It’s okay to be a little high maintenance but if you’re finding yourself getting too wrapped up in beauty and material things you may want to take a step back and practice simplicity in your life.
Here’s a simple check list to see where you are on the high maintenance spectrum. Simply add up all of the things you do or relate to and see your score at the bottom.
- bi-weekly nail appointments
- gel nails
- monthly lash extensions
- 2 week lash touch ups
- dining out more than meals at home
- bi-weekly wax appointments
- buying bling once every month or two
- more then one visit to the hair salon every month
- purchasing a daily coffee beverage
- you sport a fake tan at all times or you spend too much time bathing in the sun
- can’t leave the house without makeup
- new clothes makes you feel better
- you go into Sephora to browse and always leave with over $60 worth of products
- only brand name or designer labels for purses, clothes or accessories
- you constantly check in the mirror
- your selfie game is strong and you post more of you then anything else on social media
- change outfits several times a day
- need a present bought for you to feel loved
- only bottled water not tap
- 4 or 5 star hotels only
- have a need to get the newest gadget or device (Fitbit, Iphone, etc.)
- will not shop second hand for clothes
- you love and thrive being the centre of attention
- you will purchase only the cutest clothes for your kids from well recognized online shops
- you love posting #ootd pictures
- you justify purchasing something with “it was on sale”
- you love to online shop everything and anything
- you’d rather purchase a book then go to the library
- only the best and most recommended shampoos, conditioners and hair serums are in your shower
- your car is your “baby”, your pride and joy
- you change your vehicle every two-three years
- your child has a large selection of toys at all times
- you spend small stuff without thinking or without a budget
- you purchase larger items without checking with your spouse
- you brag about your latest run or exercise you did
- you take pictures while working out
1-2 things: Not bad, but could always improve! Practice simplicity by taking a break from those high maintenance things for even just a month! You’d be surprised at how good you feel and what you learn about yourself.
3-5 things: Not horrible, but you’re getting to the point where you can start justifying these high maintenance patterns. You may start thinking “but I have the money to treat myself”, “my partner approves of these habits” or “I know people who are way worse then me”. Take a step back, cut a few things and return to simplicity.
6-10 things or more: These high maintenance tendencies have started off with just little things you did for yourself, but have quickly become an addiction and a habit in your life. You may find that your looks and your self worth are defined by material things and your bank account has more spending then saving. You need to evaluate your situation and ask yourself what your priorities in life are. Who is looking up to you right now? Do you want them to know you as being a high maintenance spouse, mom/dad, sister/brother or friend? What is God asking of you?