oh poo.

i’ve been reading 7: an experimental mutiny against excess. it’s awful. it’s beautiful. i’ve been convicted, i’ve laughed, i’ve cried…even though i haven’t finished it, i know that it’s going to change my entire life.

7 chronicles the journey of jen hatmaker as she focuses on moving further from her agenda and closer toward God’s in the areas of food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. each category has certain rules and is practiced for one whole month. her experience is absolutely life-changing.

the second month jen explained made me cringe. she wore 7 articles of clothing for 30 days- shoes included in that number and no accessories allowed…say what? that’s impossible, right? right? (please, for the love of my closet say yes!)

as much as i want the answer to be yes, i know that it’s not. i realize that some people have only the clothes on their back. it’s to my shame i see 7 items for a month as impossible yet people around me go without.

poo poo poo! my heart is a mess, you guys. i’m so far from where i want to be, but i know that He promises to finish what He’s started. (thank you, Jesus!)

because clothing/shopping was an idol for me, i’m not buying anything for myself for a year. well, that year hasn’t been nearly as hard as i’d anticipated. so here’s where things will get interesting. people can make do on a lot less than i’ve got. so i want to see if i can, too.

obvs jen made it work with 7 items for 30 days. i got this in my inbox today. i definitely groaned out loud. 6 items for 30 days? she’s got to have some kind of super power.

what my rules will be i haven’t a clue, but the month of may…or maybe june (i’ve got to give some serious thought to these rules!) will definitely be interesting. eek!

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  • Katie April 24, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Oh poo indeed. You had mentioned 7 before (I think I read about it here) and i ended up buying it. I’m reading third month now and wham! I feel like my outlook on EVERYthing is beginning to change…and I haven’t even started the challenge myself! It’ll be fun to read your thoughts while we are going through it, too.

    Oh and I love your blog. I’m pretty much a plain tshirt, jeans, cardigan girl, but I’m feeling inspired. :)

    • Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Isn’t it so good?? Slash so horrible at the same time? :) I’m glad you’ll be reading along- share your thoughts, too! I love hearing about how others are doing with it.

      And thank you! I’m glad :) Have a great night, Katie!

  • Patti April 24, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I think you are definitely right that our lives will definitely change from reading this book … and that’s a good thing. There is some REALLY TOUGH STUFF in there for me to hear, but God usually calls us to things that make us cringe in the beginning, right? Love you girl. Proud of you for being open to what God has to show you! :)

    • Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Agreed! I hate that kind of cringing but crave it at the same time. Thanks for the encouragement! Love you, too! So thankful to have you in my life :)

  • Savvy Southern Chic April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Wow. This has me thinking. I haven’t even done a 30 for 30 because, well, um.. and now 6 or 7 pieces for a month?!! We are really blessed here and have far more than most of the rest of the world. If it brings us closer to God, we really should give it up. Your posts inspire me.

    • Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Ha :) You make me laugh. Me either. Mm…actually that’s a lie. I tried 30 for 30 last year and failed…epicly. 6 for 30 or whatever it ends up being may be a fail too, but my thoughts have definitely shifted, and that’s my real goal. Thanks for the encouragement- have a great night!

  • The Leather Skirt April 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I just found your blog. Spent some time cruising about. LOVE finding new fashionistas to inspire me. Great style!!

    You have a new follower!


    • Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Thank you! I’m pretty sure you’re the first person to ever call me a fashionista. I like you already. :)

  • The Leather Skirt April 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I just discovered your new blog. I just LOVE finding new inspirations. You have truly great style!!

    You have a new follower!


  • kat April 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I could easily wear 6 pieces in a day…..June is definitely the right month to wear fewer clothes – it’s too hot for layering!

    • Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I think you may be right. I am too crazy with work to think through the details and want May to work it out in my head. You’ll help me pick out my items, right? Love love.

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together April 25, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Hahaha I love the comment above that said “I could easily wear 6 pieces in a day.” I feel that. Cute outfit!

    • Caitlin April 26, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      Me too…she’s brilliant to suggest June for that reason alone!

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