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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How the Apple Watch Helped With My iPhone Addiction.

*Opens Twitter, closes Twitter*

*Opens Snapchat, closes Snapchat*

*Opens Facebook, closes Facebook*

*Opens Instagram, closes Instagram*

*Opens Twitter again, closes Twitter again*

And so on, and so on.

This was the social media cycle that I followed every day, at least four times an hour. Like the myriads of people in this world, I was addicted to my iPhone and social media. No matter where I was or whom I was with, I had my phone in my hand and my head tilted downward. I was always checking my social media pages, my blog, my email, and replying to text messages. It doesn’t matter if I was with a friend I haven’t seen in years or a family member I missed, I focused on my phone (this I am not proud of). I didn’t think I could ever overcome this addicted, but, shockingly, when I purchased my Apple Watch, my cell phone addiction lessened.

How you may ask? How did an extension of my iPhone lessen my cell phone addiction? It’s simple: I let the notifications come to my Apple Watch, and I either replied to the email, text message, or social media notifications on my Apple Watch, or I just ignored the notifications because it was not worth the time. Usually, I went with the latter.

And, after a month or so of this system, I found myself ignoring the notifications more and more until I checked my iPhone later that day. I already knew what notifications I had to address, so why not worry about them all later instead of constantly pulling out my cell phone?

So, by having the Apple Watch, one may think the user becomes more addicted to their cell phones and social media accounts, but it is the exact opposite in my case. While I do get the notifications to my Apple Watch and respond to them accordingly, I usually just disregard everything until I have an abundance amount of text messages, emails, and social media notifications to reply to.

Hopefully, over the next few months, I completely end my cell phone addiction, and since I have an excellent system down, I have no worries!

 

-Kyle Majerus

 

The Apple Watch: The Best Smartwatch to Own

Elegant. Minimal. Convenient.

The Apple Watch is a triple threat that covers the areas many watch wearers care about; it is elegant, has a beautiful and minimal design, and is extremely convenient. Watch wearers pride themselves on the watch that is strapped around their wrists. They wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a watch from Wal-Mart or Shopko; no, they want to be seen wearing Omega, Rolex, or even Daniel Wellington because these watches stand out to those who appreciate watches. Me? I was a Daniel Wellington and August Steiner kind-of-guy prior to my Apple Watch. They are minimal, versatile, and cheap.

And, like anyone who adores watches, I am proud of my watches because they are an extension of who I am and what I like. My black-banded, white-faced August Steiner watch was an embodiment of my minimalistic style. Just like a flashy, diamond-coated Rolex may exemplify the high roller who owns it. It’s simple: watches represent their owners, so the owners are going to pick a watch that depicts them exactly.

So, when I finally purchased my Space Gray 38mm Apple Watch over a month ago, I knew that it would be the perfect extension of myself. It is sleek and minimal in design, and it is lovely to look at. I love my accessories to add to my outfit, not take the spotlight. The simple look of the Apple Watch is just enough for others to spot it but not focus all their attention on it. Also, it has myriads of watch faces that can be changed with just a finger touch. My personal favorite is “Mickey Mouse” because he taps his foot to represent a second of time ticking by, and he talks to you if you click on him! However, to save battery life, I use the “Simple” watch face with some added complications (alarm, temperature, date, and workout) to keep it, well, simple. The various watch faces are an outstanding feature because I can pick my watch face based on my mood or the setting I am in. Super convenient and versatile.

Not only are the watch faces easily interchangeable, but the watch bands are as well. With the simple push of a tab, you may slide the current watch band off and put on another one. Also, just like the watch faces, you may choose the watch band to suit a certain occasion or your mood. The Apple Watch comes with a Sport Band that can be in a multitude of colors, but you may buy more as you please. Personally, I love the Milanese Band and bought one for my Apple Watch. However, the Apple Watch bands are pricey, so I suggest looking on eBay or Amazon to find a great deal. Pictured below is my Apple Watch with a black Milanese Band I purchased on eBay (for $12 instead of $150!). The magnet is powerful and keeps the Apple Watch resting perfectly on my wrist.

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Another – and my personal favorite – benefit to having an Apple Watch is the convenience of it. No longer am I stuffing my hand into my pocket and pulling out my iPhone just to text someone back, check an email, or look at my reminders; rather, I raise my arm to see who texted me, reply to a crucial email, or checkmark a reminder as being complete. It saves momentous amounts of time. Which is a problem in today’s society. We are all time-poor people who do not have the time to scroll through Facebook and Twitter, reply to a text, or check all our email accounts because we are too busy keeping up with our active lifestyles. So, when I bought the Apple Watch, I had no idea that it would save me time to focus on more pressing matters. (Check back to my blog in a few weeks because I am writing a post about how my Apple Watch stopped my iPhone addiction!)

So, you still may be asking yourself if it is worth spending $270+ for one smartwatch, and I want you to stop right there. Purchasing this watch is not spending… it is investing. You’re investing in a timepiece that exceeds all others, can save you the trouble of pulling out your iPhone every five minutes, looks pretty damn cool on your wrist and will last you years to come. Apple products are known for their outstanding quality and incredible lifetime, and the Apple Watch is no exception.

Leave a comment or send me a message with your thoughts on the Apple Watch. Do you think it is worth it? Would you make the investment yourself, or have you already? Let me know!

 

-Kyle Majerus