Slow Living Project: Nurture Photo Selections

Well, it’s officially a cliche here, but yes, another month of the Slow Living Project has gone by, and another set of inspiring images has been collected — this time under the theme ‘Nurture’ using the hashtag #slowliving_nurture.

This past month, Melanie and I wanted to focus our slow living on nurturing, whether it’s nurturing ourselves or others, or nurturing a love, passion or interest. We asked: How do you take time to slow down and nurture health, creativity, connection and all of life’s important things? Thank you for sharing your moments of beauty, nurturing, and connection. We were very inspired, and, as usual I had a very hard time choosing a small selection to share with you, so please visit the hashtag to enjoy all that was contributed this month.

There are always many beautiful photos in the galleries, but I’m always particularly drawn to ones that have really explored the theme, and often this comes by way of the caption. Personally, I was inspired by those of you sharing images of nurturing children’s love for adventure, travel, exploration and nature, but nurtured in an open-ended way, nothing forced, nothing  rushed, allowing children to guide themselves. I also loved, and have a fondness for, nurturing family and sibling bonds. And, of course, there’s the very basic nurturing of life, that we don’t always pay enough attention to. With these thoughts in mind here are some of my favourites.

Nurturing a love for nature and adventure, collecting memories, treasures and wishes

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Photo by @slooower

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Photo by @mytinytribe

Nurturing life

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Photo by @ambertia

Nurturing souls, bonds and creativity

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Photo by @lilimuguette

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Photo by @keishua_

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Photo by @lightlovers

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Photo by @devine_tribe

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Photo by @celinabailey

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Congratulations to those who were selected for the blog, and thank you very much to everyone who added their special moments to the hashtag gallery. No matter how many entries we see in the gallery each month we are overwhelmed and inspired by how you explore the theme, both through photography and your words.

As with all our monthly themes —#slowliving_explore, #slowliving_create, #slowliving_raise, #slowliving_gather,#slowliving_renew, #slowliving_love and so on — there’s no reason to stop using the hashtag on your images, you never know who or what it might inspire in someone else. I noticed the other day that #slowliving_create is close to 4000 photos under the hashtag. Let’s keep the slow living momentum going! Slowly, though 😉

As a reminder, in December we started using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project. Feel free to use it yourself, especially for any photos you love but don’t feel quite fit the theme of the month.

The theme for June is ‘reflect’ using the hashtag #slowliving_reflect. Building on our month focused on nurturing, and moreover our many months of focusing on slow living, we wanted to take some time to reflect on our journeys. We would love to learn from your reflections on slow living and how you take time to reflect on life. All reflections big and small are welcome. Use the hashtag #slowliving_reflect on your Instagram photos to be part of the gallery.

And…please feel free to join in even if you have never participated before.

As usual, Melanie and I will curate a collection of our favourites at the end of the month to share on Instagram, our blogs, and on our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’. And by the way, our Pinterest board is a great place to get a quick glance at all the selections to date and to get a good dose of visual inspiration.

You can see previous month’s themes and selections on my blog for: ‘explore’ here,‘create’ here and here, ‘bloom and harvest’ here and here, ‘raise’ here, ‘gather’ here, ‘renew’ here, ‘love’ here

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes for a beautiful and reflective month! xo, Danielle

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Slow Living Photo Selections: Bloom and Harvest, Take 2

Another month of the Slow Living Project, and another set of inspiring images has been collected — this time under the hashtag #slowliving_bloomandharvest. This past month, Melanie and I wanted to focus our slow living on the season’s changes: the harvest in the northern hemisphere and the blooms of spring in the southern hemisphere. Thank you for sharing your moments of beauty, contemplation, stillness, and connection. We were very inspired, and had a hard time choosing a small selection to share with you, so please visit the hashtag to enjoy all that was offered this month.

