Ali’s Challenge

One of my favorite things that blogging has brought into my life is the opportunity to share life with each of you. I absolutely LOVE hearing about your lives and what you’re learning about clothing, yourself, and life in general.

Today I am so excited to share one of those stories with you! Friends, meet Ali. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and I can’t wait for you to read her story.


Hi everyone! My name is Ali, I am 26 years old and counselor at a women’s shelter in VA!

I found Caitlin’s blog a year ago during a time of discontentment and anxiety revolving around “stuff.” I was newly married and addicted to shopping. The day that I found her blog it was like God was speaking to me, asking me to give up this addiction and to find everything I need in Him and Him alone. My husband and I went on a backpacking trip right around this time and I can’t explain how freeing it was to have everything we needed on our backs! It gave me a chance to get away and really ponder the condition of my heart. I felt convicted that I needed to give up shopping.

So last August that’s exactly what I did! I was really excited about this journey and started looking at my closet in a whole new light! I have purged my closet over and over again throughout this process! While this challenge changed my perspective on clothes and shopping, it also did far more than that. It allowed me to focus more on my relationship with Jesus and He started filling all of those spaces that I once had filled with shopping, seeking approval, fitting in, etc. He became so much more in my life and as that happened I needed less and less material things. It completely altered my relationship with Jesus! I had no idea making a simple sacrifice could benefit me as much as it has.

I really didn’t find this to be a challenge! Yes, I got clothes as gifts and received a few gift cards, scouted out a few thrift shops, but ultimately that idol was shattered. I no longer felt the need to have more new things; I became thankful for what I had. It became less important to find the “perfect outfit” to wear out to dinner.

It completely changed my heart and I will always remember this time in my life and how listening and obeying God turned out to be far much more than I could ever have imagined! If you feel like shopping is an idol for you, I would suggest that you pray hard about sacrificing that part of your life.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be comfortable; He wants our totally surrendered hearts!


Ali, thanks for sharing your heart with us today! You are such a blessing to me.

I’ve got to admit that I loved last year. The simplicity of only having what was in my closet to work with was freeing. Added to that, I had no idea the emotional and psychological pieces behind my wardrobe. Have you ever thought about those? What is your relationship like with your closet?

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  • Amy G November 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I notice quite often that I have emotional attachments to some of my clothes. A lot of pieces in my closet have stories behind them, and sometimes I can’t bring myself to get rid of them even though I don’t wear them anymore, just because I remember when so-and-so gave it to me or I remember when so-and-so and I were shopping together and found that and what a great day it was or I remember something special I wore something for. It’s hard to let go!

    • Caitlin Author November 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      I hear you, Amy! That’s definitely a struggle for me, too. I also find that when I get rid of something, it will come back in style or my tastes will change and I wish I’d kept it. That makes it hard to let go, but I’m trying to be diligent about items that truly don’t fit or are worn out. It’s tough!

  • Autumn November 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I was recently forced to cut off all shopping, due to some financial changes in our life, and it’s already started to change how I view wants vs. needs, and that sort of thing, and is really making me look internally and ask myself a lot of questions… Eyes are opening.

    • Caitlin Author November 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Autumn- that’s really awesome. I’ve been amazed how emotional and psychological clothing is… Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily L. December 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    How awesome! I only did mine for 3 months, but it really did help! I love how the Lord has used your story to work in so many others lives Caitlin! That is so awesome! :-D

    • Caitlin Author December 11, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      3 months is nothing to scoff at! That’s incredible, Emily. I love hearing about y’all’s stories, and am so humbled God used mine to make a difference. He’s so good!

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