Sales can be so tempting I know. I used to be a former shopaholic. I am so in awe of how the day after being grateful for what we have, the focus changes immediately to what else we can buy. We have definitely entered the holiday season. The focus of the holidays is so commercialized with having more, spending more, plus doing it bigger and better than ever. But is the bigger, better, and having so much more really necessary though?
This entire weekend sales are the driving force of so many businesses big and small. If there is something that you’ve had your eye on for months, or you know someone that you love has, plus the price is just so right this weekend, yes please go get it. If you are mindlessly shopping just to shop, maybe take a moment to reconsider your choices. Do you really believe that consuming more will bring you happiness, peace, and fulfilling satisfaction? Shopping just to shop has never given me the everlasting joy I thought it would, or I wouldn’t have to keep doing it to maintain the false high.
Here are three alternative ways to spend this intense shopping weekend…
1. Do a clothing swap with friends.
You will be so surprised how swapping out unloved clothing for “new” pieces can be just as much fun as shopping. Plus I think clothing swaps are a great excuse to get together with friends. Donate whatever doesn’t get chosen during the swap.
2. Declutter what you no longer love and donate unloved items in good condition to charities.
The amazing power of decluttering is indescribable. The energy will greatly shift in your home when broken, unused, and unloved items are moved out of it. You will feel lighter in the process. Decluttering creates the energy of letting go of the old so the new abundance you truly desire has the space to come into your life.
Once you have determined what you no longer desire to keep, pass it on to someone else who will be able to love and use it. There is more than enough of everything for everyone. There is no need to keep things that you don’t use “just in case”. Let someone else benefit from the item. You obviously already have. Let it go.
3. Get creative or just relax!
Learn a new organic recipe and have some fun in the kitchen. Now that Thanksgiving is over, maybe choose that one recipe that you didn’t get a chance to make for Thursday and make it this weekend. Take out that pattern and sew that dress with the fabric you bought ages ago. Or simply go to the movies, pick up that juicy novel you’ve been wanting to read, listen to great music, and even get out an adult coloring book and watch the images come to life.
Many people will most likely be shopping sales this weekend, and you can do the same if that resonates. Yet you can also do something different that is still very satisfying. Regardless enjoy every moment to the fullest!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)