What’s In My Bag (for back to school)

I’m honestly pretty excited to start school this semester. I got some new supplies, which I’m super eager to use. The past school year was a hot mess. It was just constant running around and forgetting things. It seemed that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get organized. And if it wasn’t for me taking duel credit courses this year, I would be behind. So over the summer I decided to buckle down for real this semester and start taking care of my business. 

Having your supplies organized and having a specific system in place can help a lot. In high school, I memorized everything. I have a great visual memory, so reading or rewriting the same phrases over and over again helped me pass all the tests. However, in college, the whole structure is different. A lot of the work is on your own, the note taking is continuous, and since you don’t get to see your instructor every single day of the week, you have to investigate some of the questions on your own. 

I did not realize any of that last year, but I have now and it’s time to redeem myself. So anyways, let’s get into what I’m keeping with me everyday to keep me well structured. 

(I didn’t include my school bag because I’m pretty sure I will be getting a new one.)

The first thing I want to show y’all is this makeup bad that I’m using as a pencil bag. This little egg guy is so inspirational. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed in class, I just look at it, and I’m like “yeah, me too buddy”.

And it’s literally the exact size I needed for my pens and prncils. Makeup bag for the win. 

This little rectangular box is kind of like my organization station. I got this pretty thing from Staples, and it comes with post-it notes, an eraser, binder clips, paper clicks and magnets. I really love this, the only problem is that it isn’t secure. The little pieces keep falling out. I’m going to need to do something about that. 

I like having the post-its being the same design. And I used them to label my $0.25 notebooks by class. I got 4 of these spiral notebooks, and a little journal one that I’m turning into a bullet journal for school. Here’s a peep inside:

I’m new to bullet journaling, but with everything going on now, with school and my first job, my somewhat second job, this blog, and just everything else that comes with life, saying I’m busy is an understatement. But I think this would be a cool way to keep me really organized. I want to do an entirely separate post about my bullet journal, so I won’t go too much into detail here.

Not pictured is the tiny stapler I bought myself, my hygiene kit that I bring with me that has an extra toothbrush and hand sanitizer in it, because honestly I just never know where I’m gonna end up these days. I’m thinking of getting more tiny bags to keep things in, because I hate when there’s a bottomless mess in my school bag. I’m hoping to develop a system that works well for me, and to keep this blog up and running on its feet. 

I’m sorry for the late post. I thought I was going to have enough time yesterday to post, but I was mistaken. I know better now, and will keep adjusting to make sure I bring y’all the best content I can muster up! 

Thanks for everyone’s support. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting, sharing, all of it really means so much to me. I’ll let you know how this new system goes, and share whatever tips I gain. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy 

Adulting No. 3 (Success and a little failure)

Alright, volume 3 on the adulting chronicles. Usually we have adulting successes and failures. However, this time I have a situation with a little bit of both. 

 Soon I will be finishing up my first year of college. Yep, that’s right. My freshman year will be over and it’s back to the lake for me. But this year was not smooth sailing. It was full of bumps, bruises and cringy eyes looking at my grades going “whaattt??”. 

This year alone, I failed a class, dropped a class, changed my major, and passed the rest. So it’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride. I thought this topic would be fun to discuss, because I think it’s something a lot of my readers would relate to. 

Firstly, I want to say that my college experience is NOTHING like my high school experience. In high school, I could do the bare minimum and wow, maintain an A. In college, you should really read your chapters like the syllabus says. High school made me lazy, because I got really good at conning my teachers into thinking I knew exactly what I was talking about. In college, there’s only a lot of tests and a bunch on homework, and just a computer to give you your grades. No face to nod at like “I totally get this.” Just an emotionless computer. 

I went into college thinking it was going to be easier. Less days on campus. Only 4 classes. A breeze. WRONG! College kicked my booty this year, and hopefully sharing what I went through this year will help you not make the same mistakes I did. And if you already have, we can just laugh about them together.

Myth: Online classes are simple and easy.

Online classes are my worst enemy. I took say 4 online classes and every time has been somewhat of a disaster. My history classes were all online, and I barely made it through. I tried really hard to keep up with the deadlines and homework, but it was one of those classes where I’d spend hours doing the homework, but hated it. Then, I took an online Speech class, thinking that’d be a blast. Laugh all you want at me for taking a speech class online, because it was such a stupid idea. My professor put the due dates as a day in May. So this 8 week class all had due dates 2 months away. So my procrastinating self decided to do all the easy stuff and then wait to finish the hard stuff. Turns out that no, those assignments weren’t due in May. They were due at the end of the 8 week class. Suddenly I had an F and a bad taste in my mouth. Now I’m taking a business class online (I switched my major to Business) and Im hoping 3rd time’s a charm. I’ve done really well keeping up with deadlines and doing my work. My teacher won’t make the grades available yet, so I have no idea what my average is, so pray for me.

