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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: 7 an experimental mutiny against excess

I read this book last year. It was life changing. Not like, my whole life is different life changing, but in a I definitely am different in one area life changing. It was a mutiny against excess. Clothes, spending, waste, food, possessions, media, stress. It was Jen Hatmaker's experiment. A rebellion of sorts against modern society and our culture at large. And it changed my life.

Waste. We are all very wasteful. It's part of how we live in America. I figure once I know better, I need to do better. I will never be perfect but if I take one extra step to reduce waste in my personal life, then I know I am making a difference. For example, I RARELY use paper towels anymore. I knew of people who practiced this already but I didn't really care, yaddiyaddiya. If I threw a scrap paper in the garbage every once in awhile, I didn't care. Now, I see things so differently. Now, I don't know why I would use a paper towel when dish rags and hand towels do the same job and all I have to do is throw them in the wash. So what if the garbage is closer to me, a couple of extra steps to the recycle bin is all it takes.

Clothes. We're planning a trip to San Diego at the end of this month and I desperately needed a new swimsuit. Desperately. Four different bikinis sat in my drawer unused for months and years. But no, I need a new one. OK, so then a few days later, I was just like, no, I do NOT need a new swimsuit. I will wear what I have because I don't even regularly go swimming up here in cold water Seattle. Make what you have work. $60-$100 on a new swimsuit could actually be a really fun adventure. I'd rather have a fun adventure.

Spending. This is a life lesson that I learned the hard way, as most people do. Proud to say we are debt free after focusing hard with A LOT of self control. Being purposeful and thoughtful about spending habits is something that I think is very important. But I also think that sometimes you just need to have some fun. Money was also made to enjoy and there ain't nothin wrong with that!

Media. We'll as I wrote previously, I practice #socialmediafree weekends. I also practice no using smart phones on the couch. I really try not to be on my phone in front of the kid. One of my goals is to have one day a week where I don't watch TV at all. Sometimes I accomplish the goal and other times I don't.

Although the book is by a Christian author with a Christian perspective, I really think this experiment is insightful for all people with all beliefs. Be careful if you read the book, it will change your life. If you do read it, come back and tell me your thoughts.


  1. I need to pick up this book. I used to be so very conscientious of decisions like using cloth towels over paper towels (and I have folded piles of rags to prove it) but somewhere along the line I've slowly slipped back into more waste. This is a good reminder!

    1. I was just thinking about this book this morning again! You will have to tell me if you read it how you like it. It really is such a good, quick and easy read. :)