Real Life Thursdays: Voluntary Simplicity
The irony of what I am about to partake in isn’t lost on me.
I have just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and combining this with inspiration by the dear Jocelyn from Simple Lovely and her Summer of Self Improvement Detox I have decided to dedicate September to a month of voluntary simplicity. In some ways I have been working on living simply in a world with so much. To me, this means I do without a smart phone. Since the Beloved cannot live without cable, I have taken to only watching shows that I have scheduled instead of pointlessly watching the television for the sake of watching the television. I don’t use my Ipod I cannot get comfortable with it. I don’t own a GPS which admitted gives me some problems (okay, a lot of problems) because I am genetically cursed with a horrible sense of direction. I can get lost inside a parking lot, I swear.
Dave Bruno’s apartment from here
In September I am taking this to a concious decision toward voluntary simplicity. There is a movement going around in simple living blogs called the 100 things challenge started by Dave Bruno (who I can tell is probably going to get a very successful book/memoir out of this) where he only lives on 100 things. I am not going that far (I am not going to lie. I don’t think I can). In the month of September, I will:
Go On A Shopping Hiatus: This means no buying anything that is not neccessary to our day to day living
Reduce and Recycle the unwanted and the unneccessary items in our house: This will be perfect timing since I would have just moved
Read “The Simple Living Guide” by Luhrs for a better, more complete understanding of this movement
If anyone is interested in joining me, I would be interested in a support group. Sounds easy but I know when the first pair of shoes goes on sale, my resolve is going to start to waiver. I have given you a month to think about it. (Also because I am going to NYC in August and lets be honest, simplicity living in NYC is just going to be impossible!).
What do you think of the voluntary simplicity movement? Do you think I am crazy? I thought it was ironic that a wedding consultant blogger, in the very industry of concious consumption would be taken with this challenge. However, since I am a Shoestring Bride, I thought it would be pretty true to my frugality.