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HAPPY 2018 EVERYONE!!!!!! Can you believe it has already been one-year since I started my #365nobuy challenge? 365 days of not buying clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats, and purses. I can’t! It’s a little bit shocking to me that I have successfully gone without buying any of these things for a whole year.

Are you wondering what I am going to do to celebrate? Did I go on a wild shopping spree? Did I throw out all my old clothes ready for the new ones to come in? Did I run like a crazy person through the mall not even knowing how to buy clothes anymore? Well…. no. Do you know what I’m going to do to celebrate? I’m doing another year!!!!!!

I know, I’m super nuts… but I kinda like it that way. I am doing another year because I didn’t actually feel this year was incredibly difficult and I truly wanted to get to that point of struggle. I wanted to see what I would do. I wanted to see if I would fold or if I had the willpower to go on. I wanted to get to the point of wanting something so bad I sewed it myself (if you remember, that was one of my rules, if I wanted something bad enough I could buy the materials to sew it). I wanted a better story! Haha. But to be honest, this year was not just manageable, it was freeing!

I felt so free to not be held captive by always wanting the next new thing. By the thoughts of “if I just buy this dress, I will look so great”… “if I just buy these shoes, my closet would be so much better”… “If I buy this hat, my bad hair days will look that much more fashionable”. You might think that If I didn’t buy the clothes that gave me all the good feels then I would be less confident… however it was exactly the opposite. To be free of those thoughts and allowing myself to use my time and mind for more inspiring creative thoughts actually gave me more confidence and more self-love. It is incredible.

We are only held captive by the thoughts you let yourself be. Your mind is stronger than you think, you have incredible power to overcome things and thoughts that you feel imprisoned by. I always go by the simple saying “mind over matter,” that is one of my life’s mantras, something I say to myself over and over in difficult situations, simple but powerful, a way to keep control and happiness in my life.

So we’ll see if I am still saying this by the end of 2018 after I have then gone 730 days without buying clothes! Haha. This will be a challenging year for I am getting married and to not buy clothes seems impossible, however, I am going to try to do my best, I even plan on making my wedding dress!!! This year will be entertaining, to say the least.

For 2018 I am going to change the rules a little bit. I will let myself buy two things: I will allow myself to buy things to replace other things that are wearing out. For example, I have my favorite pair of black strappy stilettos that are SO embarrassing to wear because they are completely worn out and I wear them all time so I will allow myself to buy a replacement pair that looks very similar. And I will let myself buy some underwear…. oh honey, not buying underwear for a whole year has been quite entertaining. But that’s it! Other than these two additions everything remains the same!

Will I go crazy? I’m not sure. Will I pick up my love for sewing again? I guess will find out. Will the wedding make me fold? We’ll have to wait and see! I will be documenting and sharing right here and I will hope you will join me again!

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Share this to share the challenge! #365nobuy continues!!

xoxo, Casey Lum

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