!!> Reading ➼ Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World ➵ Author Brooke McAlary – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World Are You Constantly Striving To Keep Up With Life S Busy Expectations It S Easy To Feel Consumed With The Desire To Succeed And Acquire , And Miss The Simple Opportunities Waiting For You To Slow Down A Walk In The Forest, Sharing Laughter With Family, A Personal Moment Of GratitudeOnce Upon A Time, It Became Clear To Brooke McAlary That The Key To Happiness Was Discovering A Simpler, Fulfilling Existence She Put The Brakes On Her Stressful Path, And Reorganized Her Life To Live Outside The Status Quo, Emphasizing Depth, Connection And Meaningful Experiences Alongside Brooke S Affirming Personal Stories Of Breaking Down And Rising Up, Slow Provides Practical Advice And Fascinating Insights Into The Benefits And Challenges Of The Slow Life, Such As Decluttering To De Owning Messiness To Mindfulness Asking Why, To Asking Where To Now Slow Is An Inspirational Guide On Creating A Life Filled With The Things That Really Matter, And Is Meant For Anyone Seeking Peace, Meaning, And Joy In Their Otherwise Rapid Lives Slowly Of Course


10 thoughts on “Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World

  1. says:

    3.5 stars non fiction challenge


  2. says:

    Such a great introduction to a minimalist mindful living lifestyle The author does a great job of being personable and convicting without being preachy she really makes you think, but reminds you that it s okay to fail and failure doesn t make you a terrible person Highly recommend


  3. says:

    An amazing and well laid out planner of how this author changed her way of viewing the world by decluttering, mindfulness, and just taking things slower Although some of this has been written elsewhere, it was still wonderfully written.


  4. says:

    Followers of my reviews will know that self help books are not my usual forte I used to read parenting guides many moons ago when my big kids were tiny kids these kind of qualify as self help don t they and I skimmed, because it was a book club pick, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, but I found this to be both preaching to the converted and over zealous It s not that I think I don t need any self help it sthat I m just not all that interested and I have a million Followers of my reviews will know that self help books are not my usual forte I used to read parenting guides many moons ago when my big kids were tiny kids these kind of qualify as self help don t they and I skimmed, because it was a book club pick, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, but I found this to be both preaching to the converted and over zealous It s not that I think I don t need any self help it sthat I m just not all that interested and I have a million other books that I would rather read and fiction is my favourite, always my first preference and okay, I ll be honest, I don t think I need any self help However, Slow, was a really good read Brooke McAlary has a definite way with words, her prose is inflected with humour, a self depreciating honesty, and a tell it like it is quality that I always appreciate The premise of Slow is to simply slow down and be present in our own lives Be grateful Be mindful Stop buying crap you don t need and working harder to afford a life you don t even enjoy At a base level, Brooke s words made a whole lot of sense to me and I was pleased to note that in many ways, I was already adopting some of the practices of living slow Don t be fooled into thinking this book is a step by step manual on how to live slow far from it, and that s what appealed to me the most Brooke explains within the book that living slow looks different for each and every person, but there are things to keep in mind that will help you shape your life into one you are delighted to live in.At the beginning of the book Brooke asks these questions of the reader 1 What is important to me 2 What do I want to leave behind 3 What don t I want to leave behind 4 What do I want people to say about me 5 What regrets do I want to avoid The book is broken up into chapters that correspond with Brooke s own journey to a slow life I particularly enjoyed the chapters Mindfulness and Disconnect to Reconnect But that s the thing about this book it s the type of book that will offer every reader a different experience I liked the fluidity of its structure and the beautiful photos, cute illustrations, and boxes of text make this an easy read as well as a visually appealing one It s designed to be a book you return to and its hard cover ensures you can cart it around without fear of it eventually falling apart There are, of course, many other ways of bringing mindfulness into your day, but this simple act of noticing was my entry point and it changed my perspective in enormous and tiny important ways If we can apply only one idea to technology as we move forward, it needs to be mindfulness We need to make our use of technology intentional Use it well Use it to make life better And then put it down and go do something else Filled with insightful observations, Slow is a book that I recommend everyone read It takes us back to the roots of what it means to be a decent human being a person who smiles at strangers and stops to smell the roses Even if you think you aren t interested in adopting a new lifestyle, reading Slow is a reality check on the way our lives have evolved, a tool kit for examining our 21st century existences with a view to evaluating whether or not we are truly satisfied From the perspective of an educator, I would love to see aspects of this book converted into seminars lessons for teenagers, particularly with content from those abovementioned chapters Being mindful and disconnecting from technology are both sadly becoming foreign concepts to our youth, something I see both in my home and my work There is a lot in Slow for everyone and it s content is presented in an accessible and entertaining way As far as books go, this is a beautiful one to linger over Coming from a person who doesn t do self help books , rest assured, I am not making this recommendation lightly Perspective helps us to care less about the crap that doesn t matter and recognise how lucky we are that these are in fact our problems Thanks is extended to Allen and Unwin for providing me with a copy of Slow for the purposes of review.Slow is book 61 in my 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge


  5. says:

    Having made some radical changes in order to live a slow life, I ve already done many of the things suggested by the author But sometimes doubt creeps in and it s great to read accounts of others choices and get a fresh perspective I love her writing style, her honestly, and the very approachable things she suggests And the cover how gorgeous This is one you ll want to read and then keep on your shelves forever.


  6. says:

    In Slow, Brooke McAlary creator and host of the uber popular Slow Your Home blog podcast shares her journey towards and through, living a slow and intentional life Not so you can imitate her actions, but to help you realise what your own why is Why does a slow, intentional life appeal to you Andimportantly, what are the things that matter, really matter, to you What do you want your legacy to be And Why It s not about the how It s about looking deep Past the social mask and In Slow, Brooke McAlary creator and host of the uber popular Slow Your Home blog podcast shares her journey towards and through, living a slow and intentional life Not so you can imitate her actions, but to help you realise what your own why is Why does a slow, intentional life appeal to you Andimportantly, what are the things that matter, really matter, to you What do you want your legacy to be And Why It s not about the how It s about looking deep Past the social mask and the past the Joneses, deep into yourself and your intentions for being.I can t put into words how affecting this book was for me Brooke s warm tone, her honest, straight to the point narrative, and her ability to worm her way into your soul is mesmerizing She shares both her own story, as well as practical advice and pathways that will be inspiring to those just feeling their way towards slow living, as well as those already embarking on their journey.Covering the usual topics such as decluttering and mindfulness, Slow is so muchthan a how to manual It s a book that feels like a warm hug of reassurance that there is still hope for a meaningful and intentional life for us all It s a book that will spark something within you, and help you realise that tiny changes, can and do, make a world of difference and a difference to the world.There s not many non fiction titles that I would choose to read again Not from cover to cover at least Slow is different I want to hold it close, and re read it again and again Keep it under my pillow as a talisman Although maybe the bedside table is a better, less uncomfortable option Maybe it s because I found it reassuring that I am on and I use this word hesitantly the right path The validation that my innate feelings and longings towards a simple life can be true and powerful Or maybe it s because it s cemented the realisation that a slow and minimal lifestyle looks different for everyone I m not sure But I love, love, loved this book.Having said that, it won t be for everyone Not yet anyway some will still be up against the life is too busy or I don t have time or life is too full or I m in too deep to change mindset And that s okay But if you are curious, even slightly, you must read this book And re read this book And begin your own journey, no matter what it looks like big or small just begin


  7. says:

    3.5 I m a big fan of Brooke McAlary and her Slow Home podcast I wholeheartedly agree with everything she says in this book However, I didn t get a lot from it beyond the basics of what I could glean from the podcast It s beautiful written and I love the attention she paid to writing about the small details in life This would be a fabulous book for someone who was new to intentional living, minimalism, etc but I didn t really get much new content from this book.


  8. says:

    I appreciate how McAlary emphasizes that slow living isn t about minimalism and that much of what we see about minimalism is exactly the problem it s keeping up with a perception of what we think we should be Nothing groundbreaking here, but still a nice book to remind you about unplugging, about the power of breathing, and about finding what matters to you and focusing on those things while ignoring the rest I d put this on a shelf with BRAIDING SWEETGRASS and THE YEAR OF LESS, both of which I appreciate how McAlary emphasizes that slow living isn t about minimalism and that much of what we see about minimalism is exactly the problem it s keeping up with a perception of what we think we should be Nothing groundbreaking here, but still a nice book to remind you about unplugging, about the power of breathing, and about finding what matters to you and focusing on those things while ignoring the rest I d put this on a shelf with BRAIDING SWEETGRASS and THE YEAR OF LESS, both of which have done some mentality shifting for me Not so much about stuff but about time and energy I did enjoy that there were no prescriptions or here s how I did it lessons here It s about doing the work on your own


  9. says:

    Oh man, so much great information, tips, tricks, ideas, and an over all empowerment of love in this book Great writer, and I plan to read this over and over again til it totally absorbs into my soul and I have it memorized I m going to listen to the audio of this while going through my next things purge to keep me inspired and motivated If you find yourself way too absorbed in the culture of buying the latest and greatest ask the time, collecting things, and just overall accumulating stuff Oh man, so much great information, tips, tricks, ideas, and an over all empowerment of love in this book Great writer, and I plan to read this over and over again til it totally absorbs into my soul and I have it memorized I m going to listen to the audio of this while going through my next things purge to keep me inspired and motivated If you find yourself way too absorbed in the culture of buying the latest and greatest ask the time, collecting things, and just overall accumulating stuff you just don t use, this book needs to be in your hands until you have read it front to back and let it soak in.Recommended for everyone


  10. says:

    This was my book club s pick for January 2019.Now, I have never really read self help books I skimmed a lot of it, and honestly I didn t even finish the last chapter, which is why I am not rating this one I don t feel like I could accurately rank it since it s not a genre I have ever read or plan on reading much again and I didn t read it all I do think there were some nice points, but there is nothing groundbreaking or new as far as ideas, and I even disagreed with a couple things The boo This was my book club s pick for January 2019.Now, I have never really read self help books I skimmed a lot of it, and honestly I didn t even finish the last chapter, which is why I am not rating this one I don t feel like I could accurately rank it since it s not a genre I have ever read or plan on reading much again and I didn t read it all I do think there were some nice points, but there is nothing groundbreaking or new as far as ideas, and I even disagreed with a couple things The book itself is lovely as far as the cover, the images, the little drawings and cursive like script


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