February 2019 Bucket List and Shopping Ban One Month Update
I both can’t believe that it’s already February and also felt that it couldn’t have come soon enough! Is it just me or did January feel really long?
Before I jump into my bucket list for the month, I really want to take a moment to talk about my shopping ban and give you guys an update on how it’s going. If you didn’t know already, I am doing a year-long shopping ban. I’ve listed my rules and exceptions on how this would work on this post here. I really recommend you read that first before you read this post.
It’s been one month since I started and to be honest, I really struggled the first two weeks! Since I knew this was something I wanted to do since November of last year, I actually went on a shopping binge the last two months of 2018. Going from buying anything I wanted, sometimes in excess, to quitting shopping cold turkey was really hard. I feel like there were so many sales happening and a lot of bloggers I follow were highlighting some of their favorite sales too. I will admit, I bought one thing this past month but it fell into my “exceptions” category - I only have one pair of work flats that just completely fell apart in the soles, making them unusable. I decided to replace them (as stated in my rules, I can replace items that are unusable). This then actually ended up stressing me out a bit. Because I can’t just go out and buy anything I want to at any time anymore, it really made me think long and hard about what shoe brand at what price point and where I would buy my replacement. I ended up going on Poshmark and buying a pair of Nisolo flats. I’ve been wanting a pair of Nisolo shoes for a while because they’re an ethical company and buying them on Poshmark would mean they came pre-loved making it a more sustainable (and economical) purchase. I’m glad that my purchases have become more mindful and it’s something I want to make sure I keep with me after this ban is over.
I did sort of beat myself up over the purchase though. When I bought my flats, I felt like a failure who couldn’t even last one month in the shopping ban! I had to remind myself that this was okay because I wasn’t adding anything new to my closet. Still, I did feel guilty about it. I’m hoping this feeling will carry over into the rest of the year so I can make sure I don’t really break my ban! I also made sure to list my purchase in my list of pieces bought this year in my bullet journal! I want to keep this list as short as possible. I only gave myself one page but I don’t want to fill it up at all.
After the initial two weeks though, it got a LOT easier. I remember reading an article by Ann Patchet about her shopping ban. She noted that there were times she really felt like she wanted something but after waiting it out a few days, her feeling of needing it went away. I think that’s what happened to me and I’m hoping it will get even easier in the year.
Okay! Now, onto my bucket list:
Send Jen a Galentine’s Day Gift
My best friend and I have been sending gifts to each for Valentine’s for years and this year will be no exception. I feel like there’s always a huge focus on romantic love on Valentine’s day but I happen to believe that V-day is for celebrating love in your life in all forms - the love you have for your family, your romantic partner, and your friends!
Celebrate my sixth blogiversary
I can’t believe I’m writing this but I am celebrating my six-year anniversary on the blog this year! I can’t believe this little corner on the internet I started on a whim has made it this far!
Celebrate my third Anniversary with Brian
I am also celebrating an anniversary with my boyfriend! I actually met him on Valentine’s day (yes, I know, We are that gross couple who met on Valentine’s day) at a mutual friend’s birthday brunch and we’ve been dating ever since.
Celebrate Lunar New Year
This year is the year of the pig (my brother was born in the year of the pig) and as a Korean, I’m ready to have all the traditional fixings! Also, DC’s Chinatown is having a festival of sorts and I’m excited to see it!
See Richard III at the Shakespeare Theater
I love having season tickets to the Shakespeare theater because it gives me and Brian a few built-in date nights throughout the year. This month, we will be seeing Richard III and I am quite excited! I feel like Shakespeare’s history plays are really underrated so I’m eager to see how they interpret this one!