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 

Personal Poetry (No. 2)

Not so long ago I posted a Personal Poetry  (No. 1) and it was pretty successful. I had people reaching out to me to tell me how touching the poems meant to them, and that honestly made a huge difference in me. Writing and stuff, everything I show y’all here, are very deep passions within me that I’ve carried around all my life. To see people I know and people I don’t have such a positive reactin to it is a reward I didn’t anticipate being such a huge deal for me. So because people enjoyed my poetry, I’ve been writing a few more that I wanted to share with y’all. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog with your email to get updates when I post! I hope you like these:
Be There or Be Square 

Little miss guided
Walking straight lines
Little did she know
It was really a square
She gets excited
While she passes the same sign
Just like a minute ago
As if it wasn’t there
She doesn’t fight it
She feels just fine
On this path she follows
She doesn’t really care
Little miss quiet
Running out of time
She breaks the flow
To sit in a chair
Little life lived
If only she could find it
It all feels hollow
It really isn’t fair
Little miss guided
Didn’t live life
Waiting for tomorrow
For moments to share

(Okay, so I kind of think this one needs a little explanation. Basically it’s in A,B,C,D rhyme scheme, which was pretty hard to do. But it really is just about being focused on one goal so much that you miss the life going on around you. I am a workaholic and I always feel like I never have enough time to accomplish anything, so I’m always busy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I relate to this poem very much because of it.)

Ode to Blue

His eyes may be blue
But they stain my cheeks red
and his hands may be strong
But they hold me so gentle
There is a calendar in my head
Of dates, pictures, and events
Has it really been so long
Or have I gone completely mental
His cologne smells like home
I hoard his shirts in my house
His love fills up my phone
As much as storage allows
His mouth may be quiet
But his body really speaks
He may be surrounded by valleys
But that’s because he’s at his peak
There is a heart in my chest
That was once very sore
There is a man that’s confessed
His love for me and more
I have fallen down a long well
Of wishes that have come true
I’ve fallen madly in love
With those eyes that are blue

(This one is dedicated to the best boyfriend in the world -in case you couldn’t already tell. He is such a support system for me and we are a great team. It will soon be two years for us and every now and then we return back to those butterfly days. I had that feeling when I wrote this poem at like 3 in the morning while he was sleeping and wouldn’t text me back!) 

For my Parents

11 years old and we played in the snow
Picked us up from school early
And your hands held the world steady
13 years old and my life was your newspaper
You gave me advice about everything
You hid the hard things and smiled at us
15 years old, and I’m constantly on your nerves
High school problems, I know everything
You’re fighting battles I don’t see
17 years, and my attitude’s worse
Honestly, I just want to make you proud
And you don’t know I care what you think
19 now and I got secrets
And you know that but you trust me
I don’t know how to express how much I appreciate you
We’re getting old now but I feel like I’m 8
Sitting the back seat watching y’all laugh
Eye contact through the rear view
These fights are becoming few
Although they’ve etched their way into our hearts
It helps the love flow
And I know you don’t want to let us go
But truth is, you will always be with me
Because I’ve formed myself from the shape of you
And that is the best thing I could ever do

(Alright I know that last one is a little rough in the beginning because it doesn’t rhyme and the rhythm is ehhhhhhh, not really present but the message is there. Funny story about that last one though, I actually wrote it in the car on the back from NOLA and I started crying. I was like hiding my face in my pillow, trying not to let my parents know because I was just back there writing a little gushy poem for them lol.)

Okay, so that’s all I got right now. I do have some more tucked away that can be a little vulgar based on the language and on the tone of them, but I’m just waiting to share those with y’all until we develop a better relationship lol. I do hope you like these, and they wedge their way into your hearts somehow. Thanks, as always, for reading and don’t forget to subscribe. It really helps to subscribe so that way I can see your support and you can get updates every time I post. 

Valentine Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a unique day. It’s that time where you get to express your love for somebody, whether it be a crush, a spouse, or a family member. At the candy store I work at, I have plenty of people pooring in buying gifts for people in their lives. This inspired me to come up with a somewhat unique list of gift items you may like to try to give that special person, so your gift will truly be something memorable and full of love. Some of these are clichè valentine gifts, but some I think are pretty creative. 

  1. Chocolate dipped fruit (strawberries are common, but I’m really interested in some chocolate blueberries)
  2. A pillow with a cute message 
  3. Gifts centered around their hobbies or likes. (Your significant other may like not even like chocolate lol, try thinking about if they like to fish or drink coffee) 
  4. Message creams and body lotions
  5. Teddy bears with notes inside (like build-a-bear used to do)
  6. A locket with a cute note or picture
  7. A quilt made from T-shirts (this would be perfect for my bf because I always steal his t-shirts)
  8. A photo album of valuable memories. 
  9. Tickets to a romantic date or two for the future.
  10. A painted potrait of that special someone
  11. Love coupons 
  12. Some poems (especially if you aren’t the gushy type. Something out the ordinary to show your affection is what Valentine’s Day is all about!)
  13. Nice clothing like a dress shirt or shoes
  14. Cheesecake (this one is a hint for my bf)
  15. Candles or perfume

    That’s my clever little list. Some can be homemade, and others can be bought. A lot of times I see Valentine’s gifts that are centered around puns of some sort like “love bug”. I think those are cute, but if you aren’t good with words, it can be hard to think of something creative. 

    Have fun this year. Don’t be afraid to express your love or affection for your significant other. And don’t forget about your friends!!! Some of the best gifts I ever gotten were from my best friends r my mom. A loving gesture and thought really goes a long way. 

    (All these things pictured above can be found at Sweet Shop USA in Mt. Pleasant.)