People say I’m a gifted intuitive, but I honestly think one of my greatest talents lies in my ability to successfully (and diligently) shop for bargains. Maybe it’s my sixth sense for spying deals, and maybe it’s my spiritual support team – I communicate incredibly well with my guides when I’m shopping – but my knack for finding amazing things at astounding prices is nothing short of miraculous.
I am totally serious!
I have stumbled across…
$200 jeans that actually fit me for $20?!
beautiful dresses with $400 price tags for $8?!
cashmere sweaters for $5?!
And so many other amazing and incredible things – shoes, bags, makeup, beauty products, etc. – that it would take me all day to list them.
There are a lot of places (new and vintage) to get deals in LA, and my guides even help when I ask them to…steering me to the right racks…sending uplifting messages through music…even connecting me to the right sales people. Just today, a handsome young man (does that make me sound like a grandma or what?) looked at me and asked “Do you need help with anything?” I smiled and said no, and then he said “Well just let me know if you need anything at all, ok? I’m here to help you.” I know this might sound crazy, but I totally felt like that was my guides/the universe coming through, because earlier this morning I had asked them for help, to feel happy and loved and supported. Not only did they get me a free parking spot right in front of the Beverly Connection, where there are only a handful of free 45 minute parking spots (it’s a pay-to-park lot), but they helped me score a beautiful pair of Valentino sunglasses for an UNEARTHLY deal.
Kicking the Bargain Habit with the Perfect Shopping Formula
After my son was born, I started scaling back with my shopping habit. It just isn’t right for 3 year old Ivan to be dragged from shop to shop – he needs to be at the park, not at TJ Maxx. I decided to shop for clothes only 4 times per year – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Once a quarter I get to shop for about two weeks to get everything I need for that season (without Ivan in tow). This plan has been working really well. I no longer shop for clothes randomly. Now I’ve got a formula. Trends + seasons + checklists = wardrobe.
Finding a Balance
But I realized I was still shopping regularly, and I felt GUILTY about it. I need to get gifts all the time, things for the home, and toys, clothes, and shoes for Ivan. I mean, I only bring Ivan to shop with me once a week or so, but the whole notion of shopping, acquiring things, spending time on all these material pursuits…sometimes it feels like it’s not the best thing to focus on. I mean come on, SHOPPING? as a hobby? Ridiculous.
I love to shop, though. It takes my mind off of things, and I’m able to focus, and also to totally manifest what I’m looking for. It’s fun for me, and it’s relaxing. I feel like I’m talented at it, and I love the thrill of finding things, and of asking my guides for help, and then receiving it. For more info on how you can do this with your guides, check out my Spirit Guides workshop here.
Indulging Yourself Prudently
Sometimes our greatest talents are things we’re not necessarily proud of, or things we just don’t take seriously. But by bargain shopping, I’m allocating the funds we have to more important things, like Ivan’s education, and to my business – saving hundreds on sunglasses means I can go to spiritual workshops and classes to learn new healing methods and modalities that will help clients. It’s my way of budgeting wisely while still allowing myself to have the nice things I didn’t have as a kid.
I have a lot of talents, and I’m sure you do too. I’m good at doing readings and healings for people, and I love it. I’m good at cooking. I’m great at being on time, at planning and being accountable and dependable. I don’t know if I’m a talented artist, but I’m learning how to paint. And there are other things I’m forgetting right now.
There are so many things to learn, to work on, to practice and play and get into in this lifetime. Maybe I’ll decide I don’t want to shop at all anymore, or maybe I’ll find a new system for miscellaneous gift and household shopping that will free up my time for other things.
But for the mean time, I think I’ll stop feeling guilty for loving to do something shallow. It relaxes me, brings me joy, and takes my mind off of all my worries – and for now, what more could I want out of a hobby?