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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Lent | I'm Giving Up...

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Before I start this post, I'll just get this out of the way. I'm not religious. Sure going to church every now and then makes me feel good and I can pretty much recite the Lord's Prayer but that's where it ends. I am however participating in Lent, just to see if I have the willpower to do it. I managed last year with chocolate, but I am way more worried for what I've undertook this year.

My colleagues put forward for me to give up shopping as they seem to think I do a lot of it. I think otherwise, but I'm bound to. Initially it was all shopping (so clothes, beauty, interior etc...) but realistically I knew that wasn't going to work so we've compromised and it's just clothes (still a big deal). According to my ‘friends’, even if something breaks I still can’t replace that item.

I’d also like to point out I’m not materialistic, I love my clothes and fashion but I think that’s been something I’ve always had growing up and I work in fashion which just strengthens it. They’re not the be all and end all, but when they can improve your confidence so quickly, providing you don’t go overboard, I don’t see a problem with it.

Am I worried? A little. Prior to moving into the city I lived in the country with no shops at all so there was no temptation to head to town – instead I’d take a long walk in the hills. 40 (technically 46 if I’m going until Easter Sunday) days is a long time. It’s a lot of nights out, weekend plans and events not even planned that could happen. Thankfully I’m happy with my current wardrobe but we’re slap bang in the middle of trans so all I’m seeing is new, new, new. All that aside I’m going to give it a damn good go.

As for rules, I can go window shopping, but not purchase. I can buy clothing for others as gifts but not myself. Someone else can buy me clothing gifts but it can’t have been instigated by myself. I’ll be doing a weekly diary of how it’s going on here. Maybe this will change me – who knows. I really do see 2015 as my year for change and even if it doesn’t, I should be richer (hopefully as a person and financially).



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