What’s in My Bag?

While exploring a Goodwill store about 4-5 months ago, I came across this fabulous shoulder bag (for six dollars)! Since then, it’s been my go-to bag for everything, despite the fact that it’s not giving me very much back support. My shoulders and upper back have quite a few knots, but hey, at least I’m getting around in style.

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The bag itself is pretty strong and hefty. There are no pockets- it’s just one big, rectangular space, and it’s perfect for carrying school books. That being said, a majority of what I carry around in my bag isn’t school related at all. Let’s get into it!

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Most of the time, there would be some school books in my bag, but because I’m writing this on a Sunday, I’ve completely emptied my bag of all school-related things. At the top of my bag is two notebooks- one of them is my daily planner, and the other is just a personal journal that I semi-regularly write in. I used to adamantly write in it every other day, but stopped when it was starting to feel like a chore. Now I only write when I have something exciting going on, or some strong feelings that I want to get out on paper. As for my daily planner, well, that gets scribbled in several times a day. My memory isn’t that great, so I make a point of recording every school event, assignment, upcoming date, deadline, and to-do list. Both of these journals are from Urban Outfitters, and they’re extremely well-made and a e s t h e t i c.

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The next thing I pulled out of my bag is my current knitting project. I am always in the middle of knitting something, and I usually bring whatever I’m working on with me to class. Knitting is a very addicting hobby for me (just like The Sims 4), and it also helps me to manage my ADHD and anxiety. If my hands are busy doing something intricate, I’m much more likely to pay attention to my professor. Knitting has also been proven to lower your heart rate, hence why I use it as a tool for managing anxiety. Right now, I’m in the middle of knitting a scarf for my brother. I doubt he’ll even wear it, but hey, it’s the thought that counts.

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No matter where I go on campus, I almost always have my laptop on me. I bought a surfacebook pro because I liked the art program it came with, and it’s small and light enough that I can easily transport it. I would also never be able to afford this computer on my own- I bought it using all the money I received at my graduation party, my ancient savings bonds, and then some of my own savings. As you can see, I’ve more or less assaulted my computer with politically-woke stickers, which I mostly purchased at Newbury Comics. My laptop is a crucial tool in my life- it’s how I execute my writing, and additionally, it’s how I share my writing with all of you.

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I have a lot of random 30-60 minute slots throughout my day in which I don’t have work or classes. If I’m not punching out articles for the blog, I like to nuzzle myself into a comfy place and catch up on my reading. I’m simultaneously reading about eight books right now, so most mornings, I’ll just grab 2-3 off the top of my stack and throw them in my bag. Today, I have Macbeth and Anne of Green Gables with me on hand. If you’re interested in learning the other books I’m reading right now, I’ll post the link to that article below.

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We’re getting to the bottom of my bag now, which is where all the random odds-and-ends tend to live. My wallet, of course, is a must, because it contains my campus card, my state ID, my laundry card, and my debit card, amongst other important adult-y things. I tend to be extremely protective over my wallet, as I lost my previous one at a train station in Boston. That was probably one of the worst days of my life, because I had my damn SOCIAL SECURITY CARD in there, and now I keep a constant sharp eye on my current wallet (and I don’t carry my SSN anymore, like a dumbass). I also have some beauty-related products in my bag, like concealer, deodorant, hand cream, and lip balm. Maybe this is just a me thing, but wearing glasses causes the foundation around my nose to smudge off. I also tend to get lipstick on my face when I eat, so concealer is a MUST to have on hand.

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The last few things at the bottom of my bag are pretty miscellaneous. I have about 37,875 pens and highlighters, a USB cord, and headphones that don’t fit my phone. I also have some small things that aren’t pictured, like crumpled receipts, tiny Besame lipstick tubes, disgusting crumbs, and a prescription bottle of Lorazepam (because you never know when a panic attack might hit). Overall, I think it’s a pretty normal collection of items.

I hope that this article was interesting for you, and that it helped you get to know me a little bit better. Movie Meaning Monday is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that!

What I’m reading right now: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/winter-reading-list-what-im-reading-right-now/

Coming up next: Movie Meaning Monday: Is Coraline a Metaphor for Domestic Abuse?

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