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What does buying give me?

6 years ago, I decided to stop buying things for a year. I supposed it was easy to stop consuming stuff. After all, I didn’t want to be part of that machine any more – I wanted to break free, to get rid of the knee-jerk twitch that made it so easy to mindlessly keep… Read More What does buying give me?

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Reflecting on Minimalism

My head is quite full at the moment. Full of questions about global warming, about eating or not eating meat, about the magic of nature, about the relentlessness of time. My mind wonders about symmetry and music, my feet feel soft sand and icy water, my skin takes in the caress of a breeze, the… Read More Reflecting on Minimalism

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After-effects of buying nothing

After-effects of buying nothing Last year, I challenged myself to buy nothing. Once you get used to buying nothing but food and the odd deodorant, your brain seems to re-wire into a state where it seems strange to buy things. I certainly felt this way, beating myself up for any slip-ups I made. Luckily I… Read More After-effects of buying nothing

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One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015

  One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015 A few years ago, I bought nothing for an entire year. At first it was easy, but by the end of the year, with holes in my shoes and after walking out of my job, the concept of buying… Read More One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015

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One Empty Shelf’s Year of Buying Nothing. Part 1 – 2012

Year of Buying Nothing 2012 You may have read elsewhere on One Empty Shelf about my year of buying nothing, which I did in 2012 and which was such an adventure. I blogged throughout on the first incarnation of One Empty Shelf, and reading through my old posts has brought back the lessons, the struggles… Read More One Empty Shelf’s Year of Buying Nothing. Part 1 – 2012