Quiet Matters is for anyone looking for a life that’s more relaxed, more grounded and more fulfilling. It’s a podcast full of both wild inspiration and real solid practical advice, including regular beautiful and useful associated free downloads. Jo Dymock (@ochreandflax on Instagram) is a creative business owner and writer who has been working towards a slow, seasonal and joyful way of life for over a decade.
Minimalism and decluttering - the why and the how
This week's episode is all about minimalism, simplifying and decluttering, and why I think it pairs really well with living a life that is more intentional and more joyful. I am absolutely clear that it’s by no means essential to be a minimalist to live a meaningful life, but I think they pair up pretty nicely. Full show notes on my website.
Rejecting the myth of rejecting the myth of doing it all (no, that’s not a typo)
There is a lot of talk online about rejecting the myth of doing it all. But at that same time as we're seeing that theoretically empowering message (and often even in the same place as we're seeing it) we're also seeing a lifestyle that is perfect, where someone clearly is 'doing it all, and is living a lifestyle that is perhaps a lot busier and more full on than it appears in the carefully curated world of a social media feed or YouTube channel.
I want to talk about genuinely rejecting that myth of doing it all, not just pretending to. I want to embrace a life that’s a little less picture perfect but contains a whole lot more of what I love. In this episode I’m talking through why we need to really own rejecting that myth and allow our lives to not be picture perfect. I’m also discussing some ways to accept the joy of doing less, and some tips and tricks for abandoning the myth of doing it all in your own life.
Show notes at www.ochreandflax.co.uk/podcast/episode5
Seasonal living - the why, the what and the how
This episode of the podcast is all about exploring seasonal living in a bit more depth. I’ve mentioned it several times already during previous episodes, and I wanted to really focus on it and talk to you about both why we do it and the benefits for us, and then how we actually go about it.
Engaging with the seasons isn’t about living in an off grid yurt and being outdoors at any cost. But if you’re looking for a way to begin to connect with the world around you, seasonal living is the most wonderful, and highly accessible, place to start. Whether it’s simply standing outside your front door in the sunshine or heading out for multi-day mountain hikes, there is going to be a way you can incorporate the seasons into your life.
Show notes can be found at www.ochreandflax.co.uk/podcast/episode4
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Why slow business is a good thing
This week I'm opening the conversation about slow business, and why I think it's such a positive thing.
Creating moments of slow with children
This episode of the podcast introduces what I hope will be an ongoing discussion around creating moments of slow when you have older children, although I hope it will provide inspiration whatever stage of family life you're at.
I get really honest and discuss the areas where we are winning - and losing - at slow living and parenting with our own children (aged four, seven and ten) and which values we truly hold when it comes to seeking out the ever more rare and precious moments of slow as our children get older.
Creating a slow living manifesto
I'm delving into my own slow living values, and helping you create your own slow living manifesto - a set of core values to help you make key decisions about what really matters in your life.