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12 Fun & Fulfilling Substitutes for Shopping

7. Go somewhere in nature, take a hike, take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the grass, or hug, or climb a tree. Anything in nature will  bring your body back into balance, allowing you to get clear about the things that are the most important to you. Your joy will come back and you will enjoy the healing benefits for days afterwards, wondering why on earth you don’t do this more often!

8. If you love photography, join a photography club and participate in their outings. I once went Whale watching with a friend’s  group and we found ourselves surrounded by a huge pod of Orca’s jumping and leaping along side our boat just like Dolphins. It was spectacular!

9. Take a historic walking tour of a city near by, combining your love of walking, architecture and history. Do it self-guided or with a tour guide for a nominal fee.

10. Check out your Park and Recreation Department guide and take a class that you always wanted to take but maybe were  too intimidated to do so. Maybe it is belly dancing, or tango, or art. I have heard the most amazing stories from my art-teacher friend Candace who teaches a creativity class. Students who swore they couldn’t draw a thing came up with the most fabulous work. It started them on a rewarding new path  they never imagined could happen.

11. Take a vision board class, get in touch with your heart’s desires and watch your dreams unfold. It is always so astonishing to me how we are able to manifest what we desire when we create a visual affirmation of it. These classes are often inexpensive and you get to spend a focused period of time dreaming, envisioning and creating. Guaranteed to make your heart sing for many days afterwards!

12.Check your local book store for book signings and author lectures. You will most likely learn something, be inspired and be among interesting people. Stay for the free cocktail reception afterwards.

And….I will throw in one more- number 13: we all know that making love is (hopefully :) free, fun and fulfilling, so plan on making lots and lots more of it!

See how different your energy is after doing things on your fun, free and fulfilling list of activities, and record how long you enjoy these benefits far into the next week!

Please share with us the things you do that are free, fun and fulfilling (PG rated only please:)

Watch this powerful video, the Story of Stuff to learn more.

To read more from Erica Sofrina’s series on our Addiction to Stuff and what we can do about it- read:

7 Ways to Curb our Addiction to Stuff

The Story of Stuff and Why we Became Addicted to it

How to Downsize your Living Space

10 Tips for Creating a Zero Waste Home

The Anatomy of Clutter

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized speaker, teacher and author and Feng Shui/Green Living Consultant. She makes her home in Half Moon Bay in Northern California

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9:34AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

everytime i see my sister she has a new outfit, new shoes, and a new bag. she is living a fake life and keeping up appearance because she is trying to hide her character: she is poor at keeping in touch and doesn't respond to her emails, when i talk to her on the phone she doesn't make me feel welcomed to talk to her, she often complains she is bored, she thinks she is a princess, she treats her boyfriend like a pet whatever she wants he does, she is rude to me. i wish i can say something positive about her. our parents weren't so great in raising us so our parents contribute in molding her.

9:30AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

my mother is a hoarder and she denies it. she's making everyone's life around her a living hell.

9:29AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

i only shop for groceries during off peak hours before the herd of customers come during rush hour traffic. i only shop for clothes unless i need it.

9:23AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you, re-shared!

1:32PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Great ideas.

8:36PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


8:21AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

So great, thank you!

1:16PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

compulsive buyers!!!

3:43PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Nice suggestions. Good advice.

5:37AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Awesome! Thanks!

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