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New Year’s Resolution #7- Analyze that Purse Chaos

12 Jan

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 Purse”:   

“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 lining… 

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 much.  

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?

I Hate My Purse

25 Aug

I created a clay sculpture entitled “I Hate My Purse” for a Power of the Purse silent auction event to benefit women and children’s issues. The piece was inspired by a chapter (titled “I hate My Purse”) in Nora Ephron’s “I Feel Bad about my Neck and other Thoughts on Being a Woman.”

I was reading this chapter aloud to my husband, while we were on an airplane. I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face. I could barely speak the words. Every woman I know could relate to these words: (the following is an excerpt)

“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 lining..”

I created my “I Hate My Purse” piece to illustrate the kind of “purse chaos” described by Nora Ephron in her hysterically funny essay. Here is an outside and inside photo of it.Outside of "I hate my purse" pieceInterior of "I hate My Purse"