Though this may not be the typical Monday Motivation, it should motivate you to occasionally clean out your purse. This way you won’t get caught revealing just a little more than is comfortable like I was!
Last weekend was the perfect time to be tagged in the “purse challenge”, since I was changing purses as I prepared for the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference. Of course, I was a little squeamish about divulging the contents of my purse. This situation is kind of like inviting people into a cluttered room and apologizing for the mess.
|Blue Rhapsody pattern!|
While my friend Karla Akins prefers large purses, I’d rather use a small cross-body bag. I usually wind up with something in-between, by the time you include a place for a case for my glasses, phone, keys, and id/coin purse.
|Hipster and coin purse in Marseilles|
My sister started me on a longstanding, budget-debilitating addiction to Vera Bradley bags. She didn’t purposely do it—she started giving them to me as gifts. Then I became spoiled. When I was working, I found some good deals on their online store. At that time I acquired a matching purse and lunch bag in the Pink Paisley pattern. I still enjoy perusing their online “up 75% off” sales.
While visiting the local Vera Bradley habit recovery/support group, where I had to say, “Hi, my name is Kathy and I am addicted to pretty quilted purses and tote bags made from colorful fabrics . . . usually in a paisley pattern,” I was confused about which pattern was my favorite. The facilitator insisted I needed to admit what it was before I could be freed from the habit. Recovery means no longer sweating and having shaky hands when I delete one of Vera Bradley’s emails, or walk by one of their stores without a glance.
Now for the contents of my purse:
- Old grocery lists.
- Outback gift card.
- Inhaler, in case my asthma acted up from bonfires up north.
- Two coin purses—one holds my license and other important stuff, the one underneath it holds stuff like my Barnes and Noble card.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Tieback from my new family room curtains, so I could show it to my sister when I met her for lunch.
- One tube of hand cream.
- Old receipts.
- Old coupons.¨
- Two mini-packets of tissues.
- Disposable toothbrush.
- Case for my glasses.
- Flash drive.
- Comb with a pick, some black thing that I don’t remember what it is?
- A large blue hair pick—this comes in handy when I let my hair go wavy.
- Car key and fob.
- One tube pink lipstick.
- One tube pink lip-gloss.
- Two pens and a pencil. How did my highlighter disappear?
- One sample paint card.
- One 2014-15 calendar with cute kitty on the front.
- Two old appointment cards.
Not even sure how I fit all that into one of my favorite purses. Of course, there had to have been a purpose for each item at one point or another.
As far as a favorite pattern goes, I’m still trying to figure that out. The question is: Do I really have to, when purses, totes and other things are useful objects? Maybe it won’t hurt to delay my recovery . . . a little longer.