The Good Life?

Consumerism

18
May

7 ways to practice emotional first aid

You put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, right? No questions asked. In fact, questions would be asked if you didn’t apply first aid when necessary.
So why isn’t the same true of our mental health? We are expected to just “get over” psychological wounds — when as anyone who’s ever ruminated over rejection or agonized over a failure knows only too well, emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones. We need to learn how to practice emotional first aid. Here are 7 ways to do so

Is Financial Independence the Right Goal? Man at window looking over ocean
11
May

Is Financial Independence the Right Goal?

I am starting to grasp that the good life is found in a life of dependence on God and interdependence on others. Joy is found in community where we depend on Jesus continually. When we partner with Jesus, our perspective changes. We see miracles happening, we begin each day with a joyful expectation waiting to see what will happen. This is the intimate adventure he offers us.

Covid Environment Affects
03
May

Pandemic side-effects offer glimpse of alternative future on Earth Day 2020

Last week the IPCC called for an overhaul of our global food production system to help fight climate change, and tackling food waste was one component of this.
In its special report on Climate Change and Land, the IPCC called for urgent change to farming practices, land use and dietary habits in order to maintain global food security, and to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
It found climate change is already affecting the whole food system — from drought reducing crop yields to extreme weather events damaging produce, food shortages are leading to increased poverty.
And while food waste can occur as a direct result of climate change, reducing it was also identified in the report as critical for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving food security.
So what’s the situation in Australia?

01
Apr

Live Free Tip: Reflection Question

Make a list of your normal activities (before physical distancing). Label them: absolutely essential, important but not essential, helpful but not necessary, or trivial. Reflect on whether there are any activities you would like to refrain from starting again once physical distancing measures are over (from Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity).

Front Cover - The Christian Consumer
11
Mar

The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully In A Fragile World.

As a Gen Y-er growing up in the post my-order-to-me-now-while-I-eat-some-smashed-avo age, I’m bombarded with constant messaging on financial freedom. There’s online businesses to start, click funnels to create, social media followings to grow, passive income to generate, all the while maintaining my day job and somehow saving for a shoebox house in Sydney and praying hard that my Super will see me through my old age.

26
Feb

The Good Life.

hate putting my bathers on.

But anyway. I do. Occasionally. Put them on. And swim.

Public pools are weird. Like a big bath we all jump in and frolic around in the water, and because we know that we are all dirty, germy and prone to defecating in the water we make sure it is full of heart stoppingly strong chemicals. We don our bathers (swimsuits, trunks, swimmers, costumes, the things you wear when swimming because you can’t wear jeans in the pool), we make sure not to make eye contact with anyone, and we enjoy the buoyancy of chemically treated water. Bliss.

19
Feb

Soft Closing Drawers.

I still fart in India.

You know, in case you thought going to India meant I was the pure and holy type whose farts rise straight to the heavens like an offering of incense to God.

Nup.

All bodily functions remain intact… in fact, enhanced.

I was quite happily bundled up in my life of consumption until God rudely interrupted me. I thought I had taken my brush with poverty quite well. I’d rationalised my childish thoughts about “what would Jesus do” and all those annoying passages in the bible about the poor and decided that having a mortgage was what following Jesus was all about. I was #blessed I guess.