"I'm the backpack loaded up with things and knick-knacks, too
Anything that you might need I got inside for you"
(From Dora the Explorer's "Backpack Song")
One thing people notice about me over time is that I almost always carry my backpack with me anywhere I go. Sort of like the magic satchel sported by Dora the Explorer, I have my backpack handy for whatever needs might arise.
Even if it's just a quick trip somewhere and even if I don't plan on using it I still feel more comfortable taking it with me. I just never know when I'm going to need something out of it. I can't tell you how many times I've been sitting in a restaurant and needed a pad of paper or a file from my laptop. It happens. Often.
So what exactly is in this bag?
Good question. Let's break it down...
My laptop and iPad. I know it seems redundant to have both and most people wonder why I don't just settle for having the iPad since it's lighter and more portable. I totally understand that logic but there are too many times where having the full laptop just works better for me. It's easier to type so when I need to write something of any considerable length the iPad just doesn't cut it so I bust out the MacBook instead. Plus, I keep a ton of files on it that just aren't available on the iPad. I have my reasons, OK?
Notepads. I have different notebooks designated for different reasons. I've got a cool keyboard themed one I got at The Felt Bird specifically for any Follow Eric ideas and another journal for personal use. I also have a set of 3 small Moleskine notepads in a small, easily accessible pocket on top. Each notepad has a specific duty and purpose.
CREATE is for any creative ideas or concepts. This includes things like a blog theme, a design, lyrics or other writing.
INFORM is for informational items. Things like a phone number I need to jot down really quick or a website I need to visit later. I also write down To-Do lists in here.
SCRATCH is for scratch paper. Do I really have to explain this one?
Books. I usually have at least a couple books at any given time. Right now they include Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick, a book we're reading for Thrive discussions, The Me I Want To Be by John Ortberg that I'm reading on my own, and The Message by Eugene Peterson, my favorite version of the Bible.
Of course there are other random knick-knacks like pens and some newspapers and magazines but you get the idea I hope.
So there you have it, more information about my backpack than you ever asked for or wanted to know.