Trying my patience

Here’s the short list (trust me, there’s always more!) of items I’m waiting to go on sale:

1. I love this casual, Grecian-inspired dress from J.Crew.

2. The print on this Banana Republic tee is the perfect combination of whimsical and well-done.

3. Oh I just adore Madwell’s take on the layered necklace look!

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What purchases are you holding out on?

How many times can I say ‘bra’?

The reflection in the gym mirror took me by surprise. I couldn’t figure out where all the jiggling was coming from. Undeterred, I kept running, but the bouncing of my, uh, chest didn’t stop. And I remained baffled. “Hmm, this is strange. I guess I need to go online and order a new bra, this one is not fitting correctly”, I thought to myself.

A few days later I was washing my gym clothes, and had completely forgotten about the earlier incident. That is until I stumbled upon the exact bra I had just thrown in the wash. Huh? And then it hit me! I had been wearing an old bra, one that no longer fit me, and because it was ill-fitting it could not do its job.

I had two identical bras, yet one was clearly for this season of my life while the other bra was a part of my past. Interestingly, my old, incorrect bra had some ‘quirks’ that made it difficult to use, and when I put it on last week I noticed those flaws but decided to ignore them. I chose to put on an old, out of service garment, one that had seen much better days, because it seemed like my only choice. Meanwhile, the proper fit was literally within my reach waiting to be adorned.

Sometimes my life mirrors this silly mix-up. In a moment of desperation I run back to my old habits, sinful behaviors, and insecurities. I see each entrapment and realize that something is not right, but I ignore the signs choosing to relish in the comfort of my old ways. And yet, I’m failed. Just like my floppy, unsupportive bra my past mistakes are not meant to be carried into this present season of my life.

Today is a new day with new mercies. Don’t hang on to yesterday, don’t hoard the past.

If I had thrown out my old bra, I would have avoided all this confusion; saving it ‘for later’ created a host of hilarious, but potentially embarrassing problems. Sin, unfortunately, usually has a much more devastating effect. Give it up. You can place every part of yourself in the hands of Jesus, and you can do it SHAME FREE. It’s time that we all stop clinging to the worthless, tattered garments (habits, etc.) of the past and walk in step with the One who longs to carry it all for us.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Shop Smarter and Save

Ahhhh… we can finally all breathe and once again see our carpeting that was hidden underneath crumpled wrapping paper, tinsel and empty cardboard boxes. Our houses are back to normal, decorations are down, put away and yes, we have survived another lovely holiday season with family and friends.

And just when you thought you could NEVER shop again, yes, the time has come! These next two weeks offer us, as consumers, irresistible deals wherever you look. If you are in a mall or driving past a store you will now start seeing flashy signs such as “semi-annual clearance”, “take an extra 50% off” and my favorite, “3 days only sale starts NOW”. All of these translate to, “PLEASE come into our stores and help us clear out our winter merchandise that’s left over so that we can put out our spring 2011 lines”. This means big savings for us!

Some things to ponder if you decide to take these stores up on their offers over the next few weeks:

 – If you are purchasing an item in a store that says, ” take an additional 40% or 50% off your total purchase”, make sure that’s exactly what the cashier does for you.  Sometimes, the register does not automatically take the reductions off of the prices and you are left wondering how much you really saved. My advice? Do some quick math before you get to the register and figure out approximately what your total will be. If your items ring up for more, challenge the cashier and more than likely he or she will adjust for you.

 – When strolling through the aisle of your favorite clothing store, look for items that are classic, not trendy. If you are buying a “faddish” item at the end of its season, chances are it will be totally out of style by next winter. Then you are not even saving money, you are wasting money! So skip that pair of skinny jeans…wide leg jeans/trousers are totally in for spring/summer 2011. My advice? Go for the more traditional pieces that can be mixed and matched for years to come.  Think cardigans, corduroys, black pants, boyfriend blazers…items that can make endless outfits if paired correctly.

Some sales that I think are worth the trip: Banana Republic, LOFT, The Gap, Talbots, J Crew…so many others, but that should keep us all busy for a while!

Happy shopping 🙂