Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The "No Buying Shoes" Promise

It happens to us all. The new year begins and we jot resolutions, goals, ideas, promises, and more.
Hence, on January 23rd, 2010, I decided to make a promise, resolution, or commitment (whichever sounds best to you), to not buy any shoes for 6 months.

I have a private blog with 3 BFFs. These friends know that I love shoes and one of them thought it would be interesting if I counted my shoes to know how many I have, plus take pictures of my favorite ones. I honestly don't know how this topic came about, it's been almost six months, but I took the project upon! I started counting and counting and counting and counted 84 pairs of shoes here in San Antonio. I write 'here in San Antonio' because I have more in Houston. I actually didn't end up taking pictures of my favorite ones, cause I was tired of counting.

I know some of you may think it's really cool and others may lean more towards the judgmental side and think it's really unnecessary. Well, I understand you both, because I too think it's cool but also unnecessary.
I've been to countries where people lack shoes, so I could understand why you may think it's wrong. And I've also been to cities such as New York, London, and Paris that have "Fashion Capital" written all over it. I know I'm very blessed to have shoes on my feet.

Well, I had my reasons to making this promise. Part of it was the counting cause I honestly didn't know I owned over 100 pairs of shoes. But overall, I thought it was a good way to reinforce discipline and self-control.

I think sometimes we want to be more disciplined but can't seem to succeed at it after falling into whatever it is we were tempted to do. So I thought it might be better to practice self-control by starting with one specific and realistic challenge such as 'NOT BUYING SHOES'.

The first 2 months it was pretty difficult, but after a while I just wouldn't walk by any shoe store or department. Then, a couple months ago, I went shoe shopping with my mom (for her), and did not feel tempted at all. I was so proud of myself!
By now I've accepted it and there's no way I would break my promise since it's almost over. I've come a long 6 months and I'm so glad I didn't give in.

So as of July 23rd, 2010, I can officially say : I WON THE CHALLENGE!!!!

And as for my favorite pair of shoes, I would have to say that it's between my cognac riding boots or my leopard pumps. :)


Crystal said...

You SHOULD be proud! Congrats on achieving your goal. I wouldn't mind having 84 pairs of shoes;) I'm on the "it's really cool" side!

geo said...

I want pictures of the aforementioned fave shoes!

Adri said...

Thanks Crystal! :)

Geo, I'll post some pics just for you... I'll take it with my phone (It's easier that way).

Cristina said...

A challenge I would have never been able to accomplish! Kudos Adri!

Adri said...

Cristina, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to doing. ;)