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Gifts were the tough one for me. I’m a gift giver, and I could see how gift shopping could become an easy loophole. I decided to give books as gifts, but I didn’t always stick to it. My editor got married in 2017, and I wasn’t about to give him a book as a wedding present. Still, the frantic shopping for others needed to come to a halt. Green Lingerie The idea that our affection and esteem must manifest itself in yet another sweater is reductive. Elissa said she gave people time, a certificate to watch their kids or clean their house. “That,” she told me, “turned out to be the hardest thing. Time is so valuable.”

I was raised Catholic, and in the same way a child who grows up going to the symphony is more likely to enjoy classical music, and a child raised in a bilingual household is probably going to speak two languages, many people raised Catholic develop a talent for self-denial. Even now my sister and I plan for Lent the way other people plan family holidays. What will we let go of? What good can we add?

My first few months of no-shopping were full of gleeful discoveries. I ran out of lip balm early on and before making a decision as to whether lip balm constituted a need, I looked in my desk drawers and coat pockets. I found five lip balms. Grey Lingerie Once I started digging around under the bathroom sink I realised I could probably run this experiment for another three years before using up all the lotion, soap and dental floss. It turned out I hadn’t thrown away the hair products and face creams I’d bought over the years and didn’t like; I’d just tossed them all under the sink.

I started using them again, and they were fine.

In March I wished I had a FitBit, the new one that looked like a bracelet and didn’t need to be connected to a smartphone. For four days I really wanted a FitBit. And then – poof! – I didn’t want one. I remembered my parents trying to teach me this lesson when I was a child. Ivory Lingerie If you want something, wait a while. Chances are the feeling will pass.

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