Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Confessions of a Shopaholic


As time goes on we have so much technology and knowledge which gives us choice and growth. Recently we spoke about  Is Fashion Sustainable and Do You Care? It is an area that people need to be aware of and what it does to our earth. When we think of the environment we think about fuel, coal etc but we rarely think about where our clothes go?

There are a number of reasons why you may want to think about your wardrobe;

  • Save money
  • Unveil the thought process behind the shopping
  • It’s better for the environment
  • You realise that you are enough and that “stuff” does not define you.

Jill Chivers is a self-confessed, reformed, recovering shopaholic. It’s been 3 days since her last confession.

Late 2009, she had one of those corner-turning, light bulb illuminating, AhA moments. You know those moments. When you come to the hard, cold realisation that you’re was spending far too much on clothes (and shoes, and bags, and belts, and earrings, and all other adornments for the body).

On December 15, 2009, started a 12 month challenge to shop her wardrobe and not clothes shop for one year – yep, 12 llooonnnggg months. It seemed a bit extreme, but its extremeness was one of the reasons she wanted to do it.

Jill says “I’ve done it myself. This isn’t theory, it was my reality. There’s a reason why all those a-holics organisations are staffed by reformed, recovering a-holics – it’s because they know. They’ve been there. They’ve done it. They are talking from experience – they know how to give the tough love, the gentle nudge, the practical helping hand. Likewise, I know what it’s like to spend too much, I know what it’s like to feel like your spending habit might be spinning out of control, I know what it’s like to feel confused about this compulsion to buy, and I know what it’s like when others politely smile into their handkerchief (literally or metaphorically) when you screw up your courage to mention how much you really get into shopping and how it might, just maybe possibly, be something that’s becoming a problem. The good news is: I’ve turned that corner. I’ve made the change. I can help you do it, too.”


Jill created the 12 month Shop Your Wardrobe program has a very deliberate structure. Unlike other downloadable programs, you don’t receive all the information at once – it is provided to you weekly, over the course of a year. The 12 month program is organised into 12 distinct themes.

To find out more about this innovative program you can go to myyearwithoutclothesshopping.com


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