It has been two years since I decided that I was no longer going to be a slave to my credit cards and the debt that comes with it. And as I am writing this I am realizing that this month marks the one year anniversary since I have paid 98% of my credit card debt off. This was a huge deal for me because my credit card habit was really about me dressing to impress and gain acceptance from others. When I made the decision to kick the credit habit, I didn't realize that I was also making the decision to accept myself for who God created me to be instead of for what others thought of me. I soon figured this out when the Lord instructed me to give away every garment that I ever bought on credit. Like any disobedient child upset by being punished for their behavior, I cried and tried to reason with my heavenly Father. In the end I decided that I was going to trust God knowing that what he had for me had to be better then the mess I had made of my finances and allow him to rebuild my wardrobe. Isaiah 54:11-12 says:
"O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, and all your walls of precious stones."
I chose to believe that my rebuilding process was underway but God can"t rebuild you on a faulty foundation. He had to tear the whole thing down, so that he could build me up again. Rebuild he did! It was a slow start. After the birth of my son, I wore my maternity clothes until they became to big, from there I realized that my new cash economy could not afford Lane Bryant and all the name brand stores I used to shop at. So I was at the mercy of God and the thrift store (which I love anyway. I am just thankful that most of them have bountiful selections in plus sizes now). If I bought something new it was deeply discounted. This last year however, has been the toughest. Not working and receiving a steady paycheck to working toward building my own business really meant that I had to get crazy creative with my own wardrobe.
Well, I am please to announce that I get to graduate to the next level of my rebuilding process. "The fall makeover!" I am revamping everything, my attitude, my wardrobe, my hairdo even including a manicure in the budget. However, what I am most excited about is my wardrobe. This last year I focused really hard on improving my sewing skills even taking a few couture level sewing classes to help me improve and learn new techniques which resulted in me having the confidence to make myself a few simple dresses and a skirt to add to my summer and spring wardrobe. This fall I am stepping it up and challenging myself to sew a new garment a week to add to my closet. From skirts to jackets, to tops, a dress or two of course and I may even get bold enough to make a pair of pants ( fyi pants are the hardest thing to sew and get to fit properly).
In order to help me stay focused and true to my word I plan on sharing each of my new creations with all of you! I am actually in the middle of finishing my first garment. A lined pencil skirt in a navy printed cotton. Can't wait to let you see it!
As always Be Blessed!