For the past four years I have stopped my spending journal. Something I have started some years ago after reading How To Live Simply by Bo Sanchez. I recall, it was during this time that I hardly made a purchase and even when I did I had to think it over several hundred times. That was then of course. Oh my, how much I have changed over the years.
Never has it occurred to me that I will lust after LV things. I'm fortunate that my dad gave me my LV fix but I have spent some moolah on other things that I could not have if I were only paying attention. I remember using my Presto until it looked really old and it did not bother me at all, or using my age old jeans and even that did not bother me at all... While I am happy with some of the changes I have gone through, I am not so happy with the materialistic monster I have become.
Slowly, I would like to make the 180 degree turn and try and live simply once more. Of course there are some things that will take a while to let go or maybe even never but at least I want to lessen my expenses. I want to re-learn practicality without being stingy.
I have read Bo Sanchez' book again and I have re-learned that people respect me not for the things I have but for who I am. I will never be happy unless I am happy now. Finally, there is more to life than material possessions. :) There's more but I have not finished the book yet.
A part of the book asked me to enumerate fifty things I am grateful for today. Why don't you do the same? It's a wonderful exercise. :)