You know what? Mondays are hard, and being an adult is hard, and we're going to just go ahead and be adults on Monday anyway. I read a blog post recently where the author posited that you can tell if you really love your job if you wake up excited on Monday morning, and at the end of the workday you feel energized, and no disrespect to that blogger (she's obviously Superwoman, so good for her) but I just don't buy that. I regard myself as basically the luckiest lawyer on earth--I find my job both interesting and (mostly) enjoyable, it pays me well, and I feel like I'm contributing to the greater good through the work that my company does (let's call this the trifecta) but you know what I feel like on Monday mornings? I feel like I'd really love for it to be Sunday again. I feel like there isn't enough coffee in Costa Rica to tackle my inbox. I feel like I didn't get enough time to snuggle Chewy's soft face and tuck into whatever book I'm reading. Does this mean that I don't love my job? Nope. Does it mean that I love my house and my yoga pants? It does. It does mean that.
That is not what this post is about, but it needed to be said. This post is about a new idea that I had. I'm calling it a challenge, because isn't that clever. Challenges are fun, mais non? (That French just came out of nowhere! I googled it. It's not really what I meant, which is such a perfect representation of my French that I'm leaving it. Moving on.)
The challenge is this: I'm not going to buy any *new* clothing or accessories. If I want to add something to my wardrobe, I'm going to purchase it from thrift or consignment stores. I don't know how long the challenge is going to last (mystery is also fun, FYI) but here's why I'm doing it:
1. A lot of my impulse purchases are made online, so cutting off the option to online shop will help drastically reduce the shopping that I already didn't need to do. I'm not opposed to adding items to my wardrobe, but I want my purchases to be more thought-out, and less, "Ooooh, Banana Republic just sent me a 40% off email..."
2. Thrifting is better for the environment. Hoarding clothes is materialistic, and bad for both my bank account and the planet. Plus, lots of people have problematic shopping habits and I can benefit from their mistakes by purchasing them at thrift stores that are overflowing with gems.
3. I really don't need any more clothing, but I find that "don't buy any new clothes ever" is a resolution that doesn't stick for me. I like clothes, and if there's something that I truly want I'm fine with buying it. But, with thrifting, I might have to look a little harder for the item I want, and I see that as a good thing.
4. I will save money, which is great because buying a new house and putting things in that house are expensive endeavors.
5. Sometimes I shop because I'm in a bad mood ("retail therapy" is a saying for a reason, yes?) and this challenge actually still allows me to do that, I'm just going to drive to different stores, and (hopefully) get better deals.
One exception to this rule: I'm going to need a new pair of running shoes this season, so I'm allowed to buy those. Those cannot be purchased secondhand.
Who wants to join me in the challenge? If you sign up now, you can get the special $0 down enrollment fee and the great rate of $0 per month to participate. Let's do it.
If you came here thinking you were going to get a recap of the Hot Dash race, fear not--that's coming tomorrow. Spoiler alert: I WON. (The race with Dan. Not the whole race. Obviously.)