October Shopping Update

It has been about 3 months since I started this journey of not buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories until next July. It’s been about a month since my last update and I know I was feeling pretty strong and had no strong shopping urges.

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Since then we’ve hit another season and I have definitely had some twinges. I did kinda know this would happen. I mean I had done plenty of shopping before July and had plenty of summer items to wear. I’m not saying I don’t have plenty of fall and winter things to wear, but the cute new things are pulling at my heart strings.

My previous plan had been to just avoid, avoid, avoid. I unsubscribed from emails, would avoid walking into the women’s section at any clothing store, and would zip through any insta advertisements. I decided recently that that I may have to change my tactic.

The Target we currently live close to seems to have the biggest selection of women’s clothing and it’s hard not to see it as you walk through the store, but I never go into the section. I decided that it might be good for me to just go in and check out what they have and see if it’s stuff that I would buy to wear and use or just find to be pretty. As I walked through I realized it was more just stuff I found to be pretty.

This was a big relief as you can imagine and I left the store with no purchases. I still have no plans to resubscribe to emails, but I think if I get the urge to shop I will go do some “window” shopping. I think there’s something soothing about just seeing what’s out there and if it’s a need vs a want and something I would use more than once or twice.

Don’t get me wrong I have no issues purchasing a want over a need, but a part of this process was to figure out what pieces I use and gravitate towards and what pieces are missing from my wardrobe.

So far, I’m still enjoying the process. I still like figuring out what to wear from my own wardrobe instead of running out and buying something every time I feel like I have “nothing to wear.”

I hope you guys are enjoying these updates as much as I enjoy writing them up! Thanks for reading!

August Update on Cutting Down

I think my post went up for “cutting down” towards the end of July, but I started the whole process the beginning of July when we moved so I thought it would be a good time to give an update.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I did unsubscribe from emails from a lot of retailers. I felt like between ads on Insta, YouTube, and Facebook I didn’t need more temptation. This has helped a lot because I’m not getting pummeled with deals from my favorite spots to shop AND I don’t feel like I am missing out on any great deals since I don’t know about them to start.

As a side note, this has made it much easier to clean out my inbox. I don’t wake up to 50 email notifications every morning.

I will say though that I haven’t felt tempted to buy anything yet. I am very surprised by this because I thought the itch would have started by now, but I am grateful it has stayed away. I don’t know if it’s because I am still settling in and figuring out a schedule and have been dealing with other stressors.

I do wonder if once things get into more of a normal routine I will feel more tempted to run to TJ Maxx or Target. Speaking of Target, the Target I live around has an incredible selection of clothes and accessories. I do avoid going into that department at all costs, but it does sometimes call to me as I am heading to check out.

I have learned about some gaps in my clothes and I have learned a little more about my likes and dislikes. For example, I learned that I enjoy a wider strap when it comes to dresses/tops and not a spaghetti strap mostly because I find strapless bras annoying. I’ve also noticed that I avoid certain pieces of clothing because of comfort, the way it looks on me, pattern, straps, whatever it may be.

Last but not least, because I don’t have the option of buying new clothes I have been doing a better job and wearing pieces I normally don’t and making sure I rotate through my clothes. I’ve definitely been wearing the crap outta all the clothes I brought in preparation for a hot summer.

I know it’s only been a little more than a month, but I am pretty proud of myself. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to complete this challenge! I’ll do my best to continue to do a monthly update.

I am curious if any of you have done anything similar to this? If you have please feel free to leave any tips on how you did it and how it was for you.

Cutting down and Cleaning out

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because writing this post means I will have to stick with it…

Long story short I decided after our move that I will not be buying any more clothes, accessories, or shoes until after July 2020. I kinda avoided telling hubby for a little while too because, again, saying it out loud would make it a concrete thing that I would have to follow through on.

I took the plunge and told him because honestly there’s nothing quite like a move to encourage you to get rid of things and question your decision of buying stuff. We did donate a bunch of clothes before the move and some after, but it really opened my eyes to the amount of things we acquired in just a couple of years.

The things I have now are things I feel like I will wear and use and love, but I really wanted to test that theory out. Do you guys have a ton of things to wear but only rotate through a few things? I know I do, so I wanted to see if I could encourage myself to wear more of things I already own.

