One of the many things that drives me crazy in this increasingly polarized political and social environment is the "whataboutism" that rises whenever someone presents a suggestion for any change intended to make a positive impact. And as we watch fires rage through different parts of our globe, I find this particularly frustrating when normally … Continue reading Focusing On Small Changes For a Bigger Impact In 2020
What if we parents agreed that enough was enough? What if we stopped buying the grocery store cupcakes with rings or toys on top? What if we were more intentional with our stocking stuffers and got our kids things they could just eat or use for longer than a couple days? What if we decided that we wanted our kids to have fewer, higher quality items as opposed to junky stuff that breaks immediately? What if we determined to teach our kids the value of experiences over things that are easily tossed in the trash?
I know that not everyone can get on board with this approach and I’m also fully aware of the economic dependence on Black Friday, but if you are like me and you are tired of giving in to wasteful spending and craving more quality time, maybe this year stay up late with your loved ones and instead of standing in line at Starbucks before the sun comes up, sleep in and cook up some breakfast. If you still really need that one item, then head out and see if it is still available after the initial lines die down. Better yet, instead of hitting all of the major chain stores, surprise a local merchant and give them your business.
As we watched most of our earthly possessions get loaded onto a moving truck, we couldn't help but notice just now much stuff we have. Boxes full of all sorts of items belonging to all members of our family became pieces in a real life Tetris game, the movers making sure that each box and piece … Continue reading Missing the Space, Not the Stuff
Nothing like preparing to move to show you just how much stuff you have. Seriously. We have A LOT of stuff. Even before I accepted the call to teach down in Texas, I started sorting through all the stuff in our house and tried Facebook garage sale sites and donating certain items to various organizations. … Continue reading Getting Ready for the Simple Life