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Let’s Talk About Stuff

Posted by: Maggie

On Friday I reviewed Amy’s book Tell Its Story, about recording the memories of your stuff. If you haven’t already, head over to that post read my review and enter the giveaway to win your copy! You have until Friday to enter!

Amy’s book got me thinking about stuff and why I don’t have emotional attachment to more stuff. I’m not any kind of minimalist. I like stuff. I do. I like all kinds of stuff. I’m just not especially attached to any particular thing.  My house could burn down and I’d just buy new stuff. There isn’t really anything that I’d be terribly sad to lose.

I think that it probably comes from the way I was raised. We didn’t have much when I was growing up. We weren’t completely poor, but between five kids there wasn’t much to go around. We didn’t get the same or as many toys and things that other kids did. I think that because my parents didn’t have much, they taught us not to focus on things. What is important in life is people. It is our family and our friends that we should be attached to. Not our things. I internalized that message and feel it even more strongly since I had my own child. I hope that I’m teaching it to Eleanor too.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with loving stuff and being attached to it, but stuff should never be more important than people. Look at me being all preachy. Anyways, that being said, there are just a very, very few things that I love and hold onto. And I’ll talk about one of them tomorrow! Is the suspense killing you yet?

Fabulous Friday: Tell Its Story –
a Review & a Giveaway

Posted by: Maggie

When I heard that Amy had written an ebook about recording the memories of “your stuff” I was curious. I wasn’t sure it would be something that I could relate to and it seemed like it might be a little too craft-centered for my taste. So I requested and received a review copy to check out my friend’s work.

I was rather pleasantly surprised by what I found. Tell Its Story is about the culture of things, the things that we keep around us, the stories that surround those things, and how to record those stories. I have to admit that when I started reading I wasn’t really on board. I’m not a person that is attached to things. Amy asks you to think about the things that are important to you, the ones you would be sure to grab if your house was burning down. And to be honest. I don’t really have things like that. Aside from my computer because it has my photos on it and my camera because it’s expensive and I wouldn’t want to have to replace it, there was nothing else that I could think of. I’m just not attached to stuff.

I know that may seem odd for a person with a weekly post about stuff I like. But really stuff doesn’t matter to me. I like nice home decor because it feels nice to be surrounded by attractive design, but I’m not attached to any individual object or piece of furniture. I don’t save things. I don’t like a lot of clutter or knick-knacks.

So, why would I enjoy Tell Its Story so much? When really, it is about that “stuff” that I don’t have any emotional attachment to. Well, it’s exactly because of my lack of attachment. I found it to be a really interesting exercise in self-exploration. It made me really think about the very, very, very few things that I do save and have some sort of an attachment to, and why I don’t feel that way about most stuff.

It actually made me want to follow Amy’s advice and record those stories, memories, and thoughts about those things and also to write about why I’m not attached to more things. So you can look forward to that for next week’s blog posts! Thanks for the blog content Amy!

I really suggest that everyone buy this ebook. If you love your stuff, you’ll love Amy’s exploration of the importance of it and the stories that surround it. If you’re like me and you don’t care about stuff, you’ll find it an interesting jumping-off point for serious thought about why you aren’t attached to things and whether that matters to you or not.

Now for the Giveaway! Amy was kind enough to offer me an extra copy to give to one of my readers! Here’s how to win:

  • Just comment bellow telling me your most prized possession, or that you don’t have one! One entry per person EXCEPT
  • You can get an extra entry for blogging or tweeting the giveaway, just come back and leave me a link to your tweet or post in the comments! You can use this tweet:   “Win a copy of @AmyTeegan’s e-book Tell Its Story from @maggie_kg at Making Me Cranky! http://bit.ly/fgMXrf”

The winner will be announced next Friday, March 11! Good luck!

If you can’t wait, all of my wonderful readers can go HERE to buy a copy for only $9, a very special cranky reader discount of 25% off, when you use the discount code: CRANKY .

Sneak Peek: Keith & Shannon’s
Paso Robles Wedding

Posted by: Maggie

Two weekends ago I had the honor of second shooting a wedding for Teegan Photography. Here’s a little sneak peak, more images to come!

You can see Amy’s sneak peek here.

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