But here's what I've learned:
- I do have two hours to write every day if I commit to it.
- I don't waste as much money as I thought I did. (I spend about 25% less each week then I'd realized.)
- I don't generate as much waste as I thought I did. Usually less than an ounce of packaging per week.
- I drive or buy something every single day. I didn't go even one day this past month without doing one or the other, usually both.
- Much of my consumption revolves around my social life. Most of my driving and almost all of my restaurant/bar/coffee shop expenditures have to do with meeting up with some or all of the playwrights. And Fiddleheads, the food co-op, is also a meeting place for me. I don't just go there for the local, organic, minimally-packaged food. I also go there because I'll almost certainly bump into friends, whether they're customers or other volunteers. This is especially important to me because other than farmers market days or waitressing days, I work alone from home. I would feel isolated without these near-daily excursions.
What next for this blog? I'm not sure. Maybe I'll bang out my play and get back to tracking my consumption. Or maybe I'll find that I'm still not writing my play, therefore I might as well go back to writing my blog. Or maybe I'll post occasionally, not tracking everything every day, but posting when I have something interesting and useful to share, like a tutorial. Or maybe I'll just find that I miss this, and that it's worth the time I put into it regardless of what else is going on.
Thank you for reading. Writing this blog made me more conscious of what I consume and why. I hope it has done the same for some of you.