It’s the morning of December 31st where I live and I woke up too early, apparently so that I could spend some time musing on the past year (and not fall back asleep). January 2nd marks 6 months since I moved to the US!! It still seems hard to believe sometimes that I’m not just down the road from my friends, that I’m not at some nice VRBO and due to go home in a few days.
I would say my adjustment is coming along but still in process. Some things I don’t miss about Canada: the weather (!), making school lunches, crappy cell phone plans, shoveling snow, the working mom juggle. Some things I do miss about Canada: universal health care (!), friends and family, my job, Value Village. There are no Value Villages/Savers here in Houston and I find this DISTRESSING! Fix it VV Boutique!! Meanwhile, I’ve been barely managing by thrifting everywhere else. 😀 I keep a list of my thrifted purchases and thought it was looking pretty long but when you consider it’s been half a year, it’s not so bad! I’ve shared most of my finds here or on Instagram but thought I would catch y’all up with I’ve thrifted in Houston in the past 6 months and in the New Year, I plan to resume monthly thrift haul posts now that I’ve got my sea legs under me. BUT FIRST, I am going to rant a little because it’s my
party blog and I can cry rant if I want to.
The social media/blogging scene has definitely changed since I started this little ol hobby back in 2012. Particularly, the algorithms of Facebook and Instagram feel like a great big mute button. I have never been too motivated by likes and followers and all that nonsense – I don’t have to be because this isn’t my business, I don’t make money from it, I don’t need to show stats to anyone; I just amuse myself and promote something I believe in – secondhand slow sustainable fashion for the every day woman. That being said, I’d have to be superhuman not to be affected by dwindling interaction but I’m not sure what to do about it. I don’t fit into a typical mold on the social media scene. I’m not representing a brand, you can’t go out and buy what I post, I am not young, not skinny, not plus-sized. I can’t post beautiful designer things that are just pretty to look at because I can’t afford them. I don’t have the best photography or, this might come as a shock, posing ability. I’m pretty average and I thought that resonated with folks but maybe it doesn’t? With the stupid algorithm, I can’t tell. So, I wanted to say, I’m just going to keep on keeping on. I will never pay for followers, I won’t bow to the algorithm pressure for paid promotions, and I am never not ever going to play the follow/follow me back/unfollow game. If you are into that and follow me with that expectation, save yourself the trouble. I am trusting that people who click the little follow or like button are doing so because they likey; that’s why I do it, so if I follow you but you don’t follow me, I DON’T CARE! I’m not precious about that. It boils down to authentic use of this crazy social media thing and in 2018, I want to encourage us all to use #socialmediaforgood and to be authentic. I hope that also means we shift from perpetuating the fast fashion cycle to supporting slow fashion, sustainable brands, posts and influencers. You count! We all count and I for one sincerely appreciate every like, every follower, every comment and everyone who takes time to read anything I write. Truly. (Rant done, let’s look at some clothes.)
These are just the pieces that I haven’t yet featured on the blog or Instagram. They all represent a lot o fun over the past 6 months! I scored a total of 82 pieces at right around $6.84 per piece which sounds about right for half a year judging by years past. It always sounds like a lot BUT in my defense. (I don’t need a defense. I do what I want.)
Each year, I choose one little word as a guiding resolution. Last year in 2017, my word was Go which turned out to be rather apt right from January 1st to December 31st! For 2018, my word is Abide and I’m looking forward to living that out in my new home, in my hobbies, in my faith, in my circumstances. Abide with me, and let’s have a wonderful year together!