Saturday, September 12, 2009

Enoughism

Two weeks ago, Jared was working hard on a social studies project on whether children really need all that store-bought toys, versus homemade toys and fun that can be had from things found at home. He chose the topic because he is fantastic at having fun from anything! His teacher tried to loosely wrap his project around the topic of "Consumerism" and he asked me what is Consumerism? That led to a fantastic conversation and discussion and we found this definition on Wikipedia: Consumerism is the equation of personal happinness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions. The term is often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Thorstein Veblen or, more recently by a movement called Enoughism.'" Now that led us to Enoughism which is defined on Wiki as: Enoughism is the theory that there is a point where consumers possess everything they need, and by buying more it actually makes their life worse off. Now isn't that a thought!
Jared surprised me by his understanding, and we talked about not buying any more toys unless he gave some away, and he reminded me that I have enough vintage rings already and I do not have enough fingers to wear them on (!) and moreover, my harddisk is bursting with the digital kits I've downloaded and bought (lol)! Finally Jared said, I don't think we have Enoughism yet, but I think what we have is TooMuchism!! I totally agree! Now to set the example (they are never too young to learn) to know "contentment with holiness is great gain".

On the Ryan front, he has since added 3 more phrases to his conversational repertoire since I did the layout two posts down (the strong and silent type). When he tries to tell me something and I take a while to get it, he says " Oh, never mind". When I ask him too many questions, he says "It's Classified". When I try to remind (ok nag) him, he says "Fine! Fine! Fine!" My friend tells me she read James Dobson's comforting words that our children may go mute as they enter deeper into their teenage years, but no worries, their vocabulary will return in time. That's comforting!
Actually for all his angst, he is a very wonderful boy, just last thursday, I got home so late and finally had my dinner at 10pm, after which he offered to wash up all the dishes, pots and pans for me, now that's the sweetest thing ever! So what if he is of very few words? :)

It's a little late, but I do want to thank everyone for making the sale a great one, thank you very much! I've been closing in on the deadline of a project at work, and working on a special 'project' on the designing front as well, so no layouts to show except for catch up on my 365. I've reused my last template (you can find it a few posts down) because I love it so much!

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And this is what I came up with for the next two weeks. I honestly can't wait to complete this album and get it printed and hold it in my hands!! 4 more months (about 9 layouts for me since I do 1 layout per fortnight) to go!!
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You can download it here. Let me know if I've helped you keep going in your 365 project!

26 comments:

  1. I love your work, and your los! thanks so much!

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  2. Thanks for the template, Yin! I really love your work and your blog posts.

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  3. I know I am repeating myself, but I love your work! I think your finished pages are so alive and fun,too. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 12 Sep [LA 03:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 13 Sep [OZ 08:00am]).

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  5. Thanks again. I love seeing your LOs and who doesn't love a new yin template!

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  6. I loved you post. It made me laugh and made me think. Thanks for sharing both your template and you story.

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  7. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Page 12 post on Sep. 13, 2009. Thanks again.

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  8. Thanks for the template and I enjoyed reading your blog.
    Sue

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  9. Thank you for another wonderful template!
    You truly inspire me to keep up with my own Project 365 when you post your completed layouts. I get all excited again like I was in the beginning :o)

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  10. Wonderful template! Thank you!

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  11. Thanks so much for your wonderfull templates. They are fabulous!!! Look my album, many pages with your templates.
    http://www.artscow.com/share/5x5a142a9mrq

    kisses.
    Claudia

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  12. Thanks so much for the templates. I also enjoyed seeing your layouts -- very, very nice.

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing the template! It will definately help me in my project 365.

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  14. Hey Yin... do you get Creating Keepsakes? I saw one of your templates in use in a layout that was in the magazine this month!!! You go girlie!!!

    Stephanie

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  15. You're awesome! Thanks for your help on p365!

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  16. Thank you so much for your fantastic templates!! I love the use of several photos, and the simple style. You are talented and the finished products you share are inspiring! Thanks!! 8]

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  18. Thanks so much! I love your templates and use them the most.

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  19. Ooooh, I just adore your layouts. So creative, fresh and fun! Thank you very much for the template, too!

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  20. Thank you so much for the template. I can't wait to use it!

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  21. I haven't done the 365 project for this year, but I'm definitely planning on it for next year after seeing your beautiful layouts. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  22. yin, thanks again!

    -- dalis

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  23. Thank you for these wonderful templates!!

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