resolve | a month without

January 3rd, 2013

I like to think that I’m the kind of girl who makes resolutions and then sticks to them, but then I try and remember how many of those promises I’ve kept and, well, I can’t even remember the promises I’ve MADE. I want 2013 to be different, in so many ways, so I’m approaching this whole resolution thing differently. Instead of making promises I don’t intend to keep, or am completely incapable of keeping, I’m setting my sights on smaller accomplishments. There are a few things I’m resolved to do all year: Journal every day. Take more photographs of my life and my family. Read more. Do more of what makese me come alive. Of course I’d like to exercise more, and lose a little bit of weight, but I don’t make yearly resolutions to do so. I just try and do so all. of. the. time.

(Which is either incredibly awesome that I can commit to it all the time, or sad that I have to……the jury is still out.)

This year I’ve decided that I’m going to give up something different every single month. Something that I know I don’t NEED in my life, but that is extremely pervasive and prevalent. Facebook. Sugar. Shopping. Making excuses. Wine (I know! I can’t believe I’m doing this one either!!). I’m doing twelve months of a month without ________________.

Month One: Shopping. In January it is my resolve to not purchase anything other than essential food items/groceries. And this does not include Essie nailpolish, even though my grocery store carries it. I will do absolutely no fabric shopping, online shopping, yarn buying, clothes buying, thrift shopping, etc. Zip. Zero. Zilch. There is nothing that I have to have, have to buy, or can’t live without for thirty days. And so it begins.

A month without.

Wish me luck!


  1. MissLilly says:

    Because I’ve already ruined Jan in that sense, I will try that in February. It’s going to be really hard for me, because I’m an addicted online shopper.
    Good luck

  2. Jacki says:

    Ooooh. A month without Facebook would be so good for my soul. And a month without shopping would be good for my auto replacement quest!

    Good luck, my friend. You can do it!! I think I will join you this month. None for me in January. (I can help Matt exchange his Christmas gifts that didn’t fit, right? Haha) xoxo

  3. Kelsea says:

    Let’s make a date for Feb 1st then ;)

    Also, you are awesome.

  4. Noelle says:

    Your grocery store carries Essie?? Thank goodness mine doesn’t, or I’d be in real trouble.

  5. Selah V says:

    I am doing the same thing — just deleted all of my auto-shopping-awesomeness-email subscriptions this morning…including the GAP – gasp!

    I will succeed. I will succeed.

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