rich ethiopians

i’ve been thinking about things a lot lately (honestly more trying to avoid thinking about things a lot) but to no avail. i can’t get one thought in particular out of my head: i love shopping and putting outfits together, but it is too important to me.

to get myself a little perspective, i thought about doing kendi’s 30 for 30 remix (and i still want to the next time she does one!) (check out what some of these ladies say about why they remix.) (are three sets of parentheses too many?) (here’s one more for good measure.)

linley and linda’s thoughts especially challenged me and built on thoughts i’ve had about what we’ve been reading with our small group at church.

radical, by david platt, has turned our life upside down. we’re selling our tv and entertainment system, my wedding dress, and our first child (just kidding- no, we don’t have a child, no, we aren’t pregnant, and no, we wouldn’t sell our child if we were). selling these things may seem extreme, but we realized we haven’t been focusing on the right things. all this was reinforced when we heard about the trip a few of our good friends took to ethiopia.

{typical ethiopian home}

i can’t seem to get this picture out of my mind. the people of ethiopia have so little thing-wise (they don’t even have clean water- or water that comes out of a faucet!) yet they are full of joy. they are loving and selfless and tell everyone they meet about Jesus. i have so much and i’m not and i don’t.

that needs to change. i am so blessed, and while i like new things, i want to use my money differently this year. i want to be richer in the things that count and i want to help people have the things that they truly need.

it may seem like a small step, but to change the way i think, i am going to change the things i do. this year, instead of coveting the latest greatest thing, i will remix my closet. what will that look like you ask? well, i’m a rule follower, so i’m going to go make myself some rules to follow.

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  • kels January 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    so very proud of you :)

  • Alissa February 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Just found your blog and I love it. Thank you for adding your candid and honest perspective, especially about your faith and thoughts on materialism. I’ve wanted to start a blog with OOTDs but feel that the fashion blog world is so dominated by people who come off as greedy or vain and I wouldn’t want to fall prey to that mindset. I like how you integrate your views! Very inspiring!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Alissa- thanks so much for your encouraging words! I must admit there is an ugly side to it and I have to check my thoughts and emotions to keep from getting caught up in it at times, but I’m excited to (hopefully!) journey away from that. Let me know if you do start a blog! I’d love to check it out. Have a wonderful night!

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