mindful consumption

i don’t think any culturally aware person would argue with the fact that we live in a consumerist society. at it’s core, capitalism is driven by the consumption of STUFF. i’ve learned that where and how you spend your money says a lot about what you as an individual value.

but i think we’ve all grown a little too obsessed with stuff. maybe it’s just that i read a lot of blogs, many of which are monetized and promote products, and include(sometimes weekly) run downs of favorite products, but i’m getting disillusioned with our need to buy the newest product and fill our lives with THINGS for every conceivable need. the newest such and such may make your life a little easier, but it doesn’t simplify it. it clutters your space, your mind and your life.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/make-your-own-media-cabinet.html

maybe it’s just because my budget is so tight that i’ve truly learned the difference between want because i would use it and need in order to function in the world.

i can’t deny the rush one gets from consuming–and i have the credit card debt to prove it. but through purposefully living with less, i’ve gained control over my life. i’ve begun to embrace quality over quantity. simple is beautiful. simple is meaningful.

lately i’ve been striving to live my life with intention and purpose; paring down the excess noise of distractions, letting mindfulness work itself into my consumption of stuff. for me, it’s another step on the path to a content life.

 

liebster round 2

i’m so honored to have been nominated for a second liebster award by the lovely Taylor over at Pinstripes & Lipgloss!

let’s be honest, it’s always really nice to hear that someone enjoys reading your random thoughts and finds you at least mildly entertaining, especially when it’s someone who writes a blog you love too!

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i love doing these little quizzes because it’s a. automatic content and b. fun to share random things about myself i probably wouldn’t write about otherwise. so here goes:

Why did you start blogging?

I found myself having a lot to say…and I didn’t like sharing on Facebook (which I’ve since deleted) because I’m weirdly private, and somehow the blogging community is less scary than people I know in real life. I once told my mom that I wanted to write a book someday, and her response was that I definitely have enough opinions to fill a book, which is absolutely true (sidenote: writing a book is definitely still my life goal). I also love the journal aspect and the community–it’s a great way to remember that I’m not alone as a confused twenty something.

What drives you?

I was recently talking to someone and they asked me why I became a librarian, my answer was that I love helping people, and I suppose that is the answer to this question as well. I get so much joy and satisfaction from helping someone solve a problem or find information they need…I love being middle man who facilitates that transaction (that got grad school-y real quick). My go to saying is that librarians don’t know everything, but we know how to find out anything.

What is your favorite iPhone app?

I actually recently thought of doing a post on this so here’s the abbreviated version:

Clue: Period tracker. So fucking useful.

Circa:  Aggregated news app, I hate sifting through news sites and getting information overload, but I also hate feeling out of the loop and uneducated on major events…Circa has been a great solution for me, as well as signing up for theSkimm emails.

Goodreads: LOVE THIS. Social networking for books…need I say more? I can keep track of books I’ve read and put books I run across and want to read on my to-read shelf so I can remember them for the future.

Runkeeper: I just started using this and I really like that it tells you how long you’ve been running and what your pace is because I loathe running with a watch.

7 minute workout: Self explanatory title…it guides you through a 7 minute at home workout, which is the perfect solution for when I want to work out but feel lazy. Since it’s on my phone I can follow along while watching a show on my laptop, which is even better.

Dots: The only game I play on my phone…simple but fun. I love the new color scheme too!

Instagram: My favorite social networking site…getting periodic doses of beauty and inspiration throughout the day makes me happy. I love photography and getting better at it is one of my long term goals.

What is the one piece of clothing/accessory you cannot live without?

My grandmother’s class ring and her locket, both of which i got after she passed away. The ring  I only take it off to shower and I think of the locket as a good luck charm so I always wear it on job interviews and first dates.

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The “M” is for McGuire, her married last name, and the locket has a roman coin on the inside that my grandpa bought for her and on the ring the “L”  is for Lawton (Michigan) High School, 1943 was her graduation year and her initials are stamped on the inside.

What is a quote that inspires you?

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The minister at my church often uses this quote in the benediction at the end of a service and it just fills me with so much hope and joy. Also, it’s pretty much been the theme of my life lately…

Name a song that has been stuck in your head recently?

Not a specific song, but Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift have been my go to gals lately.

What do you think sets your writing apart from other bloggers?

This was a hard one for me to answer…but I definitely strive to make my blog authentic and personal, not driven by one specific topic. I love healthy living blogs, but my favorites are ones where the blogger is an authentic chick who happens to be interested in being healthy, not blogs that are completely driven by the topic of healthy living. So basically I just try to write about whatever is going on in my head, not necessarily zeroing in on one topic, which I think I would find limiting.

Name a goal you’d like to attain in the next year.

Being financially stable. I’m over the grad school lifestyle–I want to be able to pay off my debt and start saving to make some major purchases, like a car and a pup.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

This is a hard question because there are a lot of things I like about myself…I’m pretty much my #1 favorite person to hang out with. But I guess I would have to say my enthusiasm and passion because I really enjoy being the opposite of apathetic. Runner up is my strength and independence, because I like depending on myself.

What is your favorite Starbucks drink? (Not a fan? Tell us why)

It depends on the weather and my mood–if it’s cold out I either do a grande pike place with a splash of soy or a grande soy latte (triple shot if I’m dragging). When it’s warm out I’m an iced coffee gal all the way–I usually do a grande with half ice, a splash of soy milk and a little sweetener.

How would you describe yourself using only five words?

Confident, Loving, Intelligent, Joyful and Honest.

since i exhausted my supply of blogs in the last round of liebster, instead i’ll ask what blogs i should be reading…because this girl can always use more reading material!

what blogs do y’all think I should be reading?