Thinking ahead to the holiday season has made me want to create a strategy to keep myself off the normal path of consumerism. Instead of feeling negative about the economy, I’d like to use this opportunity to step up my efforts and use my ingenuity to think of ways to recycle, reuse and recreate. I saw this article in the NY Times and realized I’ve been “thinking like a student” politically and and environmentally, so why not creatively and economically too? Using a “beginner’s mind”, I can begin to imagine all sorts of possibilities. This article is primarily about creative home design. If that isn’t your thing, you may still feel inspired. (If you are interested in design, take a minute to look at the slideshow too, just for fun).