What’s In My Bag?

img_8014Every now and then, when the brain machine is not turning out blog ideas, and I’m stuck in one of the inevitable holding patterns that is the writer’s life, I find myself looking for ideas for blog posts. Of the lists of blog writing prompts I have read through, I rarely find ones I actually want to pursue–after all, the problem with prompts is that they often force a story or a message where there is none. That’s not always a bad thing, but sometimes it can be hell on natural inspiration.

Still, this was one of the fun ones. Here’s a list of what you can find in my bag, my essentials for a day out of the house, and why.

  1. My headphones. I’d like to share a truth with you that is somewhat personal. I don’t like to be alone in my own head. When I’m spinning out threads of a story, or thinking about a pointed topic, the space in my head isn’t all that bad. However, when my thoughts are roaming without direction, and anything can come to the forefront, it often turns out to be something I do not want there. Because of this, I like to keep music around at all times–because, if my brain is focused on music, at least it’s focused on something. Plus, music has the bonus of helping me brainstorm. So it all comes back around.
  2. A cleansing towelette, hand sanitizer, band aids. I have a hyperactive eight-year-old son. I think that more than explains that, although those things would be good to possess for just me, as well. But I can’t claim to have been that responsible pre-Logan.
  3. My migraine pills. I’ve been suffering from migraines for as long as I can remember. At their worst, I would get three crushing headaches a week. Though preventative medication, taken daily, has mostly kept this issue under control and brought the average number of migraines I have down from 3/week to 3/month, I still keep my breakthrough/rescue medication with me daily. As a matter of fact, I just took one now, since today’s rain has my head misbehaving. Taking one of these as soon as I start feeling pain is the difference between an hour of discomfort, and a full day under the covers avoiding the light. They are a necessity.
  4. My phone. I grew up in an age where payphones were on every other block, and if you needed to reach someone who wasn’t home, you either called and left a message, or you beeped them. Even so, I have definitely become that person who is hyper-attached to my phone, and I’m on it all day. I rarely, if ever, use it for its actual phone function. Mostly I text and email. My handy little gadget provides me with a way to reach others and to be reachable, so I can always be working, since a person who divides her time the way I do needs that. It also provides me with games so I can relax and be silly, and access to social media so I can market and connect. All necessary gadgets for any working woman these days, but especially for a writer.
  5. My iPad. While the iPad serves somewhat as a backup to my phone functions, it also has one thing my phone doesn’t–ample screen space for reading. So, that’s what I mostly use it for, which means I need it at all times, because I’m always reading. Also, in times of long car rides or long restaurant waits, it’s nice to have a few games to fall back on.
  6. A Magazine. In case of long stretches without a recharging station for my electronics, I always try to have something manual with me to read.
  7. A snack. I always have something with me, in case I get super hungry. Sometimes all that’s around are unhealthy options. Sometimes there’s nowhere to buy anything. It’s good to have a quick, easy, neat, and healthy snack with you, so I’ll usual pack a granola bar.
  8. Pepper Spray. Because I live in Bronx, NY and nobody better f*&$% with me.
  9. 3 different pens. You never know when you’ll need to write something down…and you never know when your pen will run out of ink.
  10. A small notebook. Same.
  11. Wallet and Keys. Because duh.
  12. Work ID on its awesome retractable belt clip.
  13. My special necklace. This year, on the first day of summer camp, Logan made me a beaded necklace. Our previous school year was spectacularly explosive, and we discovered that our son’s questionable behavior did not involve a need for discipline, but was actually because he was suffering from a combination of ADHD, anxiety, and depression. A large trigger for his anxiety involved any situation where either me or Ismael weren’t around. After a year like that, when your son makes you a necklace and says it’s a way to communicate with you and to know you are always connected, you keep it with you. Everywhere you go. I like to think it helps out some.img_8015-1


It’s funny. When I started this challenge, I thought it was a fun, silly little exercise, but it’s amazing how much you can tell about me from the contents of my purse. Almost all of the pieces of the puzzle are represented here in one form or another.

Now it’s your turn. Come on, play along with me. What do you carry along with you that tells us the most about you? Let me know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “What’s In My Bag?

  1. Okay, I’ll play.
    1)First of all my bag is a faux leather mini backpack because a regular purse hurts my shoulder after a while.
    2)In the small pocket at the top is my bus pass so it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the main compartment amongst:
    3)sunglasses, a notebook that is my Bullet journal, several pens, a tube for Advil, the keys for our trailer, the keys for our house, too many old grocery lists, govt letters,and my wallet that has all my bank cards, and various other pieces of ID.
    4)In another pocket there’s a collection of paint chips and flooring samples for redecorating our trailer.
    5) in a zippered pocket inside the main compartment is a collection mementos and pictures of family. And this has just made me realize that I while I carry pictures of my parents and sibs I don’t have any pictures of my own kids because up until this past June I didn’t need to carry pictures of them because they lived at home – thanks for making me realize I need to rectify that.

    1. I didn’t mention all of the wild random papers in my bag, but I probably should have. I made myself seem far too neat. 😉

      I’m so glad I helped you to realize you needed to update your family pictures. I have all of mine stored in my phone, but I probably could use a few actual physical pictures there as well. 🙂

  2. My Kindle, because reading on a Kindle screen is soooo much easier for me than reading on a phone or iPad (and my iPad is older than dirt and doesn’t fit in my purse anyway). But I loooooove my Kindle and the gazillion books always at my disposable. Plus that thing can go ages without needing to recharge.

    My Cross pen. I know it sounds stupid to be emotionally attached to a pen. But I completely adore my silver Cross pen. It’s PRETTY..

    Because I have two daughters, an assortment of random hair ties. They’re always sticking them in there.

    Normal purse stuff–hairbrush. Lip balm. Wallet. Keys. Checkbook. Sunglasses.

    Ear plugs. I grabbed them at church one Sunday when I was having a migraine of my own. The music was SO STINKIN’ LOUD. I grabbed the ear plugs to survive the service. And I’ve had them ever since. Still use them occasionally when sound is too much.

    I guess I’m rather boring. :-p

  3. Not at all! The pen, I can totally understand and I don’t think it’s stupid. Pens can be absolutely beautiful. As a writer, I have quite an attachment to mine as well.

    As for the ear plugs, I should invest in them. There are some days when it gets to be too much for me too. ❤

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