Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade
I want to confess something to you all.
In 2005, I racked up $15,000 in credit card debt. I was recently divorced and newly-in-love and I spent money like there was no tomorrow.
In Spring of 2006, I realized that I was in trouble with my credit cards and I went to my credit union, Dort Federal, for help. I was fortunate enough to get a home equity loan before the housing bubble burst and I paid off all my credit cards with their exorbitant interest rates.
Today, I made THE FINAL PAYMENT on my home equity loan.
And something has happened to the way I view money…
…I don’t want to spend it anymore…
I know that I have to participate in the cash economy to pay my mortgage and utility bills. I know that I have to buy myself and my dog food and medicine and other essentials.
But, other than that, I’m done.
In the past 5 years, I have developed so many creative skills since founding Flint Handmade. I now have the confidence that I can make, trade, borrow or barter the vast majority of any thing I could ever want or need.
So, here and now, I am declaring that I am going to spend as little and save as much as I possibly can in 2011.
As long as I have consumer debt in the form of a mortgage and car payment as well as consumer desires for things I could definitely live without, I cannot be a true advocate for the local and handmade movements in which I so strongly believe.
So, that’s it.
For one year, I’m opting out of the cash economy…and opting into the creative economy.
Join me, won’t you?
Help hold me accountable as I blog about this journey I am taking in 2011.
I will, of course, still organize all of the regularly scheduled Flint Handmade events and support the fair compensation of local crafters for their work.
But, just for this year, I will not be spending any of my personal money on the cause.
And, maybe by not spending any money, I will have the time and energy and space in my life to give even more of myself to Flint Handmade?
We shall see…