Yesterday, I was talking to some friends about their upcoming travel plans. They have multiple trips booked within the next couple of months to visit other countries. I was jealous. It’s my dream to experience and photograph new cultures. All of us are college students with jobs, so why can they afford to travel and I can’t? They actually save their money.
I wish I could say that I am someone who spends their money on experiences instead of material things, but I’m not. I read blog posts and watch YouTube videos where people haul new clothes and I immediately feel the urge to buy what they show. There is absolutely no need for me to buy more clothes but I still do it. I am so easily influenced by what other people have. It’s not just clothes; it’s makeup, food, home decor, etc. I also have the tendency to shop when I’m feeling anxious or sad which is not a healthy coping mechanism.
I’ve known that I’ve had a shopping problem for quite some time now but I have not done anything to change it. The time is now, folks. Although I’ve had conversations about traveling in the past, for some reason the one yesterday really hit me.
Traveling the world means so much more to me than a new sweater. I already own everything I need. In fact, I own way too much. When I got home yesterday, I went through my clothing and set aside at least thirty things that I don’t wear. I’m planning on giving these items to my friends and then donating the rest.
Starting today, December 5th, I will not be purchasing anything besides necessities. I know that it will be easier said than done, but I know that in the long run, it will be worth it. I will write a one-month check-in post on January 5th letting you know how the experience is going!
MY GOALS FOR THE NEXT MONTH
- Add at least $200 to my savings account.
- Donate the clothes I mentioned above (& more!).
- Experiment with new outfits using the clothes I already own.