When you hear phrases like “slow-living” it is often the tendency to imagine that they are new ideas, trending styles, or things that are fluctuating and not going be even talked about in the next 5 years. Quite to the contrary, slow-living is far from a new idea and it is unlikely to trend-out.
I think this reality is best explained with a conversation that I had recently. The venture of Fleek Retreats began earlier this year: two girls sitting at a table, drinking espresso, and taking the plunge to partner together to create a business. Obviously, we were excited, driven by a new idea, a hole in the market.
Fast forward two weeks when I am explaining, with stars-in-my-eyes, to a Veronese about our new endeavour. “It’s all about slow-living. Introducing people to the idea of slowing down a bit, appreciating the smaller things, making certain things priorities more than others, you know! Like laying the table properly to eat a meal, and not just standing whilst watching the last episode of something on Netflix…” My friend looked at me as if to say, “And, people need to be taught this?” I could see that slow-living is so ingrained in the Italian culture and daily routine, that for her, this was like going over the ABCs with someone in high school.
So, Slow living isn’t about doing things slowly, it's about gaining time to do the things that are most important to you. This is engrained in many different cultures, but I believe that it has been lost in others. After living half my life one side of the Atlantic (England), and the other half on the other side (Canada), I can tell you, there is plenty of improvement to be made from a slow-living approach.
So here are the 3 main reasons why slow-living is not just a trend but an accessible lifestyle choice:
1. Slow-living is applicable to everyone
At Fleek, we understand that everyone’s interpretation of slow-living is different. We know that changes other people make in their everyday life may not realistically work for you, but it doesn’t mean you can’t begin to make positive changes and take the power back into your own hands. Finding your fleek is being empowered to make a lifestyle change that will work for you. It’s about focusing on and appreciating the world around you to not only find your happy place but also remember how you got there in the first place.
2. Slow-living is sustainable as a lifestyle
Slow living is having a more conscious, mindful and sustainable approach to your everyday life. For us, SLOW stands for:
Sustainable - Making changes that really work in your everyday life.
Local - Identifying and building on what you already have around you.
Organic - Creating an organic and natural approach to your decisions.
Whole - Finding the courage to make positive changes in all aspects of your life.
In this holistic approach, slow-living is a sustainable lifestyle choice and not just a fad/trending style.
3. Slow-living is dynamic
Finally, slow living is a dynamic lifestyle choice that can be implemented at any point in time. No one is to feel guilty on those days, weeks, or even months when they get caught up in the rat-race of life. Slow-living is meant to help people in their everyday routine, and not create conformity to a rigid structure. Therefore slow living is something that only has a positive effect on someone’s day, week, month, year - lifetime.
Written by Lucy Bidgood-Lund