We are thrilled to be joined by Leslie Carrington this month in our series of interviews exploring slow living and how to live a more simple lifestyle. Leslie is CEO of HolistiCitiLyfe, a company that organises wellness vacations designed to help you feel more balanced, healthy and happy. Leslie and her colleagues create tailor-made itineraries for a client’s trip, with a focus on restoring and rejuvenating both mind and spirit.
And the wellness is not purely intended as a holiday treat. HolistiCitiLyfe offers support for people once they get home and land back in the busyness of their lives, so they can continue to reap the benefits of a holistic approach to life. We think this chimes perfectly with what our A Simple Path series is all about: thinking about how slow living can all help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Here are Leslie’s thoughts on having a ‘non-cookie cutter approach to wellness’, and her advice for her younger self. Think of her interview as a mini-retreat where you can escape out of your day for a few precious minutes.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Leslie Carrington. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
My name is Leslie Carrington, and I’m a licensed Social Worker, Life Coach and Founder of HolistiCitiLyfe (HCL). I created HCL from my passion for wellness and love for curating events and travel retreats. These two ideals collided and are now at the forefront of everything that I do and curate for my very special clients, community and travellers.
By changing my own life through clean eating, physical activity, meditation and the incorporation of ancient practices, I help others change their lives and enjoy a rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit.
If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?
Looking back to when I was young, trying to invent and simultaneously discover who I was destined to be, I recall trying to keep up with the Joneses, as if I had no mind of my own.
If I had one piece of advice for my younger self, it would be to live life on your own terms. Go with the burning desire inside to live a more simplified lifestyle. Everything happens for a reason and your life will end up right where it’s supposed to be. Don’t be afraid to be different and affect change in others.
What is it about the simple life and slow living that you find appealing?
Much like my previous answer, we spend a large part of our lives chasing things that we think are going to bring us happiness. Things like careers, money, relationships, and other tangible items. As I have become older AND wiser, I have come to appreciate the simpler things. Natural foods, natural skin and hair care products, nature, a holistic way of living.
Changing my life to fit my goals and the reflection of what I value most is how I’ve always wanted to live. Finding meaning and purpose while living “the simple life” is more appealing to me now more than ever. Seems that’s why I have made it my mission to help others discover the very same thing – if only for a moment.
How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?
There really is no easy way to answer this question. Nor do I have the “magic” solution, as this is a tug and pull for me on a daily basis. I especially find it difficult to counteract the pull during my wellness events and travel retreats. Capturing the exciting and inspiring moments is important for marketing purposes and such, but being in the moment is the main purpose of my wellness events and occasions. It’s meant to be a time to unplug, detach and communicate with others – the old fashioned way.
Entrepreneurship, however, often leads me to want to capture the moments. Often times, it’s also something that I want to remember and find the need to share with others. There is intrinsic value in understanding the need and desire for curating images. But so much of my personal and ordinary but beautiful life experiences are “lived” in the moment, where neither my camera nor phone are close enough in proximity or thought to provoke the, “Let’s get this shot”.
My biggest thought influencers are women of color who lead a life of passion. Woman who have found their calling, many of whom are in the healthy lifestyle industry, and who help others to find solutions to living a more fulfilling life of balance.
What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?
Egyptian cotton sheets, a comfy duvet, and a bed full of decorative pillows collected from my travels, books and more books, my yoga mat: Best recipe for a good night’s sleep.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?
I hope in ten years’ time that I will be providing holistic and wellness experiences to individuals both nationally and internationally. That I would have grown my tribe, network and staff of wellness professionals, living more simply and inspiring a love for learning how to transform life through implementing solutions to mind, body and spirit wellness. That my non-cookie cutter approach to wellness will break holistic barriers.
From a personal perspective I would like to have done much more travel for pleasure and not only business.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?
Lived life on my own terms. It’s pretty exhilarating☺
Thank you so much for your time, and sharing your thoughts with us!
If you’d like to read more about slow living you can download our guide here.
What does living a slower, simpler life mean to you? Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Throughout our A Simple Path series of interviews with creatives, entrepreneurs and influencers, we’ve been exploring the question: what is slow living? What has become clear is that there is no fixed answer to this, although there are some common strands to what people feel constitutes a slow life. We thought we’d gather together the wise words and ideas we’ve collected so far to create our own Linenbeauty guide to slow living.
