1. Mom says:

    Well said, let’s all be intentional about this. Count me in!

  2. Skippy the magical hampster says:

    Like I tell my friends, it doesn’t take magic to get off the wheel, you just have to know there is an off of the wheel to get to.
    Wonderful blog, keep up the good work.

  3. What a refreshing post. I was literally chopping wood in my backyard yesterday and realized I had never done this before. I was so happy to provide heat to my home through my own work and from the discarded branches I’ve been saving.

    Our phones, computers and instant message lifestyle have really drained the beauty of life from our culture. I go outside every night and get frustrated when my phone dies. Why don’t I just absorb the beauty around me? I am a victim of my culture I suppose. I want to just go back to the Mediterranean and live that lifestyle.

    Keep up the great work. I will send people your way.

    • Beth says:

      I hear you, my friend. We are all products of this oh-so-new paradigm. Thanks for your encouragement, and I welcome your referrals!

  4. Great post. It really is amazing how many things we feel we need to get done and so many of them unimportant!

  5. Lorrie D. says:

    I think that, at times, we need to give ourselves permission to slow down. I know that there is an inherent guilt when I find myself not “doing” something. And then, I realize that I can just BE with my kids. It’s allowed. We’re all better off for it, too. On the days when the laundry remains piled on my couch waiting to be folded and there are dishes in the sink; but the girls, Hudson, and I have sun on our noses and shoulders and the smell of outside is permeating our clothes, we are a much more peaceful and happy bunch. Thanks for the post and the reminder that it’s not just a suggestion but a need for people to sloooow down.

    • Beth says:

      I’ve struggled with this one for many years. Why is it that we grow up believing living equals “doing” instead of “being”?

  6. Nate Holm says:

    I like this list especially #7. and #3 is very true.

  7. Margaret says:

    I love your blog Beth. It helps me stop and take a breath. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  8. Jane Tallant says:

    Good job, Beth!! Always enjoy your wisdom. Love you

  9. Saw GB today. Realized we were mutual friends. Delivered #7 two weeks ago. Talk of goi ng south again soon ourselves. Love your blog. Thanks for writing it all down. It is much harder to live Mexico here. Maida describes it regularly and we all miss it ve says:

    Let me know what Chapas is lke will you?

  10. Beth says:

    So good to hear from you, Christine! We LOVE Chiapas. You would really like San Cristobal. Let’s email soon, and congratulations!! I miss GB so much, just like everyone else who isn’t pregnant!

  11. Paola says:

    Hola Beth, i live in México city and reading through your posts made me remember the time i lived in Vancouver Canadá: coming from a big city Vancouver felt like living in the countryside. I, like you, learned to slow down and to appreciate new ways to socialize and enjoy nature and homemade stuff, and of course to value what I had back home. Now that i am back i’ve been trying not to fall again into the “I am busy therefore I am important”, but it is hard having so much influence from the north.

  12. Emily says:

    Really love your thoughts expressed here. The question is how does one live at that more ideal & satisfying slower pace, eschewing the busy-factor when our culture/society simply does not support it or even allow it??!! It truly seems impossible to step off the hamster wheel even when one desires to do so.

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