Although I enjoy having a full schedule and taking on new challenges, I'm tired of feeling overwhelmed. The Busy Boycott is a 21-day challenge meant to inspire simple living and a more well-rounded life.
etween an overbearing workload, my never-ending move, and my incomplete graduate school applications, I am feeling overworked and overwhelmed. But I am tired of letting business run me down. While reading one of my favorite minimalism blogs, Be More With Less, I came across #theBusyBoycott. This challenge is meant to encourage simple living and help us change habits that are detrimental to our physical and mental well-being.
As I write this post, I am sitting on a worn-out, secondhand couch left by a former roommate. Currently, this is the only piece of furniture in my apartment that is suitable for sitting. Like many New Englanders, I am moving out of my apartment on September 1st, so much of my furniture has been sold or given to others for free.
Social media plays a huge role in influencing the purchasing decisions of millennial men and women, since so many of us are actively engaging with influencers, brands, and our own network of friends and family online. Through Facebook & Instagram's advanced targeting capabilities, as well as through the brand and influencers that we follow, we are being bombarded with a bevy of products in our feeds. Recognizing the way social media impacts what we buy and how we interact with brands, I thought I'd share the products that Facebook/Instagram "made me buy".
Learning how to develop smart shopping and savings habits are essential parts of growing up. Unfortunately, for many of us, financial literacy is not something taught to us in school or by our parents. Shopping can offer temporary relief from stress or sadness, but buying "things" does not equate to true happiness. Moreover, excessive spending can actually hold you back from living an active, engaging life, especially as you age.
As I write this post, I have just finished my first (and hopefully only) no-buy of 2018. As mentioned in my original post, this no buy started at the beginning of April and ran through June 30th. The only parameters were that I could not buy any new beauty or fashion-related items during this Spring season, unless an item broke or was used in entirety and I did not have a suitable back up.
Since becoming a part of the beauty community on YouTube, the platform has negatively impacted my shopping behaviors by influencing a large bulk of my purchases. Some of these purchases have been great finds, while others sit in my collection largely untouched. If you're interested in seeing some of the items that YouTube Made Me Buy, then please keep reading.