Challenge Check-in Week One

I did not buy anything this week, which was easy because I barely left the house but to take the scalawags to school.

I did covet. A lot. It takes so very very little for my mind to think that because I find something attractive that it should consequently belong to me. As I examined my thoughts, I was embarrassed to see that it is not just clothes. My coveting problem goes waaaaaay beyond just clothes. I am absolutely certain that a ton of my dissatisfaction comes from this mental highway right here. There is a benefit in making myself aware of it and I hope that I can find an off-ramp from this highway soon without a forty-three car pile up.


I added two items to my inventory that had gone previously unrecorded: that fabulous turquoise petticoat and the Monet print cardigan from my amazing sister which I had deemed too warm for summer but not warm enough for winter and subsequently set aside for far too long.

Go-To Catalog

I have long drooled over a Finnish fashion trend which colorfully pairs a cardigan and full skirt with an obi belt. (Yes, the Pinterest Board for this is called Fairytale Fashion. I feel quite strongly about this look.)

I have loved the look for ages, so much so that I am using it to dress a character in the novel I am writing. At any rate, when I found the cardigan again I was so happy because I got to thinking that I could use it to recreate the look.

Me, hero of my own fashion fairytale

So here we are! I have a one new look to add to my dress-up catalog. I think I will even wear it to church tomorrow.

Plan Ahead and Mise en Place

This week I took five minutes each night after the boys were in bed to pore through the Pantheon and pick out exactly everything I was going to wear the next day. I consolidated it all onto one hanger and put it in the bathroom where I would be getting dressed. I even got dressed first thing, so I didn’t have to stress out about leaving the scalawags to their own devices while I did.

This made my life so incredibly much easier.

Repair and Mend, Alter when necessary

I have been mending socks lately, because my boys are in an odd in-between shoe size phase and they have between them exactly five pairs of un-holey socks that fit. Seeing as how they love to play in the mud and change their socks at least twice a day, that ain’t gonna cut it and I refuse to buy new socks until they can comfortably fit a bigger size. Therefore, I am sewing patches cut from worn-out onesies onto their socks. They call the patches “secrets”, which I absolutely love and makes me feel like a superhero armed with needle and thread.

I did alter a skirt (the skirt seen above, come to think of it!), taking in the waist so it fits just a bit better.


I can already see how this Challenge is going to force me to go through the garbage in my heart. I didn’t expect for this to rise to the surface so quickly, but so it goes. I also see how it will make my life easier and a quite a bit less stressful.

With the added benefit of discovering in my own closet the possibility of creating an ersatz of a look I love, I am pretty satisfied with the first week.

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

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