Challenge Update: Week 29

Did not see that one go by.

Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet

After all of last week’s ruminations, this week was an absolute whirlwind. I didn’t have thirty seconds to think about buying anything, let alone put myself in circumstances to actually do it.

The whole coveting thing remains an open question. When I see something that someone else has and I notice it in a way that is complimentary, I have to wonder what it is exactly that I am saying. Case in point: we were at the park with my scalawags and there was a little girl wearing an absolutely adorable rainbow sundress. It was not in my size, as you can imagine, but I actually leaned over to my eldest, who knew the little girl from Music School and said, “I want a dress just like that one.” And he said, “I think you need one.”

A. He is well trained. B. Why did I bother him with this little thought? I mean, I could have totally kept that thought to myself. But for some reason, when I see something that tickles my fancy, it feels like a necessary part of admiring it is to say something out loud.

This reminds me of something I read recently from a copywriting guru I follow, who said something to the effect that, although feelings are real, putting them into the words can sometimes be more harmful than helpful. Although he was talk about relationships, I had to wonder if even in this silly domain of me admiring other people’s clothes he didn’t have a point.

Challenge Rule 2: The Inventory

This week I gave myself a cheat day from my four dresses challenge to wear a very pretty purple top I inherited in a clothing exchange with a friend. I spilled coffee on it over lunch, and ended up returning to one of my four dresses for the rest of the day. So, even on a planned cheat day, I could not escape my challenge.

That said, I did add this fabulous purple top to the inventory this week.

Also: my rainbow dress is down to below 1€ per wear!!!! Yayayayayayayayay!!!!

Challenge Rule 3: Go-To Catalogue:

Can I be honest about something? Like brutally honest? I am starting to get bored with my four dresses all summer challenge. I’m thinking that now that my rainbow dress is down to below 1€ per wear, I am going to allow myself more frequent cheat days, because I don’t want to get the point where I hate the dresses I am trying to turn into favorites…

Challenge Rule 4: Mise en Place/Plan Ahead:

As I planned my cheat day, I had gotten out at least three different outfits. When, after my challenge is over, it finally will come down to breaking into the rest of my closet, I am going to be paralyzed by choice.

Challenge Rule 5: Repair and Mend, Alter when Necessary:

I’ll be honest, that purple top wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t have the time or desire to properly alter it. So I played with it, safety pinned it here and there and wore it anyway. At some point, I will need to break out the needle and thread, but sometimes, safety pins are a good, non-permanent option.

Also: I lost a sock this week. One of only three pairs of summer socks I own, one that had been mended and re-mended. I lost it somewhere between church and home on Sunday (long story). It is gone. And my sock situation has never seemed more dire than it does right now.

I could so very easily fix this problem. It would cost me about 1.75€ to exactly replace the socks that were lost. But I am so darn stubborn that I just won’t.


This week, with little to report, was a refreshing change from the heavily philosophical week I had last week.

In Other News:

I’ve shared the first episode of the podcast with some test-listeners. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. I have a few technical issues to iron out, but all in all, I think for a first foray into learning to use the sound editing software Audacity it turned out pretty well.

Now, the goal will be to have a total of between three and five episodes before we launch. We have enough material recorded for probably another two…but I will need time in order to mix it. Recording is easy! Editing is time-consuming and requires an ability to concentrate that I simply cannot do with little boys around. Vacation is great and all, but boy oh boy. It is not compatible with having dreams of becoming podcasting royalty!

I finished my cycle of Ideal Life Reels on Instagram. I have some people going back and re-watching them as they start their vacations. It is fun to see the work bear fruit way way way after it was launched!

Lastly…the Indulgent Husband and I are celebrating our 22 year wedding anniversary this week and I have come to realize that because I married him when I was 21 years-old, I have been married to him longer than I haven’t. On that big teeter-totter of life, this seems like a big deal.

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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