WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ME FOR A SLOW SEPTEMBER?

Growing up, September was always a busy month in my home.

My brother, sister and I went back to school and of course, this added more responsibilities to my mother’s already very full plate.

Looking back, I realise what a blur it must have been for her—getting us out the door in the morning, organising our meals, usually working two jobs—all while caring for my disabled father.

My memories of her are ones of constant movement; she was always rushing from one place to another and as a young girl, I greatly admired her.

When I took my first steps into adulthood, I followed in her path. I went to college in September and worked two jobs too—always busy and always rushing, just like my mom.

It wasn’t until nearly 15 years later that I started to question this way of life. 

While of course, I still greatly admire my mother for everything she did for us, I also wish I could have given her (and myself) the gift of slower living.

Or at least, a Slow September …

You see—I’ve since learned that feelings of stress and overwhelm don’t have to be constant, even during the busy season of life. The key is to start small.

Even on busy days, you can take a few quiet minutes to slow down, breathe, reflect, and relax. 

I believe this is where slow living begins—by taking small, intentional steps forward.

By rejecting busyness (even if it’s just for a few minutes) and prioritising our wellbeing. By learning to see the quiet beauty in every day even when it feels like there’s chaos all around us.

When we nurture those quiet moments, they bloom and with time, slow living becomes a part of who you are.

If this sounds like something you’d like to explore, then I’d love to give you the gift of a Slow September.

HOW IT WORKS

Sign up and every day during September, you’ll get a very short email from me with a simple “task” for you to complete—and I use the term “task” very loosely.

This is NOT about adding more to your to-do list … instead, these tasks are more like gentle reminders.

Simple things you can do during your day (in less than five minutes) to slow down and hopefully feel more at ease.

It’s my hope that you’ll be able to use these emails to create a simple daily ritual—perhaps read them with your morning coffee or before you start your workday—but there is no pressure to act or even to open every one.

Instead, use the emails as a tool to support your slow living journey however you see fit.

If this sounds inviting, then use the above form to join and you’ll get your first email on September 1st!

A SLOW LIVING COMMUNITY

I was originally going to call this a Slow September Challenge … but I realised that “Challenge” wasn’t the right word to describe this project.

Instead, I want Slow September to feel like a community project. I genuinely believe that if we want to stop worshipping at the altar of busyness and start creating a culture of slow living, then we have to do it together.

We need to start celebrating and normalising slow living.

With that in mind, I’ve reached out to other voices in the simple living community—people who share similar values—and I’ve asked them to contribute.

The emails I’ll be sending will be full of ideas from people in all different stages of life and I’m so excited to share those ideas with you!

But I want you to be part of the community too. 

If you decide to participate in the Slow September project, please feel free to share it with friends and family. You can do so privately or if you enjoy using social media, you can do so by using the hashtag #simpleslowseptember. (But of course, only if it feels good to do so!)

But regardless of how you decide to share Slow September with your community, I’m excited and grateful that you’re here with me.

All the best,

x Jen