Soulful Simplicity

Updated: Apr 4

My family is no longer surprised when I announce that I want to change my life. In the past three years, I committed to Veganism, took control of my health, and became a plant mom. At different points during the journey, I have failed, but I’m still trying.

It's no surprise that when I made my following statement, "I've been thinking about doing an experiment where I don't shop for a while, maybe six months to a year.”

Their reaction was less than enthusiastic.

"Really, mom?” ok, cool. But there is no way you can do it". I decided, if anything, I had to now. If only to show my family that I was capable. I knew there was a problem when my middle-of-the-night online shopping sprees resulted in hiding packages in my car from my husband. My pre-covid remote purchases would be hidden in reusable grocery bags and tactfully placed between the actual groceries when I would bring my haul home. This is the why behind my desire to change.

Since uttering the words out loud on January

1st, 2021, I felt the intention take hold, and the plan begins to form. As a family, we talked about what the experiment might look like, including what I would and wouldn't be allowed to shop for.

I didn't have all the answers yet. I never do when I started one of my experiments. In the same way, I didn't know I was capable of losing 30 pounds over the last nine months once I decided to try Veganism.

Why stop shopping? A form of 'emotional fulfillment’ or a 'pastime spent with girlfriends on a Sunday afternoon?' I probably choose the easiest year possible to do this Minimalist Challenge. During Covid, Work from home, no events to attend. You're probably saying to yourself, "C, mon, anyone can do it NOW!" this is no challenge. I say, don't be wagging fingers while the other hand holds an amazon package.

It's not as easy as you think. And here's why.

The outstanding sales taking place I would typically spend hours online at or slowly graze through the sales racks on a Sunday are selling items close to 80% off. How can I resist the coat I've been eyeing for a year that was well outside my price range? It has now become so accessible; I could probably buy two.

Fashion is changing drastically into the new '90's era (which is my favourite music era), and now clothes are going to be reflecting my Itune list of songs that I sway to daily. HOW CAN I NOT BE PART OF THE NEW '90's rebirth?