Inside: Choosing seasonal living and a slow and simple life helps us live awake to and grateful for the gifts and wisdom knit into the fabric of every season.
It’s human to experience ebb and flow in life.
We move through seasons of transition and uncertainty; we tilt between self-confidence and self-doubt; we experience shifting levels of energy or productivity and changes in what we need or want.
We witness death and new life.
Life is messy. And beautiful.
Living awake and seasonally allows us to live grateful for the gifts in every season. It means consciously and stubbornly mining for these gifts. Because there is wisdom knit into the fabric of every season. Into the light and the dark.
Seasonal living invites us to put down deep, strong roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that allow us to tilt and flex and not break when the storms come.
Slowing down and tuning into the season we’re in – both the natural and metaphorical season of life – can help us live gentler, calmer, slower and simpler lives. As we notice patterns and rhythms of mood, energy, creativity, introspection, or cravings, we learn to better tend to our needs and love ourselves with less judgment. We become more attuned to and less fearful or resentful of the ebb and flow of life.
We put down deeper, healthy roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that allow us to tilt and flex and not break when the storms come.
And we learn to mine for the achingly beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenchingly challenging gifts inherent in every season.
We’re not all wired the same way and there isn’t one right path for all of us, but I’m clearly wired for a slower pace and find purpose, wholeness and joy in a simple and seasonal approach to life.
I am building a life – a full, beautiful, imperfect, messy life. I don’t want to live distracted or perpetually trying to “keep up” to anyone else. I want to savour the gifts of each day. I want to mine for the wisdom in every season. I want to live every day like it could be my last.
10 POSTS I’VE WRITTEN THAT SPEAK TO slowing down to focus on simple and seasonal living
Living Slow and Simple on a Meandering Path
Choosing slow and simple has meant staying off the well-beaten path to forge my own way, trusting that if I live aligned to my values I will end up somewhere good. Read the full post here.
Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season
Mindful living means choosing to live grateful for the gifts in every season. It means consciously and stubbornly mining for these gifts. Read the full post here.
Always Getting Ready to Live – or Joy in the Simple Things
What if in all the day-dreaming and impatience for life to get started, real life is passing us by? What if we are missing the joy in the simple things. Read the full post here.
On Building A Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple Over Easy
Building a right-sized life means a made from scratch, handcrafted, customized life that is honest, authentic, and helps us walk out each day on purpose. Read the full post here.
Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World
Life is messy and noisy. I don’t want to live scattered, stressed out, pulled in multiple directions by all the shiny things. I want to live calm and clear on my purpose. Read the full post here.
When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful
Because we are human. Because people are messy. Because we still have to eat and sleep and live in community, even simple living can feel busy and stressful. Read the full post here.
Simplify Life – Imperfectly
There is no perfect way to simplify life or home so embrace your own beautifully unique journey and find freedom in the letting go. Read the full post here.
Why I Choose to Slow Down and Lay on the Couch All Weekend
For happiness and a full beautiful life, it’s essential that we slow down and make space for purposeful rest. We can’t pour out what we don’t first pour in. Read the full post here.
What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?
What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in-between. Where calm lives. What if mediocre really is enough? Read the full post here.
9 “Bad Habits” I Think You Should Adopt for a Happy Life
For a happy life, you might need to push back against many of the ideals you’ve clung to for years. You might even choose to joyfully disregard much of the wisdom du jour. Read the full post here.
52 Mondays: Seasonal Mindfulness Journal Series – $11 USD
These journals & seasonal reflections (one for every Happy Monday of the year) are handcrafted to help you walk mindfully and awake through life and mine for the gifts in every season. Every Monday is a fresh opportunity to remember who and how you want to be in the world. Each of the seasonal journals provides 13 weeks of reflection and prompts that invite you to pause and consider, along with space for your own writing.
Build a Right-Sized Life Mini-Course – $37 USD
Building a right-sized life means one that is authentically aligned to your unique personality, wiring, needs, desires, life stage, values, and sense of purpose. It involves truth-telling, questioning, grappling, coming face to face with the reality of what is, taking responsibility for that which we can control and choosing our response to the rest.
Enjoy this solo chat on the topic of quitting the noise of comparison in our lives and how this is super important if we aim to live slow and simple, or if we aspire to seasonal living.
Enjoy my interview with Emma Scheib. We talk about cultivating calm – imperfectly on purpose.