Earning My Story – Trayvax

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If there is one thing this blog of mine has done, it has given me the ability to share my thoughts and feelings from not only the surface, but from a deeper sense within my helmet. I ride motorcycles and as you know this affords me time to reflect and delve into some of the more dusty corners in my head. And boy do I need to dust sometimes.

But this lifestyle of riding mostly year round makes you appreciate the good-weather days even more. Although the sun was shining on this morning’s ride in, the temperature was an alarming 19 degrees. Even with a ride like this I can find an opportunity to reflect and figure things out – and like my motorcycle – move forward.

…but it’s also a symbol of how we really want to be – free from all that clutter we carry with us throughout a normal work day. Is it possible to check our mental baggage?

As motorcyclists we seek that feeling of freedom and adventure. We know when riding our bikes it’s not unusual to carry only the minimum with us as space is a premium, but it’s also a symbol of how we really want to be – free from all that clutter we carry with us throughout a normal work day. Is it possible to check our mental baggage?

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Last week I received my new Trayvax Axis minimalist wallet in the mail. For those of you who haven’t heard of this company, I urge you to check them out. A few years ago I switched to carrying a typical wallet and moved to a much more user-friendly front pocket wallet for a variety of reasons. Mostly to lose the unnecessary stuff that found its way into my back pocket. I will say that after transferring my cards and cash to my Axis, this is the easiest wallet I have ever carried. Ever.

Trayvax is 100% made  in the USA produced in Bellingham, Washington. Mark King, owner and inventor of the Trayvax brand has a vision of adding 5000 jobs in the US and based on his passion and sense of purpose, I believe he is not only on his way to this goal but will exceed his own expectations. I hope so. I love Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit and I know with this kind of determination, this is only the beginning. He is showing us that it is possible to reach your goals both personally and professionally and live your dreams. Mark is earning his story through the stories of his customers but more importantly his story is one we can all relate to. And it doesn’t get more American than that.

Mark is earning his story through the stories of his customers but more importantly his story is one we can all relate to. And it doesn’t get more American than that.

Just like the pocket knife I’ve faithfully carried with me for the last 35 years, I hope to have my Trayvax Axis share the same life – experiences with me. I know it will as it’s built to last a life-time. After all, life is truly an adventure.

Check out this real life story of making a dream and a vision come true, and show your support by following along on social media and purchasing one for yourself or that someone special in your life.

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Bench-Built Wallets

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If you were to look into my top drawer of my dresser you would find some of the more personal items that I collect, such as wristwatches, pocket knives and wallets. Lately I’ve been in the market for a micro-wallet to carry in my front pocket. If you ride a motorcycle like I do, you already know the problems associated with a wallet in your back pocket. The bulge can give you the proverbial pain in the backside for any rides over an hour or so. Not that the bulge in my wallet has anything to do with the amount of cash I have folded up in it, that’s for sure. But like watches and pocket knives I can be a little picky about what I carry with me. For many years I have carried a Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife because of the beauty and functionality it gives and after all, I am a creature of habit. The same goes for wristwatches.

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While looking for a wallet, I stumbled upon a small company in Cambridge Nebraska called Bench-Built. They sell handmade wooden money clips and wallets and a military grade composite wallet that holds up to five cards and cash. What caught my attention was the colors used in the military grade wallets that pulled my gaze away from the more traditional leather wallets. The handmade wooden wallets are absolutely beautiful but as I stated before, the thickness of my wallet isn’t from all the cash. As much as I admire their handmade quality and beauty, I needed affordable. I purchased the military grade and I must say I’m impressed. Simple and functional, it fits great in my front pocket with my keys and change. My other front pocket has my lip balm and pocket knife in it, so there isn’t much room without being uncomfortable. As a biker, it isn’t unusual to get caught in a brief shower and if this gets wet in my pocket the only thing that will stay wet is the cash clipped under the magnet. Again, in my case cash doesn’t seem to be my problem.

The quality is good and it is definitely durable. Also, holding it in your hand your fingers sense the medical grade Soft Touch giving it a leather-like feel. A strong magnet to hold your cash and enough space for 5-6 of your credit cards gives you everything you need in a small package. All of this backed with their lifetime guarantee – if it breaks it will be replaced. Hard to beat for about $25. Check them out if you are looking for something a little different or wanting a unique gift idea for the motorcyclist in your life.

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