Making Do

to manage to live without things that you would like to have or with things of a worse quality than you would like

Cambridge Dictionary

I grew up ‘making do’.  I usually had the things I wanted, but often with a ‘worse quality’ than I would have liked.  I frequently tell the story of getting a Babette doll instead of the Barbie doll I wanted for Christmas. On Etsy, she is even called a ‘Barbie clone”. Babette probably cost a dollar less at the time and to me she was never Barbie ☹!

The neighbor girl across the street got Barbie which made it even worse. Fortunately, my first friend also got Babette which softened the blow.

As an adult, I still have a bit of a Babette mind set.  I have plenty of things, but I often skimp on the quality side.

I am trying to get rid of things and only keep or purchase items that are of higher quality. 

Enter my current obsession!

A cold winter is in the forecast this year and it is darn chilly today.  I don’t think I have the right clothes to see me through the winter months.  I don’t like sweatshirts on me so I have been on a quest for sweaters that aren’t bulky and can be machine washed and dried.  So far, no luck!

I was going down the ‘worse quality’ path and I remembered my goal of not adding to my wardrobe, particularly anything that can be classified as fast fashion.  The environment and my closet don’t need more fast fashion.

So, how will I stay warm?  I am digging out my silk underwear and (MANY) handmade cowls. I am also reminding myself that I do have a washer and dryer. Maybe I can ‘make do’ and manage to live without the sweater(s) I would like to have this winter…..just this once!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt



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