It’s that time of year to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like doing it anymore than the next person, but it’s tradition; part of our end-of-the-year ritual; a rule, actually.

I’ve made the usual ones – eat healthier, lose weight, etc. – but in addition to these, I have determined I will not buy another purse in 2012 (until next Christmas, anyway). When I shared this resolution with my children, they laughed. Loudly. You see, I have something of a purse fetish, or obsession, or whatever you want to call it. 1/3 of my side of the closet is filled with purses. Most of them are black, but I’m branching out into other colors. I have shoppers, totes, computer bags, arm bags, shoulder bags, evening purses, wristlets and wallets. Lots of them. Giraffe print, snake patterns, solid colors and all sorts of materials. From the cheap to the almost expensive. Names like DKNY, Nine West, Kate Spade, Strada and Mossimo. It’s a sickness really and my kids know this because I usually drag them along when I go shopping. There is not one department store that I don’t go into where I don’t peruse said accessories. So their skepticism and disbelief in my ability to change this habit is well-deserved.

But that’s what New Years is about – a chance for a new start, when old dogs can learn new tricks. In the week since I made my announcement I’ve only purchased one wallet – but that was to match the bag I plan to use for the next year. Okay, so that’s a bad example, but you understand what I’m trying to say, right? Regardless, we’ll see how this goes. Like everything else, only time will tell. For right now, though, I’ve made up my mind to change and isn’t that where change starts? 

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