A Better Tomorrow Starts With Today

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Intention. Visualization. Manifestation. Those all sound really fancy but how does thinking about something really achieve anything? It doesn’t! What you’re actually doing with these techniques is rewiring your brain for positive thinking. Instead of talking yourself out of your future before you even get started! It’s about changing the conversation you’re having with yourself each and every day.

Usually, when someone isn’t succeeding in their current life goals they doubt themselves. When they have doubt and previous failures to remind them of why their doubt is founded, they create negative thought patterns. The point of visualizing a different outcome teaches the brain to motivate you towards positive action. Your brain enjoys being happy,  and it rewards you for doing the things it likes! It sends out a fabulous cocktail of chemicals to reinforce your newfound good vibes. This floods you with endorphinoxytocinserotonin, and dopamine. These happy little guys are on your side to make you feel good and help you start achieving your goals.

When you have negative thoughts your brain does the opposite! It slows down and gets fuzzy. You can’t really think of a solution because your brain is so bogged down… that’s because your brain releases cortisol and adrenaline when you’re stressed. Your blood pressure goes up, you have trouble retaining new information, your gaining weight, not to mention getting sick all of the time because of lowered immune function. How is your body supposed to perform efficiently in those conditions? The underlying cause of procrastination, depression, self-deprecation, and self-defeating attitudes all start with our own thoughts. Your brain associates these bad feelings with other memories and experiences it has had and imprints them on your brain. These pathways become well established as your thought patterns, so you naturally fall into negative habits.

For example, if you’re currently in a job you don’t like and don’t see a way to change. You need to get past the blocks you have put up for yourself. Rather than saying “I can’t get a better job because I don’t have an education.” start saying “I will get an education to get the job I want.” You’ll feel more positive about the possibilities that are now open to you because you’ve enabled a new thought process with positivity. Your brain will start doing you the favor of popping out solutions along with those happy chemicals. “Maybe I can take night classes? Or get a student loan? Maybe I can find a job in my field with on-the-job training? Why not try taking one course at a time?” This technique liberates you from being goal-focused to plan-oriented.

Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.” Wikipedia Read more…

Like any other kind of exercise, it takes time to condition the brain. You won’t get immediate results but over time by cultivating positivity you will eventually change your outlook on life’s obstacles. Although sometimes it may feel silly to ‘fake it ’til you make it’ it is so worth it when you become your own friend. To get reassurance from within instead of searching for other’s approval. To know that you can solve your own problems and do anything you put your mind to!

These techniques at the end of the day are tools. Tools you can use to get new habits in place that will help you exceed any goal you previously thought possible. Having a healthy mental perspective means that you and your mind are working together. These small steps easily become leaps and bounds of change if you fuel them.

By closing your mind to expansion you don’t leave yourself any room to grow.

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January, 30th, 2018                                                                                      Mindful Moment

“Today I’m going to share with you one of my absolute favorite Chakra boosting exercises! Unlike many other meditations, it incorporates Reiki Self-Healing Hand PositionsColorBreathing Techniques and Chakra Mantras all into the same mindful, relaxing routine. Once you go through the steps you’ll find it simple to remember and easy to integrate into any busy schedule! I know it’s been an absolute life-saver for me on my really hectic days!

When you see the word ‘Breathe‘ I want you to inhale through your nose, touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Imagine the color associated with each Chakra filling the area of your body that corresponds to that Chakra…” 

The 10 Minute Chakra Booster! 

 

The 10 Minute Chakra Booster!

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Today I’m going to share with you one of my absolute favorite Chakra boosting exercises! Unlike many other meditations, it incorporates Reiki Self-Healing Hand Positions, Color, Breathing Techniques and Chakra Mantras all into the same mindful, relaxing routine. Once you go through the steps you’ll find it simple to remember and easy to integrate into any busy schedule! I know it’s been an absolute life-saver for me on my really hectic days!

When you see the word ‘Breathe‘ I want you to inhale through your nose, touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Imagine the color associated with each Chakra filling the area of your body that corresponds to that Chakra. Filling it with healing color and light. Exhale, releasing any negative energies stored in that Chakra, and then speak the Mantra. Repeat this process until you have completed it three times for each Chakra, starting with the Root (Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra).

