I am one of those people who, for the most part, doesn't mind shopping. I even enjoy window shopping as a past-time, since I can walk a few blocks from my house, and see all kinds of interesting things and do some people-watching to boot. Granted, I have to be in the mood to really enjoy it, but I'm not a person who absolutely refuses to set foot in a store.
I do, however, get frustrated when I cannot find *exactly* what I want, at a price I want. And I really really really hate trying things on, even though I have not ever been a person who can go into a store, pull a certain size off the rack and just buy it, knowing it will fit and look nice. As a result, clothes shopping is often an epic fail for me, and yes, I know it's my own fault, but that's not the point (at least to me).
Well, over the past few months, I have lost a considerable amount of weight. Enough so that the clothes I have are truly baggy on me, and make me resemble someone who couldn't even find the right size at the thrift store. So I decided I would go shopping, and try to find: 1 pair of pants, 1-2 shirts, and I would not just try them on, but even consider things not on sale (a shocking development for my brain to actually consider). The Tim (who is quite a shopper himself, I must say) offered to go along with me to one of the larger malls around here, so he could look for a few things as well. I then narrowed down the stores I would go to where I have had luck in the past, and I was ready to go.
The stars must have been aligned or something, because I was actually successful! Nothing elaborate, but a pair of nice black corduroy pants, a sorta dressy shirt and a casual shirt, AND get this - a dress that was on sale! I had a plan, I stuck to it, and I tried things on. And I had enough money saved for this little expedition, even enough to have some left.
This may not be a big deal to many of you, but I am so proud of myself, I just wanted to share. I don't know that I'll ever have this much success all at once again, but today my plan for what I wanted to do seemed to make all the difference.
I'll come clean on one thing though. I still hate to try things on ...