First, I read Courtney's post. (Let's be honest, I stepped away from that post thinking, "Oh my goodness, she's not buying any new clothes for a year.") Most recently, Elizabeth's post got me thinking about how I spend my money. Those $15 shirts and $20 pairs of ballet flats add up to one big pile of things I don't really need. Perhaps, I should start focusing on spending on things that matter to me.
I frequently drop off items that I most certainly "needed" six months ago at the nearest consignment store or charity thrift shop. My little 1936 house is overflowing with more stuff than I like to admit that I own.
Tonight, as Liam and I were out on our evening walk, I continued to contemplate some changes I'm thinking about making. It occurred to me that for my sake and for Liam's sake, I need to continue to rethink the way I spend my money-- I need to start focusing on providing him with memorable experiences, like trips to Storybook Island and the farmer's market and hikes around the lake, rather than things that will pile up and eventually get donated or shipped off to the consignment store anyway.
*That green leather clutch purse is still laying on my top shelf, though. I still like to break it out for special occasions.