BLOG – Normal is… Getting dressed in clothes you buy for work and driving a car you’re still paying for (2 minute read)

In my 2nd TEDx Talk (way back when in 2014!) I said that the Great Australian has become the Australian nightmare, where:

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it”. A quote from Ellen Goodman.

“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy cr@p we don’t need.”  Says Fight Club’ Tyler Durden.

In my opinion, the Great Australian – and American, British etc – Dream really has become our greatest nightmare… household debt, financial stress, credit card dependency, mass-consumerism, suburban sprawl, car orientated developments, mortgage stress, car dependency, traffic congestion, obesity, job insecurity, unaffordable housing, anxiety, mental illness and loneliness to name a few – Issues that I think really matter. Real issues that face real people in real places.

This October is dedicated to everyone thinking a bit differently because this month is Buy Nothing New Month.

Buy Nothing New Month is a global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It’s a one month challenge – which I am challenging everyone to try (if you can’t do the whole month, give it a try for a weekend or a week!) to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines)

Buy Nothing New Month isn’t Buy Nothing New Never. Nor is it about going without. It’s literally about taking one month (or a few days) off to really think, “Do I really need it?” If I do, “can I get it second-hand, borrow it or rent it? What are my alternatives? Can I borrow from a friend? Can I swap with my neighbor?”. It’s about thinking about where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we’re done (…with all the other ‘stuff’ in landfill).

Will you give it a go?

Share your successes. I love hearing your stories.

What next?
WORKSHOP – Join me and Caroline Jean-Baptiste ‪on Thursday 8th November at 6pm‬. We are Inspiring and Empowering Women to take control of their Money and Mortgage. Book your place at. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/inspiring-and-empowering-women-to-take-control-of-their-money-and-mortgage-tickets-51007239025?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing.

Invite me to do a talk at your workplace, school or community centre E: ‪rachel@cyclingrachelsmith.com ‬

BUY the Underspent book. Available in e-book, iBook & kindle formats ($2.99) or paperback ($12.99) here ‪https://amzn.to/2uGHYJh‬ or get a signed paperback copy from via my website ‪www.cyclingrachelsmith.com‬

Until next week…