Challenge Yourself!

Way back in 2012, I wrote a list of personal challenges. Three years later, I think it is time to revisit them! I have succeeded with some and failed at others and been wishy-washy on the rest! It is hard to resist the temptations of this world and not just take the easiest route.


My husband started his farming pursuits with this in mind:

“The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;” (From Psalm 24). Therefore, we see our role in the fullness of creation as stewards, not consumers.

2581. Buy only what is needed (as in food, essentials). How long can you go without buying things you don’t NEED? Like those new shoes or purse? Or toys for the kids who already have enough toys to open a store?

2. When buying food, buy organic/local as much as possible and grow/make as much of your food as possible.


3. When buying food, choose non-packaged food when possible or choose the least packaged options.

4. Recycle any materials you can.

5. Compost any materials and food you can.

composting  index
6. If you do not already have a garden, start one.

7. When you feel you must buy an item, shop for items that are fair trade, organic/natural or goes to a good cause. Not the junk made in China from child labor. Stick it to the big guys like Walmart and Target and buy small/local or kind!

8. Make your own gifts when you can.

9. Barter and trade with others when possible.

10. Shop thrift stores, craigslist, hand me downs when possible.

11. Use rags/hand towels in place of paper towels.


12. Reduce your clutter by sharing what you do not need with others in need. Share about places you know that need items! Chances are there are charities and even people you know who could use what you don’t want or need anymore!

13. Use reusable bags instead of plastic when grocery shopping. Use reusable bottles to drink, not plastic.

imagesIf you like to read, some books I have enjoyed and that have encouraged me are:

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin

Don’t Throw It, Grow It by Deborah Peterson

The New Frugality by Chris Farrell

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie


One thought on “Challenge Yourself!

  1. I think you are doing a great job with these goals, though I admit that some of them irritate me. For instance, I do not agree that you have to wait until your shoes are literally shredding off your feet before you can have a new pair. Same with clothes. No matter how hard-working she is, no matter how frugal, no matter how generous and sharing, a girl who can afford it can enjoy a new outfit every once in a while. I admire and respect you for your lofty goals and your attention to achieving them.


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