Behavior Modification Project: Shopping Addiction
There is an old saying that the first step to recovery is to admit that there is a problem. For me, this is easier said than done because I had never really viewed my shopping as a “problem” or an “addiction” until now. So for six weeks I kept a little journal to document my spending sprees, as well as my emotions, and other things that I felt were significant at the time.
My journal began at with rocky start. I felt like I was making my own copy of my bank statement with little doodles all over the page and after several “flower garden bank statements,” I wanted to see if I even had a problem. The vast amount of information I discovered overwhelmed me and intrigued me simultaneously. The way I was able to make a connection with the bloggers and journalists―it really gave me the “push” that I needed to make some progress with modifying this behavior of mine. This feeling of euphoria was short-lived because my iPad suddenly decided not to function the following day. I was extremely stressed-out and frustrated because my iPad contains all of my school work and even my textbooks. I scheduled an emergency appointment with Apple in Augusta, where they informed me that I would be getting a new iPad at no cost; the only exception was that my iPad model was out of stock. I was furious.
I decided to attempt to make my day somewhat better and purchased a Michael Kors iPhone wristlet for $90.00. Did I need this beautiful wristlet? Maybe. Was it compatible for my phone? No. Did I modify it so it would be compatible for my phone? Absolutely. Again, this was short-lived, and instead of putting it in my closet to collect dust, my beautiful Michael Kors wristlet went on loan to my good friend, Caitlyn.
A couple of days passed by and I have forgot about my journal and website articles, but I was more preoccupied was keeping warm, as this was the week of the second snowstorm. I lacked electricity...