Don't you just love that word? It implies that one has gumption and better than gumption, a plan...
I wish I could claim that my stick-to-itiveness would result in my lighting the world like Mr. Edison, but I will say that the small changes I put in place in early January are paying huge dividends already.
Our grocery management has greatly improved things and we are $200 less than our budget (which is about $400 less than our regular expenditures! This includes a couple of dinner parties, so well done us! We can't claim a bill like our Janet, but for 5 people (as the girlfriend is here a lot), we are feeling very pleased! We think we can do even better next month!
I have done yoga every day this month and I have meditated for 20 minutes each day. I feel wonderful!
I walk regularly and have been tracking my steps on my pedometer. I am not dieting, but I am upping my fruits and veggies and no eating between meals.
What has also made me feel wonderful is only having alcohol once a week. No more nightly wine for me. I sleep better and I seem to feel better. It is also saving us money!
No shopping for me. As I mentioned earlier this month, I want shopping to become a special occasion kind of thing, something only done when I actually need something. I haven't visited an online shop all month. I have avoided shops here in town, except my local bookshop.
I cannot tell you how happy this has made me. I only know about sales because I see others' blogs, but honestly, I have no interest in them. I feel as if I have reclaimed a normal relationship with shopping again and I couldn't be happier.
The best thing is that I am paying more attention to my own closet and enjoying my own clothes. No more adding and subtracting for me. For me the big question now has to be: will buying this ___ really add to my joy or am I just buying it out of boredom, wanting to be like others, or something else? My experience with shopping frequently is that one buys the item and then is simply on to the next thing. And there is always a next thing. So stopping that cycle has been blessing.
There is beauty everywhere and for me, for a while, it won't come from a bag...
When I started all of this in early January, it was about putting my money and time into things that REALLY mattered to me and stopping engaging in behaviours that didn't support my happiness. They say 3 weeks makes a habit, but I won't be sure this has completely taken hold until the end of February I guess.
And I am not being overly silly about it. Wine, clothes, other things, happen.
I will be going to Florida in a few weeks and anticipate that some money will be spent there, although I don't really plan to purchase clothes, but determine sizes for my springtime purchases!
I am truly putting my intention and attention on my writing, my learning, and my inner self. Spending less and spending smarter is one way to do that.
So four weeks in, I am feeling pretty proud of myself! Hope this helps anyone who is thinking of doing something similar! Have a great day out there!