Why You Shouldn’t Be So Practical
Before my final week of filming in LA, I took a lil’ trip to Las Vegas last weekend to catch a fun music festival with some friends.
Warning, what I am about to share may seem like a post about fashion. It is not.
Let’s get to it.
For the trip, I only packed an overnight bag with limited clothing and shoe options, knowing I would only be there about 48 hours. One of those shoe options was a pair of cute heels, because well, heels. Then I had a pair of sneakers so I could get in a workout, and sandals for the pool.
After the first night of being in my heels all night (and the whole week before), I knew that there was no way I could stand another night in them.
But, hey, I am a girl who likes to look cute and the sandals weren’t going to cut it for a Saturday night out—nor were my Nike running shoes.
So while my hubs hung by the pool, I ran out to the Strip to see if I could find something to wear. If you know Vegas, you know it takes forever to get anywhere because ya gotta walk through the hotel, get out of the hotel, get to the street, etc. (BTW, I hit 22,000 steps that day!)
The closest stores to me (without having to walk an additional 3 miles) were Marshalls and Ross Dress for Less. And while perhaps neither of them are a fashion mecca, a) I never mind a good deal and b) I knew I could find SOMETHING cute at either of these places.
I was correct!
I quickly found an adorable long, tight (yet comfortable) dress at Marshalls for $29. Then I found a great pair of super cool black high-top leather Polo sneakers with gold zippers for $20 at Ross.
I was ready for the night and I looked fly, sexy and even a lil’ edgy, if I do say so myself.
Why You Shouldn’t Be So Practical
Now, here is where the important stuff comes in.
I didn’t NEED either of these items. At all. And you should know, I am someone who is pretty good about only purchasing clothes and shoes that I NEED, not just want.
In fact, I would say not only am I a practical buyer, but I am also a practical person. I think of myself as REALISTIC when it comes to most purchases and choices in life.
I know that if I was just out at the store and stumbled upon these high-tops, I would likely not buy them.
Why? because I don’t really need a new pair of sneakers. I didn’t really NEED another dress. And so my brain would say just say, “Erin, you don’t really need more clothes.”
So when I don’t ‘need’ something, I have a tendency to talk my way out of doing it, having it, or buying it.
However, I will also tell you that often the things I purchase on impulse, the day of, or in a pinch, are the things I end up LOVING the most.
When I end up doing the things I didn’t really PLAN to do, or take a detour that wasn’t on the agenda, I usually end up having the most fun.
Can you relate yet?
I think we often get too consumed in doing what’s right.
We want to follow the practical path all the time.
We feel the need to be rational, logical and sensible with our purchases, our food choices, our dating life and everything in-between.
Don’t get me wrong. I love practicality. I love the steady ease that it often brings. But sometimes you have to say, “Screw it, I just want to do this or have this and I don’t even know why.”
So today’s post is short.
It’s a reminder to let yourself be a little impractical this weekend— and even more so, let yourself ENJOY it.
Stop trying to be so perfect by making all the right moves and decisions.
Maybe your brain doesn’t actually know what you need. Maybe your heart has all the answers.
Maybe you shouldn’t think about it so much and just be. Just act.
You might just find yourself a really cute pair of kicks:)
Now over to you… are you super-practical when it comes to making decisions? Do you find it helps or hurts you? I would love to hear what you think about this. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Look forward to hearing from you!