Lately, I’ve found myself returning to that eternally fundamental question, “why?”
In all of this craziness that I call life right now, I find myself operating more and more out of survival mode.
I find myself losing sight of things that are important to me… that make me who I am… that fill me with life.
Because stuff is starting to crowd in again.
Okay maybe I’m not overwhelmed with a massive closet like I was a little over a year ago.
Maybe I’m not running to the store to drown every negative feeling with a shopping haul.
But still somehow, I find myself always purchasing something.
It just seems like there always something that I “need.”
I’m really sick of that. I’m sick of “things.”
I feel everything cluttering up my space and taking precious mental energy away from me. I have so little of it these days, that I hate to expend any of it on what kind of sparkling water I “need” to have in my fridge.
Lately things that should be perceived as extras (as “wants”), have been elevated to “need” status.
And all of the energy I’m expending to make sure the closets and shelves of my home are stocked with these “needs” is draining me dry.
I have so little to give right now that I want to reserve my energy for the relationships in my life… for the experiences… not for the stuff.
So I’ve decided to do something a bit crazy.
I’ve decided to take a break from shopping for anything for an entire year.
I’m not doing this to prove a point, or to make it seem like I’m the most minimalist of all the minimalists.
I’m doing it because I just need some space. Mentally and physically.
I need to be able to focus on the most important things in my life and I’m tired of feeling torn between the two.
Because less time shopping means more time with family, and less money spent on “stuff” means more money for experiences.
In order to stay accountable to this journey, I’ll be journaling about this regularly and sharing snippets with you here on Truncation.
I want to bring you into this journey because I feel that we are kindred spirits and I know that you get it.
Because remember the motto of Truncation?
“In Math, to Truncate is to limit the number of digits to the right of the decimal point by discarding the least significant digits. And that’s what I’m doing… clearing out all that isn’t significant.”
That’s what we’re all here to do… to learn to clear out the insignificant so that we can really live.
And I’m ready to really learn what that looks like.
It’s also going to mean a few changes here at Truncation as well. There are certain things that I’ve been doing with my blog that are taking more mental energy than I have to spare right now.
I’ll still be posting a couple of times a week, but my pictures are going to get a lot more simple.
I’m tired of every family outing turning into an opportunity for a photo shoot. I feel like I’ve been missing out on just purely enjoying time with my family.
So instead I’ll be turning to Caroline of Unfancy for inspiration (ironic, because it was her blog that inspired Truncation to begin with), and showing you simple outfit pictures without a lot of fanfare.
Because I do still want to inspire you to create a capsule wardrobe, but I need to do it in a way that works best for my family.
I might also start uploading videos instead of doing everything in written form.
Sometimes it’s just easier to ramble for a bit than it is to write it out. I’ll be doing what feels best in that moment… no strict schedule of this many videos and this many blog posts. It’ll be purely spontaneous and purely authentic.
Mostly, I want this space to be a place where you come to for inspiration.
I want it to be a space where you start to imagine your own space filled with more life and less stuff.
In a sense, I’m pushing the reset button.
I’m calling it my Truncated Year. It’s my year long experiment in living with less
These are just my rambling thoughts for now. I’ve been thinking all week about what needs vs. wants are and on Monday, I’ll share with you what I’ve come up with.
And you know what would be really cool? If you joined up with me in some way.
Maybe you’re not ready to jump all in, but maybe you’d be willing to give up something for a year. Coffee? Clothes? TV? Or maybe you’d be willing to just generally try to experiment in living with less for a year.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below if you are in! Or if you have any hesitations/questions, let’s discuss them!
I can’t wait to take this journey with you guys.
Here’s to living with less!
Until next time,