My Story: Recovering Shopaholic

Yes I am a recovering shopaholic. Not hard to believe right if you’re a follower of my instagram or twitter ( MissMerli ) you’ll see that I love going “window shopping” and taking lots of pictures, to document what I love and two to share with everyone where the best fashion and beauty finds are. Somehow in doing that I’ve been able to recover, it also helps that my shopping funds are shot so there!  

As a lover of everything fashion and beauty, (oh and lets not forget my love of new technologies… yea that gets expensive quickly), I’m bombarded with emails and tweets about the best sales, can’t miss exclusives which about four years ago created a perfect storm for me to become a serious shopaholic. At the same time I was dealing with a break up after being with a man for nine years, all that time I was in control or so I thought. Then there was a switch, shopping became my therapy, and the only thing that made me happy. Some say it was my way to cope, I believe it was chip embedded a decade before. Living in poverty but always having a true love for fashion but never indulging because I never could, it had finally caught up with me.

I’ve learned while I love shiny new things, there is nothing like financial freedom. I’ve finally found what I needed, which was to fulfill my dreams and to channel my energies into something constructive that provides me happiness, online journalism. Not owing anyone makes me happy, talking about the things I love and sharing with you makes me quite happy. What I realized was that shopping became therapy, in reality though I needed actual therapy and not the large amount of material things that I amassed. 

 Now it’s a controlled hobby especially after paying almost sixteen thousand dollars worth of debt off, I refuse to be a slave to feelings, to my past, and to my love for fashion and beauty.  Don’t get me wrong I relapse but having freedom keeps me in line, plus thrift shopping is so good on the wallet. 


5 Comments on My Story: Recovering Shopaholic

  1. Nellie
    July 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM (8 years ago)

    Um you are so awesome, you are my hero! I need to get out of debt badly. But you are motivation to see that it CAN happen! Thank you for sharing your story, I am your newest follower, found you on the BlogHer12 conference page. Have a great day 🙂

  2. Nellie
    July 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM (8 years ago)

    Oh, and I love the blog.

  3. RChelle Mullins
    July 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM (8 years ago)

    I was once in the same place Merli and I had to realize all the things that really mattered that weren’t material based. Congrats on your financial freedom,I’m still working towards that, it’s a process.

  4. Miss Merli
    July 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much Nellie and thanks for following my blog, are you going to blogher? You can do it! It takes a lot for me not to get the spending but there is a relief when you’re not using all your money to just pay bills.

  5. Mai Musings
    July 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM (8 years ago)

    I’m a shopaholic to, I work on controlling it but when I relapse I OD. It’s good to see fellow bloggers face similar issues and overcome. Thanks for sharing!


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