When an urge hits me to do something, I tend to get obsessive about it. Not OCD obsessive, because the obsession passes, but obsessive enough that I do it like crazy, and then I forget about it. This is why I've never tried any drugs harder than marijuana. I just know I would get obsessive.
Example #1: Skincare
About four or five months ago, I suddenly became obsessed with taking care of the skin on my face. Nothing prompted this - it just occurred to me. I had to start being more proactive about aging, etc. Immediately. Now, I wash my face most nights (eh, I'm human and sometimes I'm too tired), I use serum and lotion in the mornings, and I stay out of the sun. I do at least a portion of what you are supposed to do. So, I bought Creme de la Mer, Dr. Brandt, a collagen filler, an eye roller thingy, and a host of other products. Some of them I even paid for overnight delivery. I had to have them! I used them religiously for about a month. Then I started breaking out. Perhaps I used them a little bit too much. I blamed it on the Creme de la Mer (should've bought the version for oily skin). Shortly thereafter, I stopped using (got lazy) any of it other than my usual morning drill. Occasionally if my skin feels dry I'll rub a little lotion on before bed. (I do like the smell of la Mer.) But really most of the product I bought is gathering dust. The good news is that I know at some point over the next six months, I will become obsessive about my face again, and then at least I won't need to buy any more products.
Example #2: Turtlenecks
This happens to me every fall. I go through the many (I think maybe 30 or so right now) turtlenecks in my closet, and decide that they are either (1) too faded to wear (they aren't); (2) ugly colors (some, but not all); (3) too short (why does that happen?); or (4) ugly. Then I go buy as many turtlenecks as I can find. I try to get them at places like Old Navy because they are cheaper there. I've been known to buy one in every color, because I do tend to live in turtlenecks in the winter, and I like to have options. I just can't help it - the turtleneck obsession overwhelms me.
Example #3: Boots
I have probably 20 pairs of boots in my closet. Knee high, calf, ankle, snow, rain, black, brown, burgundy, you name it. Tons of boots. I don't need more boots. I buy classic styles that can go from season to season. Yet every winter, I have to buy more boots. Why? I don't know. But I get an idea in my head of the boot I want, and I will search every damn shoe store in Chicago trying to find this imaginary boot that I've made up. Actually, sometimes I find it.
Anyway, right now I can feel myself heading into a shopping binge. I haven't bought any new clothes since early May, right before I went on the cruise. I think I easily dropped $1000 then buying dresses, shorts, t-shirts, swim suits, etc. Now that I think of it, I probably dropped more than that. But now I have the urge to shop again. I find myself wearing the same outfits over and over again to work, because they are easy. I need some new variety in my closet, I think. (But really I kind of don't. I already have a ton of stuff. My friend J has volunteered to come over and go through my closet to help me put together outfits, and I think I might take him up on it. An outside opinion on the situation might be nice...)