The Contentment Challenge

As I mentioned in my 2017 goals post, part of my “save more, spend less” goal this year involves doing the contentment challenge. The challenge was created by Nancy Ray and it involves not spending any money, outside of groceries and must-haves, for three months.


The goal of the challenge is to learn to be content with what you have, instead of constantly looking for more. This means giving up “window shopping” or “online shopping” during this time period as well. I have to admit – this will be the hardest part for me!!

Ray suggests channeling all of the extra time and energy you will have into another activity. I hope to use my extra time to sew some of the fabric that has been building up in my stash! I can’t wait to work with some of the vintage patterns I’ve been accumulating over the past year.


Another part of the Contentment Challenge is reading books that inspire you. I’ve already read Ray’s top pick and highly recommend it — Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. I think I will try Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Melton is a favorite of mine for her work with refugees and her unapologetic candor about her life. I suspect that her latest book, about her marriage breaking down and then healing, will be filled with wonderful insights.

I wanted to do the Contentment Challenge for two reasons; One I wanted to get the year off to a good start, focusing on what I have, instead of what I don’t. And two, it seemed like a good way to curb spending and put more money toward student loan debt.

Have you ever heard of the Contentment Challenge? Check out Nancy Ray’s blog series (here) and the instagram hashtag (here) for more details. 

My new planner: Emily Ley Simplified Planner Review


Last Friday I shared my review of the 2015-16 Simplified Planner and today I’m talking about my new Simplified Planner for 2016-17!

Emily Ley offers several versions: an academic weekly, an academic daily, and a calendar year daily. She launched the academic versions a few weeks ago and the calendar year versions will launch in the fall.

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