For this exercise, you can stand, or sit. Choose whatever feels most comfortable for you at the time. You can try both methods on separate occasions to see which position works best for your individual needs! Sometimes, you may find it helpful to play soothing music, ocean sounds, wind and rain sounds – Again, choose something that suits your needs and will help you relax.

Standing Position – Place your feet shoulder width apart, centering your hips. Then as you inhale roll the shoulders gently back and exhale. Broaden the chest and relax into the position. You should have your feet evenly placed on the floor, toes pointing forward or slightly outward, arms hanging relaxed at your sides. You should be feeling well grounded and balanced to begin.

Seated Position – Place a Yoga mat or a double-folded towel on the floor to sit on. If you are familiar with Yoga you can go ahead and get into Siddhasana Pose (or Enlightened Pose).

For Yoga beginners, this is how you achieve Siddhasana Pose:

  • Bend your leg at the knee, holding it by the ankle, place it gently so that your heel fits into the space between your groin-area and thigh (For example, Right foot brought over to rest between the Left thigh and groin).
  • Bend your other leg at the knee, carefully place the side of the foot over your groin with your heel resting on your pubic mound (For example, Left foot brought over the Right leg, heel resting on pubice).
  • Use your hands to support your foot before slowly releasing into the position comfortably.
  • Keep your back straight but relaxed.

When you ease into the position you may feel yourself shift a bit before you settle into it – that is normal, and there’s no need to readjust unless you slip out of pose completely. In that case, laugh and try again!

If you are a more visual person see the picture below, the figure seen here is seated in Siddhasana Pose (or Enlightened Pose).

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Clear your mind before you begin by taking three deep cleansing breaths. Remembering to practice the Breathing Technique – Inhale through the nose, touching the tip of your tongue on your upper palate and releasing the tongue as you exhale through the mouth.


Root Chakra – Place your hands with the heel of your palms rested on the inside of your hips and making a V-shape along the inside of your pelvis, fingers pointed toward your groin.

Breathe in Red. Focus the energy flow into your Root Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I am.”

Breathe in Red. Focus the energy flow into your Root Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I am.”

Breathe in Red. Focus the energy flow into your Root Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I am.”

Seal the energy in your Root Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a full Red ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Sacral Chakra – Place your hands so that the heel of your palms are rested below your ribs on your stomach with your fingertips meeting at your belly button.

Breathe in Orange. Focus the energy flow into your Sacral Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I feel.”

Breathe in Orange. Focus the energy flow into your Sacral Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I feel.”

Breathe in Orange. Focus the energy flow into your Sacral Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I feel.”

Seal the energy in your Sacral Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a full Orange ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Solar Plexus Chakra – Place your hands so that the heel of your palms are on your lower ribs with your fingertips pointed towards your diaphragm. If you are female, this is under your breasts.

Breathe in Yellow. Focus the energy flow into your Solar Plexus Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I do.”

Breathe in Yellow. Focus the energy flow into your Solar Plexus Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I do.”

Breathe in Yellow. Focus the energy flow into your Solar Plexus Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I do.”

Seal the energy into your Solar Plexus Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a full Yellow ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Heart Chakra – Place your hands so that the heel of your palms are near the armpit, across the chest under the collarbone with your fingertips meeting at the sternum. If you are female, this is above the breasts.

Breathe in Green. Focus the energy flow into your Heart Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I love.”

Breathe in Green. Focus the energy flow into your Heart Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I love.”

Breathe in Green. Focus the energy flow into your Heart Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I love.”

Seal the energy into your Heart Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a Green ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Throat Chakra – Place your Right hand so that the heel of the palm is on the Right side of your neck, the pinky finger should be resting along the top of the collarbone, and the fingertips wrapped gently around to the Left side of the throat. Place your Left hand so that the heel of the palm on the Left side of your neck, the pinky finger should be resting along the top of the Right hand, and the fingertips wrapped gently to the Right side of the throat.

Breathe in Blue. Focus the energy flow into your Throat Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I speak.”

