Here you can find links to my 2 separate years challenging myself to buy nothing for a year
You can follow my minimalism journey, past and present, right here. I’ll add new articles to the list as I go, and of course you can always check back for new updates.
2012: One Empty Wallet Round 1
2015: One Empty Wallet Round 2Back in 2012 I bought nothing for a year as an experiment. Inspired by The Minimalists, I wanted to see if I could complete the challenge of going about my normal life, just without consuming so much stuff.
I am proud to say I managed to complete the whole year only buying consumables and toiletries. That year I quit my high pressure management job and a lot changed for me. I wrote about the experience as it was happening and I’ve split this into 2 parts.
Since 2012 my ‘self’ and my mindset changed a lot and I was ready to dive in once again. So 2015 brought on One Empty Wallet round 2. That time around I was interested to see how my spending would change since the first time around, and if I could still exist without the crutch of consuming now I was living a much improved, more minimal lifestyle…
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever spent any time not buying anything. For a week, a month, 6 months, the whole year… what were your experiences? I changed more than I ever thought I would during the first time round. If you’re thinking about trying a buy nothing for a year challenge, let me know!
The best things in life? They aren’t things…