Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Regular readers might remember that last year, I gave up watching/reading news for Lent.  It was a difficult experience for me because I had become such a news junkie.  However, it turned out to be one of the best things I've done.  As a result of the news fast, I found myself feeling more peaceful and content.  My prediction was that I would race for the remote that Easter Sunday, but I didn't.  It was a while before I turned on the news or scoured web sites for current events.  Even now, I try to limit my exposure by watching the morning news for weather info and about 1/2 hour of evening news.  Sometimes I slip up and I pay for it - I lose that feeling of contentment.

This year I was struggling to come up with something to do.  Then, while reading some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon the perfect idea.  Kristi at La Bella Figura said she was joining her neighbor in the "Not a Cent for Lent" program.  That means not buying anything except essentials (i.e., gasoline, groceries, toiletries, pet food) during the six weeks of Lent.  I love this idea as it will be a sacrifice, will make me more aware of the wasteful spending I do, and make me more appreciative of my ability to purchase things on whim. 

I'd love to hear what any of my readers are doing for Lent.


Lisa Sharp said...

I'm trying to decided what to do still. I don't want to effect my husband (I don't think that's fair) and I don't want to give up anything that will effect my readership (like facebook, twitter, blogging, etc). *sigh*

Cherie said...

Lisa - that's a tough one, especially if everything you do and enjoy involves your husband and/or job. Good luck! (Maybe your husband would agree to something...?)

Lisa Sharp said...

I gave up sweets with my best friend. Doing it together is nice!

My husband isn't doing lent. He has some years but not this one. :)

Also I have an award for you on my blog- http://www.retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2010/02/i-won-three-awards.html

Cherie said...

Lisa - thank you so very much! I've gotten bogged down in *stuff* so it might be a while before I get these up on my blog.