Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down for an incredibly thought-provoking talk with designer, educator and entrepreneur Megan Auman. I’ve been following Megan’s work as a jewelry designer for years and have really enjoyed the insight, advice and expertise she’s brought to guest columns for our Biz Ladies series. So when Megan mentioned that she was working on a new book called In Defense of Stuff, I was intrigued. As someone who both loves and struggles with the fact that I talk about “stuff” for a living (even if it’s handmade or DIY), I find myself constantly returning to this debate, especially whether creating “stuff” or celebrating it makes enough of a difference in the world. So I immediately invited Megan on the show and was thrilled when she joined me for what became a really engrossing, deep conversation about what it means to care about, make and love “stuff.”
Megan’s Stuff Does Matter Manifesto
Stuff has a place in our world and in your life.
Objects matter beyond their utility.
Caring about things is not wrong.
Your stuff helps you make sense of the world.
Stuff connects you to people — to your past,
present, and future.
Stuff provides beauty, meaning, and experience.
Stuff helps you remember and share. There’s a difference between mindless
consumption and the way you feel.
Value what you have. Buy only what you love.
Savor what you own.
Allow your things to enrich your life.
Choose gratitude over guilt.
Know that the things you love do matter.
Megan has some really great ideas, and I think we stumbled upon excellent topics and moments that warrant an even deeper conversation. If you’ve ever wondered about your own relationship to stuff, objects and the things we surround ourselves with, I hope you’ll take a listen (link below). Thanks again to Megan for taking the time to travel to NYC and talk with me. You can visit her website here or the brand new Stuff Does Matter website here. You can also leave your own stories on her SDM Facebook page here. xo, grace