This will be my last update this year for my minimalist new year resolution. I will write a final update once the year has ended.
For those of you just tuning in, at the beginning of the year I resolved to purchase nothing for one year (other than consumables like food and hygene products).
Why is this my last update?
There are a few reasons:
- I’m a bored with writing about it, so it’s time to move on.
- You probably don’t want to get twelve updates over the course of the year that simply tell you that I didn’t buy anything. Assume I didn’t unless I say otherwise.
- Most importantly, my internal decision-making pattern has completely changed at this point. I no longer get that impulse urge to purchase things. Sure there are still things I want from time to time, but I no longer think about buying stuff on a whim (I noticed this after the first two months, and by the end of 90 days my pattern had completely changed).
I will continue to pursue this resolution for the remaining two-thirds of the year, and I’ll write a recap in January 2012.
I’ve learned quite a bit over the past four months:
- I am not my stuff.
- I do not need to purchase new stuff to make me happy.
- I have enough.
- I don’t have less; I have more.
- It’s much easier than you think—it’s easy to say no.
- My time is better spent creating rather than consuming.
- I am not a consumer.
- Less stuff equals less worrying and less stress.
- Less purchases equals less need for income.
- Less need for income equals being able to leave a soul crushing job.
- I already have everything I need.
- Even though I didn’t purchase anything, I was able to donate the majority of my clothes this month and still have plenty left.
Read my final update, January 2012: Resolving to Learn from Failure.