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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2015 challenges..

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So, we're fully into the new year by now and I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks about 2015 and what goals I'd like to set myself.

Looking back at last year's goals, I didn't do too badly. I managed to read more than the 52 books I'd challenged myself to. I frankly smashed my target when it came to sewing - at final count I made 66 dresses for myself in 2014. And one cape.
In fitness terms, I did a lot better. I became a lot more regimented in my workouts and progressed with most things. I'm still too scared to weigh myself and I still don't eat enough. Which is the thing I need to sort out in order to get off this plateau. So there's work to be done there.
I certainly did my own shoe challenge. It took me most of the year but my #irregularchoicechallenge saw me wear every pair in my collection once.
So, I have work to do on the allotment, but each year it gets a little better.

Which got me thinking. What about a proper challenge for this year, then? Welcome to my 2015 spending ban.


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Looking into my Wardrobe Room, it's fairly clear that I'm not really lacking in...anything, clotheswise. So the rules will be as follows:

  • No clothes, shoes or accessories to be purchased in 2015. This will include second-hand things which means avoiding eBay and charity shops.
  • No toiletries to be purchased until I've used what I already have. All of those gift sets which have been hanging around the bathroom for ages? This is your time.
  • No books to be purchased in 2015. If by any chance I read my way through the frankly huge pile in the living room, I will be reacquainting myself with my local library.
  • No homewares to be purchased during 2015. Since I'm resuming the house hunt after a short break, it seems silly to be purchasing things which suit my current place but might not fit in the new one.
  • No new fabric purchases until I have used up what I have in the stash. I have recently been to Abakhan, plus already had a lot of fabric stashed from previous shopping trips. Whilst it's true that I've been on a bit of a roll lately with the sewing, there is no way I am in need of any more fabric until I have used (or rid myself) what I've already got.
The ban will not cover the following: 
  • Essentials, such as nude tights, which I always seem to be lacking. If I've thrown away all of the holey pairs and it turns out I need some, I'll buy a box.
  • Presents. Buying for other people is like my second favourite type of shopping. Let's not ruin ALL of the fun.
  • Theatre tickets / cinema tickets. My friend bought me a theatre membership for Christmas as it's somewhere I go so often, so it's something I'll still be doing.
  • I've been planning to buy myself a Polar Loop or Fitbit for a while, so that's something I'll be spending on when I find a good deal. 
  • Likewise, a new pair of headphones. 
  • Notions - if I'm making something and need a zip etc to fit, I'm allowing myself to buy things like that.

I'm sure there will be more things I'll think of. 365 sounds like a long time, but having done a 100 day ban a while ago, I'm sure it will kind of fly by once I get used to it. It will do me good to shift my focus away from buying pretty dresses. And perhaps work as inspiration to make my own when I see something I like the look of...?

Are you setting yourself any goals this year?

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  1. Great goal! Good luck! And, yes, you soon get used to not spending - I had three solid years when I couldn't buy anything other than essentials and I very quickly got out of the habit of wanting to spend; when I finally had some spare money again, I noticed I had learned to prioritise quality over whims which was definitely a good thing.

    Looking forward to hearing how you get on!

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    1. Thank you, I'm quite positive about it so far, and it will probably do me good to get out of the habit of browsing clothes sites. Just think of all of the spare time that will give me.

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  2. Wow, this seems like of a heck of a challenge but one I'm sure you'll do brilliantly at - best of luck! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kel. I'm sure that once I get out of the habit of shopping, I'll be ok.

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  3. Wow awesome goal, I'm excited to see how you get on! I haven't imposed a spending ban as such but I'm definitely keeping a better eye on where my money's going, I'd rather have more holidays than bits and pieces everywhere :)

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    1. Thanks, I find I work better with an all/nothing sort of situation.

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  4. Ooh that's more stretching than I thought it would be! You can definitely do it though - looking forward to seeing how you work through the fabric stash. We need some before photos so we can see what you've got!

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    1. I'll take some photos - have been working my way through it quite nicely in the past week or so - long may it continue!

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  5. Wow the 100 days seems bad enough to me, but a whole year?! I salute you! Looking forward to following your progress!

    Jane x

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    1. Thanks, I'm hoping that it'll be a habit I can get into.

