Do you carry a BIG HANDBAG with you wherever you go?
I remember when I went for this "Colour Me Beautiful" course some years back, where they helped us with selecting clothes, bags, spectacle frames, etc to make us more beautiful.
I remember in one segment the trainer, took all our handbags, and paraded with them. Many of us carried BIG handbags, carting around half our life with us. She then told us: with all these beautiful clothes in the right colours, etc, do you think you look elegant with that HUGE bag? or do you think you look better with this bag? She then whipped out her small stylish handbag.
Naturally, it was the small handbag that complemented the look we wanted.
I then made a conscious effort to carry a smaller stylish bag.
But having left the workforce for a good ten years now, and with age, we forget what we have been taught. At least for me. Looking at my handbag, which I carry with me everywhere, I realise that I have gone back to carrying everything with me. The only thing not in my handbag is probably my kitchen sink! I have in my handbag: my wallet, diary, ipod touch, phone, camera, my cheque book, a few pens, my children's spare passport size photos, my gift vouchers, lipstick, lipbalm, glide stick (for when I get blisters on my feet), my keys, my rosary, 2 packets of tissues (at least), some candy, doctors appointment cards for myself and children, and MORE!
No wonder I have this persistent shoulder-ache!!
It doesnt help that BIG handbags are also in fashion!!
But why do I carry so many things with me? Well, I guess I am a bit of a "Miss Eveready" ... I am prepared in case of anything!! (You should see the things in my car boot! - spare clothes for the kids and me, picnic mat - in case we decide to go to the beach on a whim, sandcastle building toys, kite, spare food containers - incase I want to "ta pow", recyclable shopping bags, medicated oil, sewing kit, mosquito repellent, - you name it, I probably have it!!)
Well, I have now decided that I am going to cut out all that. I am going back to small handbags. I can do without that extra weight on my shoulder and that frumpy look! No more carrying of everything with me when I go and fetch the kids - just a small pouch with my driver's license, some small change, house keys and my mobile phone will do.
And only when I go to town or out with friends will I bring my lock, stock and barrel with me. I think that will really ease my burden. Hmm, time to go shopping for a small bag.
Are you a Bag lady like me?