In my late teens and early 20’s, I struggled with an eating disorder. I used food to deal with my emotions, and it nearly cost me my mental and physical health.
By God’s grace (and a lot of counseling), I don’t struggle with an eating disorder anymore, but about a year ago, I noticed I was dealing with negative emotions in another unhealthy way: buying clothes.
In May 2018, I started a year without buying clothes, shoes or accessories. I hit a speed bump a few weeks ago and in a moment of weakness purchased a crossbody bag...that has now been donated to an elementary school fundraiser (more about that in last week’s Tuesday Truth on IGTV). Despite the hiccup, I’m really proud of myself for taking this challenge and I’m committed to finishing my year without clothes strong.
One thing I’m learning—through my year without clothes, my writing endeavors and pretty much everything I’ve ever done in my 35 years on this earth:
FAILURE ISN’T AN EXCUSE TO QUIT. God can redeem anything—even the worst mistakes. And all those things you’ve been through, those lessons you’ve learned and those tears you’ve cried? They make you more empathetic and relatable. As @lysaterkeurst says, “Perfection intimidates. Compassion inspires.” So, if you’re struggling with failure or frustration today, just know that I see you. I feel you. I’ve been there. From someone whose been in the trenches, believe me when I say our God is greater than any of it and every mile you’re walking today, this month, this year, matters in the big picture of what God’s doing in your life.
Now, let’s lighten things up, shall we? I’ve posted the two outfits I could NOT have lived without this past year in my stories and I’m working on a post about all the things I ACTUALLY wore and what I didn’t need during my year without clothes. Tell me what you’re wearing on repeat these days, cause I’m definitely getting a wardrobe refresh in 45 more days!! #fridayintroductions