I love shopping, always have and always will. When I am happy, I shop. When I am sad, I shop. When I am bored, I shop. When I travel, I shop. You get the point. There is a rush I get when I am shopping and it’s something I prefer to do alone. It is literally one of my favorite things in life.
In January I was in Nashville for a conference about goal setting and setting yourself up to have your best year ever. One of my goals was to save money. How was I going to do that? By shopping less. I don’t need anything. I have enough clothes, shoes, bags and accessories to dress ten women and it’s all jammed into my tiny downtown condo. So, it was there at the conference I told myself after Nashville I would not buy anything till June 1st. This was early January so almost five months of no shopping! Could I do this? There was no way I could start immediately because Nashville has so many cute neighborhoods with the most unique boutiques and I planned on visiting all of them. So, I made sure I thoroughly enjoyed my last shopping hurrah.
In February I had my first temptation. I wanted to get a new winter coat and the end of the season is the time to get one because they are on sale. Then I remembered this whole not shopping kick I was on. I started talking myself into it. It’s not really shopping if it’s something I need. It would be on sale, so I would be saving money! Then to make matters worse I found one I loved. It was in my shopping cart for two days and I was almost going to click buy and then realized if I did this, I would have not only failed but I would not even have lasted a month. This was the coat…. I still feel sad looking at it. What are the odds it will still be available in June?
I was tempted a few times online and really really wanted all of these. I still really really want them! Facebook ads are going to be the death of me!
I was even in Vegas in April and I did not buy anything but makeup and only because my eye shadow palette shattered on the plane. I walked by H&H and almost died when I saw massive signs saying 70% off. 70% off?!?! That is almost free, it wouldn’t really be shopping if it was free, would it? I kept walking; I don’t know how I did but I kept walking.
Twice I met a client at Nordstrom to go shopping. So there I was in the men’s section thinking I got this. I am working, today is about my client not me. While he was in the dressing room, I found myself with a pair of Champion cut off joggers in my hand looking for the price tag. One might think I was safe because I was in the men’s section but I wear men’s sweats! I was basically torturing myself. So, I did what I had to do, I ran out of there!! Ha, no I slowly walked back to the dressing room to wait for my client and kept thinking June can’t come fast enough.
Fast forward a few months, 132 days to be exact and I still have not bought anything, not one article of clothing. There were times I didn’t think I would make it. I can see the finish line, only 12 more days. There is no stopping me now. These past months have been uber challenging for me, but I am incredibly proud of myself. So much so that I am going to reward myself with a shopping spree on June 2nd. I will be in Vegas again and best believe my first stop will be the Outlets!! Thinking about this makes my heart race and I get butterflies in my stomach. If I am going to be addicted to anything, I am glad it is shopping and if my only real struggle is not buying anything for 5 months then I am beyond blessed.
Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M