• What’s the last sound you wish to hear before you die?

How might we reimagine the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones? 

 

I have been pondering this question all week. I have noticed an increase of impulse shopping with food. it used to be constant clothing purchases. now i cant seem to stop feeding my face. i often wonder do we really need all this stuff? couldn’t we just put a few of these things aside and get down to the nitty and gritty things of work life and play? do we have to be so serious all the time do we need to hoard our apartments and our living spaces with nick knacks from around the world? when i wake up, my space is filled with stuff. clothes all over the place, shoes everywhere – crazy part is that every year i have a few boxes given away to the church to those that are in need in Haiti. perhaps its from all the impulse buys – better yet maybe the marketers and advertisers are doing a damn good job. they need a promotion! – huge bit of sarcasm there incase you missed it. I’ve signed up for Dave Ramsey’s financial peace university. he is very funny through his videos but hes got my attention because he backs his innformation up with scripture. i know there are things that my boyfriend may not agree with but there is so much we can learn from him. while i am learning more about finances i am also learning more about what it means to invest in yourself. i think that we can live on less than we actually think. We don’t need a home theater, a sound system in everyroom – yes the bathroom included, a car for every freaking day of the week!!! where’s the modesty and the humility? We think so much about slef gratitude and self gratification, we throw everything else put the window. we create so much waste and we wonder what happening with global warming. what if we stopped buying new clothes every season? and in order to buy something new you had to give two things away. there are just so many other people in this world living on less. 
Third world countries may be further behind in development but they are ahead in knowing what they need to survive verses consuming more stuff. America is a place that encourages this type of consumption – bigger is better, more, more and more, greed. It’s a form of gluttony. Bigger is not always better and we need to be mindful of that. We need to eliminate this habit of constant consumption without real reason. I am learning that many of it is related to behavioral psychology. My mom is from Haiti, she has had an experience of not having much. Now that she can “afford more” she does. It’s hard for her to part from this bag of fabric. She’s not even using it! I would suggest that she take the bag to the cleaners. Or to the wash, have them clean everything out, throw what isn’t good away, and sell everything online. Make money from this surplus of fabric that is just sitting here. I think this behavior she has comes from her experience of not having much when she was in Haiti. Now that things have changed she is consuming more. I don’t think she even realizes it! With the way her behavior has been as of late I don’t think I would even try to deter her away from it. Shes become aggressive in some places and its become overbearing. In some places shes become more like a child. In those cases its annoying.i digress because you can’t please everyone!
With the question of can we live on less I am here trying my hardest not to go to the store and grab breakfast. I should get up earlier and make what id really like to eat at home. As a back up I have oatmeal at work. But its becoming less appealing. Makes I should get some grits or other breakfast foods I enjoy. But trying to live on less doesn’t mean consuming things that aren’t healthy or good for you. I think its important to consume better quality things that don’t need to be replaced as often. We don’t need every version of the iphone macbook, Ipad and any other gadget you can think of. We need to simply make wiser decisions in the investments we make. Today is October 1, 2015 and I am on a mission to get out of this student loan debt along with the consumer debt ie credit cards. It first starts with making wiser decisions. But in order to make those wiser decisions we need to be educated. Knowledge is free via the internet and google will be more than happy to supply that information. Along with other sites like twitter facebook and everyone who is attempting to grab your information.
I am challenging myself to live on less. To not be so quick to give what I have earned away. To build my savings fund and to work at being intentional with my financial gains. We need to break the cycle of poverty and the only way that will happen is if we learn to make the right choices. Changing these habits take time abd education. I am going to be debt free. Seems that many people achieve this by aggressively paying down the loans and credit debt. Im looking formward to dave ramseys class. Ive heard of it before and wasn’t sure if id want to take it because of the initial financial investment required. Im learning that change is possible with a few simple steps. It always requires some form of action. Last night I purchased the app called commit. I have a few things ive chosen to commit to everyday. Walk 15 min everyday. Write 1000 words everyday. Share my design work everyday. I promise you it is not easy. I am happy though that it is the first of the month of October. 

