We all know how uncool bullying is.
37 year old Rebekah Prince was picked on in school coming up for being "uncool". So much so she developed a shopping addiction so that she would always be the freshest kid in school. Her goal was to stay far away from being "unfashionable". According to a recent report published by The Sun, Prince accumulated almost $250,000 in debt due to frivolous spending on fashion items (shoes, accessories, clothes etc;)
“The cool kids at school were all in their Nike Air Max trainers, Kickers shoes and Kappa tracksuits,” Prince told The Sun. “It wasn’t that my parents couldn’t afford those labels, it was just that they didn’t put a value on brand names.”
Recollecting her memories, she recalls moments in her past where her peers in school would plot and plan to circle her and make jokes on her get up. Enough was enough. At age 13 Prince's mother gathered up the cash and grabbed her daughter a pair of Clarks Wallabees. This was an easy remedy to shut up the bullying menaces at school picking on her child.
“No one at school had them. But soon, everyone was wearing them,” Prince told The Sun. “Then the coolest girl in the school came up to me and said she remembered how I had them first and suddenly the popularity table was turned. The popular boys started flirting with me, the popular girls wanted to sit next to me in class and I realised the right clothes worked wonders.”
This led to an early obsession of flamboyance and flossing. 16 years old was when she began working her first part time gig at a nearby nursing home, spending every cent she made on the latest get up money could buy. 21 came just around the corner, and by that time she had racked up a whopping 30,000 in credit card debt (not including store debt in addition). Even when she attempted to get a higher paying job, that didn't solve anything either. It made her spending habits get worse by the day.
In the year 2013, Prince experienced a salary cut and was put in a tight spot to re-evaluate her expensive lifestyle. .“I cut out Sky TV, lived off beans and dumped my fickle friends,” she told The Sun. “I realised I’d never find true happiness living the way I did. I was hurting inside.”
Her method in solving this lifelong issue? De-cluttering her closets. Of course, she had tons of unused items from the accumulation of spending. She sorted her least used items into 16 large bags, and made the conscious plan to sell them to consignment. Shocked at how little cash she would recuperate from the selling of her clothes, she decided to scratch that idea all together and donate them to charity and goodwill.
So what did she do? She decided to de-clutter. She went through all of her barely used belongings and sorted them into 16 huge bags. She had planned to sell them to a second-hand store, but was shocked at how little money she would get return. So she just gave most of it to charity.
“In many ways, it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said. “I find happiness now in friendships, festivals, running and fundraising […]I don’t shop away the pain any more because I’ve finally realised happiness cannot be bought.”
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