Ten Things I Can’t Live Without

I don’t know what it is about this week, but I really feel like blogging lists. On Tuesday, I posted a list of 21 things I learned since I turned 21. It is quite interesting if I do say so myself.

And then for today, I had a serious urge to list out the ten things that I am unable to live without. Some of the things in this list are quite reasonable, others, not so much. I present to you, ten things I am unable to live without (in no particular order).

  1. iPhone 6

    My iPhone 6 plays a crucial role in my daily life. It is how I stay connected with friends and family, where I turn to in awkward situations in which I need to appear like I am “distracted,” it is my daily planner, it is how I stay ahead on my never-ending work emails, and the device I check all my social media on. I honestly and truly could not live without my iPhone 6. It either is always near me, or I am on it.

  2. MacBook Pro

    Another Apple product I would die without is my MacBook Pro. This is my lifeline. I write my blog posts on it; use it for every single one of my classes — homework, presentations, and papers; and the device I use to write and edit copy for both of my internships. Sure, I use it for fun, like YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and Netflix, but that is beside the point.

  3. Series 1 Apple Watch

    The final Apple product I can not live without is my Apple Watch. It is so convenient to use for my calendar, reply to text messages, clock my workout, and respond to emails. Also, I can pair it with literally any outfit combination. I am very dependant on this bad boy. You may read more about my love for my Apple Watch here and here.

  4. Family

    I value family above all else. I do not know what I would do or where I would be without my grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles, cousins, and, of course, my mother. I am thankful for the family I have been given. I would never trade them for the world. I know it will be tough to leave them all next year, but I know I will come back to visit.

  5. Friends

    I also highly value my friends. Just like my family,  I have no clue where I would be without my friends. I have old friends, like my high school classmates, but also new(ish) friends, which are my college friends. I love the former to death and miss them all, but I know we all have gone our own ways and are living our own lives. The latter will forever be my “squad.” We all have been there for each other during our highs and lows of college. I will miss them greatly after this upcoming school year ends, but I know a few who are moving to Chicago, too. That city is not ready for us.

  6. Food

    I’m not being a smart a**. Sure, I do need food to survive, but that is not why I put food on this list. I included it because I am obsessed with food; I literally plan my day around my meals, not my meals around my day. I cook delicious and nutritious meals that make me cherish every bite. Damn, I love food.

  7. Squat/Deadlift Belt

    Fun fact for y’all: When I was in 7th grade, I fell off a slide and cracked my tailbone; however, I never went to the doctor to get it looked at. Not one year later — on the SAME day and SAME slide — I fell off and re-cracked my tailbone. Again, I never went to the doctor… Well, now I have such a bad back that every week my rib pops out of place, my hips fall out of alignment, and my right ankle gets dislocated. I am a chiropractor’s dream… Anyway, now every time I lift legs, I must wear a squat/deadlift belt otherwise my back gets utterly destroyed.

  8. JuneHouse Backpack

    Sure, I have only had this backpack for a week, but I am in love. The sole reason I want for school to start up is so I can use this backpack every day. As for now, I just use it to carry my MacBook, chargers, and glasses to work every day. It will also be my go-to backpack next year to carry all my essentials through the day.

  9. COFFEE

    Duh. Obviously.

  10. Lists

    I. cannot. live. without. lists. I mean, my last two blog posts are lists for crying out loud. I have so much going on in one day that I must list out absolutely everything — my to-do lists, shopping lists, grocery lists, lifting exercise lists, homework list, you name it, and I list it out. Without lists, I would have failed my junior year of college. Not joking. They saved me on more than one occasion because my mind is so clustered from all I have to do.

Whether they are tangible or intangible, I cannot live without every item on the above list. They either give me support and love — like my family and friends, or they make my life more convenient — like all my Apple products and squat/deadlift belt.

– Kyle Majerus

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My Everyday Carry Items

Every day we wake up, go through the mundane task of getting ready, and grab the same specific items we will bring with us throughout the day. These items are an extension of who we are, and we could not imagine completing our day without them. While laying in my bed one morning, as I was mentally preparing to tackle the mile-long list of errands I had to complete, I started to think of the particular items I wanted to bring along with me; and, in less than ten seconds, I was able to compile my everyday carry items list.

1. iPhone 6

This really shouldn’t be shocking to anyone, but the number one thing that crossed my mind was my iPhone. Sure, I am like every other millennial and I constantly look through my social media every hour, but I carry my iPhone for more important reasons. First and foremost, I carry my iPhone to maintain contact with my family and friends throughout the day in case a situation arises or to just stay in the loop. Secondly, I carry my iPhone for my reminders app and my calendar app. I have several obligations that I must address on a daily basis, and sometimes it is difficult to remember when and where I am supposed to be. So, I create reminders in both apps to notify me when something is coming up.

2. Apple Watch

One thing I cannot go through the day without is my Apple Watch. It is so convenient to be able to check the weather, view text messages, answer phone calls, reply to emails, and add an event to my calendar from my wrist. What is more, it saves me the hassle of having to pull my iPhone out of my pocket just to check the time or look at a notification. (I go into more detail about my Apple Watch in one of my previous blog posts, which you can totally go read after this one!)

3. Dual-sided money clip

I am not a real fan of using plastic, i.e., credit cards and debit cards. I feel like it is too easy to go crazy and spend more than I can afford. While I do have a credit card for emergencies and to build my credit, I always make sure to have enough cash on me for the day. Now, instead of using a bulky wallet that can be a nuisance, I use a double-sided money clip – one end for the bigger bills and the other for the smaller bills. It makes it easier to keep track of how much money I actually have, and it is more convenient for grabbing specific bills.

4. Keys

Another given, I always carry the keys to my building/dorm/apartment/house (it all depends on what time of the year it is) and my vehicle keys. It is kind of hard for me to go anywhere without my keys, really. One, I would not be able to get back into my home, and two, I cannot start my vehicle without the key.

5. Notepad and pen

While it may be odd to some, I like to carry a small notepad and pen with me for one reason: to jot down ideas and thoughts that cross my mind. There is nothing worse than thinking about a superb topic to write on, a potential product I want to develop, or something I just want to get off my chest, and having no way to store that idea or thought for later use. By carrying a notepad and pen, I never have to worry about letting a thought or idea get away from me before I document it.

6. Eyeglasses 

As I wrote in my blog last week – which you can read here – I need to wear eyeglasses. Well, you better believe that I bring my Warby Parker eyeglasses with me wherever I go. Not only are they pretty freaking stylish and look nice on me, but they also help me actually see, which is, well, good too.

7. Saint Francis “Pray for Us” Necklace

When I was struggling with life my senior year of high school, my grandmother found a Saint Francis “Pray for Us” necklace that she said would protect me in my time of need. Well, over three and a half years later, I continue to wear this necklace every day because I know it has protected me for all these years. I refuse to go anywhere without this necklace; I consider it my lucky charm.

As you can tell, my items are not too extravagant; rather, they are the essentials I need to get through a typical day in my life. Sure, they will change as my life continues and as I come across new, useful items, but for now, I am pretty content with my everyday carry items. What items do you carry with you every day that you could not go without? Do you carry a large number of items or a select few like myself?

– Kyle Majerus