What does this mean in our world today? I take pride in being called crunchy by friends, or knowing that one of my colleagues at work leaves me things related to environmentalism to read because he knows it is near and dear to me. Having a lot of time to myself/no other adults around (L4 can only carry a conversation so far) leaves me lots of time to think, or as I like to label it, second guess myself, feel guilty, and get myself entirely confused.
Because my job status is changing/has changed (officially my contract goes until 8/31, but I have to be out of my office by 7/1) I often think about other ways to supplement my income. Like many, I dream of making money doing things I love. Thing is, I actually do love my job that I have. I’ve wanted to be a college professor since I was 18. But an adjunct salary is pitiful. We live relatively simply, but have debt to pay off from when L1 was in school, when we had one income and two kids in daycare (bleh!). Anyway, because of said debt, I’d like to make more than my adjunct salary to help put it behind us and because we’d really like to install a solar energy system for our home.
I’ve been thinking about having an Etsy shop and all that entails. I love making things, and the challenge of coming up with my own ideas rather than just making things that others have designed would be good. But I have been struggling with the idea of consumerism versus treading lightly. What is the line? Do I add to our consumer culture by trying to sell things to others? Where is the difference (is there one?) between making our lives beautiful and just having more stuff? (I’ve also been thinking about that question in relation to our home lately. Example: I’d like to redo L3’s room for his birthday, as he is outgrowing the bug theme from when he was two when we did it. But what is treading gently and what is consumerism?)
If you are usually a lurker (or not) I’d really love to hear people’s thoughts on this question. Reading others’ thoughts on this issue would be so helpful to me, rather than me just going over the question(s) over and over in my head. It was for questions like this, I think, that I started this blog.
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Views from my yoga mat this evening: