If you would have told me last year that I was not going to shop for a year I would have laughed in your face. Seriously. I was a shopaholic and put way too much effort into making sure I had the latest and greatest of fashion.
One word I learned from that: exhausting.
At work, I sit in a room with a group of guys who wouldn't notice if I wore the same outfit every single day. I am married to a Prince who could careless what I am wearing. And only I notice when I "repeat" an outfit or shirt within a certain amount of time. Re-dic-u-lous.
I am labeling the month of January as "easy peasy" because, well, it was. Thanks to two different ski trips to Colorado and a trip to Boston, I had no time or energy to shop. I spent most of January on a plane, or in another state, so shopping was the last thing on my mind.
February is now here and I still have no time or energy or desire to hit the racks and spend my hard earned dough on clothes. Instead, my energy is focused on finishing my last semester of graduate school (whoot, whoot), concentrating on the busy tax season ahead, and trying to not lose my mind.
Last year at this time I was planning a wedding, buying a house, taking a full load of graduate school, and dealing with tax season....and somehow I found plenty of time to shop. I "needed" outfits for my bridal showers, and birthday parties, and yada yada yada. Looking back I realize I was using shopping as a distraction to it all. The mall was my oasis and I was addicted.
I know that this challenge will get tough. I know it is not meant for everyone. But the positive feedback and the way God is stirring in my heart only confirms that this is the best decision I could have ever made.
Things I have learned so far:
- The Aztec sweater I want/needed SO bad on December 31st is no longer on my radar.
- Saving money for our future is better than spending it on meaningless items in the present.
- People still have their doubts and that keeps me driven.
- I have way too many clothes.
- I am less stressed worrying about keeping up with the trends and more focused on being thankful for what I already have.
- I will be rockin' the bubble necklace and colored skinnes no matter how long those trends last. No shame here.
So, here's to February, month two of the challenge. May it be as easy as January and may God continually show me how to be content with what I have.
Thanks for the constant support! Chris, and our bank account, really appreciates it!
Here are most of my daily outfits for January. Not one top/outfit was repeated. Proof that I don't need any new clothes. Follow me on IG (@sarahtuckerup) to see what I wear each day!
Come back every Tuesday for my weekly "Tune Up" on what outfits I have worn!