Addictions

October 7, 2015

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Hello everyone!  This is a diary about my addiction to Lululemon, shopping, eating and working out.  Probably in that order.  I'm 34 years old and for the last 13 years I worked on Wall Street.  Two months ago I quit and moved to Boston to be with the love of my life.  At the moment I don't have a full time job and a good friend of mine suggested I start a blog since I have so much down time.  I definitely do not consider myself a writer, but once in a while I do take some decent photos.  The camera of choice is my iPhone 6.  The Rose Gold iPhone 6 Plus is definitely on my wish list, but unfortunately my grabby hands won't be able to touch it until May of 2016.

The 500 square feet apartment my husband and I currently inhabit is located in Brighton.  I can basically walk everywhere.  This is important since I do not drive.  It's not because I don't know how to drive, I do have a driver's license.  I just don't trust other people driving and I also don't trust myself.  It takes me about an hour and 15 minutes to walk to Newbury Street.  30 minutes to Lululemon located in The Street.  20 minutes to a Whole Foods, 15 minutes to a post office which is important because I do eBay often.  This is what shopaholics do.  We hoard, and then when we run out of space and sometimes money, we often sell our brand new items- many which still have tags on them.  We list them on eBay for a fraction of what we paid.  Well, at least I do.

Let's talk about addiction.  I tend to go through phases.  Sometimes these phases can last a few years. For example, back in 2005 I was hoarding Balenciaga bags.

This my Balenciaga mini city in teal.


I think at once point I had over 20 of them in my closet.  This was a very bad and expensive habit.  You would think working on Wall Street, I made a lot of money but trust me this was not the case.  I lived at home with my parents which was why I could sort of afford it but most of it was on my credit card.  It took me a long time to finally get out of debt but the only way I did it was selling almost everything I had.  Before I became debt free, I had to ween myself off of Balenciaga bags by getting addicted to something less expensive, just like a 12 step program.  I got into Blythe dolls in 2007.  Many of you won't know what that is at all, but they're basically super expensive dolls.  Here is one that I still have.

Her name is Cerelia and she's a custom.

They're magical little creatures.  Around 2010 I realized I really needed to start getting out of the mountain of debt I created.  I had close to 30 Blythe dolls at my worst.  You can't believe how expensive these dolls could be, especially if they were customized.  One of the reasons I got out of the Blythe hobby is because of the cost.  Prices started to sky rocket.  I saw some customs sell for $5,000 on eBay.  I knew I had to get out.  Now all I've got are 2.  One vintage Blythe and Cerelia.

Basically the internet is so very bad for my credit cards.  The next thing I started to do to ween myself off of Blythe was to read in my spare time and I started working out.  I read over 150 books in 2012 and I managed to get myself into the best shape of my life.

Little by little my debt started to chip away.  It took me about 3 years to pay off all my credit cards.  I wish I could tell you I learned my lesson and I'm debt free, but nope, I still have a few thousand that I managed to add back on when I got married (our rings are from Tiffany's and they're platinum.)  And then there were a few purchases I shouldn't have made this year like the Balenciaga leather jacket I bought for under $1000.  Oh and then Lululemon happened.

How's that for my first entry?















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