Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


More Thankful Than Ever

So I didn’t buy anything from May 3rd – August 3rd that wasn’t a household necessity or something for my son’s birthday party. It was both tougher than I thought it would be & easier!

I have often used shopping as therapy, as a drug. I’m a penny-pinching addict, but an addict nonetheless. So I thought I would take a three-month break from buying. I quickly learned that I didn’t really need more stuff. I also started making lists. I love lists. I have an entire notebook of very organised lists. I started to make lists of things that I really want to add to my life – not everything on the list is “needful”, but they are things that I believe will add value to my life. I love the quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s how I want to approach purchases from now on.  Of course, that means that there are things in my house that I need to continue to weed out. It’s all a process.

It’s been a rough week, stressful & I could definitely do with some therapy! I needed to get a couple of things at the store. So I went to Target, list in hand. So strange to wander the aisles without my spending embargo in place. I looked at the clearance racks, saw some stuff that I liked  & that, at one point, would have tossed in the cart. It just didn’t hold much of a thrill for me though. So I consulted my list & bought what I needed & left the store. No buyer’s remorse, no nagging bad feelings. It was good.

I’m not saying that I’m not still susceptible to the draw of retail therapy, and I think that I will routinely do spending fastings – it’s good for me. I feel lighter & freer. I have so much to be thankful for & I will not take the blessings in my life for granted.

You can check out my other reports from Month 1 & Month 2.

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Less Than a Month to Go & Thinking Artistically

I’ve made it over two months without buying anything that wasn’t a household necessity, plus a few things for Zane’s upcoming birthday. It’s been tough at times, but mostly it’s kind of a relief. Knowing that I’m just not allowed to buy stuff eliminates guilt & worry about whether I really need something. I do have my list of things that I will buy when I’m allowed again. I am definitely more mindful. Looking forward to making it through the next month & seeing if I have actually changed.

In other news, I have cracked open my sketchbook & it is good. Since the 30 Days of Creativity Challenge, I have made it a point to open my sketchbook everyday & either draw something or make plans & notes for future art projects. I haven’t seriously considered doing anything like an actual art piece for a long time. I’m having ideas for sculptures, paintings, graphic art. It’s exciting for me. My next challenge will be to actually create these things that I am thinking about. It’s daunting, but I am thrilled to be in this mode again.


I Still Have Everything I Need

I began a journey at the beginning of May that involves not buying anything for three months – August 3rd, to be exact. I am allowed to buy toiletries, medicine, groceries & needful things, but nothing else.

Let me tell you, it has been a challenge. I often use shopping as therapy – true retail therapy. It’s such a temporary & short-lived fix, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling good for a short time. It’s been good for me. I have made it through a month & 10 days & have done well.

I don’t go to stores besides the supermarket much these days. When I do, it’s in & out – no browsing. It’s hard for me to pass up those clearance items! I immediately delete all emails with specials & coupons. I toss catalogues. I have found it’s better just not to look!

I even ventured into Ikea & didn’t buy anything! That was crazy. We don’t live near an Ikea so any opportunity to visit is a big deal for me. We went to buy Zane’s big boy bed – a pre-arranged purchase. I just tried not to look at anything while we were there! Colin did buy me a couple of ice-cube trays that I had been wanting to use with crafts for the kids. I didn’t even ask!

Zane’s birthday is coming up this month as well & I have some leniency in being able to buy a couple of things for him & his party. I feel like I’m cheating if I get anything though!

What an amazing time this has been for me. I am looking around at what I already have & using it more. I’ve wanted to buy stuff for craft projects, but instead have dug into my supplies & made do with what I have. I’ve seen lots of pretty summer dresses & wanted to buy a new one, but have re-discovered some lovely things that I already had!

Pray for me as I complete these next couple of months. It is indeed a challenge!