What Purchase Will Help You Achieve Your Resolution?

Last year I had a tiny resolution of cutting back plastic waste- specifically, get really good at not using plastic bags. Conveniently, Chicago implemented a 7 cent bag tax as soon as a chose this resolution, so I could really justify my investment in Baggus. I bought 3 small bags, gifted one, and bought a large bag. If I forgot my bag, I bought a new one and planted it in my car or by the door. And we probably used plastic bags a hundred times less than we did in 2016.

I have been taking group physical training lately, and feeling stronger with every week. I was having trouble holding my feet still while holding planks, and I was finally sick of slipping and struggling. If my feet slip every 10 seconds, how can I hold a two minute plank? Enter: Adidas Crazy Trainers. I am so stable and can feel my strength. I was worried that once my excuse of slippery feet went away, I would discover that I couldn’t hold these poses, but was surprised to discover that I feel stronger and feel like I could hold these moves all day.

What purchases help you accomplish your goals? Is it a new cookbook? Leggings that don’t pull or tear during your workout? A nice laptop case or new backpack to make it easier to get to the coffee shop and work?

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Repurposed, Reloved

Recently, my sister and I visited an antique shop in New Harmony, Indiana and found some pieces we really, really loved. It was such a fun experience that involved connecting with the local owners of this small-town shop and imagining histories of these beautiful objects.

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My sister bought these amazing shoes for $18!!! Giving these handmade leather products a new life is more ethical than buying new (often mass-produced) products. They will need a little extra care to prolong their life, but she wore them almost every evening after she bought them.

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I bought this beautiful turquoise and silver bolo/ring set for $80. I’ve seen each piece of jewelry sell for twice that on its own when purchased new. These are also handmade, and having been found in an antique store, they have a history and could have come from anywhere. I love speculating about the story that goes with these items. Maybe a cowboy wore them at his wedding, or a Navajo silversmith made them for her father. (They are not stamped as Navajo silver, but bear the markings of traditional Navajo design.)

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And then, there is this amazing maker we found on Etsy! These are not repurposed- they are made new. And made with care! Each pair cost $30, which is such a steal for handmade leather shoes, and she made the men’s pair in a custom size for no extra cost. The adorable his/hers pair of keychains were a bonus she through in. I’ve posted about the pair featured below.

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I loved finding these one-of-a-kind pieces. Do you have any amazing handmade or repurposed finds that you cherish?