, sparkling water while sitting on the grass with my first needle and thread vs. indoors or in a classroom setting.

  2. Go on a leisurely walk out in nature --- regardless of whether the weather permits! Rain or shine, sleet or snow, move your legs and take a stroll outside your front door. Have no agenda other than to be awake to the natural wonders in and around you. No matter where I’m at with my daily agenda, I strictly make sure to leave it behind when I embark on an outdoor adventure. It doesn’t have to be far, but it is a surefire way to clear the mind, get the heart pumping and breathe in the fresh air.

  3. Put on some good tunes and just dance. I personally love the old vinyl record player and the whole sound it creates with needed effort it takes to play. Don’t get me wrong, curated playlists available on our phones and various apps can be convenient, but there’s something about having to think about the music, flip a record or switch it and watch it spin around and around.

  4. Take an unscheduled drive to some place new or nostalgic. Sometimes, for me, I enjoy the simple pleasures of digging my feet into sand at the beach, or going to a park to sit on a swing. Who am I kidding… I’m pumping away on the swing to see how high I can get… only to then dip my head back as my head flies back and forth in the wind.

  5. Make a fire. Stare at its flames. Listen to the crackle of the wood. Feel the heat against your skin. Tell stories, play a game, or sing a song. Smile at the lingering smell of campfire on your skin or hair the day after, and reminisce.

  6. Make a list of ways to slow down, get an earlier start to your day or go to bed earlier. How can you use your hands? How can you give something your full attention? Is there a book or a journal you can pick up and get lost in it?

Even if you find yourself feeling like you don't have much time, give yourself 15 minutes, and set an alarm. Afterwards, remember to thank yourself after for taking the much needed time! Then make space for the ritual, or any other that you feel drawn to, and repeat again until it becomes second nature, to slow down and appreciate the simplicity of all that is.

When we practice the art of slow living, we are becoming more mindful at the source of who we are and what we want to do with our one wild and precious life. When we take time for ourselves in this way, we have space to appreciate everything we have. Life can become a celebration of one magical moment after another.

 

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