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  6. WOW! Now this is a challenge. I think a lot of it is about changing habits and analyzing what you do . In 2013 I spent loads of money on second hand clothes and threw most of them away, in total I wasted £240, so in 2014 I cut my second hand purchases by over half and kept more of them. If I hadn't kept a record of spending and looked at the numbers I never would've realised.
    Good luck with it, it sounds doable, you will be tempted undoubtedly but it'll be so worth it.
    I've set myself a few goals but mostly it's to buy things I need and not simply want.

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    1. Wow, I'm impressed that you analysed the spending to figure out what you'd wasted. I've never considered doing that but by going back through outfit posts more recently when I wear something I have been able to see what have been the best and worst items in terms of how often they have been worn, cost per wear etc I suppose.
      I do think it will be easier once I've got out of the habit of browsing online etc, and there are so many other things I should be spending my time on than going shopping.

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  7. Wow i'm in awe of you Char! Good luck!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! I'm sure there will be many updates.

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  8. Wow, good luck! I've done one ban of 2 months and am almost finished by 4 month spending ban (after I lifted it during December) and found them both rewarding and challenging. A year, though... quite a challenge!

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    1. Thank you. Quite a few things have changed for me recently and as a result it would definitely make sense for me to do this. Plus, if it makes me actually tackle my wardrobe, that's a bonus.

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  9. I would never be able to avoid charity shops - I am a charity shop addict!

    I have just posted about a few of my charity shop experiences - good and bad!

    Rebecca

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    1. I usually drop off a donation to my local charity shop every weekend, so I don't suppose I'll be able to avoid them completely. But I'll be resisting purchasing.

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  10. I am only letting myself have one fashion purchase a month this year, with a maximum spend of £20.
    If I want new stuff, I will have to organise clothes swaps etc. I want to start saving more, so I don't start every year worrying about money.
    So good luck with your challenge Char!

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

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    1. Do you know, I actually think that I'd find it harder to stick to a monthly limit like your challenge than to resist entirely. I'd be more likely to look at websites and be tempted if I was allowed to buy one thing per month.

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    2. Also, clothes swaps are definitely a great idea. Think some of the others doing the challenge are setting up a Frock Swap and I think it's a great idea; so we would style up the same dress each.

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  11. that's some challenge! I need to get fitter, and spend less and learn to play my Uke!

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    1. Oh wow, the uke sounds great. I'm really not musical at all - always in awe of those who can play.

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  12. Brilliant challenge! I've done similar challenges in the past, and although they're hard, they really change your spending habits. Good luck with it :)

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    1. This is what I'm hoping. By the end of it hopefully I'll be more likely to think more carefully before just buying something new.

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  13. That is a great challenge! I wish I could say I would do this but I am scared to!!! (I should as we too are saving for a house!) Char, I ALMOST bought a sewing machine before Christmas. If I did, please teach me how!?!? They had them in Lidl again but I chickened out again because of worrying I won't use it! But I really do keep wanting to learn. As well as clothing, I have an amazing applique book I want to utilize!

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    1. Oh of course I'd help if you do get one. The Lidl deal I got was brilliant.

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  14. Wow, that's an impressive set of challenges you've set yourself! Best of luck!

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  15. The most worrying aspect of all your blogging is your obsession with exercise, food and body image. Please make this your goal to sort. learn to love yourself would be the best achievement and path to happiness you could ask for. For someone who portrays a hatred of their own body but feels the need to self publish themselves with selfies is a confusing message. Find happiness in yourself, the rest follows. Your life is full of good. look around you to see those less fortunate, you really are one of the lucky ones. Start to be postive. There is more to life than the number on the scales, be happy you are healthy, have a full life, have friends, work and creativity.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm aware that this is something I need to deal with, and I'm putting steps in place to try and do that. If I knew how to just wake up one day happy with myself, I would. By posting photos of my outfits I have hoped that they would work towards making me happier with the way I look and I felt that my personal blog was the place to do that. It hasn't had the desired effect and I do know that more needs to be done. My doctor has suggested that CBT might be a way of tackling it and it's something I am considering.

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  16. Happy New Year to you Char! I just saw the dress you made for Alex over on her blog - you're so incredibly talented. My resolution is to properly tackle banishing anxious thought and being more adventurous. Your spending ban is a really good one - I always spend on things I don't necessarily need, but I need to get a proper full-time job before I have to worry about spending now. I hope you had a lovely Christmas! - Tasha xxx

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    1. Thank you, Tasha. More adventures sounds like a wonderful resolution to me. <3

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  17. You did so well last year hun. Gosh so many books and handmade dresses, please share your talent. I'm very envious of your beautiful dresses, they all look amazing.

