Is it the shear amount of things that is suffocating? The fact that my behavior has taught my children to constantly ask for more stuff? The constant credit card bills? The guilt over the consumer-driven environmental deterioration? Noticing more acutely how much others do not have?
I don't know what it is but there needs to be a shift. We are all familiar with the "simplify" movement. Thus far, my interpretation has been to find ways to make my life less stressful. Somehow, it got jumbled up into "buy stuff cuz I think it will make a task, meal, etc. more simple." That is not working. My addiction to use money to fix problems has felt more and more like a burden. With that, I make my New Year's resolution now. To stop.
Today, we gave up our cable TV and phone line in the house. I also did not by my usual coffee going into work. Basically, the plan is to only buy food and necessities. My husband thinks is insane and has it into a competition to see who will be the first to break (not sure what the prize is there). I will take it week by week, hoping it will turn month to month, year to year. I hope to use the money to pay off debt faster, give to people who could use it for food, shelter, etc (you know, actual necessities), and maybe go on some real family vacations.
I will use the blog to have all of you hold me accountable for my mistakes and successes. Hopefully, along the way, there will be lessons learned, resources saved, and some good done. Giddy up!