CHECK IN for Week 37: Shop Lift

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Checking in on Week 37′s Task of SHOP LIFT.

This week you were to buy NOTHING…not at a store or online…and to LIFT your awareness of how you SHOP.

If you are trying this, you might be right near the tail end of your “no-buy week”.

How is it going?

What are you noticing?

How is it feeling?

Have there been temptations, a “giving in”, or has it been fairly easy?


What I have learned from doing this exercise many times throughout the past several years, is…

  • I do have a tendency to impulse buy.  By waiting to purchase, I realize I didn’t need that thing I thought I wanted.  I’ve saved a lot of money this way.
  • By waiting to purchase, I had more time to think of what I really want and choose more wisely. This sometimes fell in the category of price, more my style, better quality, or functionality.  I have been satisfied with everything I have purchased after waiting.  Obviously, I’ve learned to WAIT much more often before purchasing.
  • Not spending made me a better steward of my money, meaning I directed in areas that were important to me, like travel instead of another plant for my garden or another pair of shoes.
  • I, in reality, have more money than I thought because I’m more conscious of where it is going.
  • I have way less stuff.  My house is easy to keep tidy and clean. This has given me more peace and more time, as I’m not stressing out over keeping up with so much stuff.

SHOPPING TIP:

Before you purchase something, beyond food and basic necessities, you might want to put it through some criteria you make for yourself.

Purchasing items for your home, think about these kind of questions…

  • what do you want your HOME to be about? What is its function?  (gatherings, parties, solitude, restoration, etc.)
  • If you could pick 3-5 adjectives to describe how you’d like your home to be, what would they be?  (cozy, peaceful, colorful, light-hearted, welcoming, etc)
  • what is your style?  (elegant, country, artsy, farmhouse, cottage, classic, antique, rustic, whimsical, modern, urban, clean lines, eclectic, etc)

I do think about these things before I purchase anything for my home.  I also ask myself does it have a FUNCTION…a job, a purpose?   I’m very practical!   And, do I think it is BEAUTIFUL?  I love things to LOOK a certain way, so it has to meet the BEAUTIFUL TO ME question.

You can ask similar questions in regards to clothes…

  • what kind of clothes fit your FUNCTION(S)…play, exercise, work, hanging out, etc.
  • If you could pick 3-5 adjectives to describe the kind of wardrobe you’d like, what would they be?  (easy-care, comfy, classic, everything goes with everything, elegant, artsy, fewer pieces, etc.)
  • what is your clothing style?  (classic, boho, artsy, total comfort, trendy, elegant, etc.)

Again, I think about these things before I purchase clothes.  And, I make sure I absolutely love how it fits, love the fabric, and that it will go with several other things I have in my closet.

(If you are not sure of your STYLE or what you really want, try using PINTEREST.   It is a great place to save pictures of home goods and clothing that you like.  After awhile you will notice what is catching your eye.   This will help you pinpoint your style.)


Feel free to share what you learned from your SHOP LIFT week in the comments.  I’d love to know.

Cheering You on to a Whole Shop Lifted & Criteria Heart,

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2018 Week 37: Shop Lift

imagesWeek 37’s Task of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You is to Shop Lift.

By now you realize I’m not actually asking you to SHOPLIFT…to steal something from a store!

This week’s task is to LIFT your awareness of how you SHOP.

Simplifying and minimalism is a very popular and has been for many years now.  One of the tenets that surround this way of life, is consumerism.

Everyday we are bombarded with advertisements and information about things we SUPPOSEDLY need, will make our life better, will make us happy, and on and on.

Because of this, we start to believe we need so much and surround our self with things.  We spend our money, often, with little forethought.

To live a simpler, less stressed, and happier life, put in simple terms, one needs to get rid of stuff and stop buying more stuff.

I have been simplifying my life for several years now….from how I eat, to what clothes I buy, to how I do tasks…and, I will say, my life is more peaceful and happier.

I did have to LIFT my awareness of how I SHOP. I continue to practice this task many times throughout the year.

The task is to NOT BUY ANYTHING FOR A WEEK.   

NOTHING!

Nothing other than food, and even then, aside from purchasing some fresh veggies and fruit, you might find you can live on what is in your freezer and pantry for a week .

If you find you still NEED an item after a week, by all means, purchase it…next week.

Try this for a week and notice what you experience, feel, and learn about your shopping habits.

Get your family on board and discussed what you learned from not purchasing something, wanting something and not getting it, waiting before you purchased something.

Cheering You on to a Whole Shop Lifted Heart,

Barbara

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2018 Week One: Clean Out Something

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50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You

Week ONE:  Clean Out Something!

Clean out…

  • your wallet
  • your purse
  • your undies or socks
  • a drawer
  • a cabinet
  • a closet
  • your glove compartment
  • your car
  • your emails
  • dare I even say…your garage, attic, basement?

Clean out something this week.  Pick something you know you can do in 5 minutes, 30 minutes, a few hours, a day….just as long as it is complete in one week!

“The spirit likes to travel lite.  The ego is a pack rat.” –unknown

Our stuff, while it does not truly define who you are, is a reflection of us. If you described yourself in 3 words, or 3 words on how you’d like to be, such as peaceful, beautiful, confident, does your “stuff” reflect that?  Does your purse, drawer, car?

“Junk gets you stuck.”  –me

Old, un-liked, un-useful, worn out, expired things get you stuck in…

  • the past
  • your emotions
  • negative energy
  • bad habits

Toss, recycle, give away, and watch what starts to happen in other areas of your life.   The only way you’ll know this works is if you try it.

BE MINDFUL:  If you are having a hard time tossing or giving things away, just be aware of what your head is saying to yourself.   Is it true?  There are so many ways to get stuck in the clean out process.   Be kind to yourself, be brave, do it anyways.

Happy CLEAN SOMETHING OUT week.

I’d love to hear what you cleaned or tossed.

If you’ve been cleaning out and tossing for a while, share how it has transferred to other areas of your life.

Here’s to a Whole Lighten the Load Heart,

Barbara

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