Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lent

I have issues. Lots of them actually. But the one I am letting the world know about is my shopping addiction. I shop when I am sad, mad, happy, excited, bored, stressed....well, really any of my emotions make me want to shop. After this past weekend in SG I have learned that what self control I thought I had is gone. I have NONE.



I was reading Trent's cousin Tiffany's blog post about Ash Wednesday and was reminded of the times I would "participate" in Lent with my friend Kellee. We would pick something to give up for the 40 days. Usually it was food or something we thought we couldn't live without. Well, it is time to participate again, and yes, I am giving up shopping. I will NOT be spending ANY money on clothes, scarves, jewelry, accessories, or shoes. Is this possible? Yes. Can I do it? That remains to be seen. I figured if I put it out there for the blogging world to see, I may be more embarrassed if I fail.



I am a few days late seeing how Ash Wednesday was last week, but I figure it is better late than never. I have already been tested once and passed. Yesterday I was at Target and found the perfect purse for me. For those of you who don't know, I don't do real purses. My current purse is more like a wallet on a string. I found this beauty and was putting it in my cart when I remembered I wasn't going to spend any more money on myself. Ugh! I loved it, but I wasn't going to fail on my first day trying. How pathetic would that be? Maybe it will still be around in 40 days.....and on sale!

Isn't it just screaming my name? I would be moving up in the purse world without fully converting to the "Mary Poppins" purses that girls carry around these days. Why didn't I see this in St. George when I had no problem dropping $13 for a purse???

And LOOK! I would have a place for all my credit cards and "stuff." And isn't the paisley print cute!


So wish me luck! This is going to be hard, but necessary. It is sad to see how much money I waste on unimportant things. Anyone can join me if you want. Hard things are always easier to do if you have a support group!

18 comments:

Trent said...

I hope this isn't a family Lent...

scharee said...

i might have to join you...but not until after a buy a swimsuit this weekend. but after that i'm done...i promise...that's it;)

Mindy said...

Oh my, that is a cute purse! I love it! If I lived by a Target, I'd go buy it and hold it for you... I might use it a few times in the meantime... ;)

Maga said...

Good luck, Amy!! Figure what life would be like if Trent didn't have a job. From Trent's blog it looks like he doesn't want any part of it.

Brenda said...

Good luck, Amy. You can do it!

Kim said...

Just have Trent go buy it for you...or does this whole lent thing not work that way??? The purse is totally you, so I hope you somehow end up with it.

Allen's said...

Way to go Amy! I should give up sugar for Lent...I am just not sure if I am strong enough...it seems to always call my name! Good luck, you are awesome!

Amber said...

Good Luck, I would fail! I can't pass up a good deal, or things that are clearly screaming my name! I remember all you girls participating in lent...good old days! the bad thing about posting that cute purse, is that now all of us will want to go get one, and there won't be any left after 40 days. Sad! Does Lay a way count?

DMJK McQuivey said...

That purse needs you!! It really is so cute! I remember a special year we did Lent. For some reason it didn't last the 40 days, mine lasted a YEAR! Rememeber?

P.S. I LOVED it when you came to see me, and yes we NEED a girls weekend!!!!

tiffany and darren said...

What a great idea!! I was thinking of something to give up for lent and got too lazy to be creative about it. I would give up shopping with you, but my mom and sisters are coming to town and you know we are going to spend some time at H & M. I will definately keep it in mind for next year. Seriously, great idea! Oh, and thanks for the reference, I feel honored to be on your blog :)

Alyssa said...

Good Luck girl! But you won't be getting any support from me because I have the same problem! I may even go buy that purse for myself! LOL

Ginny said...

i don't even know you that well and i'd say that purse is you!! get trent to get it and hold onto it for you...you are still learning delayed gratification that way!! :-) good luck with the lenting!

Sarah said...

That is such a cute purse! I am pretty sure it would be impossible for me to give up shopping though too. I am very impressed with your dedication!

Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog :)

angela said...

You go, girl!! That takes some self control. That purse is way cute (and a good deal!) Maybe if it's not in the store post-Lent you'll find it online.

Jake and Becky Veigel Family said...

Good Luck

Becky has a bag like that.

Tom and Dayna said...

Good luck! You Can Do It!

Julie said...

I love Trent's comment! Well, Amy, I think you need to make an exception on the purse. It really is SO YOU! And it's only $13. You'd still have money left to put in the purse with a price like that! I really love it for you. The paisley is such a cute surprise. You are brave. I really need to join on this Lent. Good LUCK!