Episode 4

Charlie Thomas - slow living, setting healthy boundaries and starting your own business

Published on: 3rd February, 2021

Today we hear from the slow living revolutionist, Charlie Thomas. Charlie runs an interior design studio a slow living blog and offers online business branding services through her own company Our Kindred.

Charlie's business encompasses all that she is and loves,

"It all began with an idea. to live life slower, more intentionally, to transform everyday life into something more. Embracing our rural surrounding and authentically live a life that is ours. Capturing every moment through photography and creative means.”


Charlie explains how slow living is a state of mind and how we can all live our lives more intentionally and authentically. Charlie and I unpick some of the most common misconceptions about slow living and our shared experience of how slow living has benefited our mental health

Charlie shares her experience of Postnatal anxiety and depression and how that has taught her the importance of setting healthy boundaries and acknowledging the pressures we feel to conform to societal expectations.

Charlie explains how she quit her full time job to start her own business and how that has been absolutely liberating for her. You can find Charlie on instagram @ourkindred and her website is https://www.ourkindred.co.uk/

Charlie designed my branding for @thebalanceddoula and the branding for this podcast! She's great!

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About the Podcast

Tipping The Balance
Mental health and happiness is not as simple as arriving at a destination. It takes work everyday. How can we help to tip the balance in favour of our mental health?
We can all admit to wishing we had more balance in our lives. How many times have you said, "I just don't have the right balance at the moment." Maybe you think you need to work less, have more (or less!) time with your children, get outside more, exercise more, eat more healthily. What ever it is you and almost everyone else has an idea of what balance means to them, their lives and their mental health.

'Tipping the balance,' explores these concepts with a range of different people. Parents, business owners, people living with grief, overcoming abuse, mental health specialists. We have it all here and I hope you can listen to these shows and feel in someway you have spent time tipping the balance in favour of your own mental health.

You can find me on instagram @thebalanceddoula

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About your host

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Katie Hickey

I am a birth doula, podcaster and vet! All my areas of work bring together elements of balance, growth and self-development. I am a convert to the slow living movement and live in rural Devon with my family. I love hearing from other people how they strive to find balance in their lives in order to live intentionally and maintain a positive tilt on their mental health.