Giving up Starbucks: Not as easy as it looks

I had my last Caramel Macchiatto on Ash Wednesday. I decided to give up my beloved Starbucks hand-crafted beverages up for Lent. Oooooh, I knew it was going to be hard. I wasn’t even sure I could do it. But I was going to try. I was going to make a choice every day to sacrifice this indulgent want and replace it with longing and without. And I was going to make myself OK with that.

Easier said than done.

starbucks coffee

It was a crushing blow to lose my Mayor status on Foursquare of my Starbucks hangout. It was hard to order an herbal tea while watching the barista whip up a delicious coffee-based beverage for another patron. But I soldiered on. I told myself I had made a commitment and I was not going to waver. I was going to be steadfast and torture myself with a little bit of longing and yearning. It’s good sometimes to give up something you love so much just to see if its absence makes any noticeable difference in your life, ya know?

And now, with Easter on the horizon my Starbucks cravings are soon to be satisfied again. I’m choosing to spend these next couple of weeks thinking about what going without really means, what is a need versus a want, and how to be mindful of what I spend and put in my cup.

Have you ever tried to give something up? Was it hard? Easy? Did you succeed or fail?


2 thoughts on “Giving up Starbucks: Not as easy as it looks

  1. Shirley Robert

    I quit smoking in August 2004. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had smoked off and on for about 10 years. I spend days cleaning and re-arranging house and office to keep busy but managed to make it through. So far minus one puff (when my grandma was in the ER last summer) I’ve been smoke free since then.

  2. Jeannie

    Good for you!!! That is a hard one, but amazing what distance or abstaining will change things. We moved out of the city last fall, 5-7 hours away from the nearest Starbucks (boo). I went from min 2 starbucks a week to none….my poor gold card collecting dust. It was already a blow when they cancelled the free syrups and milks for gold card users. I’ve been in the city now on average every other month, and stars is always a priority, but some how it has lost it’s spark with me, actually the real truth is that I was addicted, and now no longer am. Still miss it terribly, psychologically:) Good luck:)


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