Since finishing the final edits to The Year of Less, I have imagined that it might spark some conversations about how we can become more mindful consumers of everything—and that there may even be a few challenges inspired by the shopping ban. Creating a space where we can share some of our stories (and struggles and triumphs!) was really important to me. It’s nearly impossible to pick an option that will work for everyone, but I’m happy to say our community will be fostered in three ways.
1. Connect on Instagram
Instagram is my favourite platform (I’m @caitflanders). On a day-to-day basis, we can all connect using the hashtag #theyearofless. I would love to see pictures of the book out in the wild! But we also want to read your story and learn more about you—that’s how we really connect with one another.
You don’t have to be doing a yearlong experiment, like I was. You could just share something like: the reason you picked up the book, and which parts resonated with you and why. Or you could write about some of your goals/intentions to become a mindful consumer. It’s your profile, so do whatever feels natural. :)
After your intro post, feel free to add the hashtag to any future post that you want other community members to see. And to make sure you see what others are posting, follow the hashtag! Here’s how:
- Tap on the hashtag #theyearofless in your post or on one of mine.
- Tap “Follow”. That’s it!
Once you follow the hashtag, you will see everyone’s photos and videos appear in your feed + stories!
2. Join the Unofficial Facebook Group
I don’t use Facebook, but I know many of you do—and that’s why I’m so grateful that Julia offered to start an unofficial Facebook group for you! I know she wants it to be a welcoming and supportive space where you can share your experiences and tips, and connect with other like-minded people. Thank you, Julia!
3. Join Our Webinar Series
For the rest of 2018, I will also be hosting a free quarterly webinar for anyone who wants to get some face time with me + connect with the whole group in one space. We will talk about the different ways we are trying to become mindful consumers, and share tips, ask for help, and celebrate everyone’s successes. :)
The next webinar is on: Friday, April 27th at 1pm PST.
The last two will be scheduled for July and October.
If you’re interested, simply fill out the form below and I will send you more details about how to participate in the webinars. I have always believed that the more we share, the more we can all learn—and the more we can inspire each other, too! Thank you for being part of this. :)
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