I have been slowly, slowly trying to move towards minimalism (towards being the key word there). The first step was getting rid of unused stuff, which I spent months doing. Now my focus is on being a more mindful, conscious shopper. There are a lot of ways to do that. I hope to expand on this topic in future posts, but today let’s look at just one – acknowledging what we want vs. what we need.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Mala Prayer and I jumped at the chance. With the 30 Day Meditation Challenge, I have been experimenting in my meditation practice and working with mala beads was a technique I wanted to implement. Mala Prayer’s are beautiful, afforable, and help support a good cause. As stated on their website, “With every purchase made we help enrich the lives of women entrepreneurs by providing them with access to money to invest in their business, homes and community through micro-finance loans.” I am down with that.
Quality over quantity has always been a big struggle of mine. It dates all the way back to being a teenager when having $40 felt like you owned the world. When I would go shopping with friends, before I even had my own bank account, whatever cash I had was all I could spend. There were the stores I would go to with my mom and then there were the stores I would go to with my friends. If I only had $40, why would I spend it all one 1 shirt when I could buy at least 3 shirts from one of the cheaper stores?