Lately it seems like corporate greed is on the front page, in every shape and form. We see the protestors of the Occupy movement protesting this greed in a vague and rather unorganized protest - there doesn't really seem to be a defined strategy to their efforts.
Then on the opposite front we see news items over the last few days that several large corporate retail brands are planning on opening their stores Thursday evening, instead of waiting for their normal big opening on Friday morning.
Isn't this a prime example of corporate greed? I get weary of materialism being shoved down our throats 24/7. We've become so accustomed to this constant onslaught of WHAT WE NEED (really? do we need all this stuff???) that it's become difficult for us to take a step backwards and reassess what we really need to get by on a daily basis. Which is a lot less than we think.
And I'm just as guilty of this" I WANT" mentality as anyone else.
I had a pretty good handle on simplicity when I first moved to Kansas in 2008. Partly because I wasn't working and I really had to practice that philosophy.
Now that I've been working two jobs, to pay off debt of course, I seem to have lost sight of my "simple is better" philosophy the last few months.
I need to get back on track. Really, I do. So I'm going to start working on getting back to a simpler way of life. Again.
As an adjunct to this philosophy, and a pffffffft to large corporations everywhere, there are two events coming up this weekend that remind us to remember small and independent businesses everywhere.
The first event is Plaid Friday, brought to my attention by Jon Katz, one of my favorite dog book authors (A Dog Year, A Good Dog, Dog Days, etc.). Please click through to Jon's website to read all about Plaid Friday and how we can impact independent businesses for the better, in a world swimming with corporate greed.
The second event, Shop Small Saturday, is sponsored by American Express (I know, a BIG corporation.....sigh), but it does support small business and promotes the idea that we need to remember the independent businesses in our own hometowns. If you're an Amex card holder, you can sign up here (registration is limited!) and earn $25 back on your statement by spending $25 or more at an independent business near you. Last year, my husband and I ate at a small hometown Mexican restaurant with a large reputation, for free!
A side note regarding the November magazine subscription giveaway: I recently had a "Buy One Get One Free" offer from MaryJanesFarm so I thought if the winner chose MJF then I would choose a second winner. Misty Dawn chose to subscribe to Hobby Farms Home. Sorry guys!! :-\
December 1st is coming fast, and there will be a new country giveaway. I'll be tailoring this next giveaway in the spirit of Plaid Friday and Shop Small Saturday - we'll put a new Etsy shop owner in the spotlight next!