19 October 2014

No Impact Day 1: Consumption (concerns)

Hello, my name is Simone, and I’m a Shopaholic. It’s been three days since my last purchase.

Although the Consumption Challenge specifically mentions buying ‘new’ items, my debit card does not discriminate. In a typical week I may purchase a new pair of shoes, a blouse or dress, and a handbag from a retail store, or an interesting piece of pottery or a painting from a local artist--plus a dress and a few tops from one or two area thrift stores—and maybe a nice houseplant.

My coworkers are almost always right when they point the UPS delivery driver in my direction whenever a package arrives. While not to the level of pathology, my shopping is habitual.

This week, I’m excited to challenge myself by not buying anything at all—new, used, or otherwise.

*except, for food, of course. I'll keep you posted.