Breathe in Blue. Focus the energy flow into your Throat Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I speak.”

Breathe in Blue. Focus the energy flow into your Throat Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I speak.”

Seal the energy into your Throat Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a Blue ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Third Eye Chakra – Place your Right hand so that the heel of the palm is resting on your Right cheek with the palm gently cupping your Right eye,  with the fingertips resting on your forehead. Place your Left hand with the heel of the palm resting on your Left cheek with the palm gently cupping your Left eye, with the fingertips resting on your forehead.

Breathe in Indigo. Focus the energy flow into your Third Eye Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I see.”

Breathe in Indigo. Focus the energy flow into your Third Eye Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I see.

Breathe in Indigo. Focus the energy flow into your Third Eye Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I see.”

Seal the energy into your Third Eye Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as an Indigo ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Crown Chakra – Place your Right hand with the heel of the palm on your Right temple, place your Left hand with the heel of the palm on your Left temple allowing the fingertips to meet in the middle at the crown of your skull.

Breathe in Violet. Focus the energy flow into your Crown Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I understand.”

Breathe in Violet. Focus the energy flow into your Crown Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I understand.”

Breathe in Violet. Focus the energy flow into your Crown Chakra. Exhale any negative energies out from the area and say “I understand.”

Seal the energy into your Crown Chakra by taking a moment to visualize it as a Violet ball of light inside of you before moving on.


Now, imagine all of these balls of colored light are harmoniously glowing warmly inside of you. Mentally seal the energy field around your whole body with White light, like an egg shape around you. Feel gratitude toward your body and it’s ability to heal intuitively. Feel gratitude for the universal energy flowing through you and around you. Once you feel that you are grounded and your energies are sealed you’re ready to step forward into the world with Love, Light, and Protection!

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Any time one of your Chakras is in need of a quick boost you can follow the steps for just that Chakra – Just remember to seal your body by surrounding it with White Light and to take a moment of gratitude when you’re finished!


Please leave a comment below to let me know how ‘The 10 Minute Chakra Boost’ worked for you! You can visit my blog here on for another Mindful Moment on BrioWrites!


 

 

 

Rh Negative Alien Theory Might Actually Be A Symptom Of Autism

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Today I stumbled across an amazing feed while doing some research on Rh Negative blood types. The people on this blog ( OutlawJimmy ) were all pretty convinced that they were part of a rare elite group of aliens with a special copper-rich ‘blue-blood’ line. They were believers of the Rh Negative Alien theory – and I was extremely intrigued! I read the comments section of this blog in awe. I mean, I really read it (for about 2 hours, I shamefully admit!).

I was agreeing with so many of the comments I was seeing. Being that I myself am an O- blood type, and just a bit of an odd ball. I found myself nodding along and secretly going “oh my goodness, this is me!” But then I felt that creeping suspicion that this felt familiar. Like, really familiar. Where had I heard these same affirmations from a group that felt like “my people” before? On all of the Aspergers and Autism forums I’ve visited. That was where!

Bear with me while I explain.

People that are Rh negative often fall on the Autism spectrum. Some say that this can be associated with the Rh Negative mother receiving the Rhogam shot while pregnant. Especially if administered later into the pregnancy, as they tend to do in the US. Some experts go as far to say that there is a link between the Immunisations given during the early stages of life and Autism. On the other hand, some specialists believe that it may be something to do with Rh Negative blood itself. Regardless, there was an obvious tie between Rh Negatives and Autism.

Symptoms of Aspergers/Autism include (but are not limited to):

– Feeling like an ‘alien’.

– Not fitting into social situations and feeling different.

– Not feeling like they’re human.

– Heterochromia (different colored eyes).

– Feeling superior to other people.

– Above average IQ.

– A tendency to have other Autoimmune Diseases and Allergies.

– Higher or Lower than normal Blood Pressure.

– Known for always telling the truth, being blunt even to a fault.

– Autistic people are drawn to the paranormal, paganism and don’t usually like structured religion.

– Sensitive to bright light, loud noises, touch, strong smells and other things causing sensory overload.

