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Jaclyn McCosker

Blogger, social entrepreneur & freelance copywriter

Australia

My last 5 purchases #4

My last 5 purchases #4

Three times I've completed the self-imposed challenge, and it was after the third challenge when I had really positive responses and a lot of views that I realised that this sort of open honesty is important for a blogger. Do I actually live the values that I champion? I try!

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This time the challenge was laugh out loud embarrassing for me! For the fourth time I sat down, opened my bank statements and recalled the last 5 physical products I purchased. This doesn't include bills, food or medication. Unfortunately you caught me in the week I decided to be a survivalist, and I'm so embarrassed by this list.

So here's the honest and open truth. Am I a perfect minimalist? Nope! See below for evidence.

1. Words With Heart journal
Thanks to a free webinar from Siobhan at Be Free Project on the benefits of journalling, I ordered a new journal to start fresh from Words With Heart. I already keep a day planner and a journal to record my physical health and diet, but I wasn't keeping any journal to use for my personal thoughts. Words With Heart is a social enterprise who produce eco-friendly stationary (recycled paper, renewable energy, vegetable inks) that sponsor a portion of one girls' education with every purchase. My $9 purchase funded one day of education for a girl in Cambodia. Basically, this company is right up my alley, and I think the journalling will be hugely beneficial for me, if I can stick to it!

Purchase justified? = YES

2. 8 pack of candles
Not much to say about this one! After the whole of South Australia had a blackout I realised we had no candles or torches in the house if it happened to us, so I bought a pack of candles!

Purchase justified? = YES

3. Solar + wind-up radio, torch and phone charger
See above, seemed like an obvious purchase. Renewable energy!

Purchase justified? = YES

4. Temporary tattoos
Ok don't judge me, but I saw a temporary tattoo and wanted to see how it would look in a certain spot on my body in real life, because it could save me investing in a real tattoo I didn't want. I could say this purchase was justified due to it being small and cheap, but temporary tattoos are plastic so... I could have lived without it.

Purchase justified? = NO

5. Motivational quote pencils
I was almost completely out of stationary, so used this opportunity to invest in some photography props for my business Conscious Copywriter. Unfortunately, I bought online without considering that the product was international (normally I'm very strict on setting search parameters to Australia only) and my order of pencils arrived horrifically wrapped in several layers of plastic, after travelling a long way on a plane to get here. I love them and they'll have more than one use so from a minimalist perspective I can approve this purchase, but I wish I'd found some closer for the eco perspective.

Purchase justified? = NO


So there you have it, the bare honesty of life as a conscious lifestyle blogger. Do you want to see more honest posts like this? If so, comment directly on this post or comment on my Instagram posts to let me know!

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