I’ve found myself with mixed emotions about some of my actions during the past little while. For example, I have left some of the online groups I participated in (and really didn’t enjoy) in order to have more time to indulge in my passions, but instead I have found myself in front of the TV far too often. I have also been selling off items on eBay in an attempt to reduce the clutter and some of my “collections”, yet I can feel myself mentally planning how to spend the money I have earned.
At one time I was very interested in Voluntary Simplicity. I decluttered our apartment and tried to stop spending so much. It didn’t last for long. My love affair with books soon took over, and I was back to spending like normal. However my decluttering efforts have continued to this day, and the amount of “stuff” we have shrinks even while the number of books grows.
After reading Your Money or Your Life, I am finding that many of my spending habits are already starting to change, albeit slowly. As I said, I have been planning how to spend my eBay money, but other then buying a fountain pen, I haven’t spent any of it yet. I have also found myself looking around the gift store I work at, enjoying all the nice things, yet not wanting to buy any of them. Then I go splurge and buy lunch… It is a slow change, to be sure, but at least it is a step in the right direction.