Hey, beauties, where do I begin with the whole “consumerism” lifestyle, that is taking over our lives.. As a woman in a consumerist world, I just realized how my life was taking over by money suckers who only have one thing on their mind, which is “Greed”.
I was a typical beauty lover, who slowly but surely became a Makeup addict. I became a “victim” to society’s consumerism and had to have all the “must haves” to keep up with trends. Listening to what you hear or see on the media will make you believe of false accusations or assumptions. The best way to avoid consumerism is “don’t want to hear it, don’t want to see it”. I’ve learned so much about better educating myself in a world that just takes all of what you have without a care in the world. Now I’m better at knowing what consumerism is about, I have a better self tolerance in all I do. In that being said, it’s never too late to learn and keep learning. It’s not a overnight thing where you’ll be a pro at being perfect-it takes time…
“If consumerism cared about moral issues,” then companies and brands that do the right hing would have more profits. It is clear people must not care about these issues because “ethical consumerism” is failing.
“Americans increasingly spend more than they earn. ” Anytime the urge strikes to purchase a certain product, many of us act on it impulsively. When the hype of different products overwhelm you and it’s all the rage, or when you’re under stress, working too much at work, dealing with a difficult relationship, dealing with health issues, etc… you’re going to be spending more, when you shouldn’t at all. It’s not called giving in, it’s called “impulse buy”. Another so called easy way to get sucked into all that consumerism is the “Credit Card”. Why you ask? A credit card is an easy one swipe pay that nobody really thinks about that moment of buying.
“Credit cards contribute into the thousands of debt people face at a very young, because of spending”.
Another big sneaky way that we get sucked in, is during the holidays. Nowadays holidays have no meaning anymore-its all about spending on gifts instead of spending quality time with family.
“Bring back the holidays by spending memories not spending money”
Advertisers say: Spend
Advertisers spend millions on how to suck us into spending our hard-earned money on stuff we don’t need or wanted. But, because the way advertised marketing works “it looks too good to pass up”. Advertisements used to just be in magazines and newspapers, today they are everywhere! You can’t hide from them.
Less is more: We feel compelled to buy new things, but more specifically, to want to buy new things. Then we’ll feel guilty, feeling guilty for buying things we don’t use and for wanting things just for the heck of it.
“We should turn our guilt into a desire for a change.”
Many of us feel trapped by having so much junk, then ashamed about not being grateful for the ability to purchase junk.
We all need to follow the right path of many people who manage to achieve minimalist lifestyles.
While there is an amount of freedom that comes from freeing yourself from so much junk, it’s equally important to consider the financial freedom we can have from living a lifestyle of minimalism. Minimalism is not a radical lifestyle. Minimalism is a tool we should use to get rid of unnecessary stuff and live a meaningful life—a life filled with happiness, freedom, and conscious awareness.
Less focus on material stuff: All the stuff we surround ourselves with is just a distraction, we are filling an emptiness. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end. We are attacked by social media, and online shopping presenting promises of happiness through materialistic things. It’s no wonder we struggle every day. We have to resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make us happy. It’s hard not to get pulled into the consumerism trap. Everyone needs constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. We all enjoy stuff, but we have to recognize that we don’t need it.
Desiring less is even more valuable than owning less.
The fewer things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that. When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you go towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter.
What are your thoughts on consumerism? I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time,