I MADE IT

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How crazy is this!!!! I honestly have no idea how I made it through, considering how much I used to shop before this detox. It’s crazy that I didnt slip up even once. I thought the minute I started that i wouldnt even make it a week. This was such a learning experience and I am so glad that I participated. It was tricky when my friends and family would go shopping and would ask if i wanted to come along, and I always had to say no, but I am so glad that I did. I not only proved to myself that I am creative with the things that I already own but I also learned my level of self control is a lot higher than I thought it was. I am actually really proud of myself. I am happy that my friends and family were there for me throughout the process and helped a lot with keeping me sane! All in all the process was intense, however, it was a positive learning experience!

I MADE IT

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How crazy is this!!!! I honestly have no idea how I made it through, considering how much I used to shop before this detox. It’s crazy that I didnt slip up even once. I thought the minute I started that i wouldnt even make it a week. This was such a learning experience and I am so glad that I participated. It was tricky when my friends and family would go shopping and would ask if i wanted to come along, and I always had to say no, but I am so glad that I did. I not only proved to myself that I am creative with the things that I already own but I also learned my level of self control is a lot higher than I thought it was. I am actually really proud of myself. I am happy that my friends and family were there for me throughout the process and helped a lot with keeping me sane! All in all the process was intense, however, it was a positive learning experience!

I Made It!!

I can’t believe I lasted 13 weeks without shopping. I definitely did not think I had that kind of self-control. This experience has definitely opened my eyes to my shopping and spending habits and I’ve realized that they have to change. I used to shop when I was bored, and my closet is full of clothes that still have the tags on them because I often don’t like them once I get the clothes home. This has caused me to waste so much money. I’m really glad I did this detox because it has made me realize so much about myself. I’ve also become more aware of what’s in my closet and I’ve become more creative when putting outfits together. I’m really glad I decided to embark on this journey!

Im Finally Free…

Over the last few weeks I have learned to controll my shopping habits tramindously. I dont have to shop all the time to enjoy my self or get the look Im going for. I am so excited to be able to shop without grabing eerything off the shelf. My closet is begining to look more organized and less cluttered. Life is not about materialistic things. Its about charishing the things that you have and using them to your advantage. I have also learned how to wear old things in a new way to present a new and flattering look. This experience was hard for me I am not going to lie, but I enjoyed the idea of a commitment and achieving a goal. I am glade to be able to shop for new things though. With the summer here I have got to get some cute sandles, and as soon as I go home i am going to buy tones of accessories. I believe that shopping by category will alow me to be a more organized shope instead of just buying what i see.

I’m Alive!

I feel like I have a huge weight off my shoulders! I cannot wait for my first shopping trip off the detox! The most important lesson I learned was that material possessions don’t have to rule your life, you can live a happy life without them. I learned to find more entertainment/joy out of the littler things in my every day life that I might not have noticed if I was too busy focusing on what outfit I was going to buy next. I thought at the beginning of this detox that I honestly wouldn’t make it more than 3 or 4 weeks, but I didn’t purchase anything until my 9th or 10th week. This detox challenged my self control and made me realize I’m a lot tougher than I thought when I want to reach a goal. I’m proud of myself and this experience, but I honestly don’t want to do this again. I will however, not forget the lessons I learned and how incredibly blessed I am.

FINALLY DONE!!

FINALLY DONE GUYS!! oh thank goodness. I now have the freedom to shop and look online without guilt! It felt a little weird tying it to lent, and then having lent be over but not the detox! Now its ALL over! Unfortunately I did not have a huge shopping spree the day of our freedom, because its finals time, and I was a hermit for the most part. But i think celebrating the end of school and the detox will be a very satisfying shopping spree this weekend. I hope you all had so much fun if you made it to the shops and online!! Keep the detox in mind though! We were able to do it once! Maybe again? But a shorter amount of time 🙂

BAM!

After 13 weeks I can not believe it is finally over.  I am happy to say that I survived the thirteen weeks and I am a better person because of it!  I have saved some serious money and I have learned to keep my addictions at bay haha!  The detox had it’s moments where I thought I was going to relapse and spend money but I stuck with it!  

 

I can also the say the detox ended at a perfect time with summer arriving.  All my summer clothes seem so new to me that I do not plan on going out to buy anymore.  If I can be thrifty with my clothing money this summer I know fall will bring an amazing new wardrobe.  All-in-all I am very excited I did this detox and would recommend it to anyone!

Ready… Set… SHOP!

I can finally shop again!!! Even though I probably won’t be able to actually go shopping until next weekend because I have a busy finals week, just knowing that I will be able to buy the things I like when I want to makes me happy. I just hope that I don’t try to make up for lost time and go crazy in the mall!

Through this challenge I’ve learned that I don’t need to purchase as much as I think I do; even though I am a pretty selective shopper in general, the things that I call “needs” really are more like wants. Also, I have learned that when trying to complete a difficult task like not buying clothing items for a semester, it is extremely helpful to have other people do it with you to hold you accountable! Blogging and having to confess any purchases I made over the semester (which only happened once) kept me in line, and it also helped to be able to share clothes with friends to get past the boredom we faced at times. I think I could definitely do this challenge again if I had to… just maybe not until I’ve had some time to refresh my wardrobe with new clothes!

Freedom!!

I am so excited to be writing this last entry! And I honestly can’t believe it is finally here! When I first signed up for this challenge I was definitely hesitant at first and definitely had my doubts! But, I am so happy to say that I stuck it out and am so proud to have gone this long without purchasing clothing. A couple things I have learned throughout this experience is that I tend to shop for things I “want” as opposed to things I “need”. This is something I want to continue to be aware of. I saved a lot of money because I wasn’t impulsively shopping like I usually do. I am also  more conscious of the prices of things. I shopped at a thrift shop once during the detox and found some really great stuff and got so many compliments on the things I purchased. I loved the feeling of spending just a fraction of the normal cost and still looking great. I also put a lot of creativity into my outfits the last several weeks and it really paid off. I had a blast creating new looks from the clothes I already wear and it helped a lot that I could utilize my roommates clothing as well! I am really happy I chose to participate in the detox and I am excited to continue to be conscious of my shopping habits!….with that being said, I think I owe the mall a little visit! 😉 

ITS OVER!

I’m sad to say that the detox is over…. NOT I’m so stoked to not have to figure out how to put something I already have together in some new baller way for something that I needed to look good for. I did learn that you don’t need something new to look great. You just need a little bit of creativity and some friends with great taste in clothes. It is nice to have the option again though. I also learned to use my skills and fix or refashion my clothes that I already have. I even made a few little things over the semester. I think I’m a lot more money conscious when it comes to buying things I “want” and purchase more things I “need”. I also noticed that I wore more of my nice staple pieces much more than my fast fashion pieces.  I did do a lot more things to my hair  and makeup though. I had bangs, ombre, and even red hair. I also played around a lot with different makeup looks. I guess that was my creative outlet. I even became a little more health conscious so the pieces I did have would look better on me. That might be a little vein but isn’t most of fashion?