This bag. I’m not sure if I will ever get tired of it. I love the color of the leather and I love the size, truly - and surprisingly. My friend Melinda is a Noonday Ambassador and I love the business practices of Noonday and often buy their jewelry. This purse has been on my dream list - on the ‘dream’ list because of the price point. But, when another friend hosted a Noonday trunk show with all of Melinda’s proceeds going towards her mission trip to India with Rahab’s Rope, I knew it was the perfect time to spend the extra money for this bag! Because - it was for a good cause!
I knew when I bought this bag it was big and anything I would carry inside would get lost if I didn’t come up with a system to preclude having to hunt for something at the bottom of the bag. From JOYN, another fair trade company, and with exceptional business practices empowering women artisan accessories with hand-stamped designs, I purchased a large and small pouch. I received a She Reads Truth pouch for free with a purchase which I use for miscellaneous stuff. I have a purple pouch handmade in India which Melinda brought back for me from her mission trip as a thank you gift for supporting her. I picked up the blue design pouch at JAARS from my mission trip this past summer, made by fair trade artisan’s JAARS seeks to support.
What’s in my bag? In the JOYN wallet: one credit card, library card, driver’s license, military identification, bills and change. Large JOYN pouch is for tissues, pads, coupons, and other miscellaneous papers. In the small JOYN pouch I keep a few hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, nail file and clippers, roll on perfume. My Thailand pouch is a pencil case. My India purple pouch is for my hearing aids (when I need to take them out and I’m not at home) and extra hearing aid batteries because my hearing aids go through batteries weekly but it is always at different days of the week. The tennis ball, thankfully is light weight, is for getting rid of headaches due to pinched nerves. I learned this from my months of physical therapy and I don't leave hope without it. I received a Bath & Body Works gift card for serving with the Sunshine Girls, two books (because I never know what I’m in the mood for, my grocery list, Monkfruit packets, and my access badge for work. And, a checkbook, because I'm still very old school!