About me

HI! I'm Toni Marie and I am a 50-something mother of 4 children and have been married for over 24 years.  Besides shopping I love reading, gardening and watching Masterpiece theater shows on PBS.  I have dreams of someday writing the great american novel, but for now will be happy to maintain this blog!

I wasn't always a shopaholic, but can honestly say that as far as I remember I was an "irresponsible" shopper.  I never thought much about how much I was spending.  If I wanted something I bought it. I never worked off a budget, lost sleep or cared much about my credit card balance.  I also didn't give any consideration to the amount of interest I was incurring by carrying a balance.  I just enjoyed having the freedom a credit card gave me to buy whatever I wanted.  

My shopping began to spiral out of control when I was in my forties.  I believe I began using shopping as a means to fill a void in my life,  I no longer knew who I was outside of being a wife and mother.  I began to admire women who were working moms.  I saw them as powerful and purposeful.  Shopping provided me an escape from my own feelings of insecurity.  I knew for years that I needed to find a purpose besides "stay at home mom", but this was not an easy solution for me.  I am still trying to figure this all out!

I have been in and out of therapy for my shopping addiction for over 10 years.

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