Let’s Chat About Materialism

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There’s no doubt about it, I find comfort in shopping-whether it’s online window shopping or spending the day perusing my favorite shops-there’s rarely a time that I wouldn’t be down for a good shopping sesh. There’s nothing wrong with this per se, it’s been a life-long hobby that has shaped my personality… But what I’m finding now is that the time between making a new purchase and wanting something else straight afterwards is continually decreasing. Having constant access to social media, YouTube and email newsletters creates an environment where I’m always shopping, and not necessarily taking the time to appreciate the things that I already have.

This has been on my radar for a while now, but I thought with others creating their New Year’s resolutions that now is the best time to bring this up. I don’t plan on taking the Marie Kondo method (though I have read and implemented ideologies from her book), but I am on a path to appreciate more, love what I have and buy less.

With my lifestyle, there’s absolutely no need to have that extra coffee mug or buy that eyeshadow palette with the adorable packaging (I’m looking at you Too Faced). I have more than enough stuff to last me a lifetime, and no immediate need to hoard a stash of anything. And while I don’t plan to cut out indulgences completely, I do intend to take a breath and make sure that I’m actually finding value in my purchases.

After a short hiatus from blogging, I’m really excited to bring you new content in the new year, and show that I don’t need to rely on the rush of a haul to feature kick-ass content. I can’t wait to get a bit more creative with what I have (which really won’t be hard since I have a crap-ton of stuff to work with), and let go of my mindless shopping habits.

Through this change in mindset I hope to achieve:

  • A greater sense of the ingredients and materials I am using, and their impact on my health
  • A better understanding of when I’m buying for need as opposed to impulse
  • A stronger sense of financial goals and priority spending
  • A growth in creativity, appreciation and self-value

If you’re setting a similar goal in the New Year I wish you the best of luck, and encourage you to share your progress in the comments below. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for buying less and appreciating what you have more! If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading and Happy New Year!!

Your Friend,


  • Sierra Calabresi

    Love this post, Sam! So happy to hear about your goals–and you–here’s to 2017! XO