Slow Living Series (Part 1)

How slow living has helped my relationships

Gretchen Stewart

We are hyper-connected but yet feel disconnected. We are in a hurry, rushing from one obligation to another.  Information bombards us constantly. We eat on the go. We "schedule" time with our friends. We are Pinterest Moms all while running our side hustles. Debt, stress, insomnia, caffeine cycled with alcohol in order to deal.

A few years ago I felt that pressure too.

But I gave it up.

For good.

Before I wrote my book Simplicity I started to embrace a slower, more intentional lifestyle. I decided it was time to take control of my life or I was going to completely burn out or.....end up on my death bed asking "What was it all for??".

Slow Living can mean different things to different people but to me it's about being present in the moment. Not keeping up with the Joneses. Being mindful about what I do and who I do it with. Caring less about a little mess but instead savoring the moment. Deepening relationships. Letting go of excess. Being flexible and spontaneous. Saying yes! And saying No thanks!

The benefit I want to highlight today in this Slow Living Series is strengthening relationships. When I embraced simple, slow living I weeded out negative people from my life (or at least decreased my interaction with them as much as possible). Instead, now I invest my time with people I like, respect and trust and vice versa. Quality over quantity. 

I'd much prefer a relaxed afternoon of conversation than rushing to different events and making small talk.

My effort goes to people that I enjoy spending time with, that challenge me and accept me. We are the sum of the people around us so it behooves us to choose wisely. Life is too precious to squander away our time with people that do not value or appreciate it.
 

Tell me, do you wish your life was slower? How has your busy lifestyle affected your relationships? Or, how has a slower lifestyle helped your relationships? I'd love to hear!
 

To read more about Slow Living, check out part 2 of my Slow Living Series here

Happy Simple Living!
Gretchen


 

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It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
— Mother Teresa