When we first started our consumer-free experiment WAY back in July, I felt pretty cool. People enjoyed hearing about it and I was often met with comments like “Wow, that’s so great, we should really do that!” People were reading my blog, I was feeling the love, and the challenge to stay away from shopping was fresh and fun–kind of like going on a big diet and watching the weight just fall off, and everyone around you says “damn, girl, you look hot.”
No one seems to think this shopping-free gig is so cool anymore (I’m more often met with looks of “you’re crazy” or “why would you do that?” these days), including me. I’m a bit bored with myself and my blog, and the thought of buying something to boost my spirits seems pretty appealing. It’s Christmas, for goodness sake–I want to hit the mall, get my credit card smokin’, buy stuff that I just want because I want it.
If the world tells us that we are what we buy, then who am I as I approach Christmas, the ultimate season for buying and giving, and I’m buying nothing?