Tuesday, July 01, 2008

SwoC: One Month and then some!

I've officially made it through my first month of SwoC, plus an additional week to make up for my little retail hiccup at the Rogan sample sale. How do I feel?
-I'm happy I was able to do this and exercise restraint in the area where I usually exercise indulgence.
-I'm also shocked that a month is reeeaaaallllly that long! Cutting off one of my favorite activities made this block of time stand out from the rest.
-I also feel invigorated- in recent weeks, I've gotten some great encouraging comments from readers and friends, and several have said that they've been inspired to cut out shopping for a month or more as well! Independent of my little blog, it seems excessive shopping is on a lot of people's consciouses, and others are also deciding to cut out the habit for a while. Several fashion/style bloggers I read have mentioned it lately.
-And I must admit, now that I've reached my planned stopping place for this project, I'm really ACHING to go shopping!

What this past month has shown me is how completely consumption has become ingrained in my life- I don't like that or want to continue that way. I've found that my interest in caring for the clothing items currently in my closet increased- I took stuff to the cleaners for the first time in months, realizing I'd have to wear them again, and I mended a few little things too. I've got really excited to come up with new ways of wearing the same stuff- a new creative outlet! I've found that I CAN (mostly) keep to a promise I make to myself, even when it means "hardship".

Today I'm celebrating the close of my month of SwoC by making a donation to offset my household's carbon for the year. Thanks to the wonders of matching gifts, this will stretch even further.

Will I continue down this path of Style without Consuming? Stay tuned to find out!

6 comments:

a cat of impossible colour said...

Yay! Congratulations. You've done so well. I'm going to start my own SWoC in August. Thank you so much again for the inspiration!

malcomama said...

Good resolve and follow through, D!

Helen Phin said...

Great job D! I'm inspired to try it too, not least because I need to pay off a huge CC bill (from all the crap I've bought over the last 6 months!)

Terri said...

i thought this was really cool. It has inspired me too- though not quite as extreme as your pledge, I've decided that I will only allow myself to buy one new wardrobe item (including bags and shoes!) with each paycheck, and stay within my budget too of course. I'm hoping this will help me to be much more selective with my purchases and not just buy cheap crap because I'm bored. you did a great job and are inspiring others to reduce consumption as well!

esme and the lane way said...

Well done! Isn't it amazing how used to buying things we can get? I'm looking forward to hearing more about how this is going for you...

Nevis said...

Good luck!