Say Anything, dir. Cameron Crowe, 1989 (YouTube).
Though we may not share Lloyd Dobler’s passion for kickboxing (or Jim Court’s daughter, for that matter), a growing number of individuals, many of whom were born into the American paradigm of “more is better,” are slowly but surely reclaiming their lives from the ideals of post-modern consumerism. This movement, often referred to as “downshifting,” aims to balance endeavors of work and leisure while encouraging the fulfillment of personal goals and the creation of meaningful relationships. Sounds easy enough, right?
Many temptations and obligations stand in the way of pursuing a “simple living” way of life. But there in lies the glory of downshifting; as the name suggests, this civilian-led journey towards consumerist minimalism encourages moderate changes in lifestyle that, over time, can yield a healthier and more self-sufficient individual, family, or community.
Little Miss Cruciferous intends to provide individuals with knowledge, ideas, and projects that can assist in one’s journey towards a life rid of materialist glut and rich with self-directed purpose. This said, I want to reiterate that my intentions are not in the spirit of elitism. I am just as much a 21st century gal as any other; I often get coffee on the run, eat avocados, pineapples, green tea, and wasabi with abandon, carry an educational mortgage that heavily weighs on my occupational decisions, and drive my 1996 Geo Prizm to and from Whole Foods just about every week. My idealism has its flaws, but I am continually making small changes that add up to big personal change; it is my hope to inspire and encourage others who share this sentiment to do the same for a healthier and happier life.