We've been sort of broke the last two months. Not awful broke, but just, no-fun-extras broke. That's the price you pay to move a family of five twice in three months. All that travel adds up!
So I have been very focused on valuing the things we do have. Reorganizing closets, keeping the pantry well sorted and the house tidy. I have enjoyed taking inventory and cherishing the beloved belongings we do have. It helps to temper the desire for more.
Ironically, I had decided in July that the word of the year (my year runs like the school year-- August through May) would be "Content." Watching every penny and enjoying my blessings has gone hand in hand with this years' word.
A big part of my sacrifice has been giving up book buying. Starting in May I gave up purchasing books or journals. I committed to one year of this. It was a hard decision to make, but (as I assume is true for many of you readers out there) my shelves are stacked with books I've yet to read, and I thought a year of reading from those reserves just might get me caught up.
I am enjoying the challenge of not purchasing things that bring me joy
and instead looking for joy in other parts of my life.