Tuesday, May 13, 2014

materialism

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” 
― Ellen Goodman

I'm going through a phase.

The one where you get rid of a bunch of shit.

Toys, clothes, things... we either love it or need it or it goes.  We need this right now.  If we're going to homeschool, if I'm going to be healthy, if we're going to be happy- we need this.  

When I find myself thinking how I want something, I redirect my thoughts to the things I already have.  I chose gratefulness and remind myself that things do not bring me happiness.  Such a contrast from the typical American mindset.

It's liberating.  The actual letting go part and the mindfulness of choosing experiences over materialism.
But we are struggling with a different type of materialism and that's the fast food, eating out materialism.  It's expensive and unhealthy.  Thinking about doing a 30 day challenge.  I bet I could do it.


“The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.” 
-Steve Maraboli

4 comments:

  1. Gah! Blogger ate my comment! Anyhow, I just wanted to say good for you for clearing out some of that clutter. Things aren't all bad, but when they start controlling us...nah, not so much. And the 30 day challenge would be a perfect way of setting you on a new habit! Let me know if you need any recipes :)

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    1. Thanks Becca :)
      And I have been a cooking machine. I really enjoy eating at home a lot more.

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  2. Good thoughts sweetie...will you help me clear my clutter? lol

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    1. Pleaseeeee... what clutter? haha

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