This isn't the post that was percolating yesterday. That's still trying to scratch its way out of my brain. This is just something that's on my mind lately.
I have been trying to work on voluntary simplicity, the idea that you can be happier with less stuff. I've read books on tossing clutter, books on being grateful, books on simplicity, books on our materialistic culture, books about the environmental impact of all this consumption...
Part of me believes that I don't need a lot of stuff to be happy.
But part of me is screaming, "But I want it!"
Really, as much as I want to be one of those people who doesn't need a lot of stuff to be happy, I believe there is stuff that would make me happier. Not fancy stuff, like an Audi or a hot tub or a giant "Cribs" style house. Just stuff that I think I want or need.
Here is a list of the things I've been wishing for lately:
- A new sink for my bathroom, installed by someone who knows what they are doing, rather than me and my husband trying to follow a pamphlet from Home Depot.
- Repairs to my shower in that same bathroom, so that it doesn't continually freeze all next winter.
- A new stereo for my car with an input jack for my iPod touch (the Touch is a good example of a thing I bought lately that has brought me a lot of happiness).
- A small digital camera that I could carry with me so I could put more pictures on my blog. It doesn't have to have 88 megapixels, it just has to take decent photos.
- A spring running jacket that is lightweight and breathable.
- Some cute spring tops.
- Some new workout clothes.
- New bras (I have been inspired by people's stories of how getting a fitting made such a difference)
- Some kind of miraculous firming moisturizer that will help stave off the dreaded family curse -- the Turkey Neck, which seems to be starting already.
- Black loafers or some other kind of casual, comfortable black dress shoes.
Oh, yeah, that and 20 pounds.