A year with no shopping!

 

Two months ago I decided to give up shopping for an entire year: no clothes, shoes, bags, accessories. I don’t really wear a lot of make up, so I should be fine on that department but I like to take care of my skin so I will be going with more natural, homemade remedies.

I will be writing to keep up with my progress, share my journey and see where it takes me.

However, my quest has raised questions, some I expected, others that left me speechless. The most commun has been of course “Why?”. My frugal friend said “Good for you!” while the environementalist one saw an ally in me “If only more people were doing that”, then you have my concerned friends “What is happening? Are you guys that poor?”, the addicted to shopping: “Are you crazy? Why would you do that? That is “Mission Impossible” you are talking about” and the scpectic ones “what do you mean exactly by “an entire year” and “What do you expect from that “experiment”? While I wasn’t able to answer all their questions, none of them asked to join me.  Even though they praised my effort, for the frugal and the environementalist ones, an entire year was a little bit too drastic. So they were all happy to be spectators instead of actors to my transition to an even simpler life.

Interestingly enough, the only one who didn’t question my choice has been my husband. We were in Hawaii and he just bought me a dress when I said to him “This is going to be my last purchase. I won’t buy a thing for myself for an entire year”! Now that I think of it, he didn’t react much, if not at all. Like most men, he was surely thinking “Yeah, sure!”

My daughters are too young for now to realize what I am doing. At 3 and 6, they are my biggest motivation. We live in Los Angeles, the city of “the more, the better”. My wish after this experiment is to be able to show them that not only quality prevails quantity, but also that you don’t need much to live a happy life.

“Be Brave With Your Life”,
Ali

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