Spending Out

A few weeks back I was listening to the audio CD of Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home which details her efforts to change her home / environment in order to increase her happiness levels (I should note that this is a sequel to Rubin’s original book The Happiness Project). While the book is definitely worth a read for all its parts, one concept in particular jumped out at me: “Spending Out”.

As Rubin describes on her website:

[By] spending out, I mean to stop hoarding, to trust in abundance.

She describes re-using razor blades too often, keeping toothbrushes too long and just in general “making do” with things that are worn, stained or broken when there are better alternatives.

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La Vie Paris

So what exactly does “La Vie Paris” mean?

My intent is for it to translate as “The Paris Life” although to be fair I’ve probably mangled the phrase inexcusably.  To me however, La Vie Paris encompasses more than red lipstick and red wine. Rather it is a mindset, a way of life that impacts my behavior and even my way of thinking.

In my head, La Vie Paris is:

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