October Vignettes

Year after year, October turns out to be one of my favorite months! The weather, the fall festivals, the outdoor activities, and of course, HALLOWEEN! This October was especially perfect because… well, because everything. I LOVE our new home. I LOVE my new job. I LOVE this absolutely and completely perfect weather that we are having right now! And I love fall clothes. Okay, those are probably all of the things. No, wait… I also love the changing colors of the trees! And dark nail polish! And boots. 
This could take a while… let’s move on. 

Here is what October looked like…

…on Organized Charm:

Study Series: If you read OC in October, then you know that I worked on a study skills series. If you’re an avid reader of OC, you also know that I didn’t finish said series. Writing is so much fun and such a great thing to do every few days. But let me tell you that if you read a blog that posts every day (or more than once a day like College Prepster), then you better appreciate that because it’s pretty tough! I got through the most requested topics (mainly planners, notes, and overall organization). 
And the rest will be dispersed over the next few weeks! 

…In my “real life”:

Our Neighborhood: At the beginning of this month, our neighborhood became the home to a new outdoor “mosaic artwalk” that consisted of 8 new art installations: 2 sculptures, 5 murals, and a beautifully decorated piano on the sidewalk for anyone to play! I poured some merlot, put on a jacket, and we walked around to check it out opening night!

And then there were all those October sunsets…

Wedding: Derek and I are huge fans of weddings. Like, super huge. Like, we’re probably one stage away from just starting to crash random weddings that look interesting. A few weeks ago, we attended one for one of his friends from work. There were so many unique things about it: First of all, the reception was held in an actual barn (which had literally been filled with junk until a couple of weeks before).

Not only that, but the wedding party camped out right next to the barn for the weekend, so there were tents and a bonfire, which was pretty awesome! 

Oh, how could I forget this… one of the brides actually got up and sang “their song” at the wedding. SO. UNBELIEVABLY. PRECIOUS.

Reunion: You know how people talk about how awkward/boring their reunions were, or how they have no interest in seeing the people they went to high school with? That’s exactly what I was expecting, but let me tell you that we had a ridiculous amount of fun! I hosted a little “pregame” celebration at our loft before, and then we headed down the street for the real thing. There was dancing and drinking and every song that we ever listened to in high school and a photo booth. 
You know as well as I do, that it can’t be a party without a photo booth. 
Obviously, this was cause to decorate my front door! 
Everything gets a blue ribbon! 

Best Friends for 15 years! 
Holding up the line at the photo booth while we… do whatever we were doing here. 
Halloween: The kids at my school are the cutest. Do you hear me? The absolute cutest! Every student is my favorite one! Even the ones that aren’t in my class. There is no amount of money in the world that could make me happier than working with kids and I am so, SO thankful it’s what I do! I’ll probably do a whole post about their precious little statements soon, but here was my fave from this month: 
Miss Kirsten, are you going on the field trip? Because if you’re there, I won’t miss my mom so much.” 
Which is totally heart-melting, right? But then they also say things like: 
You need to put your hair up… it doesn’t look good.” 
So, you know, they keep me humble. 
For Halloween, I made them this little “Monster Trick-or-Treat” game using stuff I already had. Those tiny little mustaches are from Creative Teaching Press, which has been my go-to lately for anything creative/festive! I made 8 monsters… the whole thing took about 20 minutes… and they LOVED it! 

Eric Church: For our “grownup” Halloween night, we went to see Eric Church. Typically, we don’t go to “big” or “mainstream” concerts… but my husband and I have both been fans of Eric Church since 2006. He used to play smaller venues around Memphis every year and this was his first time playing in the FedEx Forum… he gave several “shout outs” to the smaller venues who used to book him for shows, which was super cool. This was my 6th time seeing him.

And his live shows are still as much fun and interactive as they used to be when we were all packed in a tiny little venue!

…other places online:

Below Deck: Did y’all watch Below Deck? I am just a complete sucker for those silly Bravo shows like Million Dollar Decorators and Southern Charm. This season, it was Below Deck. Even though I have more of an Amy personality, the first time I saw Kate get out that giant checklist as her co-workers stood around and looked freaked out by it, I knew that I had found my organizational soulmate. But the best part? 

Oh, that would be that she also has a blog. And it also contains the word “charm” in the title. And that she travels all over the world and dresses super-fabulously while she’s doing it. The photos are beautiful and she’s a great writer, so you should definitely check it out!

Happify: I promise Happify doesn’t pay me to promote them every month… I just really LOVE doing the exercises on their website! If you’re feeling sad or stressed or anxious or anything else negative, definitely download it! Even just one activity a day can make a huge difference!

And now, we’re on to my absolute favorite {birthday} month… 

What did you do in October? Did you have homecoming or attend football games or an exciting party or dress up for Halloween? How is the weather where you live? What did you do to celebrate this oh-so-glorious season of Fall?!  

August Vignettes

Can you believe August is over? What the heck?! I feel like it was literally just July! I really hope that this was a great month for y’all! I know a lot of exciting things happened: moving in, rush week, the first day of school! I can’t wait to hear all about it in the comments! 

Here is what my August looked like…

…on Organized Charm:

August is all about fresh starts and reorganization! 
We reached a checkpoint for those goals we set back in January
How was your goal checkup?!

School supply season is here!

And Organized Charm celebrated it’s first birthday!

