Yep, still me. On a food blog. Still writing about money and resolutions and mindset shifts. What even is happening?
In case you need a memory jog, in late November 2017 I started putting together a plan to eliminate needless consumerism from my life. I called it the Counter Consumerism Challenge because I like big obnoxious titles.
I took some time to plan it out-what were the rules? What did I tell others? How did I explain my goals to myself/Sam/friends/family? What things could I buy/not buy? How long would it/I last?
If you want, you can read the original wordy post where I attempt to answer some of those questions.
Otherwise, this was the first of twelve more months. And I think I did ok, er, sort of.
5 Things I learned in January:
Not browsing frees up a lot of time. If I know I can’t buy things that aren’t necessities, I spend less time thinking about the nonessentials I want. So I spend less time mindlessly scrolling Pinterest, bookmarking items on Amazon, etc. and more time thinking about creative projects I’m doing, working out, going skiing, or other fun activities/trips with my husband and friends.
Social media spurs a ridiculous number of impulse ‘wants’. Instagram in particular is hard for me-so I’ve actually worked to cut down on my scrolling and story-watching time. This should have been obvious: it doesn’t help to follow Apartment Therapy if you have a problem with home decorating. (Duh)
It’s ok to mess up, as long as you learn from it. A few times Sam ended up needing to buy his lunch at work (something we wanted to cut out). However, we learned that MOST of those instances can be avoided with better planning and some meal prepping/planning. #goalsforfebruary
I’ve done more purging than I could have imagined. I bet I’ve taken weekly trips to Goodwill since December-looking at my ‘stuff’ through the lens of conscious consumerism is changing my mindset on the items we store and hold on to, but never look at, enjoy, or use. I’d rather free up space in my own home and give these items to someone who could actually get value from them. You can read more about what I’ve purged in an another obnoxiously titled post called “The Purge, Round 1.”
Over time, this will get easier. I can already feel my mindset shifting. I still struggle with wanting a LOT of the time, but I’m starting to follow those wants with a more rational thought like “but I don’t need it.” “But I could spend that money on travel.” “But that won’t make me happier.” “But I’m only wanting it because someone is telling me to want it.” “But that money could be better spent/invested/saved elsewhere.”
What I hope to do better in February:
Oh gee. Can I still say everything?
I want to remember this John Maxwell quote more:
Most of the things I want on any given day are unimportant, and take time away from what is important. I get distracted by nonessentials and in doing so, fail to be grateful for all I’ve been given.
So for February? Focus on what I have. Remember that I am blessed beyond measure.
And maybe do a little more meal planning:)