    Like you I want to be very good with reference to buying clothes, I was last year too and hope to continue this year.

    X x

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    1. To be honest I was q surprised when I realised I'd met my 52 books target ahead of time!
      Good luck with the clothes challenge too; you did so well at being restrained last year.

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  18. Mrs O. Team Awesome.6 January 2015 at 22:30

    Char i am amazed that you have chosen a year long spending ban, but I wish you all the luck - even if I gave you a month! Ive been wanting to comment on your blog for a while but normally choose to tell you in private, but today this post and one of the responses sparked something in me to post. We have talked long and hard about body image and the way we feel about our bodies and whilst I can list all your many wonderful points and you can list maybe a good point about me, we can never see them for ourselves. I find your blog incredibly honest and brave because you still post pictures of yourself in spite of the fact that you hate them. You don't proclaim to be perfect or live a perfect life, you just are. You don't sell yourself or your blog, nor parade around as a clothes horse nor a social warrior fighting injustices. You just write an honest post about how you are feeling. And I think there is something super refreshing about that. The selfies mentioned aren't what I would call a selfie, never a close up of your lovely face, just of clothes, or what you are doing. I am super proud that you try and work on these things and publicly too as it is so easy to just hide and hate yourself. I think you are brave and honest and I am super proud of everything you have achieved and everything you will in the year to come. And remember team awesome has always got your back if you need a push. Jo xx

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  19. Wow! Good luck with the spending ban; I'd never manage a whole year without shopping for lovely new things. I'm not even sure I'd manage an entire month! You're braver than I am! Your wardrobe room looks amazing; it makes me want to go digging through it all! You have so many gorgeous dresses.

    You should be really proud of everything you achieved in 2014; you did so much! Sewing 66 dresses is alone a big achievement, especially considering the fact you also read a ton of books! I'm sure 2015 is going to be an even better year for you. Lots of luck for the year ahead! xx

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    1. I'm certainly hoping that once I get into the habit of not shopping, the ban will get easier. YOu're right, I already have such a lot of dresses that I really don't *need* anything new- there are so many things I've never worn so this will give me the opportunity to wear the things which I've not yet got around to.

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  20. This is such a brave thing to do, but really wise and good as well. Good luck with it, and I hope you manage it! Are you saving the money you would spend to go towards a specific thing, or are you just going to have it in your normal spending pot? You could save for something awesome!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

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    1. Well, I've saved up a house deposit already, so I guess anything I save will be added to that account, rather than being left as general spending money> I'm more doing it because I don't need any more things, materialistically speaking, rather than to save money, but it wouldn't make much sense to just stop spending on clothes and fritter away that money on something else instead, so at least if it goes towards the house that will be a useful result of the ban.

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  21. Wow! A whole non-spend year! Hats off to you!

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  22. Good God woman, you don't do things by halves! NO WAY I could do this. Slight palpitations just thinking about it to be honest. So many aspects too, like no nothing, not even home stuff or makeup. I have to say I've slowed down on the makeup buying last year purely because I haven't worn any all year, but have still bought bits and pieces. Did you not see the IC dinosaur heels then? T-Rex...though they are sandals, strappy, not sure you'd like the actual shoe part but the heel part is awesome. Can't decide if I'll get them when they come out or not. You'll save an absolute fortune will you not? Be scary to see how much is saved. Good luck x x x

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    1. I haven't seen them - are there photos? I've just been thinking lately that I have so much 'stuff' - there's really nothing I need.

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  23. Good luck! I'm attempting to do a 'no clothes from the high street' challenge this year (which I know is nothing compared to your challenge), I have far too clothes already and I need to use what I've actually got rather than just buying more. I'll be looking forward to following your progress over the year! :-) xx

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    1. NO clothes from the high street is a great challenge too. I've been thinking the same - need ot actually wear what i have - there are so many items of clothing in my wardrobe with their tags still attached.

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  24. Sounds like a good and productive year! I really should do one of these spending bans but can't bring myself to. I have this idea that I'd feel so deprived. But it's probably not true!

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