My 2017 planner from Moleskine just came with the mail today and I am thrilled to start writing in it next year! I put it next to my planners from the previous years and I was surprised by the weight of the pile that I tried to carry towards my desk. So I took out the one from this year that I keep in my backpack to carry with me everywhere I go and put it on top of the others and, wow, that made ten books! I don’t use them so much for actual planning but more for journaling, just writing down whatever happened in a day, the people I met, or just things that made me happy or sad or just think or feel. I am really glad to have kept up this habit over the years, 2017 being my tenth year. You know, when you start writing stuff down, you tend to not forget them. I am grateful for my sharp memory and consider it as one of my best qualities, and the biggest contributor to this is my daily habit of writing everything down.
I chose the daily planner from Moleskine this year because it has a simple design, full pages for each day of the year – which is perfect for writing, and they let you personalise it by engraving metallic text on the bottom of the front cover. In the first few years, I got my planners from the annual promo by Starbucks Philippines, where they give out these books after one has collected a number of points one can get from buying their coffee. They got creative each year by picking out different designs to choose from. In the years that followed, though, I had to get my books from different stores here in Germany. But I must say, choosing the perfect one every year has gotten tiring, so I think I will stick to Moleskine for the rest of my life. 🙂
It’s a lot of fun reading your own entries from years and years ago, realising how much has changed and how much just hasn’t. It’s not like I kept a full on diary (you know, the kind where each entry starts with “Dear Diary…”). I keep the entries short and simple, so a full page is actually more than enough on a regular day, but on really eventful days (like many a day of this year) I really need to try to make the most out of every blank space available. Ah, but what I wouldn’t give for more of those days. 🙂
I just know 2017 will be a great year for collecting new memories. 🙂