This year, Joel and I are committed to finally putting a dent in our crippling debt, starting with credit cards. In order to make this happen, we have to be extremely strict with our spending. This means no new clothes/shoes/accessories/etc. for me. Yikes. I have a pretty serious weakness for clothes and over the past several months have spent way too much money on them. I find that once I buy one item, after it has been awhile, it opens up the flood gates. I never seem to be quite satisfied - there's always that one other thing that I "need" to "complete" my wardrobe. It's pretty sickening.
It's been a few weeks now since I've put myself on this spending freeze, and it has already been an extremely positive thing for me. Because of our situation, pretty much every time I buy something for myself that I don't need I feel guilt. So it is a relief to not feel that anymore. When I take a look at my closet now, I can't help but feel extremely thankful for/undeserving of the super nice clothes I have. I feel contentment instead of want and that is a beautiful, freeing feeling.
That said, I know there will be times in the coming months that I will feel the urge to splurge. So I thought that one fun way to fight that urge would be to join the Coast to Coast challenge on Instagram (#coasttocoastchallenge) as shared with me by the oh-so-lovely and inspiring (not to mention rad) Brooke of Pure and Noble. The challenge is all about remixing your current wardrobe in new ways. There are two themes each week (past ones include dots, classy casual and winter whites). If you'd like to follow along, my instagram is @meganlane84. I likely will not do every challenge but would like to try to do one at least one each week. It'd be great if some of you joined as well - be sure to let me know if you do!