We will also address some of the hindrances, the impossibilities and falsities of attaining a purely simple, slow life. Yet ultimately we hope to share some useful tips, thoughtful reflections and everyday inspirations.
What does slow living mean to you? How do you try to incorporate elements of this into your life? We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. So, brew some warming coffee, put your feet up and settle down for a few minutes of peace. And please drop us a comment if you’d like to join the conversation.
Click on the link below and read the guide online, or download it to read at your leisure.
If you are suffering from the Autumn sniffles or struggling with the ever-shortening days and darker evenings, we’re here to help with natural ways to beat autumn cold.
Our immune systems can take a battering at this time of year, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Eat well (try not to reach for sugary quick-fix snacks when you are feeling tired), take a good quality vitamin supplement, get plenty of sleep and try to find some time in your day to be still and quiet. Sometimes you might need extra help to get back on track, like these 5 remedies below. All are based on natural ingredients, but if you are pregnant be wary of essential oils and check their suitability before using.
Here are 5 ways to see yourself happily into winter:
The slow living movement can seem rather monocultural, and many people are put off sustainable options like ethical clothing or green beauty products due to their price tag. It’s important that the message of living responsibly and minimising our impact on the environment is not just heard within its own echo chamber, or amongst those on higher incomes. Which is why we were delighted to find Cindy Luquin and her blog, Cultura con Wellness, where she talks about her efforts to empower the Latino community and people of colour through her intentionally conscious lifestyle. And we were even more thrilled when Cindy agreed to feature on A Simple Path.
So take a moment to yourself, sit back and enjoy Cindy’s thoughts on wellness, balance and how a major health trauma forced her to reevaluate her life.
Do you ever have that thing when, as the season changes, you look into your clothes drawers or closet and realise you have NOTHING to wear? The weather here changed so dramatically in the space of just a few days taking us from shorts to woolly socks seemingly overnight. And there seems to be very little in the closet that will actually work for right now. If you are organised, your fall/winter wardrobe will be stored safely awaiting this change in temperature and you can just switch them around. But if, like us, you just seem to have no appropriate clothes, here’s how to clear out your closet and make your wardrobe work for you this season.
To get started, empty all your clothes onto the bed. Hold each item in turn and ask yourself these questions:
What a treat we have in store for you this month! We are picking the brains of the lovely Katherine Heath of Wild Grey Skies for her thoughts on all things sustainable and natural. Katherine is a social media manager and content creator* at (hug) London, who not only takes gorgeous pictures, but also has lots of wisdom to share about ways we can be more ethical in our consumption, and how to attain more balance in our lives.
Welcome, Katherine Heath!
1. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
Many of us strive to slow down and lead simpler, slower lives but just don’t know where to start. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by things-to-do, work, family and all the other things that can trap us into what feels like an endlessly revolving door? Do you browse social media or magazines and end up feeling envy at other people’s seemingly perfect homes or holidays or relationships? Sometimes we need a bit of help to bring ourselves back to what really matters. These 6 books will do just that. From ways to radically change your life to simple steps towards feeling freer and happier, these books have something for everyone seeking to live better, with less.
1.For a major life-overhaul
This month we are delighted to be joined by Heather Hall from thesiftedlife.co. Heather has developed a programme to help people ‘sift’ their lives – to get rid of clutter, to find simplicity and create more time for the things they love. She lives, and works, by this mantra: “There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less” (G. K. Chesterton). Her aim is to support and guide people who are feeling overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and help them live better, with less.
Sit back and enjoy her insightful, thoughtful interview. We think you will love her ideas on carving out a simple path through this crazy world.
With many of us heading off on vacations this month, we have a special secret to share with you. When planning for a two-day drive across Europe in an over-packed car with four children (aged 5-12) we devised a simple yet sanity-saving way to keep the kids happy on the long journey. And because we know how difficult travelling with kids can be, we thought we’d share it with you here.
Introducing: ‘The Bag Of Fun‘! (And you need to say this as if you are introducing a celebrity on Strictly Come Dancing or America’s Got Talent)
What is the Bag Of Fun (BOF)?
We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.
You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.