Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Difference Project: 1st Month
Friday will mark one month since I started The Difference Project. I'm excited about updating you all.
I have been surprised to find I haven't been that tempted to buy clothes, shoes and jewelry. Of course, I delete the emails I get from ModCloth, Anthro and Ruche. I also stay away from the mall and the clothes section of Target! (Target is my weakness! Their clothes are so cute and inexpensive!) I have felt several urges for shopping, but I have forced myself to stay away.
I would love to tell you all that I have given huge amounts of money to those in need. Just to be honest, it's been tight this month. Having to buy new tires, getting a new passport and a doctor's appointment have wiped out any extra I had and some of my savings. I think I gave a little more than my tithe when I first started this project...other than that, there hasn't been anything else. I hope to report of more next month
However, it has been good to have a different mindset about spending and giving. My husband and I have started to evaluate other areas of our lives to see where we have excess. The grocery budget has taken several cuts this month. For instance, we invested in a Britta Filter and stopped buying Lipton's Green Tea. (My hubs loves the stuff.) I am also (atempting) to wean myself off of coffee, which is not going so well at the moment. I have gone from drinking a very large cup to a small cup in the mornings. It has taken me two weeks to get there! Surely that is still progress right?
We don't want to be legalistic about this, but it is our desire to keep ourselves in check. I know it is easy for me to get wrapped up in the "its all about Jen" mindset. It's just plain hard to live for others, for Christ in this culture. We are so bombarded with fashion, trends, and pushed to get newer, bigger, and better things. It takes a lot of effort not to get sucked into that world. The Lord is continually bringing things to light that need to be eradicated from my life through this project. It's very humbling to say the least. I see how selfish I am, now more than ever!
I am so thankful for all the support for this project and those who are joining in with me! I'd love to hear any updates from you guys as well!