The word diet makes me cringe because it implies a temporary fix: a quick solution to a bigger issue. When the diet has run its course (and all diets do) the old habits regrettably return with a vengeance.
While I am not one for resolutions, I do want to live more simply and be more mindful when making decisions. January seemed like as good a time as any to embrace this ideology. I started off the month with a cell phone detox and now I am ready to turn my attention to the purse strings.
It’s unrealistic for me to renounce buying magazines, hot chocolate with my girlfriends and indulging in my monthly mani/pedi. The experts can preach that I will save $60, $150 or even $300 per year and I don’t care. These are things that bring me joy and make me smile.
But what I am doing is saying “no” more so I can say “yes” more.
- I delete the emails that invade my in-box each morning trumpeting deep discounts at my favourite on-line retailers; saying “no” to clothing that I don’t need or frankly want after it’s arrived on my doorstep.
- I dusted off my library card five months ago and I have read 23 books; saying “no” to a whopping tally from the bookstore and the need to make room on my already over-crowded bookshelves.
- I have begrudgingly, at the prompting of my boys, cracked open the cookbooks an extra night of the week instating a family cooking night; saying “no” to our take-out night.
By saying “no”, I am not depriving myself any joy. In fact, I am playing the long game, keeping my eye on the prize and saying “yes” to something greater and more meaningful.