Living

Tis The Season…

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With store advertisements saturating her daily newspaper reading, television watching, and internet browsing, she decided it was time to take a break from all things consumerism.

She knew from experience that money doesn’t buy happiness. Just take a look in her closet of barely worn “on-trend” clothes, and you’ll see that the number of expensive items in your closet doesn’t make you superior to others.

So instead of shopping, she decided to remind herself of the thing that truly made her happy, which she quickly realized were things that cost no money at all.

She always felt happier on sunny days. She would close her eyes, tilt her face towards the sun, and let its light and warmth wash over her. In the time of distress, she always looks for a window of light and stands to bask in the sun until she is calm again.

It wasn’t until recently that she discovered how much she enjoys listening to film scores. They always fill her with so much joy and inspiration. Now, she can’t go more than a few days without listening to one.

As cliché as it sounds, the thing that makes her the happiest is spending time with the people she loves. Also, reading brings her an equal amount of joy, which she sometimes does simultaneously while being with her family.  But nothing is greater than just hanging out with your favorite people with no particular schedule except to enjoy the day by doing whatever comes your way.

So this holiday season, instead of listening to the advertisers tell her that she needs to buy this, whatever this is, at a low, low price of blank to feel happier, she will turn on the Pride and Prejudice score, turn her face towards the sun, listen to her family laughing in the background, and crack open a book. There’s no need to spend excessive amounts of money on things because everything she needs is right in front of her.

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Her Reading List:

Just a few books she would like to check off her TBR list before the new year. 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman | One Day by David Nicholls | All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler A Paris Apartment by Michelle GableThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

 

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Comment Questions: Excessive consumerism, are you in to it or not? What makes you happy? What’s on your reading list? Got any recommendations for me? Leave them down below! 

 

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