In April we revisited a favourite theme ‘Bloom and Harvest’. This time around the seasons have switched, with it being spring in northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere. Like the first time around, we loved how you captured the colour and beauty of these seasons. Personally, I was quite inspired by the images that cleverly combined blooms and harvest: reflecting on the dying bloom, harvesting flowers to create blooms in a new context, capturing the bloom of the harvest, and thinking about bloom in a broader sense: the blooming child and the blooming mind. I always have a special fondness for images that include children, that is, I am inspired, comforted and given hope to see children raised from a slow approach and children learning about the wild natural world. With this in mind here are some of my favourites.

Beautiful blooms

Blooming bellies, babies, families and minds

Blooms harvested

Cultivating children’s creative, helping hands

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Congratulations to those who were selected for the blog, and thank you very much to everyone who has added their special moments to the hashtag gallery. With over 1600 entries to the gallery we were overwhelmed by the participation this month. As with all our monthly themes — #slowliving_explore, #slowliving_create, #slowliving_raise, #slowliving_gather, #slowliving_renew, #slowliving_love and so on — there’s no reason to stop using the hashtag on your images, you never know who or what it might inspire in someone else. Let’s keep the slow living momentum going! In December we started using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project. Feel free to use it yourself, especially for any photos you love but don’t feel quite fit the theme of the month.

As mentioned on my Instagram account earlier this month, the theme for May is ‘nurture’ using the hashtag #slowliving_nurture. Melanie and I want to see and be inspired by how you nurture yourselves and others, how you take time to slow down and nurture health, creativity, connection and all the important things in life. Use the hashtag #slowliving_nurture on your Instagram photos to be part of the gallery. Please feel free to join in even if you have never participated before. As usual, Melanie and I will curate a collection of our favourites at the end of the month to share on Instagram, our blogs, and on our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’. And by the way, our Pinterest board is a great place to get a quick glance at all the selections to date and to get a good dose of visual inspiration.

You can see previous month’s themes and selections ‘explore’ here,‘create’ here and here, ‘bloom and harvest’ here, ‘raise’ here, ‘gather’ here, ‘renew’ here, ‘love’ here.

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes for a beautiful and nurturing month! xo, Danielle

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Photo by @lillalinaea

Slow Living Project: Create, take 2

What a beautiful month it was for the Slow Living Project, with our focus word ‘create’ there were so many inspired moments shared through the #slowliving_create hashtag — over 3200 in fact! The images were not only beautiful, but more importantly captured the spirit of creativity and creation in a slow and intentional way : slowly working away at a creative project over days and weeks, bringing slow intentional creativity to our time with our children, bringing our creative spirit outdoors, gathering, building, decorating, creating family traditions and even creating life (both plant and animal).

You can view all the contributions to the gallery here. Thank you to everyone for sharing and inspiring others.

Photo by @lillalinaea

Photo by @lillalinaea

Photo by @fareisle

Photo by @fareisle

Photo by @veronikagphotography

Photo by @veronikagphotography

Photo by @onbeing_kristy / @onbeing_mom

Photo by @onbeing_kristy / @onbeing_mom

Photo by @lightlovers

Photo by @lightlovers

Photo by @devine_tribe

Photo by @devine_tribe

Photo by @aplayfulday

Photo by @aplayfulday

Photo by @aspetalsfall

Photo by @aspetalsfall

Photo by @vanillalemoncake

Photo by @vanillalemoncake

Photo by @sapphireandlars

Photo by @sapphireandlars

Photo by @travel.little.one

Photo by @travel.little.one

Photo by @heartenohana

Photo by @heartenohana

Photo by @growingwildthings

Photo by @growingwildthings

Photo by @joyfulnoisephoto

Photo by @joyfulnoisephoto

Photo by @earth_mamma

Photo by @earth_mamma

Photo by @lessmeansmoreproject

Photo by @lessmeansmoreproject

Photo by @mommetry

Photo by @mommetry

Photo by @findingjoyforus

Photo by @findingjoyforus

Photo by @mama_2thelittleones

Photo by @mama_2thelittleones

Photo by @littlekinjournal

Photo by @littlekinjournal

Photo by @ambertia

Photo by @ambertia

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Congratulations to those who were selected for the blog, and thank you very much to everyone who has added their special moments to the hashtag gallery. With over 3200 entries to the gallery we were overwhelmed by the participation this month. Each image left us with something some sort of inspiration. As with last month’s theme ‘love’, there’s no reason to stop using the hashtag on your images, you never know who or what it might inspire in someone else.

