I know none of us could imagine this year going the way it has so far. I feel like I hit a new stride when 2020 began and I learned a lot. Since I began this year by getting a few things fixed on my car. I also made a list of all the things I wanted to change in my apartment. I’ve lived here for almost two years now and I needed to make it feel more like a home. I bought some new towels and figured I’d take it slow. But then after March, we were all quarantined. So I knew it was time to get more organizers for the kitchen, my bathroom, and closet. I also bought some new clothes and got rid of a bunch that I no longer wear.
It was like I was super productive during the beginning and I wish I got back to blogging sooner, but everything happens when it should. I feel like I’ve been in a post-quarantine funk, so this “minimalism reset” was a way to get my mojo back and be intentional again. I’ve learned a few things and I’ve realized that intentionality is all about being present.
I feel like we take so many things for granted in life. But sometimes we just need 30 days to sit back, reflect, and focus on what truly matters. This is mainly why I did a no-spend month during June and I’m glad I did.
JUST SAVE JUNE 2020 (no-spend month)
WHAT I CAN SPEND MONEY ON
- rent & utilities
- healthcare – doctor’s visits, medicine
- gifts for others – graduation presents & father’s day
- only replace basic toiletries and household items
- only eat out two days a week (unless with friends since this became unexpected and I accounted for this towards the end of the month)
- NECESSITIES ONLY!
WHAT I LEARNED
Doing this no-spend month reinforced the premise that I have more than enough. It also showed me that sometimes you want something and it’s okay. As long as you’re not excess about it, or putting yourself into debt for no apparent reason.
Turns out I didn’t want as much during this month that I thought I would. All I wanted was a jewelry box that I’ve wanted for over a year now and a Nike hip pack. But other than that, if I had a thought of wanting something that went away. So all in all, this was a pretty easy challenge. Some of the wanting to buy things (or “minimalism guilt” that I like to call it) returned when I ran out of necessities I had to replenish, like trash bags. I never bought anything excessive and stuck to my cooking more at home other than when with friends, which is something I didn’t account for previously. But I’m realizing that it’s okay.
Going forward, I’m going to continue to live a low buy and low waste lifestyle. I learned a lot when I did a low buy last year. Since then I’ve continued to work on letting go of buyer’s guilt when I purchase things I need (I’ll share a post all about this soon). Likewise, I’m going to continue to making my financial independence a priority and treat myself every once in a while.
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