Last month I spent 31 days not buying anything online. In doing this, I saved a lot of money. Here is a record of some of the useless things that I would’ve purchased if it weren’t for this challenge. These are not a joke:
• A hoodie built for napping
• Lego Minifigures with my face on them
• Dog pants
• A hoodie with earbuds in it
• Advanced Lunchbox
• Copious amounts of cosmetic sets
• A fancy office chair
• Compulsively bought a replacement Kindle for my broken Kobo (but thankfully I went to the Apple Store the next day and got an iPad)
• Keyboard Waffle Iron
• Cake Earrings
I had previously set a goal to take a photo a day for 2016 and upload in tookapic. I did this for approximately 47 days in a row and decided that this wasn’t the best challenge for me. I wasn’t proud of my output and it became a game of quantity over quality.
Taking a photo a day isn’t as easy as blogging. With blogging you can have a catalog of ideas that you write later. Taking a photo a day requires going out and doing stuff often and something that is unrealistic when I work 9-5. Sure, I could take photos of things on my commute and at home, but that becomes stale fast.
Instead, I decided to stop uploading to my tookapic account. I pledge instead to take more thoughtful photos when inspired. Where I upload them shouldn’t matter, plus that’s what this blog is for. That way I only have one daily goal (which is to remain blogging every day) and still have enough time in my day for relaxation and exploring all other creative avenues. I’ll still take my cameras everywhere I go. Taking a photo a day was starting to stress me out and create work that didn’t inspire me.
At first I considered stopping a failure of my resolution but in reality, it’s perfectly fine to adjust your resolutions to fit reality.
I’m taking the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge. I set myself at 52 books which sounds insane but I’ve already read 4 and apparently that is two ahead of schedule! I’ve generally been reading a lot of autobiographies of famous people. Not seen on this list is Aziz’s Modern Romance and Mindy Kaling’s first book which I read in the last week of 2015 and am not counting.
Reading on my commutes (with my sadly broken Kobo) has taught me that I can get a lot of words in while sitting on the train. I haven’t let technological setbacks stop me from reading (I immediately bought an iPad mini). What are some of your favourite books? I’ll add them to my list of to-reads!
I decided to start a new 365 project this year (well technically I started a little bit before January). In addition to blogging, I will also be taking a photo a day. I’m using tookapic to keep track of it.
Tookapic is a site dedicated to 365 photo projects. It keeps track of how many days in a row you take a picture and even has a thing for tracking how may days you uploaded in a row. I personally decided that my challenge will to snap a photo a day with a professional camera (my x100 or 60D) but not necessarily upload it the same day. Tookapic’s “in a row” analytics resets itself when you don’t upload photos within a 2 day period of taking them, but they won’t mark it as a “missed” day. I don’t plan on missing any days, I just don’t think editing photos every day is a realistic for me.
Taking a photo will be an awesome challenge. It will help me to appreciate a moment of every day and I will have an archive of blog photos for the year.
This may be a seemingly ridiculous and easy goal but my January challenge is to not buy anything online. December was an expensive month. I did a lot of Christmas, Boxing Day shopping online. I bought things I may not have needed because the holidays gave me an excuse to be impulsive. Holidays are also when online marketing for the strangest and most unnecessary stuff is at an all-time high.
This January I will keep all my shopping offline. It will allow me to save money because it’s harder to plan time to go to a store compared to clicking on a digital shopping cart. This will also encourage me to support brick and mortar local stores, which are the future of the local economy.
Stay tuned for more 2016 planning and resolutions!