My Everyday Carry
I love learning about what other people carry around every day. I think it’s a fascinating way to see into another person’s life, so I thought it’d be fun to share a bit of myself in that way.
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I don’t need glasses to read or drive, but I do wear these daily. They’re made by Felix Gray and designed to prevent eye strain by filtering out blue light. I was highly skeptical at first, but I’ve found that they work really well for me in particular.
Since I bought these, Felix Gay has come out with another product line called Sleep Glasses that have a more visible tint to them, and filter out more blue light at night. I’m tempted to try them out.
iPhone XS Max
This isn’t super unique or really even very interesting, but I do carry the gold 512gb iPhone XS Max. Like most people, my phone is the item I have with me most often.
I’m super simple with my keys. I carry 2 keys on a single standard key ring.
These little boogers are with me all the time and in my ears for hours and hours every day. They are an insta-recommendation for anyone who asks.
Apple will probably update them sometime soon, but I wouldn’t wait, these are a great product. You’ll love them.
If you’re interested, I did review them in detail a while back.
Nisolo’s Card Holder Wallet
Honestly, I can’t wait until Apple Pay takes over the world. I wish I didn’t have to carry a wallet at all, but sadly, I do need a handful of cards.
I bought this one from Nisolo, a super cool company that tries to make things ethically, pay living wages, and makes great products. This particular wallet has since been discontinued.
Apple Watch Series 4
I bought the original Apple Watch, and I honestly enjoyed it from the start. I wrote about it several different times over the years, and I wore it every day for three years until the battery started to die before dinner.
I had high expectation when I decided to upgrade to the Series 4, and it has met them. The stainless steel model with the Milanese Loop band is really beautiful. The breath app is a quick (literally 1 minute) way to practice intentional breathing and mindfulness. The rings continue to encourage me to be more active on a daily basis, and the glanceability of basic information like weather, time, date, important todos and key notifications is incredibly valuable to me.
Note: You definitely have to turn off all but the most important notifications. If you don’t, your watch will become more annoying than helpful.
I bike 2 miles every work day for my commute, and I like that the watch tracks my rides. But I don’t really use the workout tracking functionality in any proactive way.
I wrote more about this one, because I get asked about it a lot, and it truly does so many things for me.
Saddleback Leather Bag
I have carried a Saddleback Leather bag to work every day for 5 years. Before that, I carried this same bag to class every day for 3 years. Before that, it was my brothers for a year or so. I bought it from him because he found it to be a bit too small for what he needed. Before that, it was owned by someone on eBay who said they were selling it to upgrade to the Classic Leather Briefcase. So without exaggerating, this bag has been in regular use for over ten years. It’s fantastic.
This specific bag has since been discontinued, but if you’re looking for a ridiculously long-lasting leather bag, check out the newer models in the Saddleback Leather briefcase section.
Pen and Notebook
I don’t use pen and paper all that often, but sometimes, when I’m trying to really process something important, or I want to write a special note to my wife, I pick up this Machine Era brass pen and Travelers Notebook.
I’m sorry, but I don’t have that much to say about this pen and notebook, other than I really like them.
I’ve used the Kindle app over the years, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. But I haven’t owned a Kindle until a few months ago. As someone who gets eye strain from staring at bright screens so much, I find the Kindle Oasis screen so much easier to read for long periods of time. That’s pretty much the only reason I bought it, and it’s completely met that need for me. I read from it quite a bit.
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