Spend out

June is marching on and we’re almost halfway done with the year! And if you’re like me, you’re ready to roll into summer with a list of projects as long as your arm, a towering stack of books to read and a lengthy Netflix queue. You (also like me) might be feeling a bit stretched thin and overwhelmed by what’s on your plate. And that’s just the things we WANT to do, not the things we have to do.

What if, for the remainder of the year, you decided not to take on any new projects, buy any new books, listen to any new podcasts, or add anything to your Netflix queue? What if you devote the rest of the year to SPENDING OUT what you already have? Read the stack of magazines piling up by your couch. Act on the ideas that you’ve had in your head since January. Grab your Saturday tub and cross off all your household to-dos before planning anything new. Use your good perfume and burn the candles you’ve been keeping for a special occasion.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I think it’s a great idea, and I’d love to do it. But  I’m a collector by nature, and I love to compile lists of things I’m curious about and build giant to-do lists and caches of reading material (my sister will also confirm that I am notorious for buying new candles and not burning them, to her eternal frustration).

So how do I hold myself accountable to this kind of plan? How do you turn off the fire hose so that you can actually drink the water you’ve already got? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

– Jenna

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