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After 2017, and all its drama and heartache, I planned for 2018 to be restorative and restful. I wanted to spend more time switching off and embracing the simple things.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way - and I’m still sitting here going “Lol, wut?” at the fact that we’re in October, and my life is still a hot mess. Carrying on the way I have been, though, will lead straight into a burnout, and who wants to burn out at 19? So the last two and a half months are about embracing slow and transitioning into my next season.

Less plans.

Having plans is great - even though I’m an introvert, I absolutely love making plans with my people, whether it’s watching a movie or lunch at a trendy new spot, it’s always good to have something to look forward to when you’re feeling stressed at uni or work. However, when you’ve barely seen the inside of your house for a week, you haven’t had an early night in a month, and your bedroom solidly needs a deep clean and declutter, enough is enough. For the next few weeks, besides my travel plans, I’m taking a break from being, doing and socialising. 

“There’s food at home.”

I’ve spent a lot of time eating out/ordering in food (thanks for finally coming to my town, Uber Eats), and my bank account is begging me to eat at home. I’m aiming to spend at least 3 nights a week cooking something from my “foodspo” board on Pinterest.

Enjoy more, spend less.

I spend ridiculous amounts of money on stuff during the course of a month. I shop to make myself feel better. Over the past two weeks, though, I’ve found friends who have showed me moments matter more. Most of my favourite moments have required me spending little to no money, and I can’t wait to embrace more of them.

Practice Gratitude

Writing down things I’m thankful for makes me happier. I want to be realistic, though, and end each day by writing down at least 1 thing I’m thankful for from the day.

Take it Slow

I want to spend more time on slow pursuits. Hiking, biking, offline, reading. I have a list of places I want to visit, books I want to read and things I want to do. 

Digital is Dead

Okay,  so maybe the title is a little harsh, but I need a bit of a digital detox. For me, this means deactivating as many social media profiles as I can. I want to aim to incorporate more offline time into my daily routine.

Face to Face

I want to embrace being present. I want to multitask less, and single-task more. I want to spend time with friends face to face, and not through a screen. 

I can’t wait to embrace the next season of my life, and embracing the slow living lifestyle a little more. I’d love to know, how do you embrace slow?

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