Lent starts tomorrow, and as with last year, I thought I would try keeping myself accountable by writing a blog post. In years gone by, I’ve given up (with very mixed success) alcohol (which I can’t have now anyway!), Diet Coke, meat and chocolate – albeit not all at the same time! Like last year, I’m steering clear of giving up any kind of food, mostly because restricting my diet further seems like a bad idea, but also because I’m uncomfortable with the link between Lent and diet culture, or how it can just be used as a second opportunity to succeed at New Years resolutions. This isn’t at all meant to accuse anyone in particular of doing this, just that I want to steer away from that.
So, this year, I’ll be giving up buying things for myself for Lent. I am very suggestible, so if I see some clothes or a book I think I’ll like it takes a lot of willpower for me not to buy them. My income isn’t very high but I have very limited outgoings so my disposable income does tend to go on things like books and clothes – at one point it didn’t matter that I was buying clothes because I needed them due to weight gain, but I think I have enough now! Likewise with books – even with my 130 books challenge, I have enough unread ones that I don’t need to buy anymore for quite some time! The money I don’t spend in Lent is money I plan to donate to various charities. I’m going to allow myself to buy things for other people (like meals out) and I don’t intend to use it as an excuse to get others to buy things for me!
I also want to spend more time intentionally in prayer, because that is something I am very bad at doing, and to that end I’ll be downloading the Church of England’s ‘Daily Prayer’ app – hopefully turning it into a habit will make it much easier to stick to. If anyone has any recommendations for Lent books I can read through, that would also be helpful!
Of course, tomorrow being Ash Wednesday means that today is Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day!) – we’ll be having pancakes tonight, and photos will surely follow!