Last year I discovered the world of blogging and was instantly addicted to the smart, witty talented women I came across as I travelled the world from Australia, to the US, Scandinavia and southern Europe.
I have many favourites which you can see from my blogroll. One which instantly captured me was Simple Lovely which I came across when Joslyn was in the middle of a spending hiatus. It was the philosophy behind her hiatus which triggered my interest. It was about appreciating what she owned already and making better use of the things around her and tweaking their usage to freshen them. It made her rethink how she approached acquiring things in her life and how she used them. Joslyn calls it mindful consumption.
The result of her 2 months hiatus was an increase in many of the things she values most in life, creativity, family time, reading, discovery.
Joslyn is doing it again and I've signed up. I started my hiatus on 1st February and have set a goal of not spending on non-essential items for a period of 2 months. This will be a serious test of my will. I am the ultimate consumer an advertisers dream target, I am seduced by pretty packaging, adverts and the lure of having "something new" drives my husband to despair!!!
This post is a way of making me accountable to this goal. I am going to keep you posted on how I'm tracking and I'm going to be honest when I fall off the wagon, like I almost did today when I went to a shop to try on a dress that I saw last Sunday (31st January). I tried it on, it looked great and I even have a dinner I could wear it to in a couple of weeks. I didn't buy it, and I feel pretty good about that.
Now I'm going to make myself a cup of tea rather than go to get a coffee from my local cafe.
Have a happy weekend.
Images: mine from my honeymoon in the Maldives. I thought they aptly captured what I am trying to achieve, simplicity in living.