materialism


I have big dreams.  Who doesn’t?  Sometimes I even write them down in a journal (nope, not sharing here 🙂 ).   And now, I am PLANNING on Mary Kay helping me to achieve some of those dreams.

I figure…why not?   I need to make more money;  I’m making considerably less in my current job (a job which I really enjoy, but…) and hubby is making considerably less after his job was eliminated in October.  I could go back to Wms. Sonoma and work parttime at a net of $6. per hour…and evenings of dish washing and mopping!  I could try harder to sell the jewelry I make, but I’d have to try to market it, I’d need marketing materials, etc. etc. 

Mary Kay supplies me with everything.  Its already an established brand and is about to have the Good Housekeeping Seal, so you know its a good product!  I have a sales manager to help keep my butt in gear.  AND…there are all kinds of incentives, prizes, and other motivators already built in.

So…I’ve signed up and already have 4 new customers!  AND….I also get 50% off on the products I already was using!  That means I’m actually SAVING money, right 🙂 

Wish  me luck and be sure to let me know when I can do your FREE facial;  I need to do 30 faces in August………….Gotta work so it will work.

Everyone makes resolutions, right?  I do as well…usually written somewhere in my Daytimer, etc. that I have to stumble upon them regularly.  I came across a great idea recently, though, with a twist on resolutions.  (on Facebook, perhaps?)

Instead of the usual (which, for me, includes getting back regular with exercising, now that I have NEW running shoes! and a work-out partner to do Pilates or other tapes and cardio with….as well as cooking a new recipe each week from one of my myriad of cookbooks, a la “Julie & Julia“, as well as seeing one new movie per month with hubby)…the idea is to have a theme. 

I think my theme for the new year is “whimsey”… an odd or fanciful or capricious idea, acc’ding to the dictionary.  To me that means, be more light-hearted and take things not-quite-so-seriously.  It also means do more fun things ‘just because’ and pull my kids and husband along (even through their protests!).  2009 was a depressing year in so many ways;  2 good friends died, hubby’s job was eliminated, the economy tanked and we’re constantly struggling financially, health issues, etc.  I’m moving on!  No more dwelling!  From now on my keywords will be the following (or some derivative…help me add to the list!)

*Whimsey*   *Comical*   *Humor*  *Spend a day like my dogs do*  *Movies*   *Fun*  *Learn something new*    *Read fun books*    *Take more artsy pictures*   *Why not?*     *Surprise!*   *Uncoventional*    *Unexpected Generosity*    *Warmth*     *Comfort*    *Peace*

What's more whimsical that a cat in her Cheese Club?!

Well, that’s the plan anyway…365 days to read the Bible.  I’ve never necessarily wanted to do this, because it frankly sounded really boring….but have been otherwise convinced that perhaps this is how God speaks to us;  through His word.  A friend and I discussed it during a long car ride home from women’s retreat this weekend and I pulled the Bible out and opened to the verse of the day (this Bible happens to feature a 365-day reading plan).  Well, coincidentally, that day’s verse related exactly to what we’d just learned over the weekend at the retreat! 

Acts 8:26-40 was the passage.   The very first explanation, in my study Bible, said “Follow God’s leading, even if it seems like a demotion.  At first you may not understand his plans, but the results will prove that God’s way is right.”  One of the things I remember most from the speaker this weekend was her showing a fist and explaining  how God sometimes has to pry our little fingers off of something we hold on to….. so that He can hand us something better.  Her illustration was so good, as she pryed each finger off individually. 

Today’s verse?  Acts 9:32-42….explained thusly:  Rather than wishing you had other gifts, make good use of the gifts God has given you.

Amen.

Hubby and I have had more than our share of “downs” the past 5 years;  my job position was eliminated 4 times in 4 years, we had to foreclose on a sinking home that insurance wouldn’t cover, and now hubby’s job position has been elimiated….a “reduction in force”.  I can’t even begin to tell you what all that has done to our finances, retirement (what retirement), etc.

But along with that, we have been constantly reminded of the rich blessings we’ve also received.  I”ve had a very depressing week, but in the midst of it all, am grateful for a church women’s retreat weekend spent at Das Essenhaus with awesome food and friends. And today, I “had to attend” a meeting at Conner Prairie Interactive History Center, amidst 800+ acres of gorgeous autumn-colored trees.  It certainly put me in a better frame of mind!  (The chocolate cake I ate didn’t hurt, either :-0 )

Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie

What’s next for us?  Who knows?!  Hubby has a 3rd and 4th interview with a major company next week….but has also won 2 contracts for his business Neal Moore Communications…its getting complicated.   I can only hope that his next job will help us to once-and-for-all catch up on finances so we can begin to live without being in constant fear of losing everything.

Topic of conversation today; generosity.  Some people feel they’re being generous because they write a check to a charity once in awhile.  But is that really generosity?  Or is someone who gives of themselves and their time more generous?  Or the lowest income person who still tithes? 

I was somewhat sickened today to watch a cable show about lottery winners.  All showed off the “stuff” that their new riches had allowed;  $1400.per place setting dishes from Russia, carved elephant tusks (isn’t that illegal?), swimming pools, collector cars, etc.  Not one mentioned donating even a penny to charity.  That’s sick, people, just sick.  That is the most self-centered form of existence and about as UN-Christian as you can be…aren’t we supposed to be loving and giving? Isn’t that what is the most fulfilling part of our Earthly lives?