I pride myself on not being an impulse shopper. Or using the term “retail therapy” - it diminishes actual therapy in my mind. This is not to say I haven’t had those moments. They usually happen with pricier items. I justify my purchases by telling myself I will have “this” for years to come. That is true in some cases -- I have had the same winter jacket for at least 7 years.
But as the year winds down and we head into the next I am already thinking about how I can make better purchasing choices. Can I go a year without purchasing anything new? I don't know, but I'm going to do my best (starting in 2019 -- I have a few items I want to purchase before the new year).
I came up with the following questions to ask before making a purchase:
I want less clutter. I want more time. I want less stuff. I want more connection.
Today: Like most, I'm trying to figure things out. Sometimes that's day by day, moment by moment, and even breath by breath.