One of my rituals for this new year is to choose a word for the coming year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. You can read more about that here. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year. I’ll warn you in advance, the movie rights for these Experimental Year post haven’t been sold. Some of these experiments will seem larger than others. Some will seem inconsequential – to you. They won’t be to me though. What they all represent to me is a willingness to learn, stretch and discover. As always, I welcome your comments, reactions and observations.
I expected it to be tough, not impossible – tough.
Well, I’m not sure if it’s IMpossible. I didn’t make it though. And ya know what made me stumble? A clock. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a GREAT clock – made by my friend Pam at Paper, Scissors, Rock. But really – a clock? And it happened before I even realized it.
Along with the whole not making it part, the toughest parts of this experiment were the simple things: a cuppa java to go; running to the store because I just FELT like using fresh rosemary in my dinner recipe; or topping off my gas tank because I spotted gas for less than $3.00 a gallon (actually, I wish I HAD slipped on that one).
Lessons from this experiment:
- while planning ahead makes all the difference, there are some things for which I can’t plan – be forewarned;
- I have some GREAT veggies in the back of my freezer (fewer now though ;));
- my homemade veggie omelet is ALMOST as good as the one at CCC Bistro;
- there’s that age old want -v- need thing and THEN there’s the need-v- get over it and make due, buster! thing;
- and I am MUCH more wasteful than I ever thought possible;
Here’s how this experiment will impact how I live:
- I’m not going grocery shopping til my freezer is even more empty;
- I’m going to go back to confirming area gas prices before I fill up;
- While I’ll continue to visit my favorite restaurants/ coffee shops, I’m going to change my frame of reference a bit. I want my creating/taking my own to feel like a treat, too;
- EBay will remain my friend in the same way it always had. I don’t buy anything from there if I haven’t sold something there to supply the $$ and space in my life;
- and I’m going to LOVE that clock – guilt-free.
And yep, I’ll be trying THIS experiment again this year. SO stay tuned.
How do you deal with the whole mindful spending thing?