Myth: Blow off classes can help maintain a good average. 

When I was switching my major and applying for classes, my advisor and I had the idea to put me in an easy science class. Science won’t really be important to me, so I should take a fun one, right? Well turns out my professor knew his class was a blow off class. So he didn’t take any of it seriously. The class he was teaching wasn’t even his specialty. He’d spend more time holding private conversations with one student during lecture about video games than teaching the material. I decided that waking up at 7:00 to get to campus at 8:00, to listen to my teacher’s personal life and history until 9:30, was not worth it. Maybe if it was a night class and I wasn’t forced to wake up early, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Or maybe if the teacher didn’t humiliate a sleeping student in the back for not being awake while he talked on and on about his political views instead of the subject we paid for, I may have stayed. Confusing. The world may never know. 

Advice: 

Despite my hiccups, there have been classes I passed and things I’ve learned. They are good teachers that really do want to see their students succeed and do a lot outside of the classroom to help. I’m going to make sure when scheduling my new classes this upcoming Fall semester, there are a few things I’m going to do. 

  1. Take an in person speech class. 
  2. Never ever ever ever take an 8 a.m. class again. 
  3. Keep better track of my deadlines.
  4. Have more notebooks than just one. 
  5. Bring a jacket to class or something because it’s gets so cold. 

My first year of college didn’t go nearly as planned. I’m hoping my next one will go a lot smoother. Tell me some advice you might have, or some funny stories from your college experiences in the comments. 

Thanks for reading. Life sure is a funny thing isn’t? There will be a lot more stories to tell as I keep getting older so stay tuned. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy

Blooming Baby

Today I wanted to do a more personal post with you guys. I feel like lately it’s been all business, fashion, makeup, and adulty stuff, so I kind of thought diving into my life on a more personal level would be a good break from all that. And hello, I love talking about myself.

I think a lot of people who read this blog know me from school or work, and a lot of you are family members. So many of you already know me, but we don’t always get to catch up. Here’s our chance. Please contact me back and let me know what all of you are up to as well. 

I recently turned 19 not too long ago, which feels pretty unreal. I mean, it’s always like right when you get used to saying how old you are, it changes again. I have to say though, I am terrified of turning 20. It’s like, that’s it. No more teenage years. Things really settle there it seems. My boyfriend turns 20 this May. I’m not sure how he’s feeling about it. 

Speaking of my boyfriend:

Dakota and I have been together for 2 years tomorrow. How insane is that?? That’s a long time. We’ve been through a lot together already and look forward to more adventures coming our way. He’s always supporting me and my decisions, checking in on me, and inspiring me everyday. He helps out more with this blog than y’all know. 

Look at those blue eyes ladies? Aren’t they just adorable? I tell him a lot how his eyes are like the ocean or little crystals. And his smile is heartwarming. We’re celebrating our anniversary this Sunday by taking a day trip out of town. I will be taking lots of pictures and showing y’all some of the things we got to experience, including what we wore, this upcoming Monday. 

So the title of this post “Blooming Baby” comes definitely from the season we are in, but also for the growing up I am doing. I mean, who knew a fun little blog would turn into a dedication? Would inspire me to start a more creative path? In high school I always thought I would use my artistic skills to form a career. That’s like, who I was in high school. Always drawing or something. And now to see my passions manifest into something that reaches different countries all the over the world is amazing!! 

 There are so many new things going on and coming up, but don’t worry. Keep up with me and you’ll find out soon enough. Hopefully, there will be a lot more traveling and experiences, (especially museums and coffee shops). I’m hoping to find more hole-the-wall places, visit nearby towns, maybe go on a cruise or festival or something. I’m almost 20. It’s about time to start getting lost. 

Another thing that’s been on my mind a lot is friends. After high school, my closest friends and I sort of found different paths in life, which is totally natural. We knew the day would come, and we accepted it with smiles. We were more excited that each of us had specific plans for the future than we were worried about wedging our ways into each other’s lives. I have good friends that I work with, good friends that I run into, and good friends that I don’t talk to everyday, but I know they always have my back. 

Now more than ever, I find it important for me to separate myself from toxic things and people. I’ve always had a very bad habit of letting hurtful people in my life, and I don’t want to do that anymore. It’s important to surround yourself with people who genuinely only want the best for you, especially at this very vulnerable stage in life. 

I’m blooming into a powerful young woman, and I see this happening for lots of ladies all over the world. It’s a wonderful thing. I wanted to give y’all a little update and for you to know I’m human too, not just outfits and makeup. It truly does mean the world when I hear someone tell me they read my blog. Thank you so much. I will be updating you more as life gets crazier! Thank you for reading and I will see you soon.