Conscious consumerism is a topic I am really passionate about and I love helping people change their habits from mindless to conscious, but first, let’s talk about why this is so important.
When I was a teenager, I went to College in a bigger city by train. Every day after school, we had to wait for our train to take us home and my friend Lisa and I would always checkout my then favorite clothing store.
I SERIOUSLY USED TO BUY SO MUCH CRAP
I was a sales addict and every time I saw something on sale, I would buy it, although sometimes it didn’t even come in my size! I mean, I was “saving money” because it was on sale, right?
At some point, I think I had 5 or 6 different winter jackets, they were all on sale and only cost me like $50. Whoever does that math knows that whenever you SPEND money, you’re not saving anything. You actually have less after. 🤦🏼♀️
I USED SHOPPING TO COMPENSATE
I was going through high levels of stress in college and used shopping to compensate for it. I “deserved” to buy something, "do something good for me" after a stressful day in school.
This was just total BS that I was doing, but I didn’t know better nor did I understand what was psychologically going on with me. Everyone had shopping addictions, in fact, I used to say “shopping” was my hobby! Sounds familiar?
WE NEED A FASHION REVOLUTION
On April 24, 2013, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and over 1000 people died. That’s when the Fashion Revolution movement started. If you’ve never heard of this before, you can head over to this blog to read more about it or watch The True Cost Movie to get full insights into the industry.
This movement wants to inform people about what fast fashion is and how so many of us consume unconsciously and mindless that we’re having a serious problem on this planet with waste and toxicity.
WHY DO WE CONSUME?
We mostly consume to please ourselves. To get the latest fashionable clothes. The newest bag. We mostly consume to cover up something else. To fill a void we’re not willing to deal with. Such as stress, loneliness, low self-confidence. And ego. Yes, ego.
We consume because when we go with that new trend, then we will be “cool” and others will like us more, right? And maybe we even like ourselves a bit better, too. But after a day or two, we will go back to liking (or disliking) ourselves in the exact same way as we did before that bag or dress... 🙄
Next time you're in the store, please ask yourself: Do you really need a new bag when you already have a couple? Do you really need another swim suit when you already own 4 bikinis? Or are you buying it to compensate for something deeper?
JOIN THE NEXT GLOW CIRCLE ON CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM
On April 27, we’re going to explore this a little more! In this Meditation Class and Glow workshop in Zurich, we’re going to uncover the deeper reasons for our consumerism and find ways to fill these voids with self-love.
Find new ways to deal with stress that are actually lasting, rather than instant gratification with a $5 T-shirt. Find ways to overcome loneliness that actually makes you feel connected and loved, instead of trying to find company in new clothes.
Self-love is the key to everything. Let’s explore this together! Click here to sign up for the Glow Circle on April 27. Cannot wait to see you there!