I’m a big fan of assigning myself a “challenge” for the new year. I spent the first 30 days of last year attempting to produce #zerowaste. Obviously, I failed. But, the attempt changed my life for the better. Turns out, you don’t know how much you do something until you attempt to not do it. I thought I was living a low waste lifestyle before the challenge, but the challenge showed me how far I had to go.
This year, I want to tackle something similar: my spending habits. Like most Americans, I buy things: out of necessity, boredom, consolation, self-loathing–you name it! I bought countless things in 2018 that I couldn’t even list for you now. (Clothes? Books? Seeds?) Sure, I’d like to think that I have my consumer habits under control, but how will I know unless I attempt to let them go?
Thus, the challenge for 2019. And this year it’s go-big-or-go-home. Inspired by Cait Flanders’ two-year “shopping ban.” Some might call it a “no spend year,” or a Nothing New Year (a title I actually like), but I wanna focus on what it is instead of what it’s not. Sure, I am focused on buying nothing new for a whole year, but it’s because I already have enough.
I don’t need something fresh and new to re-define me. I don’t need new tools or trips or gadgets to make me feel better about life. I want to spend a year being grateful for what I have: clothes, food, and things. Because it’s enough. I’ve got enough. I’m enough.
Also on my heart are those who do not have enough. Some don’t have the luxury of buying things they might need as soon as they think about it. They don’t have enough: food, clothes, not to mention extras. My hope is to voluntarily choose this simplicity for myself and give back to others in the process.
So, here’s my challenge for the next 365 days:
Buy only what is absolutely necessary. Nothing new. Eat “out” once a week, max. Give more of myself away to others. Cultivate gratitude for my already-enough-ness.
The only exceptions are home repairs and gardening supplies (both of which will be kept to necessities only). The end.
Yikes. I’m already making lists in my head of wants-I-won’t-be-buying. Here’s to (hopefully) living a simple, more grateful life in 2019.
I’d love to hear about your resolutions for 2019. Tell me in the comments below!