Where to start? It’s hard to believe November is almost over! With the month coming to an end, I was reminded about my 30 Day Challenge for November; I haven’t forgotten about it. My goal this month is to find appreciation in everything. I’ve been journaling one liners about what I’m thankful for this November. I’ll up date you on the progress soon!
This Thanksgiving I’d like to thank all of you for your continued support on my blog 365 Days of New. It means a ton to me and drives me to keep going. I’m hoping you too had a lot to be thankful for in your own life. I am appreciative of my family, health, and support–just to name a few. But, for many–and myself–after my top three, the list is long and varies.
After a big meal, many of us turn to Black Friday shopping. For me it is a love-hate activity; I love the deals and hate the craziness. In the past, it was something to do with family members, and I always found great deals. But as we have gotten older and have families of our own, it’s not the same. So, I’ve made it my goal to get all of my shopping done by December 1st, and I wanted to avoid going out and about to the craziness of the hustle and bustle in stores, parking lots, etc. I want to focus on other—in my eyes— more important things than gifts in the month of December. So, I made it my goal to get the shopping done without going out and about to do any Black Friday shopping.
It was certainly a change and challenge, and I have to admit; I found myself having some withdrawals yesterday. Sales were everywhere! More than once I checked online deals. I also still browsed through all of the massive Black Friday ads that come in the newspaper. It was a bit like window shopping except not as good since it lacked any actual exercise; no steps logged on this Fitbit. Darn.
I can’t say I actually succeeded in my quest to not buying anything on Black Friday. Last night at 10:45pm, I broke down and bought myself a new pair of jeans online from AE. My excuse was free shipping and 50% off–at least, it sounded like a good one at the time.
But, I did okay overall. A positive from the experience is that I did not buy anything I did not need or random items just because the deal was appealing. It’s so easy to get sucked into buying more and more. A negative was that I was still drawn in by the appeal of the deals and did spend some time online and in ads browsing many of the tempting offers. I think with more practice it’ll be even easier to resist any temptations to go out and about on Black Friday.
To conclude, I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and you found exactly what it is you were looking to find. I have no regrets to stay home. Not sure I’ll continue to do the same in the future, but it was certainly an interesting experiment for me. Only a few more gifts to purchase and some wrapping to do. Let’s see if I hit my goal to finish all of my holiday shopping by the 1st. Wish me luck!
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