No Shame in Bailing

You know how I mentioned that I had already failed my Spring Capsule? Well… I failed it even more, I failed it so much that I think the best idea would be to bail and start again.

I need to solve my spending problem – just this weekend I bought two shirts. I somehow got back into my terrible habit of spending all of my paycheque two days after I got it. Thats not a good way to live, that is dangerous because now I have to borrow money from D to pay for my eye exam.

I need to change, I need to fix myself.

I’m not going to beat myself up about bailing on the capsule wardrobe and starting again, that’s fine and it happens, it was my first true capsule and I learned something. But I can’t pretend like I’m okay with my spending habits or that it’s okay that I went from having $450 to having $30 in a matter of days.

I think what I’m going to do is track my spending, everything I buy and everything that comes in and goes out. Maybe for a month, maybe longer – because I know that’s what they do on Money Moron and that’s what I am. I think seeing a professional would be a good idea but I’m not sure.

But I think it’s a mindset thing, I think my issue is in me – I need to figure out why my spending habits are like this and I need to find better, more productive ways of living.

Does anyone out there have any tips on how to stop a terrible terrible spending habit?

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Four Things – Shopping Freeze

Okay, so as we all know I am currently on a shopping/spending freeze when it comes to fashion but it has come to my realization that within the next few weeks there are going to be four items that will be coming into my life. Only one of which I will be purchasing with my own money.

  1. A pair of black slip-on vans – I accidentally donated my fake ones and I truly have been missing them for months (this will be D’s birthday gift to me)
  2. A black t-shirt – You will see in the coming months how much black I wear so this is an essential item that I might be super picky about when choosing (this is what i asked my mother to buy me for my birthday)
  3. Rainboots – In an ideal world I would have a beautiful pair of Hunter Rainboots, and that could very well happen because one April goal (there’s more, stay tuned) is to buy a quality pair of rainboots that actually fit (this will be the thing I purchase myself)
  4. A set of matching pyjamas – I want a matching pyjama set that fits, I often have trouble with them fitting so I usually wear super old “t-shirt dresses” to bed (birthday + little easter gift from my mother)

 

I honestly don’t think I will be purchasing anything else for a while? There might be a high-waisted black denim short purchase in the summer but I’m still not sure about this.

Even if I do purchase something I will be following the “rules” I will be sticking by for any future shopping after my freeze is over – more on this later!

 

STOP! DROP and please don’t shop

Something came over me this weekend, maybe I was looking too long at my closet but I realized that even after decluttering and donating so many items of clothing and trying to be careful with what I put into my closet but it is still packed full of clothes (not including my summer clothes)

But the thing is – I have tried on every.single.item in that closet and somehow I have rationalized keeping these items that I haven’t worn in months. I think I’m struggling with the fact that currently I’m working in a place that has uniforms so I only really get dressed 3 (if that) of the 7 days, but I am constantly looking for other work. But at the same time I don’t want to make excuses for the state of my closet or my spending problem.

Recently I’ve done pretty good with my spending habit so I am proud of myself, I think the idea of the capsule wardrobe is really helpful.

As of right now – I am on an indefinite clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. I will hopefully do monthly check ins. I know for sure that I want to catalogue every single piece of clothing I own and I want to do that whole “if you wear it turn the hanger around” thing because that seems logical?

Stay tuned for my updates about this, and maybe some “challenge rules”, also my catalogue will be up soon. ( I might also do it in video format because it could be helpful)

 

 

2017 yearly goals

ideally i would have done a reflection on my 2016 goals before sharing my 2017 ones but i have no idea where i put my list and the only one i can fully remember is “read 25 books” (which hell ya i did) so i’ll just share this years goals with two purposes in mind 1) have them written in a place that cannot be lost and can easily be looked at throughout the year (i’m thinking a check up every three months) and 2) some of them can really incorporate into blogging which is in itself a goal

okay so here’s my goals for 2017

  • save at least $3000 (i think this will be changed to $1500 because it is the first time i’ve saved a large junk of money)
  • declutter more
  • make less waste
  • read 30 books
  • do not buy any clothes/shoes unless NEEDED (if needed: thrifted or local or ethically made)
  • read mainly library books and books from my own collection
  • watch 15 movies
  • do documentary sundays
  • convert to a mostly vegetarian lifestyle
  • read more non-fiction
  • read more plath and poetry in general
  • be healthier in general (mentally would be best, i am a mess)
  • do yoga and meditate and sometimes go on walks
  • finish harry potter + star wars + lord of the rings
  • follow a strict budget
  • bring a reusable tote bag and reusable drinkware everywhere!
  • limit plastic straws
  • don’t read more than two books at a time
  • blog?
  • plant based (+less) beauty
  • start an emergency fund
  • stop eating packaged popcorn

 

so… those are my goals for this year. it seems like a lot but a lot of them go together and basically the theme is “stop being a little shit! stop spending your money on dumb things and save the planet!”