Challenge Update: Week 5

Buy Nothing/Don’t Covet

I didn’t buy anything. Yay me.

On the other hand, I blew it in every possible way in the coveting department. I want to draw an interesting parallel here: when my coveting is out of control in one area, it is exponentially out of control in others.

Learning to shut off the thoughts is a skill which I do not yet master, but one that I believe, once I do master, will bear a lot of fruit in terms of my overall level of satisfaction with my life. Wanting what I don’t or can’t or shouldn’t have is the number one source of discontent in my life (obviously). The sooner I am able to shut down that artery the better.


I added a few Pantheon items this week, but just as notably, I decluttered a few items, too.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I tried at least ten different items one evening as I prepared for the next day, realizing that I genuinely didn’t even like some of the things, but was keeping them around for…some…reason.

The good news was that a friend with whom I sometimes trade closet items was coming over to give the scalawags their seasonal shearing and I was able to offer those things to her. If she ends up not loving them, she can pass them on to someone who will!

Go-To Catalogue

Nothing to report on this front. I was all about the petticoats and the dresses, none of which achieve “Go-To” Status.

I look unconvinced, but I do love me a polka dot petticoat.

The theme on Thursday of this week for my “Ideal Life Exercise” was Personal Style. On this day, I generally take a few minutes to re-hang clothes that are lying around, pull out things I haven’t worn in a while to ask myself why? This go-around there wasn’t a ton to do so I color-ordered the items in my closet for fun, to see if it would spark any outfit ideas. It did not. However, the result was pretty and made me love my closet. I have stepped in there at least a dozen times to admire it since Thursday!

Having good habits (mise en place, a regular day every few weeks to think about my Personal Style) makes decision making easier, but it doesn’t make the decisions for me. There are days when, for whatever reason, it is just harder. This is why the Go-To Catalogue is so important. Today, I went for a Go-To because I genuinely was too tired to think last night. I still feel like a million bucks, even though I gave the outfit no thought last night. I gave it some thought a few weeks ago and am reaping the benefit of that thought today.

Go me!

Mise en Place/Plan Ahead

Doing this at night has been my saving grace. I would have been in a pickle had I attempted to try on all those different things in the morning when I had my people people moment earlier this week. The thought “I have nothing to wear” was still present, but it didn’t negatively effect my day, being compounded by the stress mornings inevitably bring.

Repair and Mend, Alter When Necessary

I did my umpteenth mend on a pair of scalawag camouflage pants. I did an iron-on patch a few weeks ago, but the patch started coming unglued (seeing as how these pants are worn at least three times per week!) I’m happy with the result, so is Scalawag 2.

When he outgrows them, I will sell them to the military as an alternative to Kevlar

I finally got around to mending a few holes in one of my favorite sweaters. It’s starting to look funny, seeing as how the yarn I’ve used to mend it has more fluff to it than the original. This gives it a weird texture…I can’t explain it but I guess I better start loving it more than I do now, since this sweater is among my favorite wardrobe items. Embrace the weird, right?

I get to go pick up my Elf Boots today. O, Happy Day!


I can be satisfied with what I have. It makes me happy when I look at what I have and it is organized in a way that seems to shimmer with beauty. “Wow! All that is mine?”

Perhaps if I can spend more time in moments of the shimmering glow of admiration, I will spend less time in the throes of dissatisfaction. To be continued.

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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