Hey friends, I’m back at it! Well, I’m actually not at it if that “it” pertains to shopping for clothes. I just started my third ever NO NEW CLOTHES shopping challenge or clothes-spending freeze or clothes-shopping fast. No matter what you call it, it’s a chance to step back and take an assessment of why I/we want so much stuff and what I/we can do about it.
I announced this challenge on Instagram last week and lots of ladies are either joining me in doing it and/or reading the Uncluttered Bible study on the YouVersion Bible App. It’s based on the book Uncluttered by Courtney Ellis. We’ve also been talking about it in my IG stories. So if you’re needing a little more daily encouragement or thought-provocation, join us over there too.
Although not much has changed since I did my first No Buy July, I want to tell you about my WHY and why, if you’re going to embark on this No-Buy Journey, you need a WHY too. 😉
For those NOT interested in this shopping challenge, see the links for this look at the bottom of this post.
Are you feeling it too?
This leads me to believe that there are probably more of you who feel as overwhelmed by overstuffed closets and anemic wallets as I do. On top of that, the euphoric feeling we got when we clicked, “add to cart” and saw the delivery truck pull up doesn’t last very long once it’s inside the house.
My personal goal this time is to get to the end of August without purchasing any new clothes. That’s two months and I’ve already justified purchasing some bras and underwear. Oops!
But I’ve had some wins too.
But, can you even believe that I went “window shopping” this weekend and didn’t buy anything? Me EITHER!
Mr. Dimples wanted to walk around after we ate out on Saturday, so if I had caved, that would have been on him, right?!?! 😉 He knew how tempted I would be, but I stood strong and even reasoned myself out of camo joggers that FIT in an XL (cuz’ I tried them on, even)… ON CLEARANCE! Who am I?
Identify Your WHY
I’ll tell you who I am, I’m a girl who has to remember her “WHY”, every. single. second. I wish I was joking about that.
But, identifying your WHY is one of the most important steps in this type of self-challenge exercise. It can make the difference between success and failure. Write it down so you don’t forget it and you can refer to it in weak moments. Make it your mantra!
I may have to tape mine across the front of my computer screen – DEAD CENTER.
For instance, giving up my beloved Dr. Pepper isn’t at all about loosing weight. If it was, my desire for it is greater than my desire to be thin. But, my dad is diabetic and when I think of the toll it takes on a body and the painful neuropathy he endures, my WHY becomes greater than the desire for the soda. It’s still not easy, but it’s helps.
My WHY, This Time
My No Buy July WHY has to do with MORE & LESS – Bringing LESS STUFF into the house creates MORE…
- MORE – time. Managing clothes is not a job I enjoy. And it shouldn’t be a job!
- MORE – money. Because in full transparency, I have a debt I’d like to pay off. Also, I look around and see very little to show for what I spend.
- MORE – space. I know people convert entire rooms into closets. But I don’t want my love of clothes to become greater than my love for the space to accommodate family and guests.
- But ultimately, not fixating on myself and the next new thing I want, because let’s face it, I need nothing, creates MORE space in my head for more important things like family and friends, and PEACE and REST.
You might be interested in what I learned from my previous No Buy July.
Challenge before Peace
When we challenge ourselves, in any way, we’re going to learn things about ourselves – Things that we might have thought weren’t true or that we don’t like.
A couple of weeks ago, if you had asked me if I was an emotional shopper (or Dr. Pepper drinker) 😉 I would have told you “NO WAY”. But in fact, in the 10 weeks without “The Dr.” and 2 weeks without shopping, I have experienced the strongest temptations for both when I’m feeling stressed or tired or even when I’m just procrastinating.
Recognizing that fact doesn’t take away the hankering, but I now realize all the “add to cart” is a COPING MECHANISM. Aha, moment!
But, it helps me to see where and when I need to find a coping strategy. Because stress isn’t going to go away.
Can you relate?
Is any of this resonating with you? If not about shopping, about something else in your life? You’re gonna need to know why your giving it up even if it’s for a short season.
and will you too, be joining me on this journey? If so, follow me on Instagram and we’ll keep the conversation going and keep each other accountable.
Help Me Out
But even if you’re not joining us, can you help a sister out? When I really want a Dr. Pepper, I will sometimes grab what we call “A Fizzy-Lifting Drink” (a can of Ice Mountain cherry carbonated water). But the online shopping demon is literally at hand or in my face the majority of the day.
What are some habits or actions I could use to replace the shopping habit? Because napping all day isn’t always feasible. 😉
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Matthew 6: 28-30
One last thing
I know it goes against what I’m “preaching” today, and if you’re trying to do the No-Buy July challenge, GO IMMEDIATELY TO THE COMMENTS and talk to me Girl!
But for those not joining in on the fun 😉 and since my earnings (to help pay off that debt I was talking about) come from affiliate links (and this classic look begs to be copied) I’ve included links to this look below. (You can probably copy it from your closets.) 😉
SHOP THIS LOOK
The exact top may be sold out in white but available in other colors. The same goes for the jeans but I’ve linked the same brand and style. Sizes: BLOUSE 0X; JEANS 18W