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Minimalist Resolution Update 4: April 2011

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:

  1. I’m a bored with writing about it, so it’s time to move on.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Lessons Learned

I’ve learned quite a bit over the past four months:

  1. I am not my stuff.
  2. I do not need to purchase new stuff to make me happy.
  3. I have enough.
  4. I don’t have less; I have more.
  5. It’s much easier than you think—it’s easy to say no.
  6. My time is better spent creating rather than consuming.
  7. I am not a consumer.
  8. Less stuff equals less worrying and less stress.
  9. Less purchases equals less need for income.
  10. Less need for income equals being able to leave a soul crushing job.
  11. I already have everything I need.
  12. 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.