I recently moved to Greece to reconnect with my values, spend time with my dad and practice slow living.
Slow living and being in Greece is totally different to the UK.
Life is a lot more simple here and things are already more relaxed.
Adapting to a slow-paced life hasn’t always come easy to me. I used to live in London for 6 years and during that time, I led a very chaotic, busy and party-fueled life.
But being able to travel all over the world has taught me patience and self-awareness. And I can now truly put what I’ve learnt about slow living into practice while I’m here in Greece.
The road less traveled
My dad lives on the edge of paradise.
Go on a 7 minute drive over the mountains, along the coastline, down gravelly paths and you will find a quiet cove with crystal clear water, a turquoise hue and glitter where the sun hits the water.
I thought I had to travel far and wide to find places like this, but here it is on the doorstep of where my dad grew up.
Appreciate the simple things
It’s crazy what we fail to appreciate when we are younger.
As a teen, I used to hate going to stay in my dad’s village.
It was old-fashioned, remote with nothing going on and about 10 years behind my life in England.
Back then I was a material girl. All I wanted to do was shop in Athens and go to the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos as that’s where all the celebs were going.
But I love it here now. I love the simplicity of life here. And the peacefulness.
The fact that I can pick fruit from my own back garden. Whether that is a lemon, orange, prickly pear or pomegranate.
At 31 years old, I now have a newfound appreciation for this place.
I no longer need a lot. Just the sea, the sun, a balcony with an epic view, a stable wifi connection and of course splendid wine!
So this is your gentle reminder to make sure you slow down every once in a while and appreciate what’s around you.
Take a moment to appreciate what you already have instead of always striving for more.
Slow living in Greece
Slow living is finally my reality and I’m absolutely loving it in Greece.
My days here are already more fulfilling and I’m living out my dream daily routine – slow mornings filled with a 10k walk, yoga and reading, a late lunch and productive afternoons.
And don’t even get me started on the delicious food!
Fresh fish, feta saganaki with honey, bread, tzatziki, Greek salad with the juiciest tomatoes and lots of meat.
Don’t ever make me choose between the sea and the mountains
Domvrena is in the best location.
It lies 1 hour from Athens, 7-mins from the sea and 20-mins from the mountains.
When you think of Greece, you probably think of the picturesque islands and beautiful beaches (like at the top of this post). But during Autumn and Winter, there are some great places to go hiking and experience a different side of Greece.
I swear being stuck in the UK for the past 2 years affected my mental health and well-being more than I thought or care to admit
I feel clearer, healthier and a lot happier and fulfilled (and it’s only been 3 weeks).
So if you’re currently feeling a bit stale or stuck and need some fire in your belly then I can’t recommend booking a trip somewhere enough!
Get out of your house. Go somewhere with fresh air and is full of nature. Get down to the beach. Head abroad (it’s super cheap right now) and just be somewhere different for a few days.
A change of scenery will do you the world of good and ignite more creativity into your life.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xx
N.B – All pictures in this post were taken by me and edited in Adobe Lightroom.