Somehow I highly doubt my new month is going to catch on, but let’s face it, it is a mouthful 😉
Ah October. It was once the tenth month of the year, now it is a reason for so many things. A month to wear dresses every day (frocktober).
A month to blog ever day (Blogtoberfest.)
A month (or is it a day?) to celebrate drinking German beer (I think). Octoberfest.
And then a month to not drink anything at all. Ocsober.
Seeing as I don’t have many dresses, I couldn’t blog ever day and German beer is terrible, my only option to partake in this month is Ocsober, and seeing as I did Febfast fairly happily earlier in the year, I decided I’d give it a crack. In fact, just to make it more interesting, I thought I’d chuck in caffeine related purchases as well (no bought coffee, coke, pepsi etc).
My reasoning behind this is not, as you may assume, that I am stark raving mad. Although that is negotiable. 😉
Neither is it because I am raising money for any worthy charities. (Aroha is though, so go support her.)
And for the record I am neither an alcoholic or a caffeine addict. I can live without both, even on the same day! 😉
Instead, I’ve just decided that I needed to make a change in my life. I need to start putting my money where my mouth isn’t.
Last week after returning from a shopping visit, I wrote a rather lengthy and impassioned blog post about the injustice of the world and why isn’t anyone doing anything about it. I decided however, that I would not publish said post on account of one very important fact.
I’m kind of a hypocrite.
You see my issue, was that I was at the shops looking for a birthday present for a little girl who our family loves, and a number of items to fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. Despite sourcing out some cheap (yet decent items), I soon realised that considering the fact that Boatman will be out of work in four weeks, and that we still have quite a few bills hanging over our head, it would not be possible to do both, and so I was faced with a decision:
Buy a present for our dearly loved family friend who is blessed beyond measure and will never lack for anything in her life?
Or buy a present for some unknown child in some unknown country who will possibly never have anything?
Which would you do?
Realising that it is far more acceptable to arrive at a three-year olds birthday party with a gift instead of an impassioned speech denouncing our societies infatuation with purchasing stuff for every occasion, I put away the gifts for the unknown child, and bought the birthday present instead.
And that’s ok. That’s what we do. And I really do love that little girl. I want to buy her things.
But I also want to buy things for little people I’ve never met too, and it frustrates me that the world I live in is so consumed with having more for ourselves, we very rarely look beyond that. On that day, it frustrated me even more, that I had to choose. That my finances meant someone had to miss out. And that I had no choice in that.
Except that I did.
Cause whilst I inwardly cursed the idea of children’s birthday parties being characterised by getting stuff (honestly, I wish I could cancel that part of it. Unless you know the birthday child really well, most of the stuff received at parties ends up being undervalued and thrown away by an exasperated mother who can’t get on top of the mess), I was also cursing myself. Cause as it turns out, I’m ok with letting a small child miss out on a present cause it breaks the budget, but not ok with missing my hair appointment the next day.
And it’s for this reason, that I’m doing OcSober.
Like I said, I’m not an alcoholic and I can miss out on my pepsi max, but I do enjoy both of these things, and I do purchase them. In fact, if I’m shamefully honest about it, I spend an approximate $50 a week on these two items.
$50 on drinks that I won’t remember drinking in a week’s time.
$50 on something that is actually not doing anything good for my body at all.
$50 on perpetuating a lie to myself when I say ‘I really need a diet coke!!!”
$50 a week that could change the live’s of how many people?
So my goal is to stop wasting my cash on things that are temporal and have no importance. To buy food that is delicious yet nutritious. To enjoy water instead of opting for another choice, just cause I can. And to develop some good habits that are going to last me past October and hopefully well on into the future.
It’s time to put my money, where my mouth isn’t.