My summer is taking a turn that I hadn't anticipated a couple of months ago. In an earlier post, I commented on how I was thinking about taking a clothes shopping hiatus. In response to this post, my friend Shona at LALA dex press asked me about this hiatus and challenged me to do it for an entire season. Well, I've agreed to the time period and we're beginning the challenge today - no shopping for the entire summer! Shona, like me, is on a quest to live a simpler, more meaningful life and mindless, unnecessary shopping is the antithesis of this type of life.
I mentioned to Shona that I was a bit concerned about the timing of the challenge as I do have one event to attend and I'm not sure I have an appropriate outfit. However, after reading this article on CNN about Amy Seiffert and then visiting her blog, I've decided I can manage. You see, Amy decided to take a six-month challenge to wear the same dress every day in order to raise awareness and money for this cause - victims of sex trafficking. During her six months, Amy had to attend formal events and found out she was pregnant. Yet neither stopped her from pushing forward with her project and daily she found creative ways to wear the grey knit dress that she chose for the challenge. If Amy could do that, I can shop my closet for three months.
Shona and I aren't focusing on any particular cause. We're just trying to simplify our lives and the world. Not shopping means having less to worry about and care for. Plus, it frees our resources so we can contribute to things that really matter to us. This challenge also speaks to several issues that are important to me: environmentalism; social justice; anti-consumerism; and simplicity.
Anyone else up for the challenge?