Happy New Year! Hope the first twenty days of 2018 have been going well for you. It’s been going well so far, although I do feel overwhelmed from time to time with the baby and all the projects that I have on hand. I am trying my best to cut down on doing everything and instead, prioritize and allocate time for leisure and catch up with my now never-ending reading list. I think part of the stress is because of baby’s first birthday party (I still can’t believe he’s going to be one tomorrow!) and my (not so) great idea to do/DIY the party decor. Actually, all my stress is because of this party. If I do pull it off, I’ll be sure to post photos here and show you ways you can make cute stuff on the cheap!
And just like that, another year comes to an end. 2017 has been a pretty eventful year for me, to say the least – I had a baby, I took on a lot of new work and finally got down to creating this blog! It’s so hard to believe that 2018 begins like, day after tomorrow.
I know I said I’d talk about Balanced Portfolios in my previous post, but something happened yesterday that made me wonder – why do I shop when I am stressed?
So I Had A Bad Day
Ok, so remember my no-buy? I’d actually been doing pretty well. I haven’t bought myself any item of fashion or makeup ever since I decided on it. I skipped the Black Friday sales and even the holiday sales that are going on right now haven’t tempted me into buying anything. All that amazing progress, however, nearly came to a grinding halt yesterday. So I had had a terrible morning and a completely unproductive and generally crap day at work. As I made my way out of office, my first instinct was to deal with a bad day at work the way I always have before – by going to a mall and buying something new and shiny for myself.
Yes, you read that right. I am not going to buy anything for a year. This (somewhat) drastic decision is the result of my taking the time last week to reorganize my wardrobe. I’ve finally come back to a size that is somewhat close to what I was pre-pregnancy, so most of my clothes fit me again. It was only when I reorganized my wardrobe, however, did I realize the enormity of the amount of crap that I had accumulated over the years. I know I talk a lot about sustainability and how humans are awful, but it turned out that I was a shitty human myself for purchasing what I did from the brands I did.
Over the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to test Colgate’s new Swarna Vedshakti Toothpaste. The product, according to the brand is advertised as follows:
“The new Colgate Swarna Vedshakti is the Perfect Sangam of age-old ayurvedic ingredients and Colgate’s oral care expertise. It is packed with the goodness of Tulsi, Clove, Neem, Honey and Amla. The result is a toothpaste that gives the entire family the oral care protection they need and tastes great too!”
The texture of skin had changed completely after I gave birth to my baby in January. I had grown up with completely oily skin, but after delivery, it had become dry. As if the dry patches weren’t fun enough, I developed cystic acne as well. I’d never really paid attention to skin care all these years, and it showed because I had no clue what to do (apart from being depressed). I did a bit of research and concluded that I needed a routine – something that wasn’t very complicated, and at the same time, ensured that my skin got the care that was required.