‘Slow’ isn’t always simple but ‘simple’ will always encourage ‘slow’.
I would like to introduce you to Bel du Bois. It has been such a delight to read Bel's interview. I can definitely relate to Bel when she said being still was difficult. Make sure you check out the special opportunities that are available at the Darling Downs Wellness Therapies. The Grain Shed Retreat looks amazing! So inviting and peaceful.
Living simply looks different for different people. What does living simply look like for you?
A wise man once said to me “get rid of what you don’t need to make room for what you do need”. I often remind myself to make room for the deliberate act of disconnecting to allow for reconnecting….back to meeting those basic, intrinsic needs.
Do you have a specific interest that you like to focus on in the area of simple living?
Sleeping well, preparing simple nutritious home grown, organic food and mindfully observing nature. Oh and I love filling my home with natural fibres. And I love to sweep….weird but true, so many parallels.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey toward living a simple life. Was there a catalyst that led you to follow this path?
Moving to rural Queensland was the game changer in all of this, stepping back, holding that space and then starting again. Prior to this, I think I was a bit of a hyperconnected junkie, always wanting more; more knowledge, more energy, more busy, more connections, more opportunities.
I loved to learn and loved to ‘do’, being still was difficult, there was no balance. There’s no denying I still love learning, creating and doing but I’ve reclaimed a life that now enables me to prioritise, reorganise and make more conscious and informed decisions…. because I have finally realised, I actually have the choice to do so!
What do you find challenging about trying to live simply?
Society, if we let it, has a focus on instant gratification and pressure to consume, live beyond our means and then get caught in the anxious loop of consumers guilt, with our homes full of ‘stuff’ and our lives bursting with continuous motion, mentally, physically emotionally, making us sick, overwhelmed and unsatisfied. I think the most difficult part of living simply is to break this cycle, ‘slow’ isn’t always simple but ‘simple’ will always encourage ‘slow’.
What are some of the benefits of this way of life for you?
Slowing down encourages me to be more aware of how I live and mindful of what I consume. This enables me to pause which allows me time to consider and leads to more conscious, meaningful choices which provokes a higher level of gratitude.
What simple pleasures bring you joy and help you to slow down?
Sitting on my deck with hot cup of tea with a home made ginger biscuit looking over the valley at sunrise or sunset………a beautiful slow yoga sequence up at the waterhole………a long slow walk through the bush with loved ones and all the dogs on a crisp autumn day.
Are there any podcasts, books, documentaries or websites that you have found helpful?
Book: STILL The Slow Home
Podcast: Outdoors is my Therapy
What is something new that you have done or learnt about in the last year?
I’ve just completed my post graduate studies in Nutrition which was completely amazing!
What would you like to learn about or do in the future?
Herbs and Chinese Medicine
If money or time were no option what would you like to do?
Travel the world and learn more about the ancient methods of Ayurveda and buy a huge antique apothecary chest and fill it with all sorts of herbs, seeds, grains and ancient medicinal goodies!
If people would like to learn more about you and what you do, how can people follow you online or get in contact with you?
Facebook/ Instagram - Darling Downs Wellness Therapies
- The Grain Shed Retreat
Hello! My name is Margy. I enjoy living simply, I am trying to slow down and I am learning how to be still. I would love you to join me on this exciting adventure.