Shopping Sabbatical Status: 6 weeks down and 8 to go.
First off, I’ve been amazed by the feedback I’ve received on my previous post on being a ‘shopaholic’. As it turns out, I’m not the only one battling contentment and although our experiences vary in degree, the core issue is the same.
So, perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of joining me on this sabbatical? Surviving a shopping sabbatical might be hard but the trick is to fill your time with things that bring long-lasting contentment. My theory is that in order to give something up, you have to replace it with something, so I came up with a list of things that bring me contentment.
Shopping Sabbatical Survival Ideas:
- Read – I don’t know about you but I have a few brilliant books waiting for me to get lost in. I’m talking the likes of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, as well as The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success by Jennifer Lee.
- Spend Time Outside – The energy you get from spending time outdoors is not only astounding but also scientifically proven. With this in mind, I’m planning more hikes, park runs, picnics, and walks.
- Read Scripture – My favourite bible verse on this journey so far has been Phillipians 4:11-13: “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
- Make Memories – What cultivates contentment more than spending time with your tribe? The plan is to invite friends over for some quality time more often (even though our place is small – which shouldn’t be an excuse) and deepen our connection with one another.
- Practice Gratitude – I’ve been documenting my gratitude journey on Instagram (#cbgrateful365) and I’m appreciating this experience now more than ever. There are thousands of gifts waiting for me to notice them each and every single day, teaching me contentment on another level.
- Spend Time Decluttering – This is a biggie! As you curb your spending on unnecessary items, you might even notice you want to get rid of any excess in your own home. I’ve been through my closet and my kitchen getting rid of anything I don’t find beautiful or useful. It has honestly been so liberating!
- Take care of yourself – For me that means practicing yoga, copious amounts of chai tea, plenty of naps, candle lit baths, and just being kind to myself.
Are you joining me on this shopping sabbatical? After all, no one is going to stand up at your funeral and say, “She had a really expensive couch and great shoes.” Make life about more than just stuff!