I am a recovering shopaholic so not shopping is a huge deal for me. Over my 1.5+ years of being FUNemployed, I have learned to drastically curb my spending and I no longer get the adrenaline rush or kick from shopping as I used to. Being freed from the expectations that the holidays bring is something to behold. Having missed out on the frenzied shopping has been such a blessing. I no longer get hives at the thought of Black Friday. There is no anxiety tied to my celebration.
No longer do I find myself mindlessly wandering from one store to another in a zombie-like stupor. I don’t have to fret about getting anyone anything or going over budget. I don’t have to mortgage my future in order to meet expectations.
I’d rather have the experiences and the people. You can keep the gifts. As you prepare to celebrate with family, think of all the things that cannot be bought or replicated that truly make up the holiday spirit. The things I am most grateful for can’t be put on lay-a-way, you won’t be able to go into debt for, aren’t meant to be gift wrapped and can’t be found under the tree come December 24/25th. You cannot buy the holiday cheer or that warm fuzzy feeling of being at peace and spiritually fulfilled.
It’s most definitely a cleanse worth going on- lose the guilt and keep some money in your pocket for the 2016.