embracing the slow life.
by victoria comment


vintage wood dining table and canvas back folding chair. / sfgirlbybay

hi everyone, how are you holding up on what is just about a month of self-quarantining at home? at least that’s how long i’ve been at it. and i’ll admit because i work from home it hasn’t been a huge adjustment for me. and i also don’t have kids or a mate to care for — which obviously has both advantages and some big disadvantages because i’m here solo, except for my pup lucy who’s been my saving grace. but i also know the other side of that — like maybe you haven’t been able to seek out some alone time for yourself and your kids are bouncing off the walls and everyone’s nerves are frayed. it’s challenging no matter what your situation. but — i keep hearing from spiritual people i admire that this quarantine has been a kind of a blessing in disguise. and i don’t mean in the short term, because this is a terrible virus that has brought so much pain, illness, stress and deep sorrow to so many and for those who can’t stop working because they’re in hospitals, grocery stores, or delivering what we need at home it’s truly exhausting and overwhelming. what i mean is, that i guess i’m choosing to try and look at it in the bigger picture and hope that this pause on our lives has been put there so that we might give ourselves time to think about what’s truly important in our lives. that slowing way down is not a bad thing, and for those of you spending time at home with family, may bring you even closer together. and for those of us alone, a chance for true introspection.

neutral bedroom with white walls, bedding and books. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not gonna lie though, many say we’re also going through a kind of grief, and i think we all know that our emotions have been a rollercoaster — one day content to read a good book, and other days a sobfest, or at the very least, we’re pretty weepy at the smallest thing. but i guess what i’m trying really hard to digest is that so many ‘things’ are not that important and it is meaningful possessions, the small gestures, the moving notes from family and friends, the silly, vulnerable exchanges on social media that are really getting us through. it’s not a shop-a-thon. it’s not how many ‘likes’ something you post gets. i’m choosing to believe whether it’s true or not that this pause has been put here to try and teach us something and hopefully whatever that very unique, individual lesson that is for each of us, that we pay close attention. and that the slow life is a good life, and when this is over, we never forget that. that baking and cooking, reading good books, and regularly checking in on family and friends and even just taking a walk in nature are things that are free in life and matter quite a great deal and are not to be taken for granted when all is said and done. take care — take it nice and slow.

whitewashed room with vintage fireplace via leanne ford interiors. / sfgirlbybay

small vintage wood chair in white room near balcony. / sfgirlbybay

home decor and interiors inspired by slow living. / sfgirlbybay

vintage sawhorse table with white linen table cloth. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist dining space with white tablecloth and napkins. / sfgirlbybay

ombre yellow and orange textiles on rustic wood shelf. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern living room with black fireplace and floor cushions with throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed home decor and interiors inspired by slow living. / sfgirlbybay

indoor plant in natural clay pot. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with beige curtains and black headboard with white bedding. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: alice gao; @sur_mon_x; @leannefordinteriors; in bed store; kate zimmerman turpin photography; angi welsch photography; @avenue.design.studio; belle and ghosts; anaise; taller silvestre photography; ethanollie; café apostrophe; taller silvestre photography; casa del caso; freehome decor; est living; what should i eat for breakfast; taller silvestre photography; casa del caso; casa del caso; @nomibis; in bed store; damsel in dior; mari magnusson photography; @minford_journal; @lackofcoloraus; méchant studio; living x design; marieke verdenius photography; blacksaw; kate zimmerman turpin photography.

14 responses to “embracing the slow life.”

  1. Your blog brings me much joy, so I’m sending you good vibes and positive energy! A neighbor is also going thru this solo and tells me about the ups and downs. Also thank you for your sensitive post! There’s much peace and contentment in our house but I sometimes feel guilty when I look at the headlines. I’m using this moment of pause to work on giving myself permission to enjoy what we have and to practice calm. Your post is affirming!

  2. A lovely post, V. I’m of much the same thinking on all of this. Admittedly, this pandemic situation has become something of an extension of life re-evaluation after the passing of my parents. I’m sure you can relate. So much to process and think about but, ultimately, I can see that this may be for the better in the long run. Or so I’d like to believe, at least. I haven’t minded this slowing down and am grateful that I am a homebody at a time like this. Glad that you have Lucy and are, hopefully, doing well overall. Sending big hugs your way.

  3. Coming back to reread this a year later, I am moved to write a thank you. Thank you for acknowledging the slow and I hope we as a society can keep to it- as we move to opening up. I have to wonder why we were in such a hurry all the time, for what? This past year has brought us losses that we deal with as a nation, as a neighborhood, as individuals. This slow tempo I think helps us deal with those losses in profound ways we were not able to when on the treadmill of modern life.
    We gave ourselves time to grieve and see clearly and to experience the seasons where we live. Thank you for always providing content that is inspirational and doing it with a true heart.

    • Thank you so much, Julie. Not only for your kind and thought-provoking comments but for reminding me to re-read my own post. I’ve been having a challenging time since I lost my pup Lucy and it was valuable for me to go back and read what my intentions have been for this year of uncerntainty. Time to appreciate those little things and be grateful for them. So thank you so much. xx

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