Let’s take a look at what I bought last year.
If you read my goals, you know one of them is to only purchase 10 physical objects in 2019. Just to clarify, that category is limited to PHYSICAL things, meaning non disposable things that come to my house that I can pick up with my hands.
For example, a new pair of jeans counts. A cup of coffee doesn’t. Similarly, a real book counts, but a digital one doesn’t. I’m also going to think about replaceable things. For example, if my shoes fall apart, then I kind of need a new pair, lest I walk around barefoot. But, I guess that assumes I don’t have 2 pairs already? Whatever, we’ll play it by ear.
To get off to a good start, I thought it would be fun to look back at what I bought last year in 2018.
All in, I count 27 items. That’s 17 more than I have to spend this year! Let’s see if it was worth it. Here they are, with a big of categorization:
Clothes: 9 items
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 3 t-shirts
- 1 pants
- Puffer jacket
This was legit. I know 9 things in total would damn near exhaust me this year of my allotment, but at the beginning of 2018 I was maybe a little too minimal in my wardrobe. Everything is above is a staple. I wear all of them day in and day out. The one exception might be 1 of those t-shirts (it was like turquoise).
I also hadn’t bought a jacket in like 5 years, and it was getting cold. The sunglasses were a replacement for a $10 pair I had been sporting for 3 years that were beginning to peel.
Books: 2 items
- Jack Daniels Running Formula
- Run Faster
Two books purchased isn’t bad, considering I read over 20 last years. (Thank gawd for the library and Scribd.) However, my wife was nice enough to point out that I had actually bought the Jack Daniels book 3 years before for my kindle. So maybe that was a bit superfluous.
Running Stuff: 13 items
- Arm Reflectors
- Running Belt for Carrying phone
- Garmin Watch
- Hydration vest
- 3 shoes
- 2 shorts
- 2 shirts
- Running jacket
Here’s where things fall a little off the rails. Do I use all this stuff? Sure….well maybe not the arm reflectors or headbands. Not sure what I was doing there. And maybe this was necessary stuff that I needed to build up over time. But, I could stand to be a little more intentional going into 2019.
Miscellaneous: 3 items
- Keyboard Sustain pedal
- New Case for Phone
- Microphone Pop Filter
Some random stuff I still use. Whatever.
All in, I bought too much shit. BUT, everything on that list brings me value, and most is linked to stuff that I will use regularly in the coming year. I’m calling it necessary infrastructure (I said that above and liked it). As long as my goals and hobbies maintain, I think I’ve got a good shot going into 2019.
What did you buy? What do you want? Let me know!