As mentioned on my Instagram account earlier this month, April will bring back another favourite theme ‘Bloom and Harvest’. This time around the seasons have switched, with it being spring in northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere. Like the first time, we would love to see how you capture the colour and beauty of these seasons. Use the hashtag #slowliving_bloomandharvest to include your photos in the gallery. Please feel free to join in even if you have never participated before. As usual, Melanie and I will curate a collection of our favourites at the end of the month to share on Instagram, our blogs, and on our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’.

In December we started using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project. Feel free to use it yourself, especially for any photos you love but don’t feel quite fit the theme of the month.

You can find selections from other themes here: “explore” “nurture” “love” “renew” “raise” “bloom and harvest” “create” “gather

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes for a beautiful and colourful month! xo, Danielle

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Slow Living Project: Love

Each month I contemplate (very slowly, very mindfully about) introducing the hashtag #slowliving_blogpost because, well, I’m a little slow to post. Something I’ve come to accept, and even appreciate, about living slowly is that you become the final judge of your pace, not others. At first, it’s hard to feel comfortable in it because others have their expectations, others are whizzing and whirling around you, but ultimately we know the rhythm that is best for us. A slower pace has many benefits, not the least of which is being more connected to the moment.

So, on to love, let’s connect with love. With February’s focus on ‘love’ another beautiful collection of photos has formed as part of the Slow Living Project (read this post if you want to hear about how the project began, how it works and how to join in). Melanie and I wanted to focus on the word ‘love’ and to see what you love and how you capture it. We were both deeply inspired by the beautiful images and the heartfelt words you shared.

The photos and moments that struck me the most are shared below. (For my selections under ‘Wise Words About Love’ I especially encourage you to visit these galleries and read the captions.) You can view all the contributions to the gallery here. As always, thank you to everyone for sharing and inspiring others.

Love: The Basics

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Photo by @mytinytribe

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Photo by @weevintage

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Photo by @ekwetzel

Love in an embrace, a glance, a hand

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Photo by @magdalenadom

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Photo by @ambertia

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Photo by @lulu_pine

Loving the simple things: music, friends, nature, others

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Photo by @chicangelic

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Photo by @jaibess

Handmade love

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Photo by @fareisle

Wise words about love

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Photo by @lillalinaea

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Photo by @hanbullivant

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Photo by @devine_tribe

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated this month and shared their slow living moments. Everyone, old and new, is welcome, so please join us in March as we explore the theme ‘create’ (for a second time!), using the same hashtag as before #slowliving_create. We hope you will find interesting ways to capture creativity and creation in the everyday. Slow down and notice those moments, create and share them. The last time we focused on ‘create’ the images were not only beautiful, but more importantly captured the spirit of creativity and creation in a slow and intentional way. We saw people bringing creativity to breakfast or a simple moment on the beach, slowly working at a creative project over days and weeks, and bringing slow intentional creativity to their time with children. See the selections post here for inspiration. At the end of the month, Melanie and I will select our favourites to share on Instagram and on our blogs. We can’t wait to see what you create! As always, please feel free to interpret this word broadly and in a way that resonates with you.

As a reminder, in December we started using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project. Feel free to use it yourself, especially for any photos you love but don’t feel quite fit the theme of the month.

You can see previous month’s themes and selections ‘create’ here, ‘explore’ here, ‘bloom and harvest’ here, ‘raise’ here, ‘gather’ here, ‘renew’ here.

  • Our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’ includes all photo selections from the project, you can visit it here.