Living on Less 

Disclaimer: this is an old writing

I know there are many typos. Today turned out to be much busier than I expected. I’m showing up anyway and hitting publish. I’ll be sure to make time and come back and edit this. 🙈

I have been pondering this question all week. I have noticed an increase of impulse shopping with food. it used to be constant clothing purchases. now i cant seem to stop feeding my face. i often wonder do we really need all this stuff? couldn’t we just put a few of these things aside and get down to the nitty and gritty things of work life and play? do we have to be so serious all the time do we need to hoard our apartments and our living spaces with nick knacks from around the world? when i wake up, my space is filled with stuff. clothes all over the place, shoes everywhere – crazy part is that every year i have a few boxes given away to the church to those that are in need in Haiti. perhaps its from all the impulse buys – better yet maybe the marketers and advertisers are doing a damn good job. they need a promotion! – huge bit of sarcasm there incase you missed it. I’ve signed up for Dave Ramsey’s financial peace university. he is very funny through his videos but hes got my attention because he backs his innformation up with scripture. i know there are things that my boyfriend may not agree with but there is so much we can learn from him. while i am learning more about finances i am also learning more about what it means to invest in yourself. i think that we can live on less than we actually think. We don’t need a home theater, a sound system in everyroom – yes the bathroom included, a car for every freaking day of the week!!! where’s the modesty and the humility? We think so much about slef gratitude and self gratification, we throw everything else put the window. we create so much waste and we wonder what happening with global warming. what if we stopped buying new clothes every season? and in order to buy something new you had to give two things away. there are just so many other people in this world living on less. 
Third world countries may be further behind in development but they are ahead in knowing what they need to survive verses consuming more stuff. America is a place that encourages this type of consumption – bigger is better, more, more and more, greed. It’s a form of gluttony. Bigger is not always better and we need to be mindful of that. We need to eliminate this habit of constant consumption without real reason. I am learning that many of it is related to behavioral psychology. My mom is from Haiti, she has had an experience of not having much. Now that she can “afford more” she does. It’s hard for her to part from this bag of fabric. She’s not even using it! I would suggest that she take the bag to the cleaners. Or to the wash, have them clean everything out, throw what isn’t good away, and sell everything online. Make money from this surplus of fabric that is just sitting here. I think this behavior she has comes from her experience of not having much when she was in Haiti. Now that things have changed she is consuming more. I don’t think she even realizes it! With the way her behavior has been as of late I don’t think I would even try to deter her away from it. Shes become aggressive in some places and its become overbearing. In some places shes become more like a child. In those cases its annoying. i digress because you can’t please everyone!

With the question of can we live on less I am here trying my hardest not to go to the store and grab breakfast. I should get up earlier and make what id really like to eat at home. As a back up I have oatmeal at work. But its becoming less appealing. Makes I should get some grits or other breakfast foods I enjoy. But trying to live on less doesn’t mean consuming things that aren’t healthy or good for you. I think its important to consume better quality things that don’t need to be replaced as often. We don’t need every version of the iphone macbook, Ipad and any other gadget you can think of. We need to simply make wiser decisions in the investments we make. Today is October 1, 2015 and I am on a mission to get out of this student loan debt along with the consumer debt ie credit cards. It first starts with making wiser decisions. But in order to make those wiser decisions we need to be educated. Knowledge is free via the internet and google will be more than happy to supply that information. Along with other sites like twitter facebook and everyone who is attempting to grab your information.
I am challenging myself to live on less. To not be so quick to give what I have earned away. To build my savings fund and to work at being intentional with my financial gains. We need to break the cycle of poverty and the only way that will happen is if we learn to make the right choices. Changing these habits take time abd education. I am going to be debt free. Seems that many people achieve this by aggressively paying down the loans and credit debt. Im looking formward to dave ramseys class. Ive heard of it before and wasn’t sure if id want to take it because of the initial financial investment required. Im learning that change is possible with a few simple steps. It always requires some form of action. Last night I purchased the app called commit. I have a few things ive chosen to commit to everyday. Walk 15 min everyday. Write 1000 words everyday. Share my design work everyday. I promise you it is not easy. I am happy though that it is the first of the month of October. I just hit my 1000 word mark. It wasn’t easy either.