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Obsession: Moleskine

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About a month ago I was scrolling my Instagram feed when I came across a promo Moleskine was doing for Halloween: free personalization when you bought a 2018 planner.

I was seriously excited when I saw this, because I was in need of a 2018 planner AND I’d been wanting to get a personalized Moleskine notebook anyhow. So I clicked over, found the daily 2018 planner in blue and it was mine.

It arrived the other day in a cool package, check it out:

I’ve always been obsessed with notebooks and journals. Every year at school supply time, I went to the store and stocked up for the year. I like to keep a collection of unused notebooks, that way I never have to worry about running out and not having another one to use.

I’m old-school, I like to plan and brainstorm and figure stuff out by hand in my notebooks. So I’m always on the look out for new notebooks to add to my collection.

About a decade ago I came across a Moleskine notebook. It was the most beautiful notebook I’d ever seen. It had a hardcover and yet still folded flat. The pages were like butter–your pen just glided across it. There was even a pocket inside to store notecards or little bits of paper or napkin that I may have written an idea on.

I had to have it. That was my first Moleskine purchase.

Every now and then I’d come across a cool Moleskine notebook at Target or Barnes and Noble and I’d pick it up and add it to my collection of unused notebooks. And then one day about a year ago, I had a thought–if I was already the dream-life