At the end of the year the things I haven’t worn are going to be donated. I feel good and strong about this now, but I know it will get tough because I do love clothes and accessories and shoes…

I decided to do this for a few reasons:

  1. Avoid being wasteful-I keep buying new things so I don’t get as much use out of my clothes as I could/should.
  2. Easy to keep organized-I don’t have clothes overflowing out of my dresser/closet. This also allows me to see what items I am missing or what items I may need more of.
  3. Buying clothes/shoes/accessories is more of a want at this point and not a need. I have enough clothes for every occasion and season. I have more than enough jackets for the winter and plenty of dresses and shorts for the summer.
  4. A perk of not buying more stuff is saving some money honeyyy 😉
  5. It will get the creative juices flowing in terms of coming up with outfits and pairing things up that I may not have thought of otherwise.

I have plenty of rational reasons in my head, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to stick it out and do the darn thing. I will definitely do my best at keeping you guys updated…maybe even like a monthly update?!

Thanks for reading lovely peeps! Let me know if you’ve ever done something like this and how it went? Any tips on how to get through?

Breathing Easy

Hi Friends!

I am so happy to be able to tell you that we can check off one goal I had! I passed my test and I am so relieved and happy 🙂 I will be back to my regularly scheduled posts next week and I am really excited to get back into full swing.

The hubs and I took some time to enjoy just breathing easy and each other’s company. Besides passing the test this past week was special since March 29th marked our 2 year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been two gorgeous years since I married this amazing human that I get to call my husband.

I love being married, but that’s because I married my best friend. He is the most supportive, caring, generous human I know. He goes above and beyond to make my life easier. I mean, this guy woke up after only 3 hours of sleep to take me to my test because he knew how stressed I had been about it. I could go on and on, but then we’d have a book on how amazing my husband is 😉

Babe, if you’re reading this just know I think you’re awesome sauce. Thank you for all you do for us. I love you!

HIIT at Home

I LOVE talking about food…but this blog iiis about finding balance so for me working out is a part of that balance. I don’t know if I talk about it that much but we do consistently workout, but sometimes we (I) get into ruts!

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Donut’s are also included in that balance 😉

That’s when I like to switch it up 🙂 I don’t go to the gym everyday and instead incorporate workouts at home into my regimen. I do tend to stick to more pilates type movements when I am at home, but I decided to add some HIIT to that recently just to make it more interesting.

I have really enjoyed getting my heart rate up and all the jumping around as well to be honest! Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squat jumps all work up a sweat.

There are a lot of HIIT workout videos, but I’ve kinda been doing my own thing so I can play around with movements that feel the best for me.

I like to throw in a workout blog up every once in a while just to say that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to be the best, fittest you. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Let me know what you think about HIIT and what kind of workouts you enjoy doing down in the comments below. Thanks for visiting!

Updates and such

I hope you lovelies are having a wonderful start to the week! I thought I would give you a little update on #goals 🙂

Eating more color: Pretty great if I do say so myself! It’s been fun change up to add some different veggies into the mix instead of just always reaching for raw spinach. I’ve been really loving crisping up kale stovetop and baby carrots and bell pep are always a win 😉

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Studying: Finished reading the textbook…can’t tell you how glad I am to be done reading that thing, but now onto more practice questions and power point stuff (much more interesting)!

Running: Not gonna lie…not happening very much. We have been doing more hiking on our days off and yoga and walking on busier days, but running hasn’t been in the mix. We’ve also been able to try out zip lining and rock climbing which were awesome, but again not in the running realm…I’m not too upset about it to be honest. It’ll happen eventually!

How are your resolutions/goals going?? Leave me a comment down below!

#goals

I know that January 1st has long come and gone, but honestly I don’t think it’s gotta be the beginning of the year to make you a better you! In that spirit I wanted to share some of my goals with you guys 🙂

Let’s start full speed ahead with running-y’ll I wanna get into running. I never thought I would be saying those words, but it just sounds like a fun new challenge. I feel a little too comfortable with my workouts and so I wanted to spice things up. If you guys are runners feel free to leave me any tips/suggestions/advice you may have 🙂

I love food and I’m really great at eating all those leafy dark greens, but I suck terribly at getting in too many other colors of the rainbow. Because of that I am going to really work at getting more color onto my plate and into my belly!

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A nice short term goal I have is to pass this exam I have to take by the end of March/beginning of April. It’s been stressing me just a tad (HA! if tad meant a lot)! So until I wrap up this test I will be cutting down posting to once or twice a week. Please don’t hate me!

Any who that about wraps it up! Let me know if you are working on any goals in the comments below 🙂 till next time!