The S-Word

by Janna Qualman

Let’s talk shopping.

Because what other S-word gets a lady’s heart pumping, promises a certain amount of action, and, when done right, involves the exchange of money?

Oh, I know it can be scary. We all get intimidated from time to time. Expectations are high. We put so much pressure on ourselves to do it well. (And, sometimes, do it cheaply, but that’s another story.)

Let me encourage you, fair ones. The way I see it—and stay with me here, no letting your minds wander—there are several important benefits worth discussing.

First, as mentioned above, heart health. Gals, we are responsible for our own well-being, and this may be one of the best ways to get a body moving, thus stimulating proper circulation and thorough blood flow. It’s almost as effective as aerobic activity, some might say, and it’s definitely more fun! (Side note: Shortness of breath and fatigue can be symptoms of heart failure, but in this case they mean you’re doing something right.)

Also, when mindful of your technique, it can prove a great approach for building confidence. Since the more you do it, the better you get, and the more sure of yourself you feel, the more satisfactory your results. Am I right?

Feeling good about ourselves and what we’re doing, in turn, makes us feel beautiful. Puts a swing in our hip. Makes our eyes sparkle. It makes our skin glow! And when we feel beautiful, we want to do more of whatever it is we’re doing, thus creating more beauty. It’s a flat-out glorious, rewarding cycle.

Relaxation is another benefit. I, personally, find the whole process therapeutic, almost cathartic. It’s the getting lost in the moment, sort of forgetting about the stresses of everyday life. It’s a great way to decompress, if you ask me.

Variety. It is the spice of life, no? Which is why it’s so great that this can be done alone, or with someone else. Just depends on your mood, I suppose. Sometimes you’re feeling the need to go it alone, take your time, be more thoughtful with the whole process. Other times you want a buddy, someone to assist.

And last, satisfaction. Need I say more?

Shopping. It’s what all the cool ladies are doin’. 

Janna Qualman can be found at Something She Wrote

Image credit: launchboxpro.com


  1. Oh, this is good! And just in time for the holidays, too. Now, I don't owe anyone any explanations.

  2. I also think shopping is therapeutic. Since I mostly window shop, it's also cheaper than therapy. My husband should be thankful I like to shop. Can you tell him that for me? ;-)

  3. I wanna be a cool lady. Just let me get my purse. . .

  4. No fair. The S-word just gives me leg cramps. ;-)


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