Conscious Consumption is something that I want to bring to the surface for you when it comes to your money and HOW you are spending in this current world. Are you mindlessly spending and not really thinking of your impact from your purchases? Or are you passionate about the ripples of your money and the vibration it holds with all your incomings and outgoings?
I don’t know about you, but I like to think that most of the time I pay a little more careful attention to my spending’s. And at a time where money is feeling a bit of a hard task to handle, we need to be MORE conscious than ever.
This is where I like to talk about CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION.
When you implement Conscious Consumption in your life, you are focusing on what you are spending your money towards; what the intention and purpose behind that purchase is; and the effect it has on the stakeholders of that purchase. Who is directly or indirectly affected by your purchase?
For example, when you are spending money on your health and wellbeing, this is a form of Conscious Consumption because these purchases are helping you feel better and nourish yourself, while the intention behind these purchases is to be able to serve more people, which in turn allows your business to expand.
Another example of Conscious Consumption is when you go down to the grocery store. Where are you buying your produce from? When you purchase your produce from the small grocer, not only are you putting your money back into the community, you’re also helping small businesses grow, which then builds the economy in your community – providing you with more opportunities within that community.
Everything you do can have a positive impact when the intention behind the purchase is thought through.
So here’s 5 ways that you can apply Conscious Consumption into your everyday life:
- Buy local as often as possible. Growing small businesses change lives.
- Invest in yourself. If you’re not healthy and happy, you’re not going to be able to help the people who need you most.
- Be aware of the companies you purchase from. Is the faster shipping worth it?
- Share your knowledge with others. The more people who know about Conscious Consumption, the more it will become the norm.
- Enjoy your money. Money is meant to be pleasurable, don’t resent your purchases. If you feel like your last purchase wasn’t conscious, that’s fine! Next time make a choice that feels better and enjoy it.
When you begin to implement these 5 simple steps into your life, the easier Conscious Consumption will become, and the bigger impact you will make both in your life, and the lives of others.
Abbey Rose, Business & Financial Coach