|Dress- E-Bay; Fedora- Sears; Sandals & Belt- Thrifted; Backpack- Boutique in Colchester, England (don't remember the store's name); Sunglasses- Ardene; Nail Polish- Shellack|
They say it takes 21-28 days to form a new habit or break a bad habit. I've just completed my first week of my year of no shopping and I'm going to be honest, it's been tough. Maybe even harder than I thought because I wasn't fully aware of how often I give in to my temptations. My first day of the challenge I was working at twiss & weber and tights were on sale for $20. I immediately started justifying to myself how tights could count as hosiery (on my can buy list) and that maybe I would start my shopping ban the following day. After consulting with a friend, she reminded me that I wouldn't need tights for a couple of months yet and that I still have plenty of tights I can wear. A few days later I was picking up a prescription at the pharmacy. After being told it was going to be a thirty minute wait, I figured I would just browse until the time was up. Until I realized that I would be tempted to look at and possibly buy nail polish (on my not to buy list). So instead I drove home, did some tidying and walked to the pharmacy half an hour later. So not only did I not shop unnecessarily, I also got some exercise and a tidier home!
Something fun that has come out of this challenge so far has been shopping my own closet. I have been organizing my clothes room and came across over a dozen summer dresses I had forgotten about(counting this printed bird number) along with a few bags (including this butterfly backpack- and backpacks just happen to be trending again- hooray!) Finding items you didn't realize you owned is almost as satisfying as shopping for new pieces- bonus you don't have to spend any money!
Have you ever had to break any bad habits? How long did it take you? (P.S. yes that is a pug in a lifejacket- my friends' little guy Rupert!)