Last week I wrote a post all about learning to let go – let go of all my stuff since I’m trying to downsize for my upcoming van life adventure. I wrote about how this is a serious struggle for me, not only because I tend to assign a sentimental value to a lot of things – but also because I love to shop. I didn’t emphasize that as much last week because I am working on it. But have to admit, I’m definitely a bit of a shopaholic.
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I’m not the kind of shopaholic that needs to buy something every time I go to the store. In fact, most of the time I don’t buy things because I’m super cheap! But I love to go shopping, I love to look at everything and imagine the possibilities of what I could buy. I could spend hours in a TJMAXX, Target, or any store really. I guess you could call me a Browseaholic?
Now shopping isn’t what it used to be for me. Before downsizing, even if I was less likely to buy something, I knew I still could if I wanted to. Now I have very clear limitations what I can or should shop for. (Space is extremely limited in a van!)
For this reason, I’ve been staying away from stores. However, recently, I slipped. I couldn’t resist and I went to Target for the first time in about a month (probably longer actually) with Meagan and Mom. And it tested all of my limits. I was actually very overwhelmed at first. Spring and summer are my favorite aesthetics – I love the vibrant colors, the patterns, and the general bohemian vibes. So entering Target was like sensory overload.
And instead of focusing on the fact that I couldn’t buy all the adorable bohemian style home goods, I allowed it to give me inspiration for our van decor. I also allowed myself the possibility of buying clothes. Because no matter where I am or what I’m doing I’ve got to look cute right? So giving myself those mental parameters allowed for a much more enjoyable shopping trip. Without them, I honestly wouldn’t have lasted 10 minutes inside.
I still didn’t buy anything.
So in a world with endless possibilities, here is my Target Wishlist:
Women’s Silver Plated Amethyst Genuine Stone Necklace – Gold (16+2″) – $14.99
Women’s Envelope Clutch with Geometric Flap Closure – A New Day™ – $21.99
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Rattan Basket Large – Natural – Opalhouse™ – $34.99
Coral Embroidered Round Throw Pillow – Opalhouse™ – $24.99
Cream Macramé Table Runner – Opalhouse™ – $24.99
Macramé Garland – Opalhouse™ – $24.99
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Women’s Floral Print Sleeveless Crochet Trim Maxi Dress – Xhilaration™ – $29.99
Women’s Mad Love Prudence Footbed Sandal – $22.99
Women’s Floral Print Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Dress – Xhilaration™ – $24.99
Women’s Kolbi Braided Ghillie Heeled Gladiator Sandals – Merona™ – $32.99
I may have to go back for that Macrame Garland. I can totally hang that in my van.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you been to Target lately? Were you inspired?
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Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in their van. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Catch her somewhere around the country in a converted camper van or at home in Florida for a visit.