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
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.
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?