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I told you last week about Jen Hatfied’s book and how it’s messed with me and how a group of us are experimenting with a radical reduction of excess in our lives this summer. Like I said before, if you haven’t read it, go get it (or borrow it). Now!
So the area where we’re currently reducing is clothing. Trying to wear just 7 pieces of clothing for a week. Jen did it for a month, but we’re clearly not spiritual or committed enough for that. We just plan on being quick learners. :)
Sounds super easy, right? Summer casual, right? Live in your swimsuit at the lake, right?
Well, not so much. Here’s the email I sent my partners in this kingdom mischief the other morning:
Ok Guys, (or Y’all as Theresa would say),
I went to sleep obsessing about which clothes I would choose for our clothing week, and I woke up obsessing. John says I need to make a big color-coded chart or take a Vallium.
Normally I think this would be easy-peasy like we all said! But between now and when we meet again there is no 7 day stretch without climate change (going to Montana) and/or weddings to factor in!
And even the 5 day stretch I can find includes golf, tennis (which necessitates two different types of skirts and two different pairs of shoes right there!), a lunch with the president of a seminary, an out of town guest, 2 grad parties, three meetings (one of which is in the home of a beautiful woman who owns a chain of clothing stores!), and church along with, you know…just LIFE! (note: I do not think this is a “normal” week)
Plus, I thought maybe I had it figured out, and then I remembered, NO JEWELRY! And one of my choices is DEPENDENT on jewelry cuz it’s so boring-mega-plain and will just look darn weird without.
Don’t judge me – I’m gonna be sitting around in a sweaty black skort most of the time!
And, may I add that I’m gonna be with a lot of the same people Sunday, Monday, Tuesday??? As Cara would say, “CUE THE VIOLINS!”
AARRGHH! See what I’ve noticed already?? I used the words “necessitates” and “dependent” in reference to CLOTHES, and I really meant it!! How many people get to play golf or tennis regularly?? Anyone in a Third World country would think I was BONKERS!!
I know, I know, my problems are soooo real!!!
Anyway, I’m four days in and am thankful for Molly’s suggestion to keep this reminder in my closet…
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