SPEND LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE

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Repeatedly shopping for more products masks who we are. When you stop covering yourself with the rushed shopping trips and the guilt of spending too much, again, you find a peaceful place where you"™re satisfied with what you have and content to just live.
I’ve been trying to remember the point of transition, when I went from learning how to live simply and taking on one project at a time, to really living it. When does it change from being an experiment to a lifestyle?

I suppose the main starting point for me was to stop spending. When I did that and stood back to observe rather than take part in spending, I had a better understanding of how I was manipulated by advertising and my own expectations. It didn’t take long to change those expectations and to become content with what I had. Now I’m at a point where I haven’t been in a department store for a long time – probably three years. I forget the last time I did that kind of shopping.

Now I’m at that comfortable place of finding beauty and satisfaction in my everyday world. I find beauty in the strangest places. I have found it while cutting hot bread, when harvesting tomatoes, and by extending the hand of friendship. One of these new friends is a 30ish homeless man who is squatting in a local vacant house. On the face of it, we would have nothing in common, but as we share my lunch when I’m at my voluntary job at the neighbourhood centre and we talk about books, Nietzsche, selfishness and generosity, there is beauty lurking. And even if I were the richest women on the planet, I couldn’t buy the feeling of contentment I feel at those times.

Serial shopping for never-ending products masks who we are. When you stop covering yourself with the rushed shopping trips and the guilt of spending too much, again, you find a peaceful place where you’re satisfied with what you have and content to just live. When I stopped shopping, I looked at it in a different way. It changed from being a flurry of excitement to a complete waste of time and energy . I wondered how I was conned for so long and when I looked back on my shopping history I felt shame that it took me so long to wake up. I think I am an intelligent woman, but I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Living without recreational shopping is a real joy. I usually shop for groceries once a month, and often go two months without having to stock up. Life without those old weekly trips to the supermarket and with no trips to the department store, dollar shop or boutique is wonderful. It's life cut back to the bare essentials, I can see what I'm doing now and I'm not weighed down with the burden of all that crap. Now I have time and energy to focus on what I want to do. I spend much less but enjoy life more.

Stopping your spending is one of the first important steps you will take towards your simple life. It’s difficult, especially if you see friends buying beautiful things that you like, but remember that everything has a price tag – both an emotional one and a monetary one. I decided that I’d already paid enough and had enough. Have you made that decision too?
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