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What's In My Bag (2014)

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I have an emotional attachment to my backpack. All of the things that I usually carry inside of it make it almost impossible for me to leave without it. Sure, I probably won't use everything I carry, but I like to know that I have options. For some time I've been fascinated with those "What's in your bag?" photos that people have taken, because I enjoy seeing the items that people want with them at all times. So, I decided to take some time to put together a post showcasing what I have in my bag. It's easy to tell that I spend a lot of time reading and writing.

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Bluetooth Keyboard

This is probably my favorite item. My laptop is too large to carry around with me everywhere, so I bought this inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard so that I can actually write on my iPhone. It's highly portable, works great, and I use it almost everyday.

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Wreck This Journal, Cards, and a Bible

Marissa gave me Wreck This Journal for Christmas, so I'm keeping it in my backpack to use whenever I get a chance. I imagine it'll take me around a year to finish it.

The Bible and deck of cards are "in case of emergency items". I primarily use my iPhone for reading the Bible, but I thought it would be good to keep a copy of the New Testament with me in case I get a chance to give it to someone.

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iPhone 4S, Notebook

While the iPhone is usually kept in my pocket, I decided to include it here. It's not actually used as a "phone" anymore, but I use it for my planner, taking photos, writing, etc. The brown notebook beside it is actually my thanksgiving journal. One of my New Year's resolutions was to be more thankful, so I'm trying to write down at least one thing I'm thankful for everyday.

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14,000 things to be happy about.

Found this guy at a thrift store for a dollar. I immediately was drawn to the simplistic cover and content. As soon as I began flipping through the pages, I knew what I could use it for: writing prompts. Another one of my New Year's resolutions is to write more, so I've taken up the habit of freewriting. I use this book to get my inspiration. I simply flip to a random page and pick a list item. Whatever my finger lands on I have to write about it. No matter how obscure or odd it is.

This book is also a good reminder of all of the little, specific things in our lives that go by unappreciated a lot of the time.

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Current Read

I try to carry one of my current reads with me, in case I actually have a moment to finish a few pages. In following with the previous two items, this book also relates to one of my New Year's resolutions: write a book. I'm sure you can guess the contents of Plot & StructureI wanted to learn more about writing a novel, so I bought this book off Amazon because it received a lot of good reviews. So far I'm loving it and learning a lot.

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Sketchnote Pad

It's a Canson Mixed Media notebook. I love to Sketchnote, so I like to have a thick piece of plain white paper. No lines, just freedom. I also like that the paper is perforated. It goes with me most places so that I can take notes in lectures, classes, and sermons.

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LEGO Pocket Moleskine

I love Moleskine, and LEGOs are amazing. This notebook is for jotting down ideas on-the-go. Inspiration often hits me at unusual times and in random places, so it's important for me to have a specific place that I can record concepts. It's very small, but just the right size for my needs. I also have a Moleskine pen attached to the outside. And yes, that's a real LEGO brick on the front cover.

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Assorted Items

Not much to say here. Just some basics that I have if I need them.

  • Umbrella
  • Flash Drive
  • Multi-tool
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hard Lifesavers
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The Bag

I am unbelievable picky about backpacks, so, when I was trying to find a new one, the search was long and hard. I ended up going with a Jansport bag that was relatively simple and looked great. It fits my needs, and I love the leather details on the exterior. Plus, Jansport's warranties are hard to beat, so I know I can depend on the build quality.

What's the most important item in your bag?