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Why Quality Matters!

Hello everyone, I’m Jacquie Somerville, Founder of the Be Your Own Soul Mate movement. Welcome to this week’s broadcast of Jacquie Straight Up, the place to be if you want to live a kick-ass life of love, wealth, happiness and freedom.I want to talk to you today about quality over quantity. Mies van der Rohe’s famous quote “less is more”. I love that. Simplicity, it says so much doesn’t it? And why does that even matter? Why does buying the best quality we can afford even matter? Here’s why- those of you that are loyal Jacquie Straight Up viewers have heard me say this so many times but it’s the absolute truth. How you feel about yourself determines your entire life. And how you treat yourself determines how you feel about yourself. And visa-versa! So when you try to cheapen out and buy the cheapest that you can afford as opposed to the best of something that you can afford, it effects how you feel about yourself. It speaks to the worthiness that you give yourself. It speaks to a poverty mentality when we’re trying to always buy the cheapest. When you buy the best that you can afford, it makes you feel better. It really does! And how you feel about yourself determines your entire life. That’s why it’s so important.

I’m running into this quite a bit right now because I’m buying all new furniture for my new place and every now and again I’m very tempted to think “Wow, that Italian sideboard is so outrageously expensive maybe I should try and find something a little cheaper”. And then when I do, I end up canceling the order because it just doesn’t give me the same feeling then the one that was hand crafted in Italy by the Artisans. So it got me thinking about all of this especially since a few weeks ago we spoke about de-cluttering. So if you have de-cluttered and you are starting to replace some things, always remember buy the best that you can afford and if that means one versus three, go with the one. I’d much rather have an Italian purse handcrafted by Artisans than 100 pleather purses in different colors from China. That’s just me but I do believe that affects most people. If you cheapen out it really does speak to how you feel about yourself, so don’t. Always buy the best that you can afford. And remember that this is an individual thing. Obviously we don’t all fall into the same financial category, none of us are the same in this Universe but that’s the beauty of it. We are all different. But buy the best that you can afford. But what makes you feel good. Don’t cheapen out.

That’s my message for you this week! If you’ve liked the video please click the like button and please share it with others. And leave me a comment, let me know when this has affected you. Have you bought something cheaper and then ended up giving it away or even sending it back because it didn’t make you feel good so you went with the more expensive thing and that worked? And it’s not about it being expensive it’s about it being beautifully made. It’s about something that really speaks to you as opposed to a giant compromise. Leave me a comment and let me know! I will see you next time on the next episode of Jacquie Straight Up- Bye!

  • Denise
    Posted at 14:32h, 21 February Reply

    Well Jacquie, you have definitely been the first person in my life to teach me this and I feel very thankful that it’s been on such a personal level. And I can definitely say that it has changed my life and the way I feel about myself immensely! Pursuing quality of quantity has given me a completely different outlook on life in general, one that I am so very thankful for. <3

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 09:33h, 22 February Reply

      That’s so amazing Denise and such a joy for me to witness your transformation! You SO deserve it. XO

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 14:44h, 21 February Reply

    Hi Jacquie! This has always been something that I’ve struggled with and I believe it’s because of the way I was raised. I think we tend to carry on the mentality of our parents or whoever we were raised by until we make the conscious decision to change. This topic really resonated with me and I’m feeling more motivated than ever to change my mentality. I will be sure to share this video with my friends who I also believe will have a very positive reaction to it just as I did. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 09:35h, 22 February Reply

    That’s so true Lindsay and I’m thrilled the message resonated with you. Thanks so much for sharing! XO

  • Polly Faminow
    Posted at 17:50h, 22 February Reply

    I’m an artist and craftsperson. If I can’t afford quality, I will buy furniture and restore it to something beautiful. Sometimes this can be easily accomplished. It just takes a good eye to spot something that can be transformed. In clothing I like natural fabrics and if I compromise and buy polyester, I’m always regretful. It means I have less in the way of clothes but I like what I have.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 08:56h, 23 February Reply

      Such a great comment- thanks Polly and you make such good points!

  • Antoinette
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 February Reply

    HI Jacquie.. it is so true that our self worth is reflected in what we buy for ourselves…We think we are not good enough to deserve an expensive item… then we buy a cheaper version that breaks down quickly… we might buy another less expensive. item.. but in the long run, we actually spend more money on multiples when we could have bought a good quality item that lasts a lot longer.. and looks fabulous too!! I have found this to be especially true about shoes… good quality shoes will last a lot longer.. and you get your money’s worth…For example.. 10 years ago I splurged on a pair of walking shoes for my first cruise.. and those shoes were SOOO comfortable as well as stylish.. I can still wear them now.. so that purchase of $200 10 years ago has only cost me $20/year… what a deal!!

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 07:16h, 24 February Reply

    So true Antoinette! Thanks for that reminder and for sharing your lovely shoe story- Yes! Buying the best is usually turns out to be the most prudent financial decision anyway! Awesome!.xo

  • Robert
    Posted at 08:42h, 08 March Reply

    When I was in my early career as a professional musician I bought a second hand pair of Boosey & Hawkes 1010 Clarinets, considered at the time to be the best make in the world. (Btw, it was okay to buy second hand in a situation like this as the instruments came ‘played in’ and the sound quality was just as good when they were 12 years old. And it was what I could afford.) The moral of the story? Every time I pick them up and just look at them I wonder at their beauty, and when I play them the sound is that rich ‘English’ 1010 sound flows out and I feel good.

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 09:36h, 08 March Reply

    I love this Rob – Thank you for sharing and yes, second hand is often a perfect route to take! That’s the thing about great quality, it’s often timeless in it’s design and long-lasting in it’s lifespan…I think the best quality second or third hand beats new and low grade any day of the week. Thanks for this great reminder! XO

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