No Shopping Challenge~ February Update

I am happy to report that I made it through the month of January and almost all of February without shopping for any clothing, shoes, or accessories! I am really proud of myself. I have to be honest with you guys. This challenge has been really HARD this month! I thought it would get easier as time goes on but it actually is getting more difficult. The weather is warming up in my area and all I have thought about lately is shopping for some cute dresses for Spring. I have thought about throwing in the towel on numerous occasions but I know I will dread the feeling of defeat if I do. Fortunately my husband is very supportive and always talks me through the tough times.
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Saving money has been one of the many benefits of this challenge. I have also had time to step away and really evaluate my shopping habits.  I realized that I was using clothing, shoes, and accessories to fill the void I felt in my life. I used “retail therapy” to deal with some deeper issues (i.e. grief and loss). This time away from the shopping centers has allowed me to do a lot self-reflection and a lot of goal setting.  I now realize that I have better things that I can do with my time. I am hoping and praying that this rough patch starts getting easier.  I also hope that I will be able to cut my spending down significantly by the end of this challenge. I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ( Phil 4:13) so I am sure that He will continue to help me through this journey. Stay tuned for future updates 🙂

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