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What We Carry

What We Carry

Inspired by Nikki’s recent post, I took some pics of the contents in my backpack.  I’m currently wearing the Eudaimonia backpack, featuring artwork by Patrick Moran.  And here you can see what I’m carrying with me daily all laid out on the table.

My laptop has a Gaping Void decal that I admire every single time I pull my computer out of the bag.  One sketch pad for Badass Backpacks, and another one for other work. Swimming in the small front pocket of my bag are some post-it tabs, lots of pens, one pencil & one pencil sharpener, my altMBA challenge coin, a simple measuring tape, an eye-glass handkerchief, and my business cards case from Moo.com.  The electronics tossed in my bag are my magic mouse, my Grado Prestige headphones, several chargers, a compact flash reader, and too many USB flash drives along with an external hard drive:  all a testament to the fact that “Graphics Time” dominates my task list on more days than not. Nancy recently gifted me Daniel Pink’s new book, “When” (a great book about timing), and I purposely placed the bottle of excedrin that I always carry right next to Kaci Kai’s new book, “It Happens to Strong People, Too”, a book of poetry that hits me like a wave of mercy… like excedrin.  I get headaches, and I’m grateful for every little mercy.

Nikki is one of the collaborators working with us to bring the new Amaryllis bag to life.  I love her post on instagram about what she carries with her, and I love the nudge to think about what I am carrying with me.  I’ll be keeping my eye on the tribe of military spouses that follow the Milspo Project as they continue to explore: #whatwecarry  


The Milspo Project and the Amaryllis Backpack

The Milspo Project and the Amaryllis Backpack

Excited to announce our newest bag - Amaryllis.  Today is the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse appreciation day. The Amaryllis backpack is a limited edition bag, and it is a “tribute to the voices of US military spouses at every station, in every season.” Original acrylic on canvas artwork featured on this bag was created by Bergen DeLeeuw, who is a military spouse.


To preorder the Amaryllis backpack, you can head over to this page, and make a $275 donation to the Milspo Project. Your donation will reserve your bag (shipping included!) and the proceeds will be put to use for the important work of helping military spouses remember how magical their journey is, and how magical they are.  We’ll be busy over the next couple of months collecting preorders, and we’ll begin shipping bags in September 2018. All proceeds from this bag will go directly to the Milspo Project.

In the days ahead I will look forward to sharing more about this bag and our collaboration to bring it to life. In the meantime, I hope you’ll smile with us and enjoy some of the photos, read more of the story on the Milspo Project website, and then find the men and women in your life who have been a spouse to a service member - give them a shout out, a hug, or a high five. They are pulling something off that is magical: they are thriving as “they carry the honor and weight of supporting their military family wherever military life may take them, while also maintaining their own identity and success.” Determination, grit, poise, resilience… and magic.

The first Amaryllis backpacks are making their debut tonight at the Milspo Project Honor Auction, in Wilmington, North Carolina. They’ll be there alongside the original artwork created by Bergen DeLeeuw.


Adam Lemmon

May 11, 2018  | Austin TX |  Flightpath Coffeehouse

Hello world! New blog. Beginning again.

Hello world!  New blog. Beginning again.

On our last blog (backpacksfordinner.com), I intentionally began with gratitude, a theme I returned to often.  And this time shall be no different.  Just like last time, the launch of this new blog is coinciding with a new website launch.  We’re shifting gears a bit, and step by step, we’re pushing Badass Backpacks to evolve, grow, and become.  Change is constant.

Check out our new website (www.badassbackpacks.com).  There a few new things we’re beginning:  monthly membership options (more coming soon), an eNewsletter signup, and yes this new blog.  Going forward, we’ll be sunsetting the backpacksfordinner blog, and this will be the new place to catch ongoing updates as we continue to stumble forward.

Gratitude to Rusty for leading the charge to get this new website launched.  Gratitude to all of our supporters that are helping us to keep shipping, and to keep creating beautiful backpacks.  Gratitude in advance to all of you for helping us constantly level up by sending us your feedback on the website and on our bags.  And finally, gratitude of the highest order to those of you that are choosing to put yourself inside, asking big questions, and bringing your full self to the journey at hand.  BackpacksForDinner.com shows some beautiful past insights into our path up til now, today we’re beginning something new, and tomorrow? Tomorrow, we’ll be smiling big, while still asking, “who are we becoming?"

Welcome to our new blog!

Ever onward,
Adam Lemmon  

Flightpath Coffeehouse  | Austin, TX | March 5, 2018

Hugh MacLeod - Gaping Void - Gratitude, Trust