Saturday, September 26, 2009

living simply for 365 days




i am excited. i am about to take a challenge. the dottie angel challenge. for 365 days, i will commit myself to only buy handmade or second hand items for my home and closet. of course there will be a few clauses. i plan to start on the day of my little ones second birthday (8th october), she too will be included in the challege. my 2 teenage boys.... i will be leaving that up to them. perhaps they will particapte in some form of their choice. my hubby... well we will see.

this decision for me is also another step towards a simpler life. to tread a little lighter on the earth. to use my creativity on a whole new level. to be mindful about each item that passes through my hands.


anyone else up for the challenge?

13 comments:

dottie angel said...

donna,

lovely to have you join us, i cannot wait to see how the year turns out for us all.
i shall look forward to a thrifty handcrafted year spent amongst such good people

have a lovely weekend
Tif

Kitty said...

Hi B, will be joining the challenge also, starting 13th October. I am really excited about it. It will be wonderful to share ideas and experiences along the way.I am also challenging myself to reduce my fortnightly grocery bill by a third and become more consumer friendly when shopping xxx.

Amber Greene said...

Living simply does tend to lend itself to creativity. You are strong Donna, and this challenge will strengthen you further I'm sure. Love you, friend.

robert said...

What a challenge. Living in Athens, Greece where nearly everyone is addicted to buying, this seems like a fairy-tale to me. Am really impressed of the idea itself, as well of those participating.
With regard to me, well, to be honest, don't know how I could manage the arguments hearing upon this from my wife, 'in-law's' etc.
Sorry, for me being such a coward.
A nice new week for you all.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Wishing you all the best on your journey, for your simpler life, slower pace, and joyful time with your family!

messyfish said...

how wonderful! good on you...I would, but I want to buy a new computer!? maybe I can start after that!?

Pomona said...

I have just come along to say hello - I have joined Tif's challenge, too. So good luck with your challenge, and I am looking to forward to seeing how you get on this year.

Pomona x

Donna said...

Thanks everyone for your uplifting and encouraging comments, and welcome to my new followers! Remember, if you interested in doing the challenge - you can put in your own clauses. Bee x

Floss said...

Congrats, Bee! I'm doing the challenge too, and look forward to finding out how we all get on! It will help to have others alongside...

Margaret said...

Wow, this is fantastic, reminds me of when you were all children and this was more a necessity and in your Nanna's time it was the only way. In living simply we find ourselves and give the greatest gift to our children. So proud to see what you and your beautiful friends are committing to. Love Mum xxxxxx

Em said...

Dear B,
I love to follow your blog and although I don't always comment, your posts fill me with a sense of love, family, beauty and simplicity. I admire the fact that you live your truth and stay steadfast to your beliefs. This post caught me particularly by the first words..."I am excited"! To exude that energy and inspire others leading by example is a wonderful gift and reminds me of my favourite quote "Be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi. Keep on shining, Luv Em

melanie said...

That's wonderful, A challenge indeed, so worth it, I try my best in all areas to follow the path of recycle, re-use and restraint and teach my kids the same. You are a wonderful example, I look forward to reading your blog and hearing how you go, I wish you well.

Leanne said...

Oooh so exciting Donna! These challenges are fantastic and usually progress far beyond the 365. Good luck to you. Living lightly...slowing down...loving life.