The shiny hearts are everywhere. They’re hung as decorations in the stores, they’re printed on product packaging, they’re stamped right on limited edition perfumes, cosmetics and flower vases; and they’re even part of the product itself when it comes to jewellery and confectionary.
Hearts and Valentine’s Day offers even appear on typical everyday items. This “special day” is indeed the apex of what is known as the consumerization of love and affection.
And the pressure to participate can be oppressive.
As it became clear to me that Mr. F2P and I were finally reaching a significant financial milestone last year, I started taking my foot off the saving gas for a bit and ramped up my consumption.
I won't deny that it was fun at first. You know that feeling that comes from being a more reckless version of yourself, of throwing caution to the wind? Of course, my version of this wasn't so extreme but you get the idea.
We live in a debt culture. The majority of us have debt of some kind, be it a mortgage, student loans, a car loan, a line of credit, carrying a balance on our credit or store card(s), a government-endorsed loan against retirement savings, a buy-now-pay-later purchase, a payday loan, a pay advance, a debt owing to a bookie or dealer, or a mix of the above.
While many would argue that the seriousness of the various types of debt varies from “good debt” to “avoid at any cost,” I would argue that the fundamentals of how they affect our behaviour and how we feel are generally the same...
As I hinted at in late 2017, I’m venturing into uncharted territory. What territory? Video.
As of this writing, I’ve filmed five videos for another one of the channels I’m setting up* and I’m learning to edit to, hopefully, put out a finished product that’s not too painful or amateurish to watch.
On December 23, 2017, at 11:10am, we lost our girl Isabelle (aka Belle).
It was sudden. In the two weeks prior, she had started to avoid her food dish. We didn’t think too much of it because she was known to be finicky from time to time. Then, she stopped eating altogether...