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My Consumerism Journey: Intro

Consumerism. It's something we all deal with on a daily basis. Buying things is just a part of everyday life. But is there a point when it goes too far?

For many people I think the answer is yes. For me it's definitely yes. I have a lot of stuff. Books, clothes, makeup, skincare, the list goes on. It's beginning to get overwhelming. But what is even more overwhelming and a little disturbing is that I still want more!

Things have a ridiculous hold on me. I like the pretty and the shiny and the new. And I don't hold back at treating myself. And it's shown. I'm embarrassed by the sheer amount of stuff I have and yes, I love it all, but there's more to life than stuff. Or so I'm told.

So I decided to try to cut out consuming for a year. I've done things like this in the past and failed miserably. But this time will be different. How? I'm going to blog about it the entire time.

I am cutting out most things that I don't need to function in society. Essentially, I can't bring anything new into my living space. Whether new in general or just new to me. I can buy gifts and necessities but just plain stuff? I have enough.

I will fail. I will buy something I'm not suppose to buy. But that's okay. It's about the journey. I'm stating it now that I WILL NOT BE PERFECT. This is more to myself than to readers but there it is. Again, I will fail. I'm hoping to learn more about why items and consuming new items have such a hold on me. Maybe I even break that hold. Or at least loosen it. I'm also hoping to begin enjoying what I already have.

So let's see how this goes!

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I’m proud of you, Caitie!! This is powerful self-awareness and self-reflection! Good for you! You’re not alone in this—we Americans like our stuff! 🫣It’s so easy to fall into!

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