Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What surprised me this week?
I opened an Etsy shop this week and within a couple of days had my first sale. That was a fun and welcome surprise!

What inspired me this week?
I'm often inspired by Jen, of Muddy Boot Dreams. She's a artful photographer, but she also motivates me with her thoughtful, articulate posts. This week she wrote a post entitled Mindful Consumerism. If you have a minute, go read it. She asked some thought provoking, formidable questions in that post that inspired me to do better. I believe that most people are in "conservation mode" these days. We are holding onto our money a little tighter and not spending with the abandon that we have in the past. Some of Jen's questions really hit home for me and I have to admit, I've continued to ponder those questions as I've gone throughout the week. As a result of that post and other reflections I've been considering lately, I've determined to tighten up the purse-strings a little more and scrutinize my purchases more carefully. Thanks, Jen.

What moved me this week?
My youngest is heading back to college tomorrow. She won't start until April, but she wants to be back where the action is so she's going back a little early. I'll miss her. Don't get me wrong, I really am happy for her, but every time I look at her I'm practically moved to tears.


Renna said...

Congratulations on your Etsy success, Suzanne! I'm not at all surprised by your quick sale.

I'll check out the blog you linked, sounds good!

I understand missing the kiddos. My dd left for England last September, and I miss her terribly. :-(

Tins and Treasures said...

Thank you for sharing the link to Jen's blog...yes, giving gifts of consumables is something we've always done for the grandmas...but a fantastic idea for everyone!!

And the Empty Nest emotions...hard to describe how, as a mom, we feel so happy and so sad, all at the same time. How far away will she be?

Mia said...

I was walking through the garage yesterday and I asked myself why I kept hanging on to this stuff. I think I suffer from "you bought it you got it... forever" I really should be more careful to consider if this is a fleeting purchase or something more long term.