Hello from Norfolk, Virginia! With the New Year and new move, there are a lot of new beginnings in my life and room for some change. But I feel like I’ve been there, done that, with traditional resolutions. From diets to journaling to saying fewer swear words, I’ve tried them all. So I felt a little flat when it came to making my 2018 resolutions, until I came across an article by Ann Patchett in the New York Times called, “My Year of No Shopping”. [sound: car slamming on breaks and then SILENCE.]
I know what you’re thinking…Jamie, you can’t do this. Don’t even try. A year of no shopping? Well, don’t worry, I’m not doing anything for a year, and I don’t want to. I enjoy style, beauty, homeware, etc., and I love sharing the good stuff I find with y’all. But, here’s what I don’t love: the accumulation of STUFF, and, more often than not, stuff I don’t need. I threw away so much STUFF in the course of this move, things I didn’t know I had. It was gross, and it has to STOP.
So here’s what I’m going to do…
I’m going to refrain from buying clothes for the months of January and February. That’s two months of no shoes, no sweaters, no cardigans, no garments whatsoever. So everything you see on this blog will be from my very own closet. I can do it, right?! All the positive brainwaves. I’m going to use this time to really hone in on what I have, what I “need”, and really crack down on how I will buy clothes in the future.
So I want to touch on the “need” piece of this puzzle. Since starting this blog, I’ve tried to be very cognizant of buying thoughtfully and purposefully. This grey coat, for example, is a neutral silhouetted piece that works nicely in my wardrobe. But, did I need it? No, I have other coats that serve the same purpose. But, did I want a grey coat as a “wardrobe essential” YES. So obviously, I need to think a little more about how I’m going to do this buying thoughtfully thing and decipher “needs” and “wants”. Basically, I want to establish a framework for my wardrobe where I have the pieces I need, maybe a few I want, and I’m not spending hours trolling the sale section of Madewell. Maybe I will land on doing an official capsule wardrobe? We will see.
I’m not looking for an end to consumerism, or to become a nomad and give away my worldly possessions. Siddhartha I am not. I’m just looking to do something a little more intentional and meaningful in my small corner of the world.
So that’s it: no clothes shopping for the next two months. If you’re looking for a resolution yourself, do it with me! I will report back on March 1 with my findings. I’m hoping that I make some new and beautiful discoveries with all of my new found free time 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts…what are your New Year’s resolutions?