– Overly sensitive eyes.

– They don’t adjust to hot or cold temperatures well.

– Curvature of the spine.

– Some have extra vertebrae in their spines.

– People with light skin and red hair produce less melanin and are more likely to have Autism.

– A lot of people with Autism have cranial ridges.

– Autistic people like to be alone and detach from family and friends. Preferring to be in their ‘own world’.

– They often have a shorter distance between their ribs and their hips.

– Intense and ‘piercing’ eyes.

– High wide forehead.

– Long arms and bony wrists.

– Prominent facial features.

– Often look androgynous, so they often appear attractive to both males and females for seemingly unexplained reasons. Even though they may not be considered beautiful by traditional beauty standards.

– Being attracted to animals and having an uncanny connection with them. Some times they even have a calming effect to wild or timid animals.

Every single one of these symptoms I also found used as facts to support the Rh Negative Alien Theory. Not only in the blog I read but on multiple sites about the theory. All of this, when in actual fact they are strong indicators to support they might have something else in common. That these highly intelligent alienated people are different and there is a good reason that they don’t feel as if they fit in.

If you’re Rh Negative and have found these pages speculating about your alien heritage before finding one about Autism – Take a moment to consider this alternative. That you may be fellow Aspies finding out for the first time in one of the weirdest and most wonderful of ways. There is a reason you’re different because of your Rh Negative blood type… that reason might just be Autism.

I welcome your comments and speculations below! Don’t be afraid to cite references or your own experiences. Those who know together, grow together!

Is Eco-Guilt A Sign Of Hope?

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I’ve always felt that the burning need inside of me to help the planet would result in an explosion of action. As a child, I idolized the Jane Godalls and David Suzukis of our planet. For being global leaders, for their passionate views about how we treat our animals and our earth. Watching them in foreign locales and bringing much-needed justice and information to the world at large. Immersed in their stories and many others like them, I felt inspired. I yearned to be exactly like them!

Day in and day out I would recycle like I was on a mission! I rinsed it all in one bucket of water so my tap wasn’t running. I watched daily PSAs on the T.V. about not letting the water run as I brush my teeth and Earth Rangers telling me I could be just like them too! I collected money for UNICEF rather than accepting candy on Hallowe’en. I asked my parents to sign me up for summer camps to learn about nature and being eco-friendly. I got my Girl Guides group to adopt-a-highway. I was so excited to be an adult and keep doing my part!

Then I grew up. I was still doing a lot of the same things but in this age of information, I felt stumped at every turn. It was as if every step I took to be more eco-friendly there was something I had missed. Some tread of my eco-footprint I just could not erase. As much as I tried to be an everyday hero for my planet I still saw myself as a parasite sucking the resources of the world. My internal burning need had broken out into a full-out civil war in my head.

I’m one person, why do I use so much toilet paper? You still drink cow’s milk? You’re disgusting! How can you use XYZ’s product, don’t you know they aren’t cruelty-free? I’m pretty sure you could’ve used that leftover food you just carelessly tossed in the bin…

The monologue with myself was what wasn’t cruelty-free. I was being so incredibly hard on myself! Even though I believe there’s always room for improvement, I have never been one to strive for perfection. After picking myself up out of a puddle of my own tears one night I thought ‘I can’t be the only person that feels this frustrated with themselves.’

So, I decided to see if there were other Xennials who felt the same way I did. I hit the keys on my laptop and tapped into my google search ‘Am I the only one who feels so guilty about not being greener?’ Which got about 7,820,000 results. That’s when I discovered that not only are there people who felt just like me but that it was clinically recognized as Eco-guilt. Eco-guilt is described as the guilt you feel in association with failing to meet personal and social expectations when going green.

There were so many people who shared my disgust with themselves and society. That just finding this out was oddly reassuring. Our social consciousness is leading us in an undeniable direction. Too many people felt just like I did to deny that this isn’t a common thread. We have to start taking care of our planet or we won’t have anything left and we know it. More of us are opening our eyes and seeing the light. We are (slowly) evolving.

