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Julie Olson <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:36:56 -0400
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We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting podcasting  
superstar and general all-around excellent human being, Brooke  
McAlary, host of The Slow Home Podcast and author of "Slow: Simple  
Living for a Frantic World," here at Lithgow Public Library on  
September 1 at 10:30am. Brooke is currently traveling around the world  
with her family and agreed to squeeze us into her schedule when I sent  
her a fangirling invitation to present here. I'm still astonished she  
accepted, and you are all enthusiastically invited!

Together we'll take a deep breath and learn to?

Declutter: Clutter represents deferred decisions, procrastination, and  
overcommitment in the form of stuff. Brooke got rid of more than  
20,000 items from her home in a year. She shares the six obstacles to  
getting rid of the clutter and why clearing one drawer at a time is  
the most effective way to start.

Be Mindful: Living mindfully is simply paying attention. Start by  
tapping into the tiny details of life, and you?ll soon find yourself  
experiencing and engaging more. Living a mindful life is free and  
takes no extra time. It?s simply a matter of choosing to notice.

Disconnect: Technology isn?t the problem. It?s how you choose to use  
it. Brooke recommends simple steps to make real connections, including  
removing screens from dinnertime and your bedroom, removing  
notifications and visual reminders, only checking social media on one  
device, and only checking email when you have time to respond.

Maintain a Wobbly Balance: We?ve turned balance into a constant  
struggle rather than a long game. Stop trying to do it all perfectly  
and instead embrace the ?ish.? Let go of the all-or-nothing mentality  
and accept that sometimes life just happens that way and that there is  
no need to feel like a failure.

Will slowing down and simplifying make your life easier? Not really,  
and not at the beginning. What it will do is put the important  
things?your important things?front and center.

Brooke McAlary is a slow-traveling, gutsy, shiraz-appreciating writer  
who, after being diagnosed with severe postpartum depression in 2011,  
embarked on a one-woman mission to cut out the excess in her life and  
reconnect with what was really important. She is now immersed in the  
Slow Living philosophy and makes it her mission to help others define  
and achieve their slow-living goals.

She writes the blog Slow Your Home and hosts and produces the podcast  
The Slow Home Podcast. Hailing from Australia, she is currently  
slow-traveling her way around North America with her family. Visit  
Brooke at

Copies of her recent book, "SLOW: Simple Living for a Frantic World"  
will be available for purchase and signing after the event.