"It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got"

Monday, January 03, 2011

Trying to become less materialistic is turning out to be a lot more difficult than I thought it'd be.  I didn't notice it as much as I do now that I'm trying not to spend as much time shopping, but everywhere, everything is trying to get me to spend my monay!

Including my father who, bless him, is retired and enjoys spending his free time eating and shopping.  And our stomachs are limited in a way our wallets are not (not as much, anyhow).

As a result, I will soon be an owner of a Brooks Brothers merino wool ski hat, and I spent $91 at Target whilst visiting to return a dress I bought for my non-existent New Year's plans.  D'oh.  I did get an amazing deal on the first two seasons of Friday Night Lights, though.

This whole thing got me thinking -- of all the things I've ever bought, which items have continued to make me happy or brighten my day when I look at them / use them?

Not many I can think of.  Here are some of them ...

The first season of Gilmore Girls and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which is a guilty pleasure of the highest order. No matter how many times I watch it, I always find myself laughing and smiling. I am a Georgia Groome fan.

I first spied this iPhone cover on Brooke White's white iPhone back in 2008. Yellow is such an uplifting color, no? With my handy internet searching skills, I soon discovered that Lucky Brand was behind the iPhone case and tracked it down at my local store. And then a few days before my birthday last year, my iPhone vanished into thin air -- my cover with it. Strange to say, I knew I would miss the case more than I would miss my iPhone, so I stopped into another Lucky Brand store and snatched one of the last yellow ones up on clearance for sentimental reasons. And then months after that, I ordered the iPhone 4. The case doesn't even fit perfectly (it was made for the 3G), but I love it so much, I don't care.

I know, I know. I resisted them forever, but they really are as soft and warm as they say.

I bought these not long before I left England and never unpacked them until I repainted my room a month ago. I still love them as much as I first set eyes on them in the little shop across the street from The British Museum.

I don't expect to be less materialistic immediately, but hopefully by the end of the year I will find it easier to say "no" when everyone else is screaming "yes". And maybe in the meantime I will learn to appreciate more what I already have?

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