Happy New Year

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Happy new year from this city by the bay!

Looking back at 2015 I realize it was a big year for personal changes – most particularly a shift in where I spent my money.  Early in the year I decided to reduce my consumption by creating a small, well crafted wardrobe of quality basics.

Then this summer I watched The True Cost and resolved to have my future clothing be from ethical companies.  I stopped purchasing from fast fashion companies like H&M and Forever 21; no small feat for someone who previously relied on these companies for everything.  I started researching clothing companies, holding them to a stricter standard – suddenly I was not valuing clothes based on how cheap they were but rather on how production impacted the environmental and the workers.

By the time winter arrived it became evident that I needed to hold my personal care and cleaning products to the same standards I was holding to my clothing.  I switched over to organic products – makeup, shampoo, dish soap, you name it.  All in all, it’s been a huge learning curve, but I’ve enjoyed the experience.  I  heard that it takes 66 days for a new pattern to become habit.  But now that it’s 2016, it finally feels like its become habit.

So what’s next for 2016?  I just read about a woman who decided to have a shopping ban for ONE WHOLE YEAR!  She only bought necessities for a year and gave up clothing, excess cosmetics, books, household items and electronics.  Can I do it?  Can I stop buying things I want but don’t need for an entire year?  It does sound like a exciting adventure!

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