Why I chose slow living and moved back to Romania

Hello, everyone! After a couple of hectic months, I am ready to share with you what I have been up to in 2021. As much as we wanted to start a new life in Vienna, the pandemic had us changing our plans again. And because we have a small baby, we had to take a decision once and for all. My husband and I made a list of pros and cons, and in the end, we decided to go back to Romania. Living abroad was fun in our 20s, before Adelina, but now we've changed our priorities. We want stability and peace, a quiet place which our family can call home.
Although most of us want things to return to normal, that might not be the case for a long time. Being back home in Romania means that we can see our family when we want to. It was heartbreaking to see how many people haven't seen their families in months because of the restrictions. At first our move to Vienna felt exciting, but I quickly started to feel alone, trapped in our small apartment. Going back home was a decision that made everyone happier, especially our baby. Now she has a whole yard to play, and her cousins close by.

Moving back home also means that I can embrace slow living more. We ditched the city for a small village, and my mental health has never been better. I was a city girl until my late 20s, but as I have said, our priorities change. In my 20s I loved going to Starbucks for a coffee. Now I like to sit in my garden, enjoying the silence whilst I read a good book.

I want you to know that there's nothing wrong with wanting to live in big cities. But as an introvert, I realised that I want calm and simplicity. And luckily, I am in a position where I can still make big life changes. If there's one good thing that came out of last year, it's that it made people rethink their life choices. Money or status are redundant in times like these. Life is short, and you should stop living it on autopilot. If you thrive in crowded places, keep going forward. But if you think that something is missing, go back to your values, and search for what will truly make you happy.
Before my rambling completely takes over, I want you to know that you can chose slow living wherever you are. I took things further, and moved to a remote village, but that doesn't mean you have to do the same. Slow living is a lifestyle change, where first you learn to prioritise. Instead of constantly hustling, you take time to enjoy life. You declutter your home and emotions. You become mindful of the things around you, and start to appreciate what you have.

Although I could go on and on, my baby wants to feed the chickens, so I must leave you. I am curious to know if 2021 came with some lifestyle for you, and if so, what were they? 

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