Wednesday, January 8, 2014

re-evaluating values

I haven't been around much this holiday season, and I won't be around much until school resumes and I get settled in my new schedule and new work load. I am taking some time away from the blog and shopping to recharge my batteries. 

To be honest, I'm embarrassed by how much I purchased in 2013. It's really not about the money (okay, so it is-- when isn't it about the money?), as much as it is about giving in to temptation and the irreconcilable discontentment. I know I'm not perfect, and I don't intend to pretend like I am; I just want to live in a way that reflects my values. I do not value materialism or over-consumption, but my blog might suggest otherwise.

I am not going to even try to do a shopping ban, because that is setting myself up for failure and disappointment. What I am going to try to do is work to ensure that my actions reflect my values, and that I am - dare I say - true to who I am. 

9 comments:

  1. I know what you mean--this genre of blogging makes it very easy to overspend and equate happiness with the extent of your closet. I totally understand needing to take a break.
    That being said, I will miss your posts in the meantime!

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  2. I know exactly how you feel! I'm working on re-prioritizing a number of things in my life right now (over-abundant clothing purchases being one of them). Don't give up and good luck! :D

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  3. Hi Kate! I was wondering where you were :) I totally get taking a little break and trying to figure out what you want this whole blog thing to look like. Sometimes you just need to step away and re-evaluate. Sometimes I feel so silly for doing all of this, but then I remember how much I enjoy it so I always come back!

    I'm totally with you on the over-consumption thing. I almost thought about doing a shopping ban this year and then I decided that I would just be making myself miserable. But I am hoping to hardly buy anything this year... we'll see how that goes :)

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  4. I completely understand what you mean about being embarrassed about how much you've spent on clothing in 2013; I started feeling the same way! In order to remedy that, I decided to participate in my first 30 for 30 Challenge. I'm hoping it will help breathe new life into my closet without me feeling like I have to constantly buy new pieces (and sometimes pieces I don't really love). Good luck on re-evaluating your values! I think it's great that you're taking the time to do this. Thank you for being an inspiration!

    NCsquared Life

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  5. i have been wondering where you've been and i've been missing your posts, though i entirely understand where you are coming from. i've continued listing all of my clothing purchases in a spreadsheet but i've stopped calculating the sum spent because it just feels so superfluous... buying, tracking, wearing, posting... ahh. i would fail day #1 of a shopping ban as well. so, if you find a happy medium, i hope you'll let us know as i'll be first in line to take notes.

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  6. UGH I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. I need to do the same as well. Good luck to you!

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  7. Good luck figuring it all out! I am doing the 30X30 remix in January, and it's actually way easier to decide what to wear when I have less items to choose from. I'm thinking I might end up doing a big closet purge soon. I just have so much stuff, and I don't need or want that much stuff. I'm hoping 2014 will be a year of simplifying my life a bit. January isn't off to a great start, because I let myself shop when I was feeling sad/stressed out. I need to stop that!

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  8. Awesome, awesome post, Kate. What you said really resonates with me. Last year, I really was feeling pressure to buy, buy, buy, and I exercised little-to-no self-control with my budget (which is really stupid, considering that my budget is the tightest it's ever been right now...). I'm hoping that you'll be able to figure out something that works for you - good luck!

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  9. I love this. I haven't written about feeling the exact same way, but I completely agree. Right now, I'm trying to buy only one item a month...and we'll see how that goes for a few months. Good luck in finding that balance for you as well!

    Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

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