Are You a Shopaholic?
I've received many messages, particularly over the holiday season, from readers looking for advice on how to not overspend. Many readers wrote that they feel consumed by shopping and that it's taking over their life. As a result, many are in debt, have their homes cluttered with too many items, and yet with all these things, they still feel an overall sense of emptiness.
I hear you on this. We live in a consumer culture and we rarely take pleasure in the simple things... in what we already have, before we go out and purchase the next thing.
I used to be quite consumed by shopping... particularly for clothes. My next purchase was always on my mind and I would rarely leave a shopping trip without buying something. Once I decided to change my ways and implement the lessons I learned in Paris though, my shopping habit was kicked. Yes, I still shop and I enjoy it but I am not consumed by it. It does not control my life.
Now I'm not suggesting we stop shopping entirely. We all still have to buy things. I believe in making informed decisions and buying high quality products, which is why I continue to review (and give away!) products on this blog. Part of what I love about blogging is doing the research for you and sharing my finds.
My advice is that we should pause before we buy anything (big or small) and that we should practice gratitude and appreciation for what we already have.
To hear more thoughts on the subject, watch this week's video which discusses chapter 16 in Lessons from Madame Chic, Reject the New Materialism. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur
This week I would love to know... are you (or have you ever been) a shopaholic?
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