Some very sound advice…

Get Slow  
Leave your watch on the bedside table.
Check email only twice a day.
Take the scenic route. 
Light candles before you start to cook dinner.
Make up rituals. 
Say a silent word of thanks and make eye contact with everyone at the table before you start eating.
Let the phone ring several times before answering. 
Make a handmade present for a friend.
Set aside one night a week all for yourself.
Spend as much time outdoors in natural settings as you possibly can. 
Pay attention to cycles of the moon and the shifting seasons. 
Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. 
Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and think about what you want from the day. 
Factor in an additional 25% every time you estimate how long something will take.
Always jump at the chance to play with a child.
Never pack your schedule so that there’s no room for a short walk. 
Take a left where you generally take a right.
– Marco Visscher and Jay Walljasper (source, Nourish The Whole Self e-course)

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  1. Amelia says:

    this is so wonderful and yet I felt a little sad – maybe because I don't do enough of them! I've just put a post up about taking time to document and record which is maybe a little about paying more attention . . . oh and a little video I made 😉

    lovely, lovely thoughts here Concetta 🙂


  2. Kerri says:

    what a great list. i read the book "in praise of slowness" and "the circle of simplicity" several years ago. i'm a firm believer in slowing down, keeping life simple. i think i'm very happy for living my life that way these days.

  3. Alison says:

    An excellent post Concetta and a great reminder to really enjoy and appreciate life, and not to be so busy that we just exist!

  4. Concetta says:

    ah, yes "In Praise of Slow" – we bought a batch and gave it to our friends for Christmas several years ago. He has written another on parenting called Under Pressure (author Carl Honore'). Thoroughly recommend. I know it, believe in it and still need to be constantly reminded to put the breaks on…

  5. get stuff done says:

    most excellent advice

  6. Jules says:

    What a lovely post…I actually came back and read it again this morning to remind me of all it said! Some are quite challenging but definitely worth a go! Pretty photo too 🙂


  7. Rachel says:

    Really excellent- I feel sad too that I don't do enough of them…..lovely picture- great DoF 😉

  8. Concetta says:

    Aw, thanks Rachel …compliment from a photo genius 😉 xx

  9. Morvah says:

    Hi Concetta, found my way here from Sy's Prints and enjoyed looking at your lovely work. I'm by the sea in Cornwall so have a large collection of beach findings I'm always meaning to do something with. Your work has inspired me to get a move on – slowly of course! Great post, thanks.

  10. Dana Barbieri says:

    Really lovely concetta. thanks for this.

  11. AG Ambroult says:

    what more can I say, other than THANK YOU?!

  12. Concetta says:

    Thanks friends, and good to 'meet' you Morvah – let me know how you get on with your lovely beach treasures.

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