Sooooooo, counselors are naturally curious, right?
I mean most people are! We want to see the backstage of a persons life! That is why we love social media and reality TV!
I love seeing behind the scenes, and what people have in their backpacks, purses, bags etc. Well, if you are my people (and if you are reading this, you are my people) I would love to know if you have the same MUST HAVE items in your work bag. I can be a lip balm, keys, and wallet girl too, however when I go to work, I better not leave any of these items, otherwise I am a lost puppy…
Curious? Keep reading. There’s pictures. Haha.
Now, when I am feeling fancy-ish, and want to look somewhat put together (let’s face it, most days this time of year it is a chore just to shower), this Kate Spade purse is my go-to choice. It fits all the essentials for a “regular” day at work.
Surprisingly, all of my go-to essentials fit in this medium size bag. Plus, I picked up this purse on a sale! I mean, who doesn’t love a good sale?
One thing I never leave home without? My planner. I feel so lost in the world without my planner. I used to own several Erin Condren Life Planners, but I picked up this textured leather personal planner large/A5 ring bound kikki.k planner, and have fallen in love. I love how customizable the sections are, and how I can add all these fun seasonal post-its inside my planner front pockets.
Want fun dividers and post-its? Target dollar spot my friend.
Below to the left: The inside cover of my planner. I always have 1 – 3 major goals I want to accomplish for the month on there, with an inspirational quote or scripture, so I can see it daily.
My scripture for the year is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I thought this would be fitting in my planner since I know I can only control so much. Additionally, who doesn’t need a little extra power from above to survive the school year!?
To the right: This is towards the back of my planner, in which I have these lovely Minted Sugar folder pockets for any loose receipts, or notes I need for meetings.
At the very back of my planner I keep a couple of planner stickers that I use to mark on my monthly calendar. I mark days I am off, special events, or holidays! I picked up these gold foiled ones from Target.
Additionally, who doesn’t love pens…Cooooommmeeeee oooonnnnn. You are my people. I know you are like, yes Traci, show me da flairs pleassseeee. I got you girl. My favorite pens are listed, and all of them have a specific purpose… From left to right:
Uni-gel 0.5 mechanical pencil (pencil for attendance), pen/stylish (for the insta games), frixion erasable highlighter (highlighter), uni-ball Signo mirco 307 0.3 pen (favorite black pen), papermate ink joy gel 0.7 (finalizing deadlines or marking absences), papermate flairs in medium (grading papers/projects) and a sharpie fine point permanent marker (because everyone needs to have a sharpie in black on hand).
In the distance: I have white out tape, post-it tabs and washi tape for marking off vacation or school breaks in my monthly view. I keep all of these items in the smallest size eagle creek travel pouch.
Last but not least, your typical ready to-go counselor survival kit, perfect to toss into any bag. I purchased this cute gold and white pouch from….you guessed it…Target. Stress relief hand lotion from bath and body works, stress relief hand sanitizer…see a trend here… tic tacs, lip balm, nail file and listerine breath spray!
Why have 2 breath fresheners Traci? Do you have something to confess? Well, yes. Yes I do. Tic tacs are for others who need a mint, and the listerine is for myself. I mean come on. No one likes coffee breath…
What is in your bag of tricks? I am thinking about posting my professor bag, if you are interested. Let me know on social media or in the comments below! I carry a lot more than this on a daily basis, but this bag is just the foundation. Hehe.
Talk to you soon my friends!
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