I’ve always wanted to live slow. And I’ve always known that a freelance job would’ve given me the chance to adopt the slow living lifestyle I wanted.
Carl Honoré defined this approach as follows:
It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savouring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting.”
For me, this means…
…Going out for a walk in nature whenever I can, as I live in a rural area.
…Being able to only work a few hours a day and use the rest of my time to enjoy my family, my house, and my garden.
…Having the time to cook slow food for me and my beloved ones.
…Cultivating hobbies such as soap making, which enable me to be creative, help the environment, and further support my family.
And what about slow business, but in a positive sense? I love this list from the Simply from Scratch blog:
Slow Business values Quality over Quantity.
Less, but Better is your mantra.
Slow Business focuses on Maximizing Purpose over Profits.
Slow Business believes People Matter.
Slow Business allows you to place your values front and centre.
Slow Business, done well, folds seamlessly into your overall Slow Lifestyle.
That’s basically what I do, too. I strive to produce high quality translations, provide added value to my clients, and focus on my purpose to help everyone spread their message – all while being able to sip a cup of tea and take a breath whenever I need it.