My biggest challenge has been the ‘no retail shopping’ for a year, however I’m doing some other ongoing challenges and have done a few mini challenges along the way.  Here are the big ones.

Rethink shopping: A year of no retail shopping

The no retail shopping challenge was a year long and ended May 26th, 2011.  

The challenge was no retail shopping for one year. This meant no shopping in retail stores, with the exception of groceries and toiletries.  Groceries and toiletries are the only things we could buy new, everything else had to be purchased used, second-hand, traded or borrowed.  The only places we shopped is thrift stores, resale shops, craigslist or any other places that had second hand stuff.  I blogged this everyday during the challenge.  Why?  Read more…

Rethink Christmas: Excessable Christmas book

December 2009

Thanks to all of my friends for your encouragement on this crazy little blog project.  Writing this book has inspired me to follow my four year old dream of writing a book, to hopefully get published by someone other than me.  This book highlights the excess in our society and the Christmas consumerism, with a quirky twist.  You can preview and or purchase this book at Blurb.  All proceeds will go to Casa Hogar Elim orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!  :)  Read more…


 Rethink minimalism: One year of downsizing

Started February 18, 2011. ended February 17, 2012

For one year, I got rid of one item per day, in addition to the ‘buy one, get rid of one’ maintenance plan.  I haven’t reduced to the level I want to yet, and this sure got me much closer to where I would like to be.  I blogged the process, recording why I still had each item and why I made the decision to give it away.  It’s also a good accountability process to blog these things.  It takes a little time, but you can do it too (for free) on WordPress.  Just take photos with your phone, write a sentence or two and post it.  Read more…


Visual rethinking: The daily good photo challenge

Started May 2011, but only blogged a few pics.

The photo challenge is to simply take a photo each day of something I appreciate, like or something that makes me happy.  It can be anything!  It makes me take the time to stop and think about all of the good things in my life, things that I take for granted.  I’ve been taking the photos for a couple of months now and sharing them with friends.  I plan to have them blogged soon, so stay tuned.  :)

2 thoughts on “challenges

  1. I love your blog! Your downsizing ideas and suggestions are great, plus all the info you post on buying used is awesome. I would like to put a link to it on mine… is that ok with you?

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