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Opting Out Of Christmas Consumption
For several years now we have been slowly cutting back on our consumption at Christmas. Every year we have managed to reduce the amount we spend and the garbage we create. Did you know that the average person creates 25% more waste during the Christmas season?
This year, aside from my annual family and friends photo calendars and some fancy chocolate, we won’t be buying any retail gifts. I’m quite proud of that fact.
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As one of my readers pointed out to me recently consumption is consumption, regardless if it is retail or secondhand, which is of course, true.
Ideally we would all be happy with what we have now and never buy anything again. Unfortunately that isn’t realistic.
The three Rs of the environment are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduction is our ultimate goal however reusing what is already on the planet is still better than buying new. Purchasing new always requires more energy and creates more waste than using something which already exists.
Secondhand does not mean second best. Shopping sustainably is good for our hearts, our wallets and most importantly, our only home, earth. Small choices amount to big changes for our world.
Opting Out Of Christmas Consumption
Opting out of the Christmas consumption means I can relax, not fight with the crowds and know that I’m not accumulating debt. Enjoying the season without the emphasis on spending money brings the focus back to spending time with those we love.
I haven’t given up everything. I can still be found baking a few Christmas cookies for the holidays but I have cut back on that too. It’s better for my waist and my health. It took me 52 years to understand the benefits of moderation.
I’m simplifying my holidays without losing the spirit of the season.
Do you find the holidays a stressful time of the year?
Conforming To Our Tribe Via Our Clothing Choices
It has always been my mission to dress for myself and not to conform with the rest of society. I’ve done this since I was very young.
I thought this comment from a reader on Patti’s blog was very poignant,
We dress to conform ourselves with different tribes. Even the non-conformists are allying themselves with other non-conformists. Our clothes transmit messages about us–our tastes, our priorities (even when clothes are not a priority–that’s also a message). The question might be whether we are being true to ourselves when we are choosing our messages to the world, and whether our choices make us happy. – A Taste Of France
I realized that even though I’m dressing for myself, in doing so I am allying myself with others that also choose to dress for themselves.
Choosing to wear vintage almost guarantees you will be seen as an outlier, someone who doesn’t quite fit with society’s expectations of how a woman of a certain age should dress.
What messages are my clothes sending?
I’m hopeful that they communicate my Style Statement that I’m artistic, unique, relevant, fun and strong.
Are we being true to ourselves in the choices we are making?
Without a doubt buying secondhand aligns with my social conscience and makes me happy.
I can see that my choice to dress differently has encouraged friendships to blossom with other non-conformists. I didn’t realize this until I stopped to think about it. There are literally millions of blogs out there and yet I chose to follow style bloggers that are also stepping outside of the expected styles for women over a certain age, a sign we are part of the same tribe. I sought out these other women because I knew they wouldn’t be dressing like everyone else. I knew they would stimulate my imagination and inspire me. As humans it is natural to choose to be around other people we believe understand us. This is certainly the case with the other bloggers I follow. I have been lucky enough to become good friends with several of these other bloggers.
Our style choices can encourage others to engage with us or ignore us.
Dressing to become invisible is easy, shop any fast fashion retailer and simply dress like everyone else.
Do your style choices make you happy?
Do they communicate what you want to say to the world and how you want to be perceived?
Are you comfortable with your tribe?