What is it not?
Well, it's not about travel and expensive luxuries ( I looked this up people, and one person posted something on LinkedIn using the name but whatever). It seems to imply being wealthy, which yes, it's true, being independently wealthy allows you to be leisurely to the extent you desire.
But I've decided to adopt the term to describe a lifestyle based on minimal consumption and more time spend on making your life richer and more important (maybe less time working and more time doing the things you always wanted to do, plus connecting with other people. Is that a real goal? Connecting with others? What if you hate other people? Haha! Just kidding. )
Or you know, working and saving your money.
So, this blog would be/might be/amongst other things dedicated to ways to live that way. And deals. Deals, so we can live cheaply off of capitalism's excess...
or ARE WE?
Fuck thrift stores.
Don't tell me that thrift stores absolve you of the guilt of participating in consumerism.
If someone hadn't engaged in that capitalism in the first place, you wouldn't be taking advantage of the pseudo-great deals of the musty trends at thrift stores.
So, not to say that thrift stores cannot make up a part of a wholesome minimalistic consumerist lifestyle (Lord you're still a consumer), I don't think that's where the emphasis should be. Thrift store shopping is a very live-and- let-die sort of approach to consumerism; you're getting the cheap shit and fuck everyone else. No one gets to make a living (it's akin to shopping at Walmart suckers.)
(Sorry, I'm not going to judge people. I do a lot of stupid things.)
I think the emphasis should be on people being able to survive. So what that means is, why not spend good money on products someone put a lot of effort into and harnessed their creativity to create and that will last you a long time? (Wow, who the hell ever thought of that?)
This way, you get a good deal, because you're not being taken advantage of, you are getting quality for your money, and someone else gets to make a living.
And that someone could even be you...
Leisure activism is about quality living without producing waste. It's about artful living, without the snobbishness and the excess. It's about making sound financial choices and getting out of debt. It's about harnessing your own creativity and making your own things. Once in a while.
It's about making products useful to people's lives and of high quality, not with planned obsolescence.
It's about creating truly newsworthy content that people will want to read because it actually informs and enlightens them.
(It's about having a compost pile. Hey, I live in a city too.)
It's about creating easy social interactions and community, all being the product of going down the path of least resistance (not forcing yourself to drive across a major metropolitan area to get to an event/see friends. After a hard day of work, who the fuck wants to do that? Lord have mercy.)
It's about doing things in a quality way ( and a minimalistic way), the way things might have been done in the past.
(It's about making mistakes and being a bum if that's what you really want.)
Because seriously. Are you really hurting anyone else? No, but the CEO of that massive money-grubbing corporation sure as fuck is, and no one is complaining about him (or her) , least of all in this country.
Jenny Facius is not really the founder of devilish turn.com but she is an editor-in-chief. And makes very important decisions. Lots of them to be sure.