Archives for March 2013

Why I’m Taking on the Project 333 Challenge

It’s been almost three months since I started my “Recovering Shopaholic” journey and blog.  While I’ve made decent progress and learned some powerful lessons, I still have a long way to go in healing my compulsive shopping problem.  I still spend far too much time and energy on shopping, getting dressed, and managing my overly large wardrobe.  The portion of my life devoted to these pursuits is much too large and it’s taking away from my living a full and balanced life. About two weeks ago, I … [Read more...]

The Enemy of the Best is the Good

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.” ― Stephen R. Covey The late, great Stephen Covey has long been one of my favorite authors.  His “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is widely regarded as one of the best self-help books ever written and offers a wealth of helpful … [Read more...]

The Reasons We Shop Too Much

Since I started “Recovering Shopaholic” in January, I’ve given a lot more thought to my reasons for shopping too much.  I used to think I shopped because I loved clothes and fashion, but I’ve come to understand there is a lot more to it than that.  My reasons for being a shopaholic go much deeper than a passion for style and I suspect this is true for many others who shop in excess. The following is a brief overview of my perspective on the many reasons for compulsive shopping. I will … [Read more...]

The Serial Return Phenomenon

I probably return half of the clothes, shoes, and accessories that I buy.  In some ways, this isn’t a bad thing.  When one tends toward impulse buying, some of the purchase decisions made are not good ones.  Thus, it can be good to realize buying mistakes and remedy them through the return process.  Better to make returns than to have clothes hanging in your closet with their tags still attached. Returning to Shop More However, I have to admit that a large portion of my returns are done with … [Read more...]

Challenge – Shopping with a Friend

Last Friday, I had lunch with a friend.  I get together with this friend every couple of months and we always meet at a restaurant next to the local mall.  After we spend an hour or two eating and talking, we always end up shopping together.  This activity may be benign for many people, but for a shopaholic, it can have disastrous results. To add insult to injury, my friend is also a compulsive shopper, although I’m not sure to what degree she’s acknowledged her problem.  I have yet to tell … [Read more...]

Favorite Outfits – February 2013

At the beginning of each month, I will post photos of my favorite outfits from the previous month.  My reasons for doing this are as follows: To review what I’ve been wearing and search for common themes to help me further hone my personal style. To increase my appreciation for my wardrobe so I am more satisfied with what I have and less preoccupied with buying more. To help myself overcome self-consciousness and excessive worries of what others think of me. To hopefully inspire others … [Read more...]

February Accountability Post

The short month of February is behind us, so it’s time for another accountability post.  I can’t believe how fast this past month zipped by…  In this post, I will review the items which came into and out of my closet and the reasons for those additions and subtractions.  I’ll also provide an update on how I’m doing with both my budget and the “Wardrobe Benchwarmer Project” (for a more comprehensive report on the latter, please see my last post). Wardrobe Additions Since the cold weather … [Read more...]