Slow down time. I think every person that has walked this earth has wanted to slow down time or to add more hours to the day. I can't tell you how many women in the grocery store aisle or at the park have said to me, "It goes by so fast. Enjoy it while you can." I'm trying to, but it feels like I'm pulling back on a rope that is tied to a bull with my heels digging into the dirt - water skiing on dry land, if you will. So, when I picked up Erin Loechner's book to read it and I saw what the title was, Chasing Slow, I thought, well, this I have to read.
After I read the first page I felt like I sat down with my best friend over coffee as she told me her story of moving to busy L.A., climbing a mountain of success, getting to the top only to realize the view was the same from the bottom and feeling tired and empty. She describes her dreamy success of one million followers on Pinterest, free product from companies, thousands of blog posts later of a pretty house, and she is utterly exhausted. This girl as even had a HGTV show before Joanna Gaines was a household name and traveled the world speaking at conferences before the age of 33. She has already had the "success" of what many Millennials dream of and what I have also tasted as a "pinner" and blogger as well. So, it felt like a breath of fresh air to hear her say, "Who knew more would make us feel like less." Amen, sister. Amen!
And even though generations after generations have said these same words in their own way, it felt better to hear it from my peer in her 30's. We live in a world that is vastly different from our parents, but the truths of life remain the same. It's just that references to Pinterest, countless trips IKEA grabbing sheepskins and RIBBA frames help explain it so much better to 20 somethings and 30 somethings. Haha!
There is so much truth spilled out over the pages and what she has learned from leaving the L.A. hustle behind to live in a small town in Ohio. And if you think she's going to tell you to go move to a small town too, you're guess is dead wrong. She points out the chase is still a chase no matter if you're chasing slow or fast, and so she gives some wise nuggets of how she is doing a new thing - enjoy her daily bread.
You can go get her book her on Amazon.
Photos by Rennai Hoefer