Monday, February 26, 2007

Keeping Up With the Joneses

I copied these articles from and it's so very true. How often do we find ourselves buying things we don't really need because we feel like we "should" have it, because subconsciously we're being told to spend spend spend and to define ourselves by what we own? (every time I see the "He who dies with the most toys wins" license plate frame I want to get out of my car and SHAKE the driver - "Wake up! That's not the way to live your life!") The more I think about our society's out of control debt, excessive clutter, disorganized homes, and financial stress (btw, 90% of illnesses are stress-related) the more I realize how our culture's priorities are entirely out of line. We keep eating too much or spending money trying to make ourselves happy, when truly all that can make us happy is to choose the simple things - our families and friends, nature's beauty, and a relationship with God. Ultimately, the things we buy are worthless when compared with the promise of a debt-free life, a clutter-free home, and a low stress level. So I'm going to continually simplify, simplify, simplify. I'd rather be relaxed than have lots of "things" to clean or put away. :-)

Of course, I know all of this in the same way that smokers know that smoking is insane. It will be a daily battle for me to suppress my consumerist habits. But a battle worth fighting!

Anyways, here are the articles:

Don't Buy In!

Are "They" Ruining your Finances?


ann said...

you're so right!! good thinking!! ;)

*Dani* said...

I love you. : )

You're so smart. Very true. I needed this this morning. I know this to be true but we all have our times when we fall back into thinking we need 'things' and 'food' and more more more to make us happy. We don't need more, we need friends and family and simplicity!!!! Come home Carly! I'm a spazz hahahaa. I am going to dance a jig when you get home.

Oh, and fyi- I HATE that license plate too!!! Makes me want to cry. You have to really feel for your fellow brothers and sisters that buy into that crap. And it's easy to do because it's fed to us. Stupid capitalism. God's a communist!!!!!

Carly Fay said...

I need to remind myself all the time too! I finally canceled my Victoria's Secret catalog so I'll stop drooling over clothes I don't need. Baby steps. ;-)

*Dani* said...

I just need to remember I don't need to remodel my house 100% RIGHT NOW! I am looking around at all of the cool things I can do. I bought a kitchen cart and things from Ikea a couple weeks ago and went to lowes for some bitchin knobs! Can't wait for you to get back and see it!