Contentment (noun) – the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.
As I was reading Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley, she talked about contentment in one of the chapters. Emily learned about the Contentment Challenge from her friend, Nancy Ray, at one of the Making Things Happen Conferences (MTH). Nancy talked about how she only bought essentials for 90 days to help her struggling need to keep buying more.
Emily herself also completed her own Contentment Challenge. She decided that she wasn’t going to buy a single extra thing until she paid off her student debt. Bryan, her then boyfriend and now husband, told her if she completed the task, he would take her to Disney World.
I am constantly buying things that I don’t need. My closet and drawers are jammed packed with some many clothes, many that I don’t wear anymore. I’m always going through my stuff to donate but I still seem to have too much.
This is why I am going to do my own Contentment Challenge. I’m going to start off doing it for a week and then see how long I can go. My goal is 30 days. So that means I cannot buy anything that I don’t actually need, only essentials including groceries and toiletries.
No more online shopping, no more going out to dinner with friends, unless I have a gift card to said restaurant. I will be cutting back on my iced capps from Tim Hortons but I will still get them since I got a gift card for Christmas. Basically, anything I have a gift card to, I can use.
The shopping part is going to be the most difficult, especially since I am a fashion blog. I will use this as a challenge to come up with interesting topics to share. I will also have to use the clothes I already own to come up with outfit posts. My creative hat will be on.
I will update you on my challenge once a week. You are welcome to join me and I would love hearing your feed back.
Have any of you ever done a Contentment Challenge before?