Tara called me out on my top ten list. I tried for several days to decide if I would try to defend my list, or if I would add a couple new things. But the fact is, there aren't too many things I regularly spend a lot on. Not that I don't spend money; there will always be something on my christmas list like really expensive raw pigments or a video camera. And from time to time we'll buy these things.
But as a general rule, John and I try to live without a lot of unnecessary things, not for money sake, but to simplify our lives. When I think about it, it's funny that I even tried to come up with that list now.
John and I have both been reading A Plain Life, by Scott Savage, and as a result we are asking ourselves how we can simplify even more. It certainly isn't just about giving things up, or being ascetic, but it is really about weighing convenience against community. It is about filling our lives with people instead of things; having a sense of place rather than always going somewhere.