A few months ago I attended Camp Mighty in Palm Springs, CA. One of the requirements, prior to arriving, was to complete my life list. I filled mine with over seventy items, and a few stood out:
#21 More self sufficiency
#55 Sew more for myself, make a dress
#69 Buy quality stuff, no more IKEA/throwaway, things that can be repaired/fixed/handed down.
And most importantly:
#44 Go 1, 2, or 3 months without buying anything except food for my family
In December, 2011, something clicked. I realized that going even three months without buying anything would just defer purchases. Going a year would require some real change in how I operated. And those changes could involve some of the other things I’d identified as important to how I wanted to live my life. Also I read “Little House in the Big Woods” to my four-year-old son and was reminded how little people can have and still lead a very rich life.
I’d always loved the expression “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without.” And so I decided to do that for one year, 2012. This site documents my project.
I’ve been doing web stuff since the mid-nineties. I co-founded Blogger. I also co-founded Kinja, an early news aggregation site. I’m a Senior Advisor to the James Beard award-winning food site Serious Eats. Since 2007 I’ve been taking time off from internet entrepreneurship to raise my two children, Ollie and Minna, in New York City. I graduated from Tufts University. I love to ski. I have a blog at megnut.com that doesn’t get the attention it deserves anymore, but you can find out more about me there if you’re really interested.