Is it easy for you to spend money on yourself? For me, I don’t hesitate to buy food or miss the opportunity to give a gift to others. When it comes to personal shopping, however, it’s difficult for me to spend money. Sure, there are things I like and say I want, but I very rarely buy them. Husband gets irritated because I will find something, tell him all about it, he’ll encourage me to buy it, but I don’t follow through. Does anybody else suffer from this?!
To practice my follow-through skills, I’ve been on a shopping spree. This is out of character for me, in fact, it’s uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I’ve purchased items I like, will use regularly, and thoroughly enjoy. Husband would never admit this, but when he asks, “Did I buy that for you?” and I reply, “Yes!” he smiles. Don’t tell him I told you this … he’d deny it anyway.
Since January, I have “splurged” on microderm facials, photography + Photoshop classes, Dead Sea cosmetics, home decor, clothing and shoes.
Last October, while on a mission trip, I gave my only pair of TOMS to a Haitian man working at the project site. The shoes weren’t in excellent condition, I had worn them for a year, but he was barefoot and working on a construction site where nails littered the ground. Luckily, my shoes fit his callused feet perfectly. I wish I could have bottled up the joy on his face when I gave him those shoes. His eyes sparkled and, despite our language barrier, I know he genuinely appreciated my seemingly simple gift. A few months later, I purchased another pair of TOMS. I’m a huge fan of the buy-one-give-one concept that is central to companies like TOMS and Warby Parker. As a University of Kentucky fan, despite their terrible basketball season this year, I chose this pair of TOMS from their collegiate collection:
I fell in love with these handmade pillow covers, made by a Texas blogger, and knew our couch needed a personal and unique touch. Even though we rarely sit on our couch, Husband and I will each have our own decorative pillow (Texas for him; Kentucky for me) showing the location of our hometown with a red heart. Everybody say awwwww.
A blogger from Kentucky introduced me to an Etsy shop (HomelandTees) that has adorable t-shirts and window decals. I bought this “Home” t-shirt and wear it proudly. Anybody else picking up on the Kentucky theme here?!?!
Since returning from Israel (where I toured the Holy Land), I have become quite the ambassador for AHAVA, an Israeli cosmetic brand. My skincare routine now includes cleansers, scrubs, mud masks, moisturizer cremes, and body wash made with water, salt, mud and other miraculous products from the Dead Sea.
Neely introduced me to Memento, a website for all things monogrammed. I wear a navy pullover or jacket to school almost every day (my classroom is chilly) and I really like this monogrammed beauty. Navy is a one of my favorite wardrobe colors, and the splash of pink is preppy without being too girly. Plus, the pullover is within dress code and I can wear it to school. And what Southern Lady doesn’t love monograms?!
I saved the best for last …
There are two things I love besides Jesus, Husband, and sweet tea: eating food and cooking food. For as long as I can remember, I’ve drooled over Le Creuset (pronounced Lay Crew Say) cookware. My first piece of Le Creuset stoneware was a college graduation gift and my collection significantly increased when Husband and I got married. For our sixth anniversary, Husband asked what I wanted and I said cookware that’s high-quality and preferably shiny. His reply, “I don’t know what that means, but get whatever you want.” So I did. I went to Le Creuset and bought stainless steel pots and pans. Le Creuset offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products and that, my friends, is a deal you cannot beat. Plus, stainless steel lasts forever. My mom still has the cookware she got as a wedding present 35 years ago and my grandmother has the set she bought in 1953!
On a separate but somewhat related note: the traditional gift for a sixth wedding anniversary is IRON so I “splurged” and bought a cast iron grill pan too. It was on clearance. Plus, it’s important to uphold sacred traditions. Right?! =)
If you were to “splurge” and buy something for yourself, what would it be?
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