Life is fast-paced, materialistic, wasteful and goal-focused. We are individuals and consumers. We are customers.

Where does any of this get us? Does it make for happiness? We are setting ourselves up for dissatisfaction. We are setting out to attain the unattainable – to what end?

The aim of this blog is to empower. It is easy to be brought down by today’s consumer society: advertising is everywhere and status is attached to material goods. It is inevitable that others will have things that we want and are unable to attain.

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Firstly, it is important to keep in mind the distinction between want and need. We may want bigger, better televisions, but nobody needs a television at all; the world functioned perfectly well without them.

Secondly and easier said than done, focus on wanting what you have, not on having what you want. We have all seen the spoiled child, crying broken-heartedly because they can’t have something they want. Are they happy? No. While a fulfilled desire makes us happy in the short-term, it only does so until we next want something: it does not make for long-term happiness.

Thirdly, there are two things that stand in everyone’s way at some time or another: time and money. It is important to accept this. Many people subscribe to the “work first, pleasure afterwards” school of thought. Personally, I prefer Mary Poppins: “in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and snap! The job’s a game!”. While strictly adhering to “work first, pleasure afterwards” gets us through life, it also creates the assumption that we will not enjoy the majority of things we do. A huge part of our lives is filled with ‘work’, whether this is paid or voluntary work, housework, school work or chores: we may as well make the most of it, rather than racing through it all at ninety miles an hour in the hope that we’ll reach the end and finally be able to have fun.

In this blog, we’re going to look at ways of saving time and money and having fun while we do it!

Why not share your ideas too? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks and see your pictures and videos over on our Facebook page or Twitter.


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