I have been generally successful in completing resolutions: I managed to purchase a home in 2009 and met my financial goals of 2010 but this year I decided to try something more challenging and a little more idealistic: I wanted to wear only Canadian designed or manufactured clothing for an entire year.
I have many reasons to want to do this but the most pressing reason was that I was deeply curious to see if it would change my life in any way: would I have my most stylish year ever, or would it be so difficult and costly that I give up before spring? Would this patriotism spread into the way I buy my food and other regular consumer purchases or would it cause me to become a detractor of Canadian culture to my friends and family after spending years of being a proponent? Or perhaps it would not change my life at all and I would simply arrive at the end of the year with an anti-climatic closet of newish Canadian clothes.
Right now it seems popular to spend a year not buying a certain type of consumer goods or goods from a particular origin or not buying anything at all then writing a book about it but I haven’t seen any books about choosing to make a positive endorsement when you buy the things that you eventually have to buy. Making earnest choices is harder than not making choices at all.
At this point I haven’t decided to do a style blog and post my clothes everyday. I work at a conservative 9 to 5 so it would probably start to bore people when they see the same Pink Tartan dress the fifth time. I also have to admit that I am not very creative in styling myself and don’t want to pretend otherwise.
Please follow me this year as I try to make positive choices which will hopefully have positive outcomes.