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Before we embarked on this journey, I was focused on what we would be giving up, but I didn't realise what we would gain. We have reconnected with the simple life that I remember having as a child and reduced our eco footprint. A lot of the challenge has been about learning to distinguish unnecessary from essential, wants from needs.
This month I went to a good friend's 40th birthday. She is stylish and takes great care of herself. She notices when I rock up in the same old, same old. She doesn't judge, but she notices, so I wanted a fresh look. To make the effort for her.
As I was preparing to "dress to impress", I realised a brand new frock would have been perfect for such an evening! But no. I had to make do with what I had, so thanks to a borrowed pair of wedges, a hand-me-down hair straightener and a styling tip from Fox in Flats, I felt a million bucks (the fact that the Seduce pants I bought for my 30th fit me after 4 children had nothing to do with it ;).
I am a changed woman from the one who started this challenge.
- I have stopped using shampoo and conditioner
- I have started using honey to clean my face
- I have given up junk mail
- I have grown my own veggies and am due to plant again
- I have started being more attentive to food wastage
- I have eaten more vegetarian meals again
- I have decluttered and sold some of my old books
- I have borrowed books from the library (and friends) regularly
- I have joined freecycle (am currently in search of a single girl's bed)
- I have started making my own gifts and cards
- I have stopped using plastic bags for groceries and completely used up my stash
And this month I can add that I have learnt to get a bit stylish using stuff that I own (which will work as long as I don't have to do too much of it with the same crowd!).
There is still so much to learn and I am now beginning to worry that one year won't be long enough! I can't imagine where we will find the budget to reintroduce new things anyway. Some decisions just change your life forever.
So tell me, how to you 'scrub up' for a big night without breaking out the credit card?