Monday, August 09, 2010

A liberating 'diet'

From the shopping 'diet,' there's now this:

A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.
Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as a project manager with an investment management firm in Davis, Calif., and making about $40,000 a year, she was, as she put it, caught in the “work-spend treadmill.”

So one day she stepped off.

Yesterday, I saw an episode of Oprah on nuns and convents. Of course, there was the amusement over that  monastic value—abstinence—but essentially, it boiled down to how nuns are liberated from materialism and other worldly things by volunteering themselves to sisterhood.

Early this morning, I read this from Jessica Zafra's blog:

What passes for dreams these days? Eight, nine out of ten people dream of becoming fabulously wealthy so they can live in total comfort and buy every luxury the mass media says they want. Quantitatively that’s a big dream, qualitatively it’s puny. It’s just an exaggerated version of survival, with designer trimmings.

And now, that New York Times article I quoted above. (And prior to all this, that idea of simplifying one's wardrobe down to the most basic and essential.)

I feel bloated and my head hurts.

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I'm Razielle, I love hopia. said...

I'm on a self-imposed shoe ban. Except for the running shoes I bought when I started running I have not bought a single pair of shoes this year. I have also started giving away shoes I don't wear. The goal is to not buy any more shoes this year and then to buy only 1 pair of shoes per year starting 2011 (running shoes not counted cause they have to be replaced every 500 kilometers). I recently won a pair of shoes in a blog contest, so that pair will be my 2011 shoes. I can only buy running shoes next year.

Jason said...

Winner sa discipline! I will keep my fingers crossed for you :-D

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