Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Breaking Old Habits

Yesterday, I was in a local clothing store with the kids. They carry clothing for women and children - I just love this store, mostly for the kids, because the women's stuff is a bit on the gear-ish side. Lots of North Face, Horny Toad, Patagonia. But still, there's always the occasional fun find.

I'd done my time in the boys' department and bought them each their promised package of Silly Bands, Dino version (I thought Silly Bands were over, but they reared their ugly heads again thanks to my son's fellow day campers). Then the boys found a toy to play with, some sort of seagull that balances on its beak anywhere you put it, and I headed over the the women's department with a feeling of, "Yay! A moment where I can look for something for myself!" And I was already in the department with the salesperson informing me that the Illinois sales tax respite for back-to-school was being applied to women's items before the sinking feeling hit: I can't buy anything!

The realization stopped me dead in my tracks and I had to laugh at myself! What a habit shopping had become! Are you having a hard time breaking old habits?


  1. I am having a hard time not impulsively shopping after I read each of your blog entries! I feel so bad, like I need to shop FOR you. :)

    On a serious note, I really like reading about these moments, where you take notice of how ingrained the habit of shopping is. Here it was a reward for slogging through the kid's section, giving yourself a well-earned 'me' moment. Now that I think about it, I often do the same thing but with food.

    Food for thought for both of us!

  2. Yes please shop for me! Substitute shopping is totally within the rules :)

    Food is completely connected to this. You are SO right - I haven't figured out the exact connection yet but it's in there somewhere.