Gate in a wintery field


  1. Hi Alison,

    I really appreciate your two posts on slowing down. I have tried over and over to simplify and slow down and I can be successful for a while, but, sooner or later, things get busy and crazy again. I think a lot of it has to do with life circumstances because I have fallen in love with the simple, slow times and I cling to them, but somehow they always get away. We recently took a vacation for that very reason and I loved the simple, slow time we had on vacation so much that I didn’t want to come home, but, of course, we had to come home, and now I am trying to find simple and slow for our normal routine again.

    As I pray for simple and slow for me, I will pray that your November can be Slowvember for you.

    1. Thanks so much, Kelly. I completely understand what you’re talking about. I think the busy times are avoidable. It’s when they become the norm that I get in trouble. I find myself saying, “It’s just a season,” but the busy season just goes on and on. I appreciate your prayers this month as I try to make realistic changes.

  2. Well, I was just put on blood pressure medication for ridiculously high BP numbers, so, yeah, a busy stressful life is taking its toll.

    I share many of your fears but slowing down has to happen.

    I don’t have a plan–bad idea!–but one thing I’m trying to do is use the microwave less. If I can make oatmeal on the stove and reheat things there, then I’m trying to do that.

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes–the good and the not so good!

    1. Oh, Lisa, I’m so sorry! Meds are never fun, although I’m thankful we have them. Let me know how the adjustment goes, and if there’s anything I can do.

      Your plan to use the microwave less is really interesting. As I think about it, there have been times when I’ve chosen to hand-wash dishes (rarely) or stand at the stove and watch the teapot come to a boil. I didn’t recognize it at the time, but those were attempts to slow down, even if only for a few minutes. I’ll have to consider other small habits like this. Thanks for the input!

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