This is post #7 in Be Brave.
Lose the Beige’s 12 Days of New Years Resolutions.
Do you suffer from purse
chaos? Does your purse resemble the description in Nora Ephron’s, I
Feel Bad About My Neck and other Thoughts on Being a Woman? The
following is an excerpt from her chapter entitled “I Hate my
“Here is what happens with
your purse. You start small. You start pledging yourself to neatness. You start
with the things you absolutely need…but within seconds your purse has
accumulated the debris of a lifetime. The cosmetics have fallen out of the
shiny cosmetics bag (okay, you forgot to zip it up), the coins have fallen out
of your wallet (okay you have forgotten to fasten the coin compartment), the
credit cards are somewhere in the abyss (okay you forgot to put your Visa back
in your wallet after you bought the sunblock that is now oozing into the
Why pay all that money on
psychoanalysis? An examination of your purse can be quite
revealing. If you suffer from the same kind of purse chaos described by
Nora Ephron you might be feeling scattered and frenzied, perhaps taking on too
Now, if your purse is well
organized- credit cards in their designated wallet compartment, currency
in chronological order, lipstick cap on tight- it could indicate a need to
loosen up a bit, take a vacation with a little risk to it- ziplining through
the rain forest in Honduras perhaps.
Maybe an analysis indicates
you need to shed extra baggage- that pesky cousin freeloading off you; that
clingy co-worker appealing to you once too often for advice. What kind of
baggage are you carrying around? What might you
eliminate or throw away? How might you simplify your life a bit?