With the holidays quickly approaching, it's incredibly easy to get swept up in the "things" associated with the time of year. My inbox has already started to get bombarded with Christmas decorations, gift guides, Black Friday ads, and "Must Have!" lists. It's October, people. I found a wonderful article called "Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed" that perfectly articulated my feelings.
"We buy stuff to cheer ourselves up, to keep up with the Joneses, to fulfill our childhood vision of what our adulthood would be like, to broadcast our status to the world, and for a lot of other psychological reasons that have very little to do with how useful the product really is. How much stuff is in your basement or garage that you haven’t used in the past year?" - David Cain, www.raptitude.com
My family has opted to not exchange gifts for the past several years. Instead, we take a family vacation every other year to spend time with one another. We have visited Palm Springs and Southwest Utah to-date. In April, we will all be heading to Hawaii for some sun, laughs, and adventure! I'll take a lasting memory with those I love over a trinket on a shelf any day.
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People too often forget that it is your own choice how you want to spend the rest of your life.