It's still January! When the new year rolls around, I can’t help but reflect and meditate on resolutions. I love the idea of resolving to be better each year. Some resolutions I've made in the past have been too big, like the year I resolved to stop being late. Other resolutions have been too abstract, like the year I resolved to be more grateful. This year I'm trying something that feels achievable and specific, but also important and impactful. With an ever-present effort to be more mindful, I've resolved to simply stop and reflect before each purchase I make in 2017, asking myself two questions: Will this purchase bring me lasting joy? And, where did this item come from?
The question about joy is a variation on the question, “Do I need this?” Most of us in the U.S. are incredibly blessed to have more than we need, yet we continue to buy. While this habit brings pleasure in the moment of purchase, we don’t always think about its detrimental, long-term impact on people and the planet.
Although I aim to simplify, I know that I will forever be faced with the decision, "to buy or not to buy?" So, rather than trying to convince myself that I need something that I assuredly don’t, I will instead reflect on the long-term impact of my purchases. If I’m buying something for myself, will I wear it for many years with many different outfits? If it's a gift, will I feel confident that the item will bring joy to the recipient? Is it something that will brighten my day, not just today, but also tomorrow and beyond?
The second question, “Where did this item come from?” is just as important as the first. Was this piece of clothing imported or made domestically? What materials were used? Was it made by an artisan or in a factory? How confident am I that the people who made this item were treated fairly and paid a living wage for their work? It’s becoming more and more evident to me that I can’t find joy in an item unless it came from a good place.
In 2017, I renew my commitment to align my personal goals with those of Ethos Collection-- to love what I wear, live mindfully, and use my purchasing habits to make an impact.
As you plan your own year, what resolutions are you setting? In what ways are you looking to spark joy in your life? I wish you all deep joy this year, and hope that some of that joy is found in knowing that your purchases from Ethos Collection help alleviate poverty and support earth-friendly practices.