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes for a beautiful and creative month! xo, Danielle

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Slow Living Moments: Renew

A new year, a new month, and another beautiful collection of photos for the Slow Living Project (read this post if you are new to the project). With the new year upon us, Melanie and I wanted to focus on the word ‘renew’ — thinking about the ways we renew and restore ourselves, our family, our world. Asking how, with a slow, mindful, approach, do we make new once again.

This month I found myself particularly inspired by many of the captions that accompanied the beautiful images shared. But I also noticed just as many images that didn’t need a caption at all — it seemed obvious, intuitive, how the image conveyed renewal. When we slow down and listen we know what we need, we know how to renew, ourselves and our world. As always, thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

The photos and moments that struck me the most are shared below. It is always so hard for me to narrow down the selections, so please visit the full gallery to see what others shared.

Renewal through creative rituals

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Photo by @mommetry

Renewed life

Renewed energy, strength, bonds

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Photo by @ambertia

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Photo by @ekwetzel

Renewed by the elements

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Photo by @lewesmap

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Photo by @c_theresia

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Photo by @devine_tribe

Death, rebirth, renewal

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Photo by @petalplum

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated this month and shared their slow living moments. Everyone is welcome, so please join us in February as we explore the theme ‘love’ in the context of slow living. In many places around the world February is a month focused on love, our love for our partners, our children, our family, our friends. As always, please feel free to interpret this word broadly and in a way that resonates with you. Please share your images with the hashtag #slowliving_love so others can be inspired. Last month we started using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project, so that we have a hashtag that covers the whole year. Feel free to use it yourself.

You can see previous month’s themes and selections ‘create’ here, ‘explore’ here, ‘bloom and harvest’ here, ‘raise’ here, ‘gather’ here.

Our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’ includes all photo selections from the project visit it here.

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes for a beautiful love-filled month! xo, Danielle

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Slow Living Moments: Gather

Another beautiful and inspiring month has come to a close for the Slow Living project. It’s no surprise that Melanie and I continue to draw inspiration from your images and words each month. (If you are new to this blog Melanie and I started a  year-long slow living project back in August. Each month we invite others to share their slow living moments, and each month has a different focus.) In December we focused on the theme ‘gather’ and all that it means to us and you, whether it’s gathering with people, family, friends, gathering our thoughts and intentions, gathering food, treasures, provisions, gathering inspired us and inspired you. Thank you for sharing!

As always, I was particularly inspired by those of you who shared images that gave a double meaning to the word, but also those images that captured gathering from nature to nourish ourselves and gather knowledge, gathering as a creative activity, slow gathering of heirlooms and natural treasures, gathering that truly can’t be rushed, gathering that is mindful, thoughtful, slow. I always love seeing how you include children in slow living by passing on knowledge and traditions. I was touched by the honest moments of gathering strength and resolve to get through the challenges of life. I have such a hard time narrowing down my selections, each image and caption inspires me in some way. So please go ahead and savour all the contributions under #slowliving_gather.

**Please look up these lovely, talented photographers, especially because many have very insightful captions that accompany their beautiful images.

Gathering amongst gathered treasures

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Photo by @lightlovers

Gathering nostalgia

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Photo by @vibekelentz

Food: the quintessential gatherer

Photo by @fareisle

When two is the perfect gathering

Gathering to collect and create, living the season

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Photo by @_bearhut_

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Photo by @petalplum

Slow gathering heirlooms  

Reenacting a most famous gathering

Photo by @mrsnomi

Gathering strength, literally, metaphorically

Photo by @ekwetzel

Gathering bravery

Photo by @lillywren

Gathering as nature chooses

 Patient gathering

Gathering wishes, dreams, hopes

When space gathers a mind

Photo by @loopygibbens

Photo by @loopygibbens

Gathering knowledge of the season

Photo by @megchittenden

Photo by @megchittenden

Gathering for a new season

Photo by @ottimade

Photo by @ottimade

Gathering and ungathering

Photo by @petalplum

Photo by @petalplum

Gathered treasures gathering our thoughts and intentions  

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated this month and shared their slow living moments. Please join us, old and new friends, in January as we explore the theme ‘renew’ in the context of slow living. In many places around the world January and the new year are a time to renew oneself, restore and resolve to improve ourselves, to hold true to our beliefs, and to make ourselves new once again. As always, please feel free to interpret this word broadly and in a way that resonates with you. Please share your images with the hashtag #slowliving_renew so others can be inspired. We’ve also begun using the hashtag #slowliving_ for all our images in the project, so that we have a hashtag that covers the whole year. Feel free to use it yourself.