And obviously, we couldn’t head back to school without a checklist being involved…

Finally, for every SmartBook that we order, McGraw-Hill is donating a textbook to a child in a developing country! So keep that in mind as you search for your required texts!
{also, you don’t have to wait for a SmartBook to ship AND mine was only $45!}

…in my “real life”:

I made the amazing discovery that I live ONE block away from a local candle shop
{Which is good for me but slightly dangerous for my bank account. Okay, it’s really dangerous.}
I started teaching at my new school and I have to say that I just love it so far! Even better? Our logo is an anchor! Obviously, I’ll now have an excuse to buy need to buy anchor jewelry, anchor pants, anchor shirts, anchor shoes… 
Our new home is really, really coming along. I am now one closet and one cabinet away from having it completely organized! 
My brother graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis, so we were all super proud! 
{and yes, this is what he wore TO graduation… after I practically had to force him to go. *sigh*}
And lots and lots of planning happened! 
{it doesn’t count if you don’t photograph it, right?}

 …other places online:

I can never pass up a good personality test, and the Who Am I? quiz from Visual DNA is a really cool one! It measures your levels of “The Big 5” personality traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Agreeableness. Best of all? You’re choosing your answers from photos! 
This article from BuzzFeed was whirling around my Facebook Newsfeed last week, so I checked it out. Oh my gosh. I downloaded almost every one of these apps! Definitely worth checking out! 

Have you been to Good.Co and taken their quizzes yet? They recently added even more in-depth personality analyses to determine how you work and which types of jobs are perfect fits for you! 
{I always, always get teacher!}
Pandora has created an entire genre of Back to School music! And I am so happy about it!
And here is some motivation for the new month:
How was your August?! 
How was your first week of class?
If you moved, are you still getting settled in? 

Summer Vignettes

Y’all. This summer, seriously. It’s been one of the best/craziest/most roller-coaster-y seasons of my entire life. I have learned a lot (and I mean A LOT) of things and had to deal with some stuff that I’ve never dealt with before (aka, free time. eek!). I was basically forced to just slow down and enjoy the summer for what it is: “a place where laziness finds respectability” {-Sam Keen}. 
So, is there good news? Absolutely! All of my free time gave me a TON of time to work on some organization projects, research some new topics, and have some new experiences and I am so, SO excited to share those with y’all in the upcoming weeks! Oh, and more good news? I am planning on posting more consistently and frequently this school year! Which seems perfect because I have received an amazing amount of comments/e-mails from many of you saying that this will be your first year of college! I think that sounds like it’s working out perfectly, right?!
So, if you’re wondering what my calendar-less, full-time-job-less, summer-semester-less June & July looked like, here they are! The good, the better, and the unplanned!

On Organized Charm…

So, OC took a little summer hiatus along with me. Having no structure to my days meant having a challenging time doing things like writing and doing laundry and keeping my sanity on a regular basis. However, I did manage to get a few posts together! And here they are:

Aaaaand… Bloglovin’ sends me an e-mail every time that we reach a hundred-mark number of followers. On July 1, it sent me this e-mail, which I immediately squealed about and screen-shotted so that I could share it with y’all in July’s Vignettes post! But guess what? 18 days later, it sent me another e-mail saying that there are now 400 of you awesomely amazing followers! So I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Because I love you. And that is all. 

In My “Real Life”…

This summer has been all about sitting back, relaxing, enjoying free time. And what I realized about myself is that I am not a “free time” type of girl. I’m just not. My summers usually consist of me taking an intense and abbreviated summer course, working in my school’s summer camp, and teaching Sunday School. This year, I didn’t do any of those things and it nearly killed me I didn’t die. 
I just like to be busy, okay? 

Because going 2 months without working at all would be the most brutal thing I could imagine, I did work part-time in a brand new restaurant here in Memphis, Strano! I initially applied because we are friends with the manager… but now I can honestly say that I am friends with everyone who works there because they are all 100% amazing people!  

I spent a LOT of time trying to get our new home in order. In our old house, we had a home for everything, a system for everything, and everything served a purpose. So, I spent the summer really trying to recreate that as quickly as possible in our loft. My poor husband came home almost e

Our 4th of July was absolutely perfect. We walked across the street and watched the downtown fireworks from our friends’ rooftop. And any night filled with champagne and sparklers is a definite success as far as I’m concerned! 

If there were one thing in this summer of leisure to have an anxiety attack over (aside from the leisure itself, of course), it would be the Certification Exam that I took last Thursday. This is a brand new exam. So new, in fact, that there is NO STUDY GUIDE! Queue every form of panic attack possible. I just scoured my textbook, made flash cards, and reviewed the information the best that I could. I get my results back on August 10th, so that may or may not be a good day for those around me. 

Aside from those things, we really just spent the summer enjoying everything that there is to enjoy in Memphis! Weddings, rooftop parties, brunches, dinners, happy hours, movies, fireworks, parks… you know, all the things that other adults are out doing while I’m usually studying. So, it’s been very nice and I am super, super grateful that I had this time to slow down and just enjoy life! 🙂 

Most of all I learned that, no matter how much time you spend planning or how prepared you try to be, sometimes you just need to step back and believe that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. Because it will. 

Oh, and I am just so thrilled to announce that I’M BACK! 🙂
How was your summer? Did you have any big/tough transitions to get through? 
If so, how did you handle it and what are you looking forward to this fall?!