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 

Going Through Changes

I know, I know, you’re probably getting tired of these super personal posts. However, I figure this blog should be centered around things I’m passionate about. This Lifestyle section has kind of turned into a journal type section, but I want this material to be real for you.

Going through changes. We all do it. Every single one of us. And I’m not talking about physical changes like slimming down or moving away. I’m talking about deep in your mind. Your personality even. 

I’m becoming an adult now. Some of the things that have been changing inside me have been kind of freaking me out. So I wanted to address these changes with my blog followers and provide a little comfort. None of us know what we’re doing. We’re all just trying to make our way in this life. So here are a couple of things I’ve been thonking of lately.

  1. I used to think that college was the answer to everything. My whole life my mom encouraged us to go to school so we could figure out what we liked and get a well paying job. It didn’t matter what I enjoyed doing, as long as I went to college for it. And yes, I still believe college is a great path to go down, but actually being in college made me realize that it kind of sucks. But mostly my attitude about college has changed due to the fact that my interest in career has changed. Don’t be afraid if you don’t like college. There are other options if you feel you’ve found one that better suits you. Examples are learning a trade, internships or apprenticeship, or joining the military. 
  2. “Hustle and grind all the time.” This was the definition of me. And it mostly still is. I beat myself up at failures. I torture myself with worry if I don’t complete tasks. Yes, it got me to be very successful and have many accomplishments, but it drained me mentally. This destructive mindset of mine has slowly started to change. I’ve begun giving myself more breaks. I’ve started forgiving myself for messing up. I will procrastinate until the last second. This doesn’t mean I’m less motivated. It just means I’m tired and need to rest. 

These are just a few examples of some things that I noticed about myself. There are others as well. But don’t be afraid of changes. As we grow up we will experience completely knew things and be put in new situations. I hate when I hear people say things like “she didn’t used to be that way.” Or “I liked who he used to be.” Part of growing up is not living for other people. As a child, most kids live for the approval of their parents or their teachers. When we grow up, we begin to live life the way we want. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Mostly I just want to encourage you to not be afraid to express your thoughts. You don’t have to hide your new interests behind the personality people used to like. Continue to go out into the world and try new things.