For those of you who want to read my original post about The Closet Challenge, check it out here! In short, for the month of October, I had one dress, three tops, and three skirts from which I could create my outfits.
What did this challenge do for me?
For one thing, it simplified my life. I've never been that fussy of a dresser, but things got way more simple when I only had a few items to choose from. It gave me more time to focus on other things in the morning, like prayer, chatting with my husband, heading out the door to Mass, or eating breakfast. This challenge also helped me get more creative, and I appreciated accessories a lot more. Scarves and jewelry were great items to freshen up my outfits. Another benefit of this challenge is that it made me more intentional with clothing. Since I had only a few items that month, I had to intentionally pick things that would be functional, cute, and versatile. This month-long challenge helped me realize that I can appreciate cute clothes at the store without buying them, and that having a small, intentionally workable wardrobe is better for me than buying a lot of adorable thrift store or sale items. All in all, even though by the end of October I was longingly fingering my other skirts, I still really appreciated this challenge. It has given me the passion to live with a simple wardrobe, and I've been going through my closet to find clothes that I can give away to the needy during this Year of Mercy.
This challenge also provided a visual sign of how I became like a TARDIS.
For my non-Whovian friends out there, the TARDIS is the time machine that the Doctor flies around in. It looks like a plain blue phone box on the outside...but it is bigger on the inside!
When I started watching the show, I realized that the TARDIS can be compared, in a way, to the Tabernacle. The TARDIS is bigger on the inside, and the Tabernacle-a gold box-holds the Body of Jesus Christ, God Himself! The TARDIS looks ordinary, but within its walls, it holds an immense mystery. Keeping that in mind, let's look back at a picture of me during the month of October.
I look completely normal, right? Nothing strange or out of the ordinary going on. Yet...I had become bigger on the inside.
|Sorry for the poor quality of the photo & ultrasound-the bedside machine|
was pretty ancient and didn't work so well. The dotted line is measuring the length of Baby,
in case you're wondering what the fuzzy shapes are :)
|You can slightly see thebump in this|
12 1/2 week photo.
I hope that your week continues to be blessed!