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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.

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I Have Everything I Need

I saw this photo on Pinterest. I saw it about a week ago & I just haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It’s true. I really do have everything I need. And yet, I seem to have this compulsion to get more & more. I use shopping as therapy – I get that little rush when I buy¬†something, but it doesn’t last long. That’s not to say that I spend a lot – I’m definitely a bargain shopper, but that sometimes means that I just buy things because they’re cheap & get another little self-satisfied rush because I got a good deal & walk away with something that I don’t really need or even want.

Now I am not against having things or buying things. I love what William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s good & even right to, as you are able, surround yourself with beauty & inspiration.

I could give you lots of reasons why I shop & buy – not having a lot of material things when I was growing up, moving around a lot so “things” equate home & security. But the fact is, I buy too much stuff & then my house feels full & cluttered & I feel bad. It’s that way because of my own choices.

I want to change how I look at things, how I comfort myself, how I bring things into my home. I am not giving up “stuff”, but I want to think about things more whether it’s clothes, toys, entertainments or home decor. I want to have a plan & really bring useful & beautiful things into my home. I want to begin with contentment with what I have. I want to move away from envy. I want to find joy in simple things.

All that to say that I am embarking on another challenge. I originally thought that I would do this challenge for a month, but eventually realised that wasn’t long enough. So for the next three months, I’m not going to buy anything. Now, before you freak out, this doesn’t include groceries & I will buy medicine if need be, but I’m not going to buy “stuff”. In store or online – gasp! Whatever will I do with myself? I am hoping that this will spur my creativity & help me to deal with the things that I already have in a wise way.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not against shopping, even recreational shopping, but for me, I need to change things & I have recognised that I have a problem & I want to change. Plus, think of all the money I’m going to save in three months!

I’m excited, I’m fearful. I won’t purchase anything until the beginning of August. August 3rd to be exact. Pray for me! I’ll check in from time to time to let you know how it’s going. Colin is going to be so happy!