Next Personal Growth Challenge, Please

I was taught that wine and shopping were therapy and medication. They are not. There are healthy habits and neither of the two are healthy ways to deal with your problems. I officially cut out alcohol a year ago. I promised myself I'd be easy on me for my first year sober, but time is up. Next personal growth challenge, please. 

I am an addiction replacer. It comes along with having an addictive personality. I stopped smoking, so I drank myself into an oblivian in 2009. I cut back on drinking, so I started exercising twice a day. Now, as I have full-on pulled all of the drug vices out of my life including my anti-anxiety medication, my shopping has hit a new level of out of control. It is insane. And, I am having to take control of it. Let's be honest, shopping is not going to kill me like alcohol would, but it isn't good for me or my bank account. Here's what I am going to do....I am going to try and control it. I did this with alcohol for years, but what is the difference? Alcohol will kill my liver. Shopping will not. So, here I go.

MY PLAN TO CONTROL MY SHOPPING ADDICTION

1. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING I BUY FOR A YEAR.

Maybe you'll get a good laugh at my inability to control myself. Or, maybe you'll be inspired to be more accountable in your trips to Homegoods. In either case, this is for personal growth. I don't need much. But, I want a lot. I NEED to learn the difference.

2. KEEP MY SHOPPING UNDER $300 A MONTH. 

That's everything, y'all. Clothes. Shoes. Makeup. Highlights. Books. Dog sweaters. You know. My dogs are going to be so disappointed. 

Right now, I think that I spend about $500 a month buying stuff just to buy it. I am not going to add it up because my psyche cannot handle the shock, horror, disappoint, reality of my shopping issues, etc. But, just like alcohol I am moving forward not backward. The key is to not live too far in the past and don't live too far in the future. I am not going to crowd up my alcohol feed with shopping info, so I have a separate area of my blog if you're curious about my shopping success story. Think positively, right?

WISH ME LUCK!!!

Update: Remember the pineapple shorts that ended my goal of not shopping a few months ago? I still have not worn them. That's the problem, y'all. 

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