As I sat leafing through the latest Elle Canada I picked up to ease my 2014 fashion cleanse, I was proud of myself for not heading to the shopping mall. I had spent most of Saturday convincing myself of the merits behind a trip to the mall. Mischievous thoughts such as “It’ll be a test of will” and “I can go and not buy anything” danced around in my fashion-addicted brain.
Sunday morning, my alarm promptly went off at 7AM as I had scheduled, notifying me of the impending mall outing I had planned. I dislike crowds, so I try to get there as soon as the mall opens. Then the darndest thing happened…
I reached over and turned off the alarm. F@$k it, my brain responded; this is so not worth it.
When I finally woke up, it was 8:52AM, seven minutes from my scheduled mall trip departure time. My mind was abuzz with the joyous thoughts of a Starbucks breakfast, hitting up Toronto’s fashion mecca mall – Yorkdale, and at the same time, it was conflicted with the amount of effort it would take to shower, pick out a stylish ensemble, and then apply makeup.
Once again, “screw this crap” came to mind and instead I focused on a different thought pattern:
- The illustrious goals I had painstakingly plotted and planned to achieve for 2014 and that now would be a good time to focus and start achieving them.
- Secondly, I thought of what an accomplishment it would be to do this eight-month fashion cleanse, save $5K for clothes and then go on the ultimate fashionista shopping trip.
Of course, I was still antsy and needed to get out of the house, so I headed to Indigo and crossed two goals off my 2014 list. I purchased several financial mags (so I can decide on a subscription), an English dictionary (to improve my writing), a few fashion mags (to soothe the inner demon) and a modest cup of coffee from Sbux – No, I did not get a $5 latte! Honestly, I am getting tired of being charged extra for soy because I can’t have dairy – the fancy schmanzy drinks will have to wait for a free reward to pop up.
The rest of the afternoon spent, ironically, writing out the beginnings of this post on an Elle Canada subscription card and doing a high intensity workout. The more I workout, the more it takes my mind off shopping for clothes and keeps me away from the computer!
Only 26 more days to go in January….then 7 more months…..I got this!