You can see other month’s themes and selections by searching my blog: “explore” “nurture” “love” “renew” “raise” “bloom and harvest” “create” “gather

Our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’ includes all photo selections from the project visit it here.

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes and happy new year! xo, Danielle

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Slow Living Selections: Bloom and Harvest

Another month of the Slow Living Project, and another set of inspiring images has been collected — this time under the hashtag #slowliving_bloomandharvest. This past month, Melanie and I wanted to focus our slow living on the season’s changes: the harvest in the northern hemisphere and the blooms of spring in the southern hemisphere. Thank you for sharing your moments of beauty, contemplation, stillness, and connection. We were very inspired, and had a hard time choosing a small selection to share with you, so please visit the hashtag to enjoy all that was offered this month.

What I was most inspired by were the surprises in the gallery, those of you who cleverly combined blooms and harvest: reflecting on the dying bloom, harvesting flowers to create blooms in a new context, capturing the bloom of the harvest, and thinking about bloom in a broader sense: the blooming child, the blooming mind. I curated my selections for the month around notions of play, contemplation and exchange between bloom and harvest.

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Geraldine @devine_tribe

Melanie’s selections can be found over on her blog www.geoffreyandgrace.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated this month, please join us in November as we explore the theme ‘raise’ in the context of slow living. Raise can be played with and interpreted broadly. As a parent ‘raise’ strikes a particular meaning for me, as I try to guide my children through early life. But raise can also mean to grow, to increase, to create, to give voice to, to bring to maturity, to give rise to, to awaken. Whatever it connotes for you, we’re excited to see how you are inspired to capture ‘raise’. Please share your images with the hashtag #slowliving_raise so others can be inspired.

Finally, I wanted to give an extra special thank you to Kate from A Playful Day who interviewed Melanie and I for her “15 Minutes With…” series — check it out here.

 

You can see other month’s themes and selections ‘create’ here, ‘explore’ here, ‘bloom and harvest’ here, ‘raise’ here,‘renew’ here, ‘love’ here.

Our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’ includes all photo selections from the project visit it here.

Thank you to everyone who shares photos and inspires us to live slowly, wholeheartedly, with gratitude. Best wishes and happy new year! xo, Danielle

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Such Wild Grace egg in hand

Slow Living: Create

What a beautiful month it was for the Slow Living Project, with our focus on creativity we saw so many inspired moments shared through the #slowliving_create hashtag. Melanie and I have picked some of our favourites to share on our blogs (see Melanie’s here). The images were not only beautiful, but more importantly captured the spirit of creativity and creation in a slow and intentional way, whether it was bringing creativity to breakfast or a simple moment on the beach, slowly working away at a creative project over days and weeks, or bringing slow intentional creativity to our time with our children.

I absolutely love the symbolism of creativity here, and goodness knows you can’t rush an egg. Photo by Leah @sangthebird

Such Wild Grace egg in hand

The slow and creative process of naturally dyed yarn and gathering flowers. Photo by Fleur @teaandfleur

Fleur Lyon

Slow afternoons mother and son collaborating in the art studio. Photo by Kaylan @emeraldhomestead

Creative breakfasts: there are opportunities to be creative all day long. Photo by Erin @ekwetzel

A creative project can take a year or just a few minutes, but it always gives back to the soul. Photo by Katrien @growingwildthings

Stunning images of slow creation throughout Faith’s gallery, demonstrating a seasoned understanding and interconnection with creativity and slow intentional living. Photo and artwork by Faith @faithevanssills