Now, I’m trying to channel my guilt into the greater purpose it was meant to be once again. I’m taking the wasted energy from tear-jerking social media posts and finding ways I can give back. Maybe I won’t be able to save a herd of majestic Elephants. Maybe I won’t be on the front-line of a meaningful protest. Maybe I can’t be the environmentalist I had always envisioned I would be. I may not even be the best at recycling on my street and that’s ok.

Although I still feel the occasional pang of guilt in the bottom of my gut, I don’t let it break me down anymore. I let it sharpen my resolve to do better because of the same value that’s gotten me through so much before. You can’t strive for perfection, only improvement. Do better than you did yesterday and know that tomorrow you’re going to do even better. You can’t beat yourself up over every unreturned can but do what you can when you can. You can still be an awesome and amazing power in the change that’s coming by doing what you’re already doing. By being legitimately concerned and taking steps in the right direction.

Here’s something you can do right now. It only takes a moment of your time and none of your hard-earned cash!

Visit Change.org

Browse and sign the petitions online that can make a difference today! Keep your candle burning, just not from both ends!

Leave a comment below to share your eco-friendly aspirations! My hope is that we can keep positive and inspire each other.

Banish Winter Blues Without Anti Depressants

As the days get shorter in the winter months not only does our exposure to natural light become next to non-existent but our social interactions are few and far between. On top of that, our body’s natural rhythm just wants to slow us down for the upcoming season. All of a sudden it may feel like the odds are all stacked against you! What you used to get done on a regular day seems like it can no longer fit into the hours allotted to it. For some, this can disrupt our mood more than occasionally, leaving us utterly depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is the clinical term used for this “winter blues” phenomenon. It’s experienced by over 10 million people in the US alone. Like many other countries in a northerly climate, the US often responds to SAD with pharmaceutical drugs. Such as the Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Fluoxetine and Sertraline. Although prescription drugs are often successful, the harmful side-effects of SSRIs may be worth taking into consideration when comparing to a drug-free treatment.

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Typically SSRIs cause side-effects like Drowsiness, Nausea, Dry Mouth, Insomnia, Diarrhea, Nervousness, Agitation, Restlessness, Dizziness, Reduced Sexual Desire,  Erectile Dysfunction, Headache, and Blurred Vision. Although SSRIs aren’t really considered addictive you can still experience what’s called Discontinuation Syndrome. Similar to an addiction when you stop taking an antidepressant it can induce withdrawal-like symptoms.

Many Doctors will recommend light therapy as a non-prescription alternative to keeping those blues at bay. Surprisingly, a lightbox does still present a handful of negative side-effects including Eyestrain, Headache, Nausea and more rarely Hyperactivity, Restlessness, Irritability, and Insomnia. Most of the undesired effects of using a lightbox are avoidable. You can try putting more distance between you and the light source and a shorter exposure time. The best thing you can do to avoid these symptoms is when you’re purchasing your own lightbox make sure it doesn’t include ultraviolet light or blue light in its spectrum. Professionals administering light therapy typically use specialized glasses designed to absorb the unwanted light variances without changing the light’s intensity. Sometimes diabetics and those sensitive to light may encounter more of the undesired side-effects than others and should consult a health professional before use.

After some looking around, I found an option that only had one side-effect. You might get a little flatulent! Why didn’t I open with this option you ask? Well, to put it simply – I like a happy ending. A combination of natural supplements and nutritional foods known to boost the vitamins your missing during the winter months may well be the dose of sunshine you’re looking for! Vitamin D and Vitamin B6 supplements along with a diet rich in foods containing Tryptophan have been known to improve the symptoms associated with SAD. Tryptophan is found in foods like Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Poultry (more so in Turkey), Grass-fed meats, and Asparagus. So, before you run to the drug store try checking out your grocery store first! Just by improving your wintertime diet from sugary carbs to leafy greens you may just get rid of the symptoms ruining your winter!

 

Little Thrift Shop of Horrors?

I know what you’re thinking. You’d rather die than go thrift shopping! The bins of previously owned clothing carelessly piled in. The racks upon racks of jeans in mismatched sizing. The fact that a sniff test is in order… It can all be a little overwhelming! BUT where there’s a will there’s a way! Aside from avoiding the busy days I’ve got some time-saving tips and tricks to make your next thrift a happy one!

