Living slow in a fast-paced life

Five steps to finding your own slow lifestyle

I wake up before the sun to rouse my children and do school drop-off by 7:40 (not a minute later or you’ll be tardy). I then sit. Drink coffee. Eat toast with fruit. Only when I feel my brain light up with a calm, productive energy do I check emails, texts, and plan the day. I check which work meetings are scheduled and think about how to prepare. I consider the house remodel and what decisions need to be made or who I need to text or email to move things along. I gently remind myself of personal tasks, doctors appointments or other needs for myself and my family. Gently, always gently.

It’s a fact that our lives are busier than any past generation. In a world that runs 24/7 with news, social media, emails, politics, and a pandemic on top of everything, it can all be overwhelming. Personally, I have a lot going on each day. My life could be chaotic, it could wear me down and drain me until there is nothing left. Yet, if I slow my mind, focus on the moment and tell myself I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now - then, the birds chirping really do make me smile. The tasks at hand each day do not feel like an avalanche, but a refreshing ocean wave to take me back to shore again, and again. I am calm. I am productive. I am content.

Five steps to finding your own slow lifestyle

  1. Notice. Download a mindfulness app and begin a practice of noticing your physical and mental experience. You can strengthen your voluntary attention so you will be less easily distracted and more clear-minded. Counteracting negative thought patterns with positive affirmations is also a useful tool.
  2. Move. Connecting to your physical experience through walking, exercise or yoga can balance your physical and mental processes, reduce anxiety and ruminating thoughts, and help you focus on the here and now.
  3. Care for yourself. Ask yourself throughout your day, “What do I need right now?” Check-in and honor your energy. Maybe it’s a moment to nap, journal, clean your space, try a new recipe, or schedule an appointment with a doctor or a therapist.
  4. Get away. Leaving your comfort zone to experience a new culture, new scenery or even just a new coffee shop can provide a fresh perspective and remind you of what is most important to you.
  5. Protect your energy. Recognize when something is negatively affecting your mental, emotional, or physical energy and give yourself permission to limit your exposure to that stimulus.

April Calnin lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Chris, two daughters, and their dog Silver. April supports Anaway Place and Anaway Home behind this scenes while managing a full-time day job and a whole house remodel. She loves doing yoga, hiking, traveling and the outdoors.

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Spring Dream Recap

It's been a few days since we hosted our first floral workshop at Anaway, and we're still in spring dream land. There have been very few events at Anaway, and we had a few butterflies going in, but came out of our first floral workshop feeling more inspired than ever.  The weather outside was unseasonably chilly but our on-site store was nice and warm and filled with flowers for our event, so we quickly forgot the cold and let the scent of flowers transport us to spring. This special event created space to connect with others, slow down for an afternoon, and allow creativity to flow. Today, we are recapping our favorite moments and you can scroll to see the magic unfold.

Our collaborator and talented friend, Sara Jihan Fassil, owner and florist of 1209Creative, lead the way and demonstrated how to make the most beautiful floral centerpiece with surprising and creative tips, including how to get those flowers to last a long time. Everyone was able to follow along with Sara and make a centerpiece that was unique to their liking.

Anaway Place was proud to host this workshop at our on-site store which carries a variety of grocery items for guests to stock up for their stay and the Anaway Home collection. As the workshop came to an end, everyone left with a beautiful centerpiece, but more importantly, a renewed sense of artistic expression, connection to natural things and a reminder that gathering with others is deeply rewarding and rejuvenating.  We are so grateful for everyone who attended Spring Dream and we hope that this is just the beginning of hosting wonderful and meaningful experiences at Anaway.

We want to give a special thank you to our dear friends that helped make this day a magical one to remember - we would have been a bit lost running around if it weren't for your support and enthusiasm :)

Jenni Gavin of Gavin Farms

Caitlin Claire Studio

Deedee Nitka

That's a wrap on our first ever floral workshop! We hope you enjoyed this recap and will continue to keep in touch with the Anaway happenings and special events.


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