Everyday slow living with Tamzin Merivale

27th April 2020

 
Being aware of each moment and moving slowly through my days. I don’t like flying through life without noticing the time passing. I need to appreciate every day for what it brings, to be in the moment as much as possible.

These are quickly becoming one of my favourite parts of this community, I absolute love reading and finding out about the who, what and why in peoples everyday slow living stories. Today we meet Tamzin Merivale, a print and pattern designer from Cork, in the South of Ireland, bringing sustainability together with design through her creative eye and degree in International Development & Sustainability. It's my absolute dream to live in Italy, something Tamzin has already achieved after living and working in an art gallery in Florence, one of my absolute favourite places, I was super excited to hear her version of slow living, after all Italy is where it all began...

We would love to have sat down and asked these over a nice tea in a cute café but instead we are using the power of the internet... let's pass over to Tamzin:

 

What does intentional living mean to you?

 

Being aware of each moment and moving slowly through my days. I don’t like flying through life without noticing the time passing. I need to appreciate every day for what it brings, to be in the moment as much as possible.

 

How do you try to include this in your daily life?

My daily life is all about the rituals. I find routine helps me to get my work done and be productive, but also ensures I have some timeout to myself during the day. I include it by being as present in the moment as possible, asking my mind to slow down or be quiet when it is wanting to jump to future worries. Instead, I focus on the little things that bring me joy. Waking up and making a really good cup of coffee and having time for breakfast (I can’t rush in the mornings!). Cooking nourishing meals. Setting aside time to connect with others. Lighting a candle at the dinner table and using that time to catch up with my partner, rather than mindlessly switching the tv on. Checking in with myself, seeing how I’m feeling at any given moment.

How about your work life?

Being self-employed can be so hard. It feels like any time off is a lost opportunity to get more work done. So I really try to stick to routine. I go out in the morning and work at a co-working space, as I know staying at home I would struggle to be productive. Getting dressed and leaving the house, no matter what the weather is, allows me to focus on the admin side of my work.  I go home for lunch, and then I go to my desk for the afternoon to do the creative side of my work; drawing, photography, getting the prints packaged and ready for clients. It is definitely the more fun side of my work! I also sometimes need to use that time to rest or get some headspace.

What would you like to do more of?

Exercise. I hate exercise and it is especially hard in Ireland, the weather isn't always on your side. I also miss living on the Continent, not just for the weather, but for the social life. The local piazza was like a community garden, where everyone meets for the morning coffee and the evening aperitivo. I love that lifestyle.

I can quieten my mind and just be in the moment, and
that is an skill so worth learning.

 

We think its really important to not make slow living pressured, so we’d like to know what part of slow living doesn’t work for you? 

Sometimes life just gets in the way - I would love to get up in the morning and go for a walk, meditate, do an hour of yoga, journal, and cook a healthy breakfast all before 8am. But it just is impossible, so I do what feels comfortable and leave the rest.

 

What is your favourite season?

I love Spring and Summer (especially living in hot countries) as I love being out in the sun and not ever feeling the cold. I love taking siestas and swimming in the sea, eating juicy fruit that would never grow in Ireland. I love thunder storms and really heavy rain too, which are fantastic for forcing us to pause, watch, and wonder. But that all said, winter also gives those lovely slow moments of curling up by the fire and being cosy, so I wouldn’t rule out any season.

If you could pass one bit of intentional living advice on what would it be?

Take a meditation or mindfulness class at some point. Even if you think you can’t meditate, it is great for training your mind to just do what it’s told. When I go to sleep, my mind is telling me about a thousand things to think about, but by being mindful I can tune in to the simple pleasure of just being wrapped up in bed, how the blankets feel on my skin, how the body feels when it is relaxed and stretched out. I can quieten my mind and just be in the moment, and that is an skill so worth learning.

www.tamzinmerivale.com/

@tamzinmerivale_design

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It's so nice to meet you... We are so glad you've found our slow & seasonal lifestyle journal, grab yourself a cup of tea, perhaps a homemade biscuit or slice of cake from a local shop and lets dive in.

 

We are Mike & Emma, husband & wife, homebodys, although not ones to shy away from adventure, we created Vincent Living with a passion for traditional methods, beauty in imperfection and our planet. 

We live by the sea in South Devon and find ourselves listening to the waves after long days creating, we love nothing more than a cosy night in with our little Cyprus rescue dog Lola. 

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