This my fine-tuned systematic way to go through a Thrift Shop in under an hour!

1. Decide what you’re looking for before you go in and stick to it. This one is important! Whether it’s Winter jackets for the family, replacement clothes when your children won’t stop growing, a dress for Prom (no matter what it is that you came in for) look in those sections only!

There’s always going to be temptations on the path to thriftiness. For example, kids clothes! It’s so tempting to “stock up” when you’re looking at little’s bins! There’s a tendency to purchase ahead a few too many sizes. All of a sudden you’ve blown your thrift shop budget and may as well have shopped retail. Finding yourself swamped with unwanted clothing piling up and trust me – nobody wants that! By sticking to the sections and items you came for it’ll save you time in the store and space in your storage.

2. Know your sizes. There’s no shame in looking through a bin by size first. Literally horde it all in a corner with you as you sort through the bin and do a secondary sweep of the items after that.

I’m notoriously picking up a pile of M-L shirts and then taking them through the stages of deciding whether it’s a buy or a toss back. If you stop and analyze each item as you’re going through you’ll be there so long that the good finds are being snatched up before you even get to them! By selecting the correct sizing you can now go through… The Check List!

3. The Check List. Love it, live it, breathe it!

I have a 5 point check I do on all Thrift shop clothing. It saves a lot of buyers remorse when you’re sitting down with your thrifty finds later!

– Scan both sides. You’re looking for style and stains, one you’re hoping for, the other you’re not! If you don’t like it, it’s an easy toss back. When checking for stains ALWAYS check the armpits for any staining or deodorant residue. If it’s kids clothing give it an extra look over. It’s amazing where kids will stain and tear their clothes!

– Check the seams and stitching. Give them a tug, look for holes and wear. If there’s a lot of threads fraying or thinning of the fabric it’s been more than gently used and likely doesn’t have much life left in the garment for you!

– Smell it. Yeah, I said it. Put that vintage jacket to your nose and take a big whiff! It’s not that the item was always this way, but storing the mass amounts of second-hand clothing that a thrift shop does means sometimes things get damp… and sometimes those damp items sit! Most chain thrift shops launder their items in a special solution to remove almost anything. Get to know the smell of it and don’t worry about it! You’re only going to be washing it when you get home anyway! It’s the smells that solution doesn’t remove that we’re worried about. Does your item have a musty, earthy, moth-balled or strong smell? If you’re even questioning its mustiness, toss it back. Your sniffer is going to be a little off after you’ve been in the store for a minute and it’s better not to risk a stink you can’t return.

– Allow yourself a brief moment to reflect on the item. Is it what you came for? Will it get used? Are there other items already in your hand that suit your needs? Have one like it at home and you don’t really need another? Go through the things in your mind that constitute a good purchase. This will save you from having a large basket at the checkout and wondering what the heck you were thinking (because you already did!).

– Try it on. No changing room? No problem! Hold it by the side seams, hold it up to the front of your body, front-side facing out. Line the seam up to the existing seam of your clothing and (hold it by the waist for jeans and by the shoulders and armpits for shirts or dresses) wrap it around so that the other seam is going around to the other side. Do they line up? If it’s a yes they will likely fit you. Now, look down. Is it long enough? Too long? An odd cut to what you would normally buy? You can get a good idea of how an item will fit by holding it up to the body and being aware of your body’s attributes. If you’re large breasted and/or have an ample bottom keep these in mind when you’re guessing fit. You can also apply this method to your children by holding it up for them. However, it does not work for husbands and other such counterparts. They lack the ability to be seen in public having clothes held up to them, claiming embarrassment and other nonsense. Just gamble if the size is right for them!

With these steps, it’s hard to go wrong. You’ve got what you need and nothing you don’t. You’ve already checked for all the little surprises you don’t want. Now it’s just up to you to take them home and give them a little TLC before they go into the regular line-up in your wardrobe. Happy thrifting!