I have not blogged in a long time! That’s just how it is for me. I’ve accepted that about myself.
I decide that I am going to write about my move and found this is draft. It’s about another change.
~ written about a change I made on my 46th birthday. It really has made shopping a lot easier, not only on the pocketbook but also the heart & conscience.
Change. I always want it. Sometimes I’m afraid of it and sometimes I embrace it.
Like everyone else, I want a richer life, which to me is a better life. I don’t mean wealth or fame. I want a life of experiences, minor and major.
So I started examining my life and noting the changes I had to make. Of course it all came down to me making changes within myself. I always have a choice. The only control I have is over myself. And even with that I’ve lost control before and probably will again! I started a little over 3 years ago, on my 46th birthday, on the changes.
First was my consumer fast. I can only swap, thrift, make or be gifted any clothing. Undergarments and swimwear are exempt from this. Shoes are on a fine line. I have tiny feet and finding my shoe size can be difficult. I also love shoes, so they fall
on a case by case basis.
I have done a awesome job at this and if I must say so myself, I have been stylish doing it.
My daughters and sister are eco fashionistas too. And so are most of my friends It’s a movement that is spreading and it makes me so happy.
People expressing themselves in limited choice garb instead of clothing themselves from a chain store that has a thousand of the same shirt.
The labourers of fast fashion are severely underpaid. I can’t support that. This is a dilemma for me because so many families rely on that money to survive, as little as it is. So do I stop supporting theindistries that exploit that?
~ this part is what I added. I realized I had not finished it because I was stumped!
So what did I do?
I chose not to support it directly. What I mean by this is that I do not have a problem buying or swapping a mass produced item. I know that there are those that are stricter with their boundaries, however, I’m not. Hey I know this saves an item probably destined for the landfill.
This year I turn 50. It’s almost 4 years.
I have been great with buying only preloved items, swapping and gifting. I even went to New York and kept my promise! I found my favourite black suede skirt in the Harlem Goodwill. Actually, my favourite go to black shirt (it’s peplum) is from there too!
Disclaimer: I did buy new shoes since vintage ones are not as accesssible. Oh, and new undergarments. Sometimes you have to spoil yourself.
Skirt from UberSwap held by Nathalie Roze. It’s my favourite swap event of all time.
Here’s to a lifetime of treaure hunting!