Guest Post: Wallet Essentials

+ High five! This is our second guest post! My awesome friend Wayne has a great story about figuring out the essentials for his wallet. Hope you enjoy... here's Wayne:

My father would come home daily from work, go to his dresser, and take out his bi-folding wallet. The wallet was filled with every credit card, every receipt he had collected from the month, and a handful of bills. The wallet was always busting at the seams, often unable to close. As men we often emulate our fathers just because that is what we know. 

I had no idea that I had taken on my fathers fat wallet issue until recently when I lost my wallet and all the contents while riding my motorcycle on Highway 101 in Marin. We often do not appreciate something until we lose it, in this case: my drivers license, $100 cash, four credit cards, countless gift cards, membership cards, business cards, and my lucky $2 bill. My wallet always goes in my back left pocket, but on a motorcycle this is an easy way to lose it. Luckily, someone found my wallet and turned it in to the local police department and I received a call to come pick it up. To my surprise, all the contents were still intact!

(the old wallet with the nonessentials)

(the old wallet with the nonessentials)

After being reunited with my wallet, I knew I needed to do something to avoid this situation in the future. My first instinct was to get a wallet with a chain—that way I could carry everything I had previously, and avoid losing it again. My girlfriend was not a fan.

As I shared my story with Jamie, we had a conversation about a solution that involved paring down the contents of my wallet and re-envisioning my wallet situation completely.  I was apprehensive at first, thinking that I needed to carry around all of those cards and bills, but the solution has been perfect—I carry less, have everything I need, and can put the wallet in my front pocket so it doesn’t end up lost on another highway.

drivers license
medical insurance card
public transit card
a debit card
lucky $2 bill

(the new wallet with just the essentials)

(the new wallet with just the essentials)

I rarely used my other cards, and now that so many electronic solutions to carrying membership cards and cash are found in phone apps, I no longer need to carry them around.

Needless to say, losing a wallet can be frustrating, but can prompt a positive transformation. As our lives evolve from day to day and year to year, the little things have a tendency to stick with us because habits are consistent and comfortable. We sometimes resist change when these changes can dramatically improve our lives.

So, what is so difficult about adopting new habits and allowing change to happen when it needs to? Embrace change—it allows us to grow and learn new things. There is one thing that is certain in this world and that is that change is happening all around us—and it does not stop for lost wallets. 

+ Thanks Wayne!! I love these small changes that influence our daily lives. Any other Costanza wallets out there?!