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 

Energy Tokens

Hello everyone! The days are getting shorter and the skies are getting darker. I don’t know about you but personally, weather like this makes me wanna cuddle up in bed and binge watch Friends until one hour turns into the next. BUT unfortunately, that is not the luxurious lifestyle many of us get to live. We have to go to work, we have to go to school, and be bright eyed all day long. 

The obvious choice to being wide awake is coffee, but coffee gets cold, or watered down, and only lasts for a little while. But I recently found a way to harness the power of coffee all day and also quiet hunger. 

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Yes, I know. This has been around forever, but these little wonderful tokens of energy are so underated. Coffee has a very strong taste, but the dark chocolate really mellows it out to create a healthy, energy filled snack to keep you trucking all throughout the day. 

I like to keep mine in a little Mason jar. It fits nicely in the cup holder of your car, so you can munch on them during your commute to work or school. If you’re anything like me, you set about 10 different alarms throughout the morning just to snooze every single one. I really mean it when I say I like to wait until the very last minute to get up. So sometimes, making a cup of coffee or grabbing breakfast just slips my mind. But these little guys keep me alert and full all during my first class. Chocolate covered espresso beans do offer health benefits, such as antioxidants and blood sugar regulations, but can also be too overwhelming if you consume too many at one time. I save these for the mornings or late evenings, when the day seems to be the hardest. 

I really want to start making them myself, but I read it is better to use dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate, which is a downer. Dark chocolate is my least favorite of the three, so I might just throw a few chocolate chips into my Energy Tokens Mason jar. And maybe a few pieces of pretzel. Make myself a nice little morning trail mix. If that happens, I’ll be sure to let you know. 

Than you so much for reading. I hope this helps you tackle those long work/school days and keeps you energized to fulfill your dreams. Have a great weekend.