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Cheap Thrills: Notebooks & Journals

In this digital age, where everything is stored on a computer’s hard drive, smart phones, and other devices, I still cling to an obsession I’ve had from a young age: notebooks. Slabs of paper bound between two covers. Despite modern flourishes, I still love writing in long hand and I refuse to surrender my love for good old-school notebooks.

I still remember gravitating towards the school supplies department perusing through notebooks and journals to see if there is anything I can take home with me (much like how a puppy begs for you to take it home with you). I love looking over vintage journals and the feel of paper inside. I’ve tried my hardest to resist the temptation of adding another journal to my growing collection but more often than not, I fail. 😂

A blank journal is much like a canvas for artists. Its pages are waiting to be filled with possibilities. From moleskin leather journals, hardbound notebooks to dollar store notebooks and composition books with quotes on the cover, I find notebooks a treasure trove of ideas, memories and your thoughts in their most raw form. The first blank pages are always the hardest to write on. I find it incredibly hard to write anything without perfecting every stroke of my handwriting. I had a shelf full of blank notebooks and planners back home in the Philippines that I’ve accumulated over the years. I guess for a writer, when it comes to notebooks and pens, you can never have too many!

What about you guys? Do you have a notebook-obsession too? I for sure do!

Soul Searching ~

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9 Comments

  • Reply Bernadette Jackson

    *Waves to a fellow notebook lover. 🙂 I always have to take a moment to ponder the right notebook for a particular job. I’m currently auditioning for a travel journal, and I’m down to the last two. Glad it’s not just me.

    July 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    August 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    This is such a lovely notebook. I like them too! I have several where I write down story or blog ideas.

    September 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Erlene

    I don’t journal, but I do prefer using notebooks versus computers for writing my ‘to do’ lists. I like having something tangible to hold. Maybe it’s my generation since I didn’t grow up with computers and cell phones.

    September 21, 2017 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Dada

    Ohh yes me to! Notebooks reminds me of my evening in my childhood room writing down my thought. I have a bunch of diaries from when I was 11 to 17! I remember sometimes wanting to buy a new notebook because I saw a cute one at the store so I would be writing a lot to finish the old one!

    September 21, 2017 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Ania Travels

    I admit it I still love a good notebook. I carry one with me all the time. Just in case, sometimes that piece of paper makes me feel better than the digital stuff.

    September 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Jojo Hua

    I agree with you there. I still love physical notebooks. In particular, diaries and planners. I like to physically flick through my diary to see what I’ve got coming up without clicking back and forth on a tiny little phone screen!

    September 22, 2017 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Danielle

    I am loving all the colours here. I am obsessed with buying new stationary at the moment.

    September 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Elena

    I love notebooks. I have so many and I am always looking for a new one. I love the colors on the one that you are having.

    September 24, 2017 at 10:21 am
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