Wow, this update is LONG overdue! In a nutshell: I’m still not shopping! At least not for clothing and shoes.
Why haven’t I been writing? I moved just over a year ago, and the new house needs some work. We had our kitchen remodeled and now we’re painting almost every room. I decided to try to make window treatments despite only using my sewing machine for hemming once every three or four years.
Back to shopping. I can’t think of the last time I stepped into Nordstrom. I sometimes want to go to TJ Maxx, but then when I have time to go, I don’t feel like going. When I do go shopping, I shop with a purpose. I recently needed a few long-sleeved shirts that I could wear to the office, and some pajama pants, and I didn’t even browse the sections that didn’t have those items. When I do shop, I quickly get to the point where I really want to get out of there. Now I know how my husband felt whenever I took him shopping!
I need new black boots, because the two-year-old pair I have are incredibly uncomfortable now. Yet I don’t want to take the time to go find a new pair! I have another pair that I haven’t worn in years because they’re not my style anymore… yet they are comfy and they fit, so I might just start wearing those instead of going shopping.
I can’t imagine spending hours at the mall. Yet, I know that was all I wanted to do just a few years ago. I’m constantly amazed that this change happened, and I wish it was just a formula that I could share.
My whole view of what I wear and look like has changed. I like to look put together, but I don’t try to look polished. My shoes are good enough and comfortable, so I’ll keep wearing them. I’m most comfortable in a t-shirt, cardigan, and jeans, so that’s what I wear most days. I also developed a love for sweatshirts, so I wear those as “normal” clothing now instead of just on sick or snow days. My seventh-grade self is coming through!
But… I still have a compulsive streak. I was obsessed with tile and granite during our kitchen renovation, and spent entire days browsing online. I spent at least a month choosing paint for the kitchen, going to the paint store a few times a week. Then I needed a new car, and was completely addicted for over a month, test driving several cars at least 4-5 times. Now, it’s the window treatments. I’m obsessively looking at fabrics, both online and in-store.
This is the next vice I need to work on.
When I decide to take on a project, I become completely absorbed in it to the detriment of everything else. “Everything else” being daily life.
Though I don’t view this fault to be as bad as my shopping addiction, it almost is. I traded money for time. Instead of spending many dollars, I waste many hours. Many, many hours.
This blog is always on my mind, so I will try to start using it to break my compulsive research addiction.
Welcome back! It’s so good to hear from you again – like a long lost friend who has finally decided to write. Just wonderful! I am so impressed with your insight into your ‘compulsive streak’; I suspect I suffer from something similar: I can be very obsessive with research too 🙂 Here’s wishing you every success with breaking that compulsive research addiction – I know you can do it!