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Relax! Relate! Release!

Confession: The most difficult thing for me in this journey is letting go. Not because I spent money on it but because I live too much in the “What-ifs”.

“What if I need that later on?”

“What if I lose the other three that I have?”

“What if I actually lose those twenty pounds?”

“What if I go on Let’s Make A Deal, and Wayne asks me if I have a Samsung Razr in my bag?”

This is the shit that legit goes through my mind!

Baby steps, boo. Baby steps…

After months of putting things off, I finally forced myself to clean out my closets. I keep all my pants in one closet and everything else in another one. Anyway, when I pulled out my jeans, I discovered that I owned twelve pair. Twelve! My exact jean size, btw… Why do I own twelve pairs of jeans yet only wear three to four regularly? I don’t even wear jeans like that! I’m a leggings and sweats kinda girl (Elastic waists, anyone?)

So, in the end, I kept four pairs of jeans:

  • Denim culottes: I wanted a pair of cool, edgy denims. Don’t judge; you don’t know me like that 😛
  • Dark rinse, straight-leg: My “sophisticated” jeans to pair with heels or booties
  • Medium rinse, boyfriend cut: My comfy-fit jeans
  • Medium rinse, ripped, boyfriend cut: The jeans you pay a few bucks for to look hip when you could’ve just bought a pair of regular jeans and made your own fancy-schmancy rips and tears. (We’ll talk about smart spending in another post…)

Shall I tell you about my 8 black shirts? Nah…

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Letting Go Of Old Habits #1: Online Shopping

One of my greatest joys in life is…shopping. Online shopping to be exact. I am a huge proponent of supporting small businesses, specifically businesses owned and operated by people of color. And this is where I go buckwild and lose my damn mind. Bath and body products. Makeup. Original artwork. My three biggest shopping vices. Do I really need another shower gel or custom lipstick or hand-drawn print? YES, I do! I’m supporting my sisters while keeping my dollars out of the hands of “big, bad business”.

Chile, bye…

In 2017 alone, I’ve spent over $1,000.00 in small business products and services, and looking back on everything I’ve acquired, I regret about $850.00 of those purchases. Not because they were bad products but because they were strictly impulse buys that I can live without.

I bought an “organic” skincare regimen because I was all gung-ho about embracing my crunchy side and using products that did not contain harsh chemicals. Well, guess what? I ended up throwing them out. One, I have extremely oily, acne-prone skin that currently only responds to chemicals, namely benzoyl peroxide. And two, I didn’t even bother reading the ingredients, and I cannot put anything on my skin containing sunscreen. And three, because they didn’t contain any viable preservatives, there was a “use by” date. Nah, son… There are sustainable preservatives, and I caution you to read beauty labels because the industry is crazy unregulated. Seventy-five dollars down the drain…

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A literal representation of how I feel once the buyer’s high wears off

I had art prints that were collecting dust because I’ve never taken the time to buy frames for them. And to make matters worse, I spilled something on them, so now I can’t hang them. Another $150.00 in the garbage…

I could itemize every wasted purchase, but my blood pressure is high enough already. Being the natural tightwad that I am, looking back on these impulse buys goes against my own principles! I want to seriously kick my own ass right now, but I’m awake now (in more ways than one).

I still love my small businesses, and I’m not saying that I’ll never make another purchase again. But what I am saying is I won’t be so quick to click because I want to throw my financial support behind it or simply because I’m in a “buying mood”.

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Digital De-Cluttering

If you’re like me, anything that becomes a massive undertaking becomes hella overwhelming! I literally shut down when confronted with a huge project.

My solution? Start small. And for me, that starts with my emails. I have a total of six email accounts (DO NOT JUDGE ME!) that serve six very unique purposes, which is not up for discussion at this time 😛

To make my six inboxes more manageable, I do a clean sweep daily. I find it very cathartic, actually. What I don’t like is when I make an online purchase, or donation, or inquiry, and suddenly, I’m on everybody’s damn mailing list!

Declutter #1

I’ve also deleted a couple of social media apps from my phone: Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter are now a fond memory. No, I haven’t deleted my accounts, but not having the apps on my phone frees up so much of my time and energy. Have you ever literally been stressed out from visiting a site like Pinterest? It’s not only visually overwhelming but a constant reminder of the things you want but don’t need. Ugh :/

By ridding myself of these unsolicited messages, my Brady Bunch of accounts can all be properly managed. Yes, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy all have a place and serve a purpose.

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