October 11, 2012 // LENTEMENT

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The Lentement Project by Kelsey of Pinegate Road — remembering to slow down and enjoy the moment in a fast-paced world

Lentement: adv. French for slowly

Welcome to the Lentement Project! As a grad student, a blogger, a freelancer, and a part-time employee, I personally struggle with the anxieties that these activities set into my life. I find it hard to find the time to do it all. After a brief survey, I found that many of my fellow friends and bloggers struggle with the same issue. We go from one activity to the next project and fill our lives with experiences, many of which fail to render a certain meaningful impact in our lives. While I’m far from curing my busy schedule, and I’m sure many of you are too, the Lentement project aims to seek out the little moments in life and to exonerate them in a more memorable and meaningful way. It hopes to help you slow down and smell the roses, per se.

Oh ok, well how can I participate? I’m glad you asked! While finding these moments is definitely a personal endeavor, the Lentement project is all about sharing those stories. Whenever you come across a little detail, or have a moment that you purposefully slowed down and enjoyed, use the hashtag #lentement on twitter, instagram, and interest to share the experience. You can also post tweet or pin things you’d like to slow down and do in the future. It’s really all up to you! I’ll be checking and posting your collective moments occasionally on this page, and I hope that you might do the same on your own blog. The Lentement project is about inspiring, and what better way than to share your own moments of living a slower lifestyle? I encourage you to write blog posts, share each others stories, and connect through the use of the hashtag and any social media outlets. This project is up to you!

I’ve also sized down the logo for you to include on your sidebar if you have a blog and you’d like to spread the word about the project! You can link the logo right back to this page so that others can learn about the project and start on their own journey!

Logo: 300px wide // 200px wide // 100px wide

Link URL: http://www.pinegateroad.com/lentement

Do you need a reminder to slow down? Well, I’ve created a small poster that you can print out and keep in a special place. It fits into this frame if you wanted to go all out and include some other special items that will encourage you on this journey. The seashells are included, but you can certain omit them when putting it together. Download the print. Size: 6″x8″.

Stay tuned for a giveaway that will be up on the blog shortly, more posts here, and have a happy —and slower— journey friends! I look forward to seeing your moments and hearing stories of how you’re enjoying more meaningful moments in your own lives.


16 Comments »

  1. So cute! Definitely will be printing this out as a reminder. And heck yes, Instagram hashtag, here I come! I think every time I use Instagram, it’s about stopping to really savor the moment. Framing up a photo and then “processing” it requires me to linger on a moment for a second more. Le sigh.

    Comment by Ashlie J. — October 11, 2012 @ 2:29 PM

  2. Oh yay! So glad you’ll be joining along :) Can’t wait to see your instas! I totally agree with the instagram thing too — I even wrote about that phenomenon in my research for this project :)

    Comment by Kelsey — October 11, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

  3. I love this project. Lately I’ve really been feeling drained with work and a long commute and something like this is exactly what I need. I’ll be joining along :)

    Comment by Sarah // Hemenway Street — October 11, 2012 @ 9:35 PM

  4. So great to hear! (not the long commute, but that you’ll be joining, of course :) )

    Comment by Kelsey — October 14, 2012 @ 4:16 PM

  5. Thank you! I was just updating my iPhone and when it came time to sync my “To-do List” app, I almost deleted it completely. I am finding the act of constantly looking at it, checking off, adding items is giving me anxiety. And for what? If I don’t do one of these things on the list is anyone going to be harmed? Hurt? Devastated? I mean, yes if I don’t remember to sign my daughter up for Yoga with her BFF than I will probably feel the wrath, but what!?! Life is disappointing sometimes, maybe she could use a dose of it. I think it might have been a sign I checked in here tonight. Consider me on board:)

    Comment by Piper — October 17, 2012 @ 12:54 AM

  6. Hah, I feel you with the to-do list app! I have such a love/hate relationship with mine, and I get so anxious when I click it open and know I’ll find a million things that I’ve forgotten to get done over the past days or so. I’m so glad that you’re on board with the movement! I look forward to seeing your contributions to the project — or not! ;) I’m still trying to figure out if this is something that people want to take the time to participate in, or if the project is just a reminder enough! Only time will tell I suppose :) Hope you’re doing well Piper, and thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by Kelsey — October 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

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  8. Kels… I have been meaning to comment on this post since you shared it. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to think about my day with “lentement” in mind – thank you for encouraging us to sloooow down. You are great!

    Comment by whitney @ thecurtiscasa — October 17, 2012 @ 5:15 PM

  9. Ah, I’m so glad that you’ve been using this as a reminder :) I definitely need to do it each and every day! hah.

    Comment by Kelsey — October 17, 2012 @ 9:43 PM

  10. this is beautiful Kelsey!! you know I’ll be participating!!

    Comment by emily // the object enthusiast — October 18, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

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  12. I love this! I have it printed and hung above my desk!

    Comment by Helena — November 13, 2012 @ 5:23 PM

  13. That’s awesome :) If you’d like to have it featured in a Lentement update, snap a picture and tag me on twitter or Facebook! I’ll be sure to include it soon :) Thanks so much for participating!

    Comment by Kelsey — November 13, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

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