 

 

Photo by @faithevanssills

Illustration of a slow creative family, a drawing that is part of a slow artistic project to create homesteading colouring sheets. Illustration and photo by Michelle @danceypantsdisco

Like an egg, you can’t rush a flower. Patience to wait for the right day to gather flowers and creative talent to know how to bring a vision to life. Photo by Kaity @fareisle

Photo by @fareisle

Creative photography captured ‘slow’ perfectly in this stunning image. Photo by Ali @ali_dover

A slow project made from found and gathered items. When you work with what is available you can’t have a pre-determined end result, the slow creative process leads the way. Macrame and photo by Alana @alanadorothy

Stunning floral mask and photo by Mer @mer_mag. It is worth visiting this photo on her gallery because her caption captured my sentiments exactly about slow creativity and working with natural objects as art materials. Excerpt: “Nature give back to you in ways that paper can’t…nature is a living thing that shares some of its life with you…working with flowers there is a delicacy involved…a limited timeframe…[but] you can’t force nature.”

Photo by @mer_mag

Congratulations to those who were selected for the blog, and thank you very much to everyone who has added their creative moments to the hashtag. Every image left us with something to think about and some sort of inspiration. As with last month’s theme ‘explore’, there’s no reason to stop using the hashtag on your images, you never know who or what it might inspire or lead to.

Now, on to October’s theme. This month with fall in full swing in the northern hemisphere and spring bursting forth in the southern hemisphere, we wanted a theme that could capture the colour and beauty of these seasons. So, for October our theme is ‘bloom and harvest’, using the hashtag #slowliving_bloomandharvest. Please feel free to join in and add the hashtag to your images that fit the theme. As usual, we will curate a collection of our favourites at the end of the month to share on Instagram, our blogs, and *new* on our Pinterest board ‘Slow Living Moments’. If you are on Pinterest come find us there: Danielle ‘hippieidisguise’ and Melanie ‘geoffreyngrace’.

Thank you, again, and if you’d like to read about last month’s theme ‘explore’ you can find it here.

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Slow Living Project: Explore

What an incredible first month for the Slow Living Project. Thank you to everyone who contributed photos to the #slowliving_explore hashtag. Melanie and I have been positively overwhelmed by your interest and excitement for the project and for living a slower, more intentional lifestyle, and hugely inspired by your photographs and the moments you captured.

At our last check, there were over 850 photos under the hashtag. We never expected this level of participation a few weeks ago when we first shared the idea with you. Needless to say, it was quite a task (with lots of enjoyment) to look through the photos. We reviewed each and everyone one, and came up with about 70 photos we absolutely loved. We eliminated a few based on the fact that some were too similar (family on the beach, person on a rock), because we wanted to share the greatest variety of moments. Please know that our selections are only a sample of the beauty and inspiration to be found when you explore the hashtag. We applaud everyone’s contributions!

Ultimately, I chose my favourites based on how well the image captured the theme of ‘explore’ but in a slow living way, where the subjects were living in the moment, connected to the earth in spirit or literally with their bare hands, feet and skin. Exploring in both a mental and physical sense. If you don’t see your photograph here, please continue to participate, we hope to find new and inspiring photos and photographers each month.

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Rida @ridasj

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Sharlene @warnjai

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to those who were selected for my post and Melanie’s. Thank you to the friends, bloggers, shops and others who shared this project with their friends and family, we really appreciate the support and hope that this community will grow each month.

The theme for September is CREATE, using the hashtag #slowliving_create. We hope you will find interesting ways to capture creativity and creation in the everyday. Slow down and notice those moments, create them and share them. Please join us by adding the hashtag #slowliving_create to your photos that fit the theme. At the end of the month, Melanie and I will select our favourites to share on Instagram and on our blogs. We can’t wait to see what you create!

To find out more about the project see my post Slow Living Project and Melanie’s post Join In With Your Slow Living Moments.

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