The 99%

Have you been following Occupy Wall Street?  It's been a little hard to do with the media silence, but more and more is coming out as the protests grow.  I saw a tumblr site last night with images of people holding out papers on which they've written their stories of financial struggles, and I found it so compelling.

I have lived two months without gas in my home.
I have eaten only instant mashed potatoes for nearly half of the summer. 
I don’t need HD cable television to survive. 
I LIVE SIMPLY AND THERE’S A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT.
I am the 99%   occupywallstreet.org

Reading these stories of "The 99%" I am reminded how fortunate I am.  As we start and grow two small businesses in a bad economy, we are probably in the most financially precarious position of our married lives, yet we have so much more than so many.  We were lucky to have the savings and support to take this on and to strive for the life we want.

This is a decorating blog, and I am reminded that such a thing is a luxury.  That so many people struggle just to keep their homes while we spend money decorating ours.  I do believe that homes we love can improve the qualities of our lives, and that if we can afford it it can be a good investment.  I feel privileged to be chosen to help some of you do that.

Feeling some perspective today, hope you don't mind.  I'm curious about other reactions to what's going on on Wall Street.


Heather Peterson