I graduated from college at the height of the Great Recession (the speeches were not super encouraging as professors watched their retirement accounts hit the floor). I got married and followed my husband to a tiny basement apartment in a new state where he started a PhD program. I got a job...and then got pregnant. My goal in those years was learning to be happy with less.
Part of that learning was reading. A lot of reading. Partly for motivation but mostly because a library card is free.
If you are what you eat, I think your heart must be made up of what you read. And since out of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34), here's what you're likely to find here.
I am no Bible scholar; sometimes, I struggle to finish my lesson for Bible study. There are times where I don't even open my Bible much, if I'm honest. But there is nothing so compelling on this earth as a God who would send His Son to die for a wretch like me, and I will spend the rest of my life in awe of this fact and seeking to know that God more through His Word.
Out of necessity, we didn't buy much when we got married (see intro above). Reading about minimalism and simplicity made me feel better about it, but it also got me thinking about what life would look like if a sizable income ever came our way. What would we do differently? And why? Why is peanut butter and jelly good enough now but not good enough if we had more? John Updike said, "I like middles. It is in middles that extremes crash, where ambiguity restlessly rules." I like digging into these questions, so as we're in the middle of it, I spend a lot of time pondering what is "enough" and when does enough move to excess.
I'm of the firm belief that if we can put a man on the moon, we can figure out a way to live justly in this world. Is it going to happen everywhere in all things at all times? No, because this world is plagued by sin. But as a Christian, I'm called to do what I can to love my neighbor. Most recently, that means changing how my family thinks about clothes and how/where we buy them. Tying the previous ideas to this one led me to my tagline:
Love your neighbor.
Live simply to love your neighbor.
We live in an obscenely wealthy country. Surely we can find a way to give, and to give more, so that others might have enough.
Is this important? No, probably not. But I love me some tips and tricks and see no reason not to share them with the world as I feel the urge. After all, this is my blog and I can lifehack if I want to.
Please poke around, stick around, and say hello. I'm so glad to have you, reader friend!