It's not that there wasn't plenty that I wanted and thought about during January (like the above poster), but once it was over, I didn't feel like I really needed anything. I think I actually wanted some stuff more because I told myself I couldn't buy anything, so once that artificial restriction was taken off, I didn't really want much anymore. Although I need to buy some freaking furnace filters. That is on my to do list. I like to support shopping in town versus online, but I think I might have to Amazon these because we are a tad busy chez Reedup.
You've heard a lot about my take-away from the challenge, but I thought you might be intersted in the dudes perspective. Not, like The Dude, or any sort of representation of all dudes, just my dude. Here's what he had to say: "Although the challenge would definitely be harder for many people because I don't feel like I buy much in the first place, it was more challenging that I thought it would be."
I was surprised by this, mostly because I thought once the rules were set, he just wouldn't think about buying stuff. He's that kind of guy. But it caused him to evaluate the way he buys one item in particular: "It [the challenge] stopped me from ordering books. I would get on amazon, but then I thought I can't because of the challenge, and that was the initial l reason to not get them. But once I sat on it i realized I didn't need it. I have plenty to read here and I might not even get around to reading them because I have so much going on." We agreed that having unread books sort of reminds us that we're a little busier than we'd like to be, which makes us sad, and produced a tiny bit of anxiety.
So, when I asked him if the challenge would change anything in the future he said, "My book buying pattern. I'll just ask, 'Do I really need to own a book?' Like that graphic novel I've been wanting to read and we just got it at the library." Go Spokane Public Library!
After reflecting, we decided to map out the year. We wanted to add positive stuff, too, not just months of denial (we're not good at denial)
- January: No Buying Stuff
- February: 37 Items in Closet
- March: Write for 10 (at least) ten minutes every day
- April: Learn a new sign every day
- May: No Eating Out
- June: Eat a Salad Every Day
- July: No TV
- August: Take a Photo a Day
- September: No Surfing (the net, man)
- November: Go for a Walk Every Day
- December: Pleasure read for an hour a day
I'm so excited for these challenges! We started 37 Items on time and already have a few things we've learned. More on that later. In the mean time,