After my completely depressing previous post (HERE), I thought maybe I should continue being my complete humanness and share some other, more positive, learnings.
I decided I would create more challenges for myself, because why not, and because of my last post, I decided I want to try living on less (yes, even less than what I already live on) in an effort to be even more mindful of where the things I’m buying come from and what that looks like to the environment and the workers.
I gave myself a buy nothing challenge (to add to my already buy no new art supplies challenge) and a Veggienism (it’s a word now) Challenge.
The Veggienism Challenge has nothing to do with my rant, but it is happening because of my increasingly unhappy feeling I get when I eat meat. Especially meat that I know is factory farmed. I’ve known for years about the industry. I leaned out and back in for years, dipping my toes into Veggienism. And probably within the last week or so I’ve been thinking about making the switch for environmental reasons and reasons of the heart. Today I just wanted to jump in.
From here on out I have to actually say no to my parents or friends meaty meals and not just eat them because I feel like I have (love) to. I already did manage to avoid meat at my parents house last Sunday. And since my early 20’s, I never really liked to eat beef because it made my stomach feel sick and the last couple of years pork was starting to do the same so my diet was mainly chicken and some fish. And also fish kind of freaked me out too because the oceans are really polluted so I didn’t really eat much of it either.
Well today was Day 1.
Day 1 Veggienism:
I snooped Farmboy with baby love and… we ate one turkey and one sausage sample. They were tiny bite sizes. He really wanted them. Ok. I’ll stop making excuses. Also, I do think I have to accept that my son loves meat and even though it won’t be in our household diet, I know he’ll most likely be eating it when he’s not with me. The rest of the day went really good though because all I bought was fruits and vegetables and what we made for supper was super delicious.
Day 1 Buy Nothing:
I spent $180.28
Not exactly not buying.
After I tallied everything (I made sure to use only one debit card) and kept track of the amounts and what I bought which was: food and gifts/sample art products that I’m considering offering.
I learned buying nothing is impossible, especially when you have to feed a threenager. How does this 70 year woman do it? Story here. Although I’m usually pretty awesome at buying only what I need, I have my moments. Like today. And it’s the holidays which is even worse, because normally I don’t buy at all. I actually think this is the most I’ve spent in years on gifts.
I can say though, that these “gifts” are experimental and are actually part of learning Do It Yourself projects. No excuses here, but it’s part of my entrepreneurial side, artistic side and my giving side – the curiosity of how can one make a living while being creative and then figuring out how that can translate into something that can work into society’s box and become a part of helping people.
Regardless, I’m going to have to create my own rules, because… well… I can do that.
Buy Nothing Challenge Rules:
Rule #1 (already in effect): No new art supplies.
Rule #2: No new anything. Second hand, thrifted, gifted or borrowed.
Rule #3: (already in effect): Any purchases for businesses (social enterprise and non-profit) must try to be according to the Zero Waste Business Principles.
Rule #4: Groceries don’t count but dining out does. Bye bye restaurants.
Rule #5: Bills, rent, necessities, gas, health etc. is acceptable.
Rule #6: Learn to make it (clothes, blah blah blah) myself.
I don’t know how long this will continue. Should I give myself a target goal? How about 1 month? A year?
The other reason I’m doing this is so I can focus on (some) of my goals:
1) pay off my debt in 2 years
2) save for my tiny home build in 3 years
3) save for my journey across North America in 5 years (I wanted to do this next year, but I’m being more realistic and it may be better to do it with Nathen when he’s a little older and can remember).
Well.. here’s to more of me discovering who I am.
Have you given yourself new challenges? Do you have any tips for me if you’re already on the path?