Create The Good Life - Simple and Slow Living by Design

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
               ~ Lily Tomlin, Comedienne

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
               ~ Mae West, Actress

We are living the fast life, instead of the good life.
               ~ Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness

The Slow Movement is a term describing a wide range of efforts taking place around the world that seek to connect us more meaningfully with others, with place, and with ourselves. It emerged as an effort to counteract the fast–paced, commodity–focused, unbalanced, and impersonal nature of much of modern human culture. The main tenant of the Slow Movement is that by taking the appropriate amount of time to experience the various activities of our lives, we are able to get in touch with what is deeply satisfying and fulfilling.

The origins of the Slow Movement are with Slow Food which began in 1986 in Italy as a reaction to "fast food." Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food movement to promote the use of fresh local foods, grown with sustainable farming techniques, prepared with love, and consumed in a leisurely manner in the company of good friends and family. He and others soon realized that food was just one aspect of life that benefitted from this type of attention and nurturing. "Slow" eventually became shorthand for a philosophy and way of life that is now applied to many activities and aspects of life, or generally as Slow Living.

Carl Honoré has written and spoken extensively about the Slow Movement, most notably in his book In Praise of Slowness. He describes how slow has been adopted and adapted around the world. Here are some of the branches of the Slow Movement:

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  • Slow Relationships - taking time to savor, deepen, and invigorate the important relationships in your life.
  • Slow Sex – read above again!
  • Slow Exercise – combining working out with time in nature or time with friends.
  • Slow Hobbies – doing something that feeds your soul and helps the planet at the same time.
  • Slow Work – being a craftsman at what you do, and doing it in service to others.
  • Slow Travel – enjoying the journey, experiencing regional flavor, and restoring your mind and body, and traveling closer to home.
  • Slow Clothing – creatively reusing clothing as well as making your own.
  • Slow Parenting & Slow Families – finding ways for your children to experience the joys of free time, creativity, and deep engagement with life.
  • Slow Education – learning new skills that help you be more connected to your daily life: cooking, sewing, music, repairs, etc. and that help you to stretch and grow.
  • Slow Money – using your money wisely and toward the things that really matter and that support the well–being of yourself, others, and the planet.

The list keeps growing and includes such things as Slow Bicycles, Slow Cinema, and some of our favorites: Slow Living, Slow Homes, Slow Design, and Slow Cities.

It is important to note that the Slow Movement is not about doing things slowly. It is about finding the right speed with which to do something in a way that values quality over quantity, long term benefits over short term gains, and well–being of the many over the few. In the long run, many Slow Movement proponents would argue that slow can ultimately be faster, and certainly better, as we make decisions and act in ways that are more thoughtful and considerate than purely efficiency driven processes.

One thing that isn't slow about the movement is its growth. The time for slow has arrived as people around the world look for ways to focus on the more rewarding intrinsic values of their lives that are often and otherwise overwhelmed by technology, complexity, and a 24/7 world. We invite you to jump into the world of slow and discover how you would like to slow up and enjoy the good life.