The End of the No Shopping Challenge

Last week, several people sent me this story about a British woman, Michlle McGagh, who bought nothing for an entire year. By her estimates, she saved $23,000. She wrote: "Although I had no debt, my bank statements (when I bothered to look at them) were littered with unnecessary spending. When I did brace...

The Life Changing Magic of Not Watching the News

Last month, my husband committed to a 30 day no news challenge where he would not read, watch or listen to any news. Below is a transcript of several audio interviews I conducted with him following his 30 day media fast, which he successfully completed on January 14, 2017. Insights from...

The No Shopping Challenge: Days 1-10

This is a no shopping challenge update. To read part 1, of the challenge, click here. Day 1. I accidentally shatter my Chemex glass coffee maker. I have to buy a new one, I think to myself. There's no way I'll survive a month without it. An hour later I watch my husband improvise with filters...

The No Shopping Challenge

A few weeks ago, I told my husband that I didn't want him to get me anything for Christmas. He said no. I told him I'd return whatever he got me. He called me bah humbug. Then I said that in January, we'd be taking on a no shopping challenge. He rolled...

Another Year of 30 Day Challenges in the Books

Happy 2017 everyone! I'm excited about new year and have big plans, but before I launch into my January challenge, I thought I'd take a look back at the 30 day challenges of 2016. It's always good to take stock of the the previous year so that we can understand where we...

The Little LOVE Challenge

While my husband has been settling into his media fast, I've been working on a small 30 day challenge of my own. I'm calling it a love challenge. Rather, a "be patient and kind to your spouse at all times challenge." I’ve been married for a little over 9 years....

The No News Challenge

"It's about time you do a 30 day challenge of your own," I say to my husband not long ago. "And I have the perfect one for you." He looks at me with skepticism and a little fear. "A no news challenge! No news for 30 days. What do you think?"...