Create, Not Consume

Create, Not Consume

I have toyed with this idea before, but here goes. I'm gonna do it.  

January = Shopping Ban = 31 days of Creation

I need to break the twitch.  Happiness is not found in a new candle holder or dollar bin item from Target.  Even though JT and I have cleaned up the debt and pay cash for everything, I've noticed that there's still that impulse to buy.  Long day? Buy a book.  Feeling sick in bed? Buy more craft supplies.  Starving from not eating enough at work? Buy all the things from the deli department at Lunardi's.  

These puppies are budget busters and while we eventually aspire to not needing a budget because we are mindful consumers who only purchase things that will take care of us, while not expecting our happiness to come from things, I am just not there yet...

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What I Learned from 30 Days of Decluttering

What I Learned from 30 Days of Decluttering

I absolutely LOVE doing the 30 Day Decluttering Challenge each year.  Your participation and feedback is what I live for and it's so much fun to be doing this with you. 

This year though, I though "Well...we've been decluttering and minimizing for 3 years. I don't think I'll have anything to let go of".  Yeah, so I was wrong.

While I posted photos each day of "suggested" categories to declutter, I was mainly going through my own sentimental items.  That included the rave fliers in the photo above (they will be worth something on eBay one day!!!!!), travel souvenirs and photos.  Oi.  I am EXHAUSTED.  The trip down memory lane is a Loooooooong Drive.  

In the middle of that trip, I decided to take a detour to one of our closets.  Our new room has two.  One for our clothes, one for our coats, TV and dresser.  The shelves were a complete sh*tshow. Because things that worked in a previous house just didn't work here...

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Simple Luxury

Simple Luxury

As we enter the new year, I know it's easy to focus on what we want to change about ourselves and the resolutions we made (and probably broke by now), but we if we focused on the luxury we all have access to? The luxury that comes, not from million dollar yachts and Dom Perignon, but from appreciating the simple beauty all around us?

I would like to propose a few simple, happy changes to make.  Ones that will remind you of the beauty all around us and of how lucky we are.  If you're not in love with your life, consider trying a few of these.   Most can be had for free or under $20.  

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