my best friend - Big Kate

I'd like to introduce you to my little friend. My little friend that isn't all that little. My friend that I stalked and searched until I found one on ebay. I love this girl. So much. Yes, she is a giant. Yes, a cashier said it was like "a backpack for an adult." Meet Big Kate.

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Big Kate carries everything I need. I don't always carry everything in Big Kate. I have another bag that I drop things in and leave at home or in the trunk for smaller trips (like into the mall or the grocery store). But I have a lot going on. I have a lot of things to do. I utilize my breaks at work to get on social media and to journal. I go to coffee shops a lot to get work done. A girl that has a lot going on needs a bag that carries a lot of stuff.

Just like Big Kate.

So, what do I have in there?

Cord bag and charger. (Because my phone won't hold charge for diddly.)

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My favorite Erin Condren notebook that I use as a journal. (That's my affiliate link - sign up and you get $10 off. Order and I get $10 off. Win, win!)

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My favorite notebook - cardboard front and back from Target (I'm keeping my eyes out for more. I loved these)  with my command center printables tucked in. And my Erin Condren planner.

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My iPad and lovely cover. I love having a sleeve/pouch so it is protected, but it doesn't add bulk when I use it.

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Beauty stuff in the ratty Burt's Bees bag, Flairs, and lip stuff that I need at quick notice.

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Green pouch for womanly needs. Adorable bag I bought on Etsy eons ago that holds my two pairs of glasses, and my most favorite wallet ever. I can tuck my phone into the pocket on the front. So when I want to carry really light, I just grab my wallet and my phone and carry it as a wristlet.

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Sunglasses. Little blank books, and my favorite black pens.

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Not pictured (because it is in the car and Nathan has taken it to dance class right now): this adorable water bottle. This is my absolute favorite water bottle. It is the right size to fit into the cup holder in the car. It holds 16 ounces, so it doesn't add a ton of weight to my purse. I'm not exactly sure how it came to be in my posession. I know it came home with me from BlogHer '09. I really thought it came in the race packet for the 5K, but Miranda and Lorrie didn't get one. Maybe it was some sort of door prize. Maybe it belonged to someone stuffing packets and it got misplaced. I don't know. But I do know that I love it. So much that I found a picture on my phone of the two of us together.

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So, there you go. A tour of my Big Kate. Yes, she may be heavy and a little cumbersome. But she carries all that I  need. In little, organized pouches. I don't know if you'd find anything in there just floating around.

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So do you love what you carry? Does your bag - and the organization of it - make you happy? What tweaks could you make? Find joy in the small, everyday spaces. In your bag, in your car, in the jewelry you put on, in the arrangement of your cabinets. Where could you start?

Be happy, friends!

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