What no shopping does to a shopaholic…

As part of my many new years resolutions, I decided not to shop for 6 months. I had to convince myself many-a-times, actually more so I had to convince friends and family that I was going to be OK. There were some seriously worried people out there who were genuinely worried that I would become unhappy and be uninspired in the clothing department. What I took from that was: I shop too much, to the point where people believe it is my main source of happiness (!) and that it would be a great challenge.

The concern from friends and family was the tipping point – of course I can be happy without shopping. I wanted to not shop for the following reasons:

Appreciate what I have

Now, 5 months and 2 weeks into the process I must say that it was much easier than I thought. I have mixed and matched like never before to the point where friends and family thought I had gone shopping. Goes to show that you do not need new clothes for a new look. I feel a sense of relief that I have been able to truly appreciate what I have and feel grateful. Surprisingly, I have never thought the destructive thought of “I have nothing to wear” in front of a garment rack filled to its maximum capacity. This has to be tied in to renewed appreciation. I have spent money on travel that have lead to adventures I will never forget. To sum it all up, I feel great! Do not get me wrong, I am looking forward to going shopping again as it is something I truly enjoy, but it no longer strikes me that I “need” anything. I believe that I now have the mindset of it being OK to admit you want something, as oppose to constantly protect impulse buys as a “need”.

So here I am, almost 6 months without shopping and feeling really good about it. I doubt I will fall back into “maniac shopping mood” again and continue to respect what I already have so much more.