I managed to not buy non-essentials for the first two weeks of the 90 day spending fast (well, I sort of bought some leopard print sneakers at Goodwill, but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep them for myself; there’s a bit of gray area when you’re in the resale business). I also went through my closet again and committed to get rid of or sell a half dozen more items.
What I’m struggling with:
I’m struggling with wanting to buy out of boredom and opportunity. Often I see something online or at a thrift store that meets my ethical criteria and fits in my budget, so I just buy it. I’ve also noticed that I keep wanting to redirect my spending to areas that aren’t specifically off limits. For instance, I spent more on food.
What I’m learning:
I already have a lot of stuff! I have things in my closet I haven’t worn. I have jewelry I forgot I owned. I feel like the rich young man in Matthew 19:16-30 who was so overwhelmed by his possessions he couldn’t deal with the prospect of sorting through them and moving forward.
Suggestions for reflection:
Last week I gave a talk on conscientious consumerism to the college group at my church. I rarely get the chance to discuss ethical consumerism with others in a formal capacity; it’s so encouraging! It also helped me develop a more centered, simple approach to fair trade and deeply consider how consumerism negatively impacts both my self image and society at large. I encourage you to share your ideas with and voice your struggles to people you trust.
Only 76 days to go.
Read more about my Spending Fast journey here.