I know a lot of you receive my blog posts via email or a feed reader and rarely or never visit the “Recovering Shopaholic” website. However, I’ve recently made some updates to the site and want to make sure you’re aware of the additional resources you can access there. I’d also like to welcome new readers and share some exciting news!
From January 2013 to Now…
I started “Recovering Shopaholic” in January 2013 as a way to keep myself accountable as I worked to overcome a decades-long compulsive shopping problem. I also hoped to connect with other recovering shopaholics to support and inspire each other in our efforts to trade our full closets for full lives.
I didn’t know how many people would read my words, but I thought if I could help even one person, my efforts would be worth it. What’s happened since then has exceeded anything I’d initially hoped for. I now have readers from around the world and a thriving community of women who support each other – and me – in shopping smarter and cultivating workable wardrobes.
Recovering Shopaholic in Real Simple Magazine!
Earlier this year, I was contacted by Real Simple magazine to share my story. Many hours of interviews have now culminated in an article published in the August issue of the magazine.
The article is titled “Spent” and it’s on page 158 of the August issue. Click here to read a PDF version of the article. The quality is not ideal, so if the article is later published on the Real Simple website, I will link to it here. But I wanted to make sure that those of you who wish to read the article are able to do so, even if you’re not able to find the magazine in your local area (or if you reside outside of the U.S.).
About the Article
If you found my blog through Real Simple, welcome! Those who have been reading for a while are already familiar with much of my story. The Real Simple article chronicles my struggle with compulsive shopping from my teenage years through to starting the blog and getting to where I am today. It’s my hope that my story will inspire others and show those in the throes of overshopping – and all its associated problems – that there is hope for recovery.
Along with my story is a sidebar article in which an addiction psychiatrist shares his perspective on compulsive shopping. I learned a few new things from reading this short piece, including the fact that one in ten Americans has an obsessive need to shop and that the problem affects men and women in roughly equal numbers. He also outlines some signs of shopping addiction and tips for recovery.
I have new respect for the process involved in creating magazine articles. I must have spoken to the writer for five or six hours, and I spent an entire day with the photographer! I’m basically happy with the end result, although some of the numbers in the article were exaggerated. Overall, though, I’m glad I opted to share my story, as it has the potential to help more people and lead others to my blog and this community.
Updates to the “Recovering Shopaholic” Website
Speaking of the website, I’d like to share some updates that I’ve recently made:
- I added a new “Start Here” page that outlines basic information about me and the blog and links to some popular and helpful posts on the key topics I write about. Although this page was created for the benefit of new readers, it may also interest longtime readers who want to review some of my best articles.
- I added a number of additional entries to the “Recovery Tips” page. These tips all link back to the original articles for those who want to read more or view the many interesting comments from readers. For a more comprehensive collection of shopping tips, check out my recently released book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic.” Also, stay tuned for my next book, “End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” to be published in August.
- I also added a few new e-courses to my Resources Page. This page lists a number of programs and books that have been personally vetted by me and have been given my stamp of approval. I plan to add more resources to this page shortly, including a list of my favorite blogs.
- On the Archives page, you can now view past articles by date, category, or keyword/phrase. There are now close to 200 articles on the site, so it’s helpful to have multiple ways to search for the content in which you’re most interested.
- Finally, I made some minor updates to my About page, where you can read more about my vision and mission for the blog and my background.
I plan to continue enhancing the site moving forward and write many new articles related to smart shopping, wardrobe management, shopping behavior and psychology, personal style – and more. If there’s a topic you’d like me to address, feel free to suggest it either in a comment or via my Connect page. I’m also open to guest posts on topics that will be of interest to my readers.
With Extreme Gratitude
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of my readers! I’m very grateful to be invited into your in-boxes (and computer screens) several times per week to share the insights I’ve gained through my recovering shopaholic journey.
I know some of you comment on my posts and send me emails, but many of you have not reached out to me and may never do so. That’s okay, as I know you’re there and I write for you. To those who do comment, I learn as much from you as you do from me, and your thoughts shape many of my future posts. I love the synergy that is created through our collective wisdom!
Before You Go… A Few Useful Links to Share
I haven’t done a links post in a while, so I thought I’d close today by sharing a few articles I think you might enjoy.
- Sally from “Already Pretty” posts a collection of what she terms “Lovely Links” every Friday. I’m excited that she chose to feature my “Dark Side of Style Redefinition” post in today’s edition!
- Jill Chivers shared “11 Simple Truths About Accessories.” My favorite is #4, “No outfit is truly complete without accessories.” I also love numbers 3, 6, and 7 (but they’re all good!).
- Janice of “The Vivienne Files” offers some sage wisdom: “Before You Shop, Consider Rekindling the Romance with Your Closet.” This is an important reminder, especially considering the topics we’ve been discussing on the blog as of late!
- Courtney of “Project 333” posted a very thought-provoking article about how “Dressing with Less Will Help You Get Everything You Really Want.” My favorite line was this one: “You’ll never find something to wear that makes you feel beautiful, smart, or loved if you don’t believe that you already are.” If only I had learned this years ago, I could have saved myself thousands of dollars and countless hours!
- Mette of “The Yogastic Shopping Planner” is always coming up with fun and original ideas to explore. Recently, she’s been looking at the process of developing a wardrobe from scratch and what it costs to do so.
- I always enjoy posts about capsule wardrobes. “Into Mind” recently shared an interview with Caroline of “Unfancy,” who puts together a 37-piece wardrobe every season. Although Carolyn’s wardrobe skews a little young for some of us (but she’s absolutely adorable), her principles can be used by all!
- I love the intelligence and honesty of Kali’s posts on “The Nife en L’Air.” Her recent analysis of her willpower lapse during her shopping fast was just brilliant. The lessons she learned are encapsulated succinctly and are applicable to many!
- Bridgette Raes recently shared a wonderful post from her archives on “Throwback Thursday.” I highly recommend that you check out “Retail Therapy: The Cost of Buying Clothes to Cope.” While you’re at it, you might want to check out my post on the same topic, “Retail Therapy is a Ruse.”
I hope you like the articles above, as well the Real Simple feature if you get a chance to read it. Feel free to share any other useful links you have in the comments section. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!