The other day, I did what lots of bloggers do when looking for inspiration: I did a Google search for “blog post ideas”. Thousands of useful articles and lists popped up, some of them offering hundreds of ideas. I looked over blog idea articles that covered many different post categories. I struggled to find one that piqued my interest!
Years ago, I thought I wanted to have a makeup review and lifestyle blog. I like makeup quite a lot, but after setting up a blog with that purpose, I realized that there was lots more I wanted to write about. I am a simple woman and rather low maintenance, so it was hard for me to imagine doing something like an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. I like looking at pictures of fashionable men and women and find fashion appealing to a degree, but I have yet to find my sense of style at 29 years old.
I remember reading magazines growing up and seeing gorgeous flat lays of different products, mostly makeup and beauty related. Products are fun to look at and purchase, that is for sure. Many magazines would feature a flat lay photo of what was in someone’s bag, with descriptions for each product. I always loved looking at these, if only to engage in some window shopping in the form of beautiful photographs.
I’ve gone through the ‘buying beautiful things’ phase of my life, and I don’t see myself returning to it anytime soon. It was short-lived and pretty limited, but the high of purchasing lots of expensive makeup wore off quickly and left me wondering what I could have done with that two thousand dollars. Makeup is still something I adore, but as a hobby, it has taken a back seat.
After reading hundreds of blog post ideas, I realized that most of them wouldn’t work for me. But then I thought, “Why not?” I find humor how poorly suited they are for me, so why not share? With that being said, I present to you, What’s In My Bag:
I am almost proud of what I found. As I dug through my small purse, I was nearly giggling at how little I have in my bag. A phone charger for my car, keys, lip balm, headphones, pennies, my work badge, a compact mirror, and a parking permit. As my hand hit the bottom of my purse, I recalled a time when the corner of my purse was caked with melted chocolate from a loose miniature candy bar I’d tossed in it weeks before.
It feels good to have what you want, and I want so little. There have been times I’ve imagined downsizing to an even smaller purse, perhaps a clutch for everyday use. I never imagined that looking through my purse would teach me something, but it kind of did. Despite liking to see other women have lots of stuff and enjoy it, I really don’t like that for myself, and that is okay!
When I see a loved one or even a stranger walking around with a large purse, I am curious to know what cool things they choose to carry with them. Looking at product blogs and magazines, for a more minimalistic woman like myself, is like going to the zoo. It is super fun to look, but you don’t want to take the tiger home with you.