Well, I’m not sure if I’m in over my head to have committed to this challenge of not buying anything new in 2016. I actually just decided today while discussing with my daughter Anikah what our New Year’s resolutions will be. I always make them but they are soon forgotten. I wanted this year to be different and I was looking for a focus, a meaningful challenge.

While Anikah was clearing out her room of unwanted toys/clothes and stuff, I realized that we were always trying to only buy what we need but unable to stay focused. I don’t consider myself a big consumer yet still found myself buying things that I really could live without. I often had the conversation with Anikah about consumerism and how we are conditioned to buy, buy, buy. Not only is it a waste of money, but detrimental to our planet. Also, material goods can give us a false sense of happiness and self-worth with their quick and fleeting feelings of gratification. This is a message I’ve been trying to pass on to Anikah. What better way to really understand this idea than to see how we feel when we don’t purchase anything new.

We care about the environment, are always wanting to declutter, need to save money, and would love to focus on the nonmaterial aspects of life. And heck, it’s New Year’s Eve! What better time than now to start!

So, here’s to jumping right in to a year of nothing new!