Monday, December 15, 2008
I have to admit, I never thought that my fast would live to see this day...5 BIG ONES! That is, I have reached my five-month mark and I have not broken my vow to refrain from purchasing any fashion item. In fact, besides scoring some super-cute tights from the GAP a few weeks ago (which are, in fact, permissible), I have not brought home any article of clothing nor I have intentionally added to my wardrobe in any way.
As each and everyday passes, I am reminded of how much time and money I used to spend on attire every week, and it's so refreshing to have that burden off my mind. I no longer scan websites everyday for great deals nor do I wander aimlessly around Bloomingdale's for hours on end. I am very pleased with the contents of my closet, and still find new ways to wear outfits and individual pieces. It may be more of a challenge to find something unique to put on in the morning, but my clothes are no longer a barometer of my self-image. I don't rely on my clothes to improve my self-esteem, but I instead work on making sure my confidence is at healthy levels everyday-- before I pull articles of clothing from my dresser.
Beyond not allowing clothes to sway my mood, The Fashion Fast is timely in relation to the current economic hardships affecting the world. Not only are budgets tighter, but also non-profits are finding fewer and fewer donors. Thus, their funds are quickly drying up. So, help me celebrate my five months and contribute to a great cause, either my charity of choice-- Women In Need--or your charity of choice. It's the perfect time of year to give some cash to those that need it most.