January- No Spend Month

This is a scary thing to do. To start a blog and put my raw real thoughts loose on the interwebs. But it is the kind of scary that makes me feel like it is a good thing. As my hands grow clammy typing these words for any human to read, it is a letting go. A letting go of all these thoughts trapped in my noggin for months, ready to fly free.

The reason I am writing this today, is because I have begun on a Minimalist Year. A full 12 months of challenges, each month new. They are not all set yet, but it is January 27th and I have almost completed my first month. My No Spend Month! And boy did I love it. I spent no money on anything other than consumables, experiences and learning. I looked at my bank account and I effectively cut my spending in half. All this space feels way too good. Space in my bank, my mind, my heart, my closet. I donated at least 20 trader joe sized bags of clothes, decorations, shoes, and more to Goodwill. I had friends over to take things that I don't need. I borrowed important items that I knew I would only need temporarily instead of purchasing them. 

Shockingly, of all the things I found challenging, what I missed most was perusing Duane Reade. Duane Reade. What's funny is most of the things in Duane Reade technically fall into consumables so I probably could purchase them, but I no longer had the appeal to buy a new color of nail polish or some junk food that normally would tempt me. 

Next month, I will be embarking on Minimalist Traveling. I am going to Southeast Asia with my boyfriend for about 3 weeks and I'm bringing only 1 small backpack and a tote. I have 2 shirts, 1 pair of leggings, 1 dress, 2 shoes, 1 computer, 2 bathing suits, 1 pair of swimming goggles, 1 sarong, 3 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of underwear, 2 sports bras, tooth powder, and a shampoo bar packed. I didn't even have to look inside my backpack to make that list, that's how small it is. I can already feel the lightness from this style. I know my No Spend habit will permeate into this month, and I am perfectly happy about that. 

Upon returning, I will be doing a Zero Waste month in March. I am extremely excited about this. I find myself spending free time reading about tips, watching videos on how to meal prep with zero waste, and reading recipes for making my own shampoo. It brings together my craftiness with my desire to make a positive impact on the world.

This year has been a challenge already, but more than a challenge it has been a gift. I feel more free and alive and present than I ever have. I am grateful for every object in my apartment. Every person in my life. Every breath I take. I can't wait to share the year with you.