Introduction 1. Start with why 2. Declutter 3. De-own 4. Mindfulness 5. Disconnect to reconnect 6. A cabin in the woods 7. Wobbly balance 8. The art of the backslide 9. Where to now? Acknowledgements About the author
Brooke McAlary is passionate about slow living. She has experienced the transformative power of simplifying, paying attention and living a mindful, intentional life, and as the host and creator of the award-winning Slow Home Podcast (downloaded more than 2 million times) she encourages thousands of people every day to live a simpler, slower life. But it wasn't always like that. Six years ago Brooke was completely overwhelmed. She had two young children, a husband who worked long hours, a business, a home filled to the brim with all the trappings of a 'successful life' and a severe case of post-natal depression. Everything changed when she began decluttering. What began as an effort to remove some of the excess, slowly evolved into a complete transformation. Gone is the overwhelm, the clutter, the excess, the busy-ness, replaced by a simpler, more meaningful, more connected life. Now she and her husband are self-employed and enjoy a life centred on the important things - which, it turns out, aren't really things at all.