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What's In Your Wallet?

What's In Your Wallet?

Have you ever lost or had your wallet or purse stolen and experienced the pain and agony of replacing everything? I’m sure if you have, it’s a memory you won’t soon forget and if you haven’t, trust your friends at Havlar, it’s nothing you ever want to experience.

I was driving home from my parents the other day and felt a sharp pain digging in my back. When I reached around, I felt a "George Costanza wallet" that had somehow accumulated in my back pocket.

Realizing that it tilted past the point of excessive, I decided to purge and declutter. 

(Update: Initially I posted a picture of my wallet in this blog, but apparently this story really resonated and inspired a Havlar friend to seek change as well and he wanted to share. Good luck my friend!)  

The exercise to begin with was a bit of a shock as I couldn’t believe the amount of unnecessary information I was carrying around.

Did I really need my boating license mid-January in Canada? Not to mention gift cards, points cards, appointment reminders, receipts…the list went on.

Do you know what’s in your wallet or would it be as much of a shock as it was for me?

If it ever went missing or stolen, would you know everything you needed to replace?

I started reducing my wallet by getting rid of the low hanging fruit like grocery and gas receipts, parking passes, etc. Then, I looked at what else I could remove to reduce my vulnerability footprint if it ever went missing.

I kept the basics: driver’s license, health card, credit card, debit card, some cash, but what else? The contents of our wallets should be sleek and minimalist, only carrying with us the bare minimum just in case it goes missing.

Do you really need your social insurance card or birth certificate?

Are any of your cards available on your mobile device so you can leave the original at home? Apps like Stocard for your mobile device can be a super convenient way for keeping all your loyalty cards with you and free up space in your wallet.  

Losing valuable cards can be a complete nightmare and make identify theft for even an unsophisticated criminal mind, very simple.

You worked hard for those Airmiles, and they’re yours to enjoy, not some “snatch and grab” opportunist on the train.

So what’s in your wallet and what doesn’t need to be?

Take a quick minute to document what you have. Remove what you don’t need and keep what you do. For things you keep, it’s good to write down your card, the account number and the contact information to cancel if it’s ever lost or stolen.

More to come,

~KG

"But Mom, it was in my backpack!"

"But Mom, it was in my backpack!"

“I don’t know what happened. I put my phone in the bottom of my backpack when I was at soccer practice after school today. Everyone had their backpacks on the sideline. But we were all focused on the practice.

When the practice was over, someone had clearly been through my backpack and my phone was gone. I wasn’t the only one Mom, two of my friend’s backpacks had been unzipped and everything had been moved around – one even lost their wallet and the other also lost their phone. ”

Unattended backpacks are everywhere, easy picking for theft - a crime of opportunity. 

Think about it, we spend $80 on an iPhone case to protect the $1,000 phone, then we casually leave the phone in a backpack, easily accessible. While we think all kids especially are on their phones 24/7…there are times when the phone is in a backpack and out of their view. And what about house keys, student cards, and/or wallets? They can all be valuable to someone else.

And that’s when you need to consider an extra layer of protection. Something that can protect the phone and other valuables. Something that can easily slide into a backpack and be secured. That’s one of the many reasons we created Havlar. It’s a lightweight and secure solution that’s perfect for all ages. Whether little Johnny or Sally covers their HavlarGo in stickers and sparkles, or an older child creates some very cool artwork on it, the device itself is a deterrent for anyone thinking they’ll easily collect a few phones or other goodies today during practice when no one is watching.

The HavlarGo, sits quietly in your backpack. 8.5 x 11, it’s small enough to look like a notepad but locked and tethered to something secure, it’s not something that can easily be taken.

Peace of mind? It’s something we all want, don’t we? Knowing your child’s valuables are secure in their backpack can give you that peace of mind. What’s more expensive? Do we want to replace lost/stolen items or have a secure portable safe right in your backpack? 

More to come! 

~KG

Behind The Scenes - Indiegogo Filming

Behind The Scenes - Indiegogo Filming

Lights! Camera! Action!! “Wait, what?”

The filming of our Indiegogo campaign video pushed me out of my element from a desk job and onto a live set with a full production and audio crew recording my every take.

But was I ready? I digress.

I went to school for general business and supply chain management, never took drama growing up and had little experience in front of a camera acting, so it was nervous times to say the least when I was called upon to ‘act’ for our Indiegogo campaign video.

I shouldn’t say I had little experience, I was once on a major TV series growing up when I was six or seven? It’s hard to stress sarcasm in a blog and I’m sure only select Canadians will get the reference, but being on Video Arcade Top Ten isn’t exactly the normal path to an acting career. Dressed in a Goofy shirt with a mullet, I came last out of three contestants, but I didn’t panic under the pressure of the red ‘on-air’ light and for a young Kyle, I consider that a win.

Fast forward to present, and even though I was involved in the writing and drafting of the script, read it 1,000 times before the day of shooting, there’s still something about someone saying “action” that signals immediate speech impediment.

We shot the video at Ashbridge’s Bay, a beautiful, busy beach in downtown Toronto, so right from the get-go there were curious eyes watching the film crew following me around, with the odd person stopping to ask “what’s going on?”.

Perfect, now I’m acting for a live audience too, but we only had one day to shoot and time was literally money. The show must go on. 

“Uh”…“what was the line?”…“Sorry”…“what was the line again?”…“Sorry, I’ll get this”. 

…Off to a good start... 

I started off by trying to read what seemed like paragraphs of lines in one take, but ever slowly dialed it back into one and two off sentences. I did have a few things working in my favour though, one being the vice president of the company so I could go off script a little and speak from the heart and two, a great production company helping me along the way, with positive words of encouragement. 

I did find a major struggle was when I was finally getting that perfect take, my heart would be racing with excitement knowing that the scene was almost over and I’m absolutely crushing my performance, only to have it ruined by a car honk or someone yelling in the background. D’oh! 

“Ugh, from the top please”. 

…I guess we’ll do it again... 

We managed though! Line by line, scene by scene, we muscled through and put together a product everyone was proud of. Even now, we’ve released a 1 minute teaser clip of the video, but we’re super excited for everyone to see the entire final product. 

Are you excited!?

It was a huge learning experience and definitely brought a new appreciation for the art of filmmaking for myself. From the audio set up, to importance of lighting and camera angles, I truly was out of my element, but enjoyed every minute of the creative process. 

A special shout out to our production company at West&SOCIAL, who made the experience fun and exciting, from start to finish, I really can’t thank them enough. 

More to come, 

~KG