Mental Post-Its

Thoughts, Notes, and General Mental Mayhem

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I’d Never Pay That Much for ________

I feel like I’m reminded of this lesson every week. It may sound more like:

I’d never buy _______.

I don’t know why he/she would pay that much for _______.

She/He’s crazy for paying good money for ________.


But I think on a weekly basis, I hear it said in some form or fashion. People scoff at the money others spend on things that are important to them. I know I’ve made the comments a hundred times or more. I can’t imagine spending a lot of money on things like: pets, designer clothes, cars, outdoor equipment, a house, etc. However, there are a lot of things I love or deem important that I would spend a lot of money on such as: food/restaurants, coffee, movies, travel, gadgets, books, etc. It just depends on our own tastes and priorities, or maybe even experiences. We all have our own “things” and perhaps we should be more respectful of others. Or maybe at least aware.

It sort of reminds of when I’m flying and thumbing through the Sky Mall catalog. I find it utterly fascinating. Some of the items in there are so oddball, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to purchase them. (Giant, inflatable airplane pillow anyone?) But then I remind myself that they’re in there because someone else may. They may not be my choices, but they could be someone else’s—and that’s ok. We are each entitled to our own thoughts, opinions, choices and even “things”.

So next time you make a statement like, “I’d never spend money on _____,” just remember to each his own. Don’t judge someone else for what they spend their money on. We all make good, bad and sometimes just silly purchases.

I’m writing this out mostly because it’s still a good reminder for myself. As I grow in my love for activism and causes, I know I tend to judge others more harshly for things I don’t think are important. But I was once the other person, too. In fact, I’m still that other person a lot. And I still spend a lot of money on food/restaurants, coffee, movies, travel, gadgets, books and a whole lot more. But I’m trying to put more money into the things that I feel are worthy of it. I’m still going to make a lot of silly or bad choices, but I’m aware—and I’m making progress. And I know sometimes those “things” are just part of life.

I just hope to never let my “things” be the boss of me. Though, sometimes that latte comes close. 😉


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You’re Invited! (Not For Sale GA Quarterly Meeting)

Not For Sale Georgia Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2012

7-9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

M. Rich Building in Downtown Atlanta (Parking will be validated for the adjacent garage only.)

Please RSVP


You may think you only vote during election season, but that’s not true. You vote every day with the choices you make, including the products you buy. You have significant purchasing power, and what you do with your dollars tells companies a lot about what is important to you.

Join us at our next Not For Sale Georgia quarterly meeting as we focus on ethical shopping just in time for the holidays. Ethical shopping is done through a safe supply chain, which simply means that the items you buy were made without slave labor. From the raw materials to the finished product, all workers were treated fairly, paid a livable wage, and not forced or coerced to perform their job. Sadly, with over 30 million slaves around the world living today, you may find yourself surprised to know the reality of how your chocolate, clothes, soap, lamps, toys, electronics and anything in-between came to be.

Hear first-hand from companies who strive for a safe supply chain, and learn easy steps that you can take to purchase with purpose. We’ll also debut our Ethical Buying Guide featuring 250+ local, regional and national brands. And we’ll recap member’s of our core team’s experience to the Global Forum.

Driving Directions

Enter 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 into your GPS or Google maps.

Follow directions to the address. You will need to park in the adjacent Underground Atlanta Parking deck. This deck is at the corner of Pryor Street and MLK Jr Dr. Be sure to note where Pryor Street is relation to your directions. Enter into the deck from MLK and park. Exit the parking deck onto MLK and go to your right. The building will be at your right, we will have a sign outside the door. We will have parking validation for this deck only available for all event attendees.

MARTA Directions

Alternatively you may use MART. Get off at the Five Points Station, and take Peachtree Road South to MLK Jr. Drive. Turn left and walk down to 115 MLK (building will be to your left).

About Not For Sale

Not For Sale is a campaign of students, artists, entrepreneurs, people of faith, athletes, law enforcement officers, politicians, skilled professionals, and all justice-seekers united to fight the global slave trade and end human trafficking.
The campaign aims to recruit, educate, and mobilize an international grassroots social movement that effectively combats human trafficking and modern-day slavery through “Smart Activism.” It deploys innovative solutions for every individual to re-abolish slavery–in their own backyards and across the globe.