I only made it about 60 days without shopping. My goal was around 110 days.
Where I went wrong:
1. Online shopping. I started couponing around the same time I began the shopping fast to try to save money all around. Consequently, I stumbled on coupon codes for clothing stores and there went my money! It wasn't a ton- not more than $30, but I still thought having that new skirt or new shoes were worth throwing away my commitment. I rationalized it further by thinking because it was a thrift store or a "cheap" item, it was ok.
2. After I shopped, I kept doing it. I had already broken the shopping ban, why not keep going? Said the sad girl writing this confession. Again, this stuff was super cheap, but it was more about the thrill of finding a good deal than the actual item most of the time.
3. I should have kept up a better chronicle of my thoughts during this time. I know getting feedback from others would have been helpful. Honesty is the best policy!
How I can improve next time:
1. Stop browsing clothing websites. Duh! Those things are dangerous! It's like hanging out in a Starbucks when you're trying to give up caffeine. Kinda stupid.
2. Camp out on Scripture like Colossians 3:2, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." My heart needs to be turned more toward Jesus, not getting an item on sale. I've definitely lost focus.
3. Remember my whys in the first place:
-Focus my attention on God, not on meeting my fleeting need to obtain. Materialism...ahhhhhh!!!
-Save money and live a frugal life.
-Be an example to a growing girl that the heart is more important than what is on the skin.
All that being said, I think trying to make shopping my closet more fun is the way to go. Starting in January, I am going to try a few different ways to make each month or even each week an intentional closet shopping adventure. Stay tuned for linkups, 20X30, remixes, take one pass it on, and a few other tricks I have up my sleeve.
I can't wait to see what lies ahead for 2014.