It’s only been a few days into 2012, and I already have reviewed one of my resolutions. You are probably thinking “What the hell? It’s been only what? Four days?” Yes, four days into the new year and I realized that I was not very specific with one of my resolutions.
I said that I wanted to spend and consume less in the new year. I am not sure that I completely understand what I am expecting from myself with this resolution. What do I really mean when I say that I want to consume less?
The more I thought about this resolution, the more it bothered me. It seemed incomplete and undefined. That’s why I decided to explain it, and make it daring enough for myself. I want to challenge the shopaholic in me not to buy any new clothes, or shoes, or bags, or pretty much anything that is not consumable such as food, gas, hygiene products and etc. Also, I am not going to pay for anything that does not provide a new experience such as travel, going out with friends or watching movies.
If something important and/or necessary breaks down, I might replace it. However, I might need to re-define for myself what is important and necessary for our household or for me. If the item falls under my definition of important and necessary, and if it cannot be repaired, then I will replace it.
I was thinking to make this a year long challenge. Then I realized that it is not going to work because I know myself:
long-term goals do not motivate me as much as short-term goals.
If I challenge myself to a year of a no-buy, I ultimately will be setting myself up for failure. Six months seemed like a reasonable time frame but it still was a little too long for a beginner like myself. I settled on three months with an option to extend it.
Why I am doing it:
- I want to prove to myself that stuff does not make me happy. In fact, if anything it stresses me out about my bills and bank accounts.
- I want to prove to myself that I already have everything that I need and want. I don’t need more stuff. I really don’t.
- I want to free up my time so that I can focus on something that does make me happy: family, volunteering, writing, growing and maintaining my blog.
- I want to break the habit of shopping out of boredom or for fun or because I am feeling blue. In cases like these, instead of hitting the stores, I should be hitting the gym.
I will be posting monthly updates about my non-buying endeavors. My first update will be at the end of January.