Living in a small town has it’s perks.
No wait for a table.
You might be a bit surprised to see that last one on the list.
When we first decided to move to Abilene, I was kind of bummed that there was no Madewell, no Nordstrom — none of my usual stores.
But … it turned out to be a gift.
See, while I was living in Austin and doing the capsule thing, I was consciously challenging myself to only shop once every three months. That really helped change my habits, but there were days I still had the desire to shop — especially on a hard day or a day that I was feeling insecure.
I mean, all my favorite stores were right there.
That little boost of instant gratification was tempting.
Sometimes it took a lot of mental energy to resist. Because, I mean, I just want to see what’s new, okay?!
But now, since I no longer have a Madewell right outside my door, I don’t have to spend any energy resisting the temptation.
That energy is freed up for better things.
Like building new friendships. Going on little adventures with my husband. Investing in my relationship with my parents. Learning more about slow fashion + creating a clear vision for Unfancy (more on those later). And generally just being present and practicing more gratitude.
I thought it would be a drawback … but it turned out to be a gift.
Is there anything like that in your life right now? Share away — those unexpected gifts are worth celebrating.
Shoes: Sam Edelman (old) / similar*
Hat: Madewell (old) / similar
a note about links: I’m excited to start sharing my move towards a conscious closet with you more and more. It’s a gradual process — I’ll share my full story and develop a better system of communicating what’s what as I go, but for now, links with a star are better choices (either made in the USA and/or from a transparent company).