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A Beautiful Year January 8, 2011

Posted by boaktree in Introduction.
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First post…..here we go.  I meant to start this blog on January 1st, but while my intentions are always wonderful, my follow through is sometimes not…..

I guess I should start with why we’re here. The main purpose of this blog is to document The Challenge my family has taken on for 2011.  Okay, I’ll be honest, its real purpose is to entice me to document The Challenge – remember that previous comment about follow though?  Yeah, blogging on a regular basis is totally on my list of to-do’s for 2011.  I will not procrastinate…..lol But back to the point of this space….

The idea for The Challenge came about one evening while my lovely husband and I were talking….and I was so excited by the idea I declared “we should totally blog about it!” And so here we are.

The Challenge….

We aren’t going to buy anything new that isn’t a necessity (read food, meds, dental, vehicle maintenance -there’s a detailed list here…..) for the year. And the things that are on that list are pretty minimum…..there will be a lot of cooking from scratch etc….the grocery store is not a free for all. There are more rules too.  Anything we determine we do really really super need/want that falls outside of this category we will have to come up with the funds for outside of our normal income. This means selling something we have or made, gift money etc. If at all possible the item we buy has to be used or handmade.  At the very least it has to be responsibly made.   We are also going to be following a mad budget as we need to start saving money to buy a home.

The point of The Challenge (obviously) is to reduce our impact on our planet.   It is also to teach our children the real value of stuff. It’s all about need vs want. It’s about the fact that life isn’t about stuff – it’s about people and experiences.

I’ll use this space to share ideas about ways we try to do this…and anything else that suits my fancy to write about.

I’ll let you in on a secret.  My biggest hope for this year is that it completely changes the way we live our lives. I don’t really see it as a challenge. It’s just a reason to live as we should. Be more conscious of our actions. Reduce our impact.
I love frugality. This is my dream.

This is going to be a Beautiful Year.

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1. Jodi McCabe - January 8, 2011

I think what you guys are doing is great….very inspirational. There is always room in ones life to be more frugal =0)
I am looking forward to reading about your journey in the coming months!

yours truly,

(big Boak family fan)
Jodi


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