Guest blog by Becky Cardwell, Pro Yerdler and #Y4M Challenger Words seem to fail when I attempt to express how much I love Yerdle and how it touches my soul. I chose to pledge to participate in Yerdle for a Month because I think it will be a fun way to analyze my spending habits, my wants vs. needs, how often my possessions are being used, and how often I anticipate using my newly acquired items. For years, I have been continuously attempting to improve myself in several arenas simultaneously, and in the last year I have found Yerdle to be a catalyst to sustaining change in my life. Some of these traits that are of greatest priority include: maintaining financial stability, regular physical activity, happiness, and a healthy social life. These characteristics have dynamic overlapping Venn diagrams that allow me to work towards ever increasing efficiency in several areas through my new found Yerdling addiction.
I joined the Yerdle community about a year ago when my boyfriend told me about the iPhone app. I downloaded it instantly and have used it everyday with the exception of when I am backpacking or at Burning Man, where no internet access is available. I reached ProYerdler status within a few months, and during the last year I have learned and changed many things about myself because of Yerdle. For example, it is now part of my automatic thought process to ask myself, “How often will you use that?” when I purchase goods. This simple question helps me stay on budget. Yerdle also helps me stay active since I have received many fun things from Yerdlers that motivate me to be move (rollerblades, a Yoga DVD, a Pilates DVD, and Heelys). I find myself more likely to try different products when I am only paying for shipping.
In addition, giving through Yerdle feels great because my dusty relics from my closet get a new life by fulfilling people’s wishes. Moreover, I save my credits for quirky presents for my loved ones and myself, all while keeping my finances in check. I also greatly relate to the philosophical constructs that seem to drive our Yerdle community such as: keeping objects out of landfills; using objects regularly; giving personal, well thought out, and unique gifts; and feeling the power of surrounding oneself by like-minded people. Furthermore, pledging to Yerdle for a month in April, 2015 may just be an excuse to continue my Yerdling addiction. Plus, I am always looking for ways to spread the word about Yerdle. It also reminds of lent, giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence, which I used to practice a child. Now that I identify as Agnostic, it has been about 20 years since I have participated in lent, hence in a way by partaking in #Y4M, I feel more connected to my Catholic mom.
I think this will be a fun challenge, and I plan to use it as a learning experience about myself.