Monday, October 26, 2009

More Than a TRIP TO GREECE!!!!

HOW CAN A GIRL SLEEP RIGHT NOW?! I just registered for the Mykonos Greece trip through YES!!! I am going to Greece in 2010 (provided nothing CRAZY happens in the next year...)

This trip is sooooooooooo much more than just a trip to me. Besides getting to spend a whole week with Jenni, Ali, and Karen, taking a bazillion photos on a gorgeous island, and resting in the sunshine in late September...THIS TRIP IS ABOUT SAVING MONEY AND CHANGING MY SPENDING HABITS.

See, in order to afford something this expensive (yeah...that cost does NOT cover airfare), I am going to need to drastically change my spending habits for a whole year. But, what's really funny is this: if I just stop buying scrapbooking stuff (not clothes, not pretty things for my house, not even Starbucks), I WILL EASILY AFFORD THIS TRIP.

I know. It's scary. Do I REALLY spend THOUSANDS of dollars a year on stickers and paper?? YES. I do.

My name is Erika. And I am a scrapa-spend-aholic. Yes, I buy too much scrapbooking stuff.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love my paper just like the next gal! And, I even enjoy just LOOKING AT IT. Sometimes I gaze and smile at all the gorgeous colors and textures. That's the joy of what we do as scrappers! But, this is a time for CHANGE. It's a time in my life when I am ready to use what I have! To be creative in the way I use my things. To find other ways to use my time INSTEAD of SHOPPING.

It's true. Shopping is also a hobby of mine. But, it's one that's going to STOP right here. Right NOW. My blog will now become a place where I share with you my tips and tricks and joys and difficulties of breaking my shopoholism. YES. I am going to sober up!

So far, I haven't purchased anything this last week - no clothes, no scrappin stuff. Well, I did by a new hairbrush. But, David said that was okay. And, you know what?! I FEEL GREAT! I feel so liberated by not allowing consumerist romance to lure me! I feel FREE!

We'll see how long this lasts...

I will let you know.


JennD said...

Oh my goodness that looks like such an unbelievable trip!!! You are going to have such an amazing time.

e.mel said...

Awww! Thanks Jenn :) You will be missed, btw, at Inspired Scrapper! I love your art!

Kristin Erickson said...

I am SOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!!!!! I bet this trip'll bring inspiration for a lifetime!!!!

Gabriela said...

Good for you. Here is an idea for Christmas saving:

Have you heard of the Advent Conspiracy? Check out the site. You buy less, give more, and have no debt.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

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