Alexis is one of my closest friends. She flew down from Boston for a fun-filled girls weekend (which means eating, drinking, laughing, talking, etc.) and it was her first trip to my new house. On night 2, we were trying to decide if we should go out or stay in. And then Alexis walked into my closet, pulled out her phone, snapped a picture and demanded I see what she saw. As she surveyed the shoe boxes, she calmly asked, "is this all of them?" I had to then lead her to another closet full of shoes. After counting to 150 she said, "Get the champagne. We are staying in. This is a shoe intervention."
We spent the next 2 hours laughing, drinking, trying on shoes, photographing and sorting. Three piles: garbage, goodwill and eBay. (She did snag a couple of things for herself for helping so much!) We also went through purses. And like a woman possessed, I went through all of my clothes the next day. All in all, 4 bags went to Goodwill and I have listed 6 of the 40 pairs of shoes on eBay.
I have a new beginning after a very long, emotional roller coaster. Somehow, starting over seems as good a time as any to lighten my load. I'm doing it emotionally. Why not do it with my possessions as well? You may be wondering how traumatic this was for me. Actually, it wasn't. It felt great to get rid of all the stuff I wasn't enjoying or using. It was fun to open a box and light up because I loved the contents and get rid of anything that didn't warrant that reaction. As a matter of fact, seems like a good philosophy for everything else in my life, doesn't it?
And yes, I may buy my feet something new with my eBay proceeds. You're not surprised, are you?