If you’ve been here a while, you know that buying things won’t magically change your life. It will not achieve your Great Work. It will not do all of the tedious things you don’t want to do. Work does those things.
How fucking tedious a month into 2017.
For me, this is when shit gets actually serious. My birthday party has passed (a warm houseful of twenty people and brunch served in the evening), my natal celebration with my mother has passed and there’s only the vague promise/threat of Valentine’s Day until spring. The last of the dawdling/partying and not doing the things I know that need to be done have reached an end, not even very far into Q1. For me it’s austerity with occasional overindulgence until May Day. Sometimes I like to pretend otherwise, but with tax season there isn’t time to do much but go to work, go to the gym, go to yoga and write. It’s easier just to go limp and accept it than try to fight it as I learned my first year which was mostly broken plans and sad faces all around. This year, year three, I’ve even stopped minding it. The Copy Room is full of revelations and I can burrow into winter’s womb and eat soup, read books and write.
All that being said, I didn’t have that much to drink at my party (maybe two cocktails), I’m on antibiotics (I knoooooooooooooooooooooooooooow so don’t bother) but we were up til almost three and I’m still slightly hung over from poor sleep/late med taking. I am grudgingly logging my food for today, I am blogging and I’m not going to the gym. I feel hung over and tired from finishing the Big Work Project, all the decluttering at home and various other drudgery that being a semi-competent adult entails.
So for today, I am giving you permission to just once, take the easy way out and buy something to fix your situation but it must be something you can actually afford because otherwise you’re just making a bigger mess and you (and by you I mean me) need to stop doing that.
A selection of items, all under $30 that have fixed my situation:
- These make up brushes (Amazon, $9 for a set of 5 brushes). It feels like putting your make up on with a tiny consenting kitten. It is highly enjoyable and the handle gives you better control. I find these brushes also really evenly distribute eye shadow/eyebrow powder which is not something I excel at. In my own science experiments, they are good for: powder concealer, under eye cover up, eyeshadow, eyebrow powder, gel blush, glitter powder, eye shadow. They are not good for: Eyebrow wax. I don’t know why on the last one, but that’s it so far.
- Palo Santo Incense (Anthropologie, $12 for 5 sticks). They work for cleansing your home, you can light them with a lighter or off the stove or you can let them smolder over charcoal. Bonus: The make your house smell like The McKittrick if you’re into that.
- Knit Clothing Defuzzer (Amazon, $12.31). This has been a huge game changer for me. I wear a lot of knits because knits are really forgiving if you are waxing or waning in size and they get junked up so fast. Not if you shave your knits with this defuzzer. So fast, so easy! Pair it with a lint roller and you look polished as fuck.
- Hot Water Bottle (Smallflower, $28.95). Jow got me into using a hot water bottle because it saves so much money on heat and works so much more directly. I’m always cold, I have two for especially cold nights. The fleece cover makes it even more pleasant.
- Fortune Fish (Amazon, 72 fish for $5.88). Because obviously, you need your state of being dictated to you by a tiny red plastic fish. You haven’t lived until you’ve been in a party full of people all desperately trying to figure out what their fish is doing and freaking out when they drop their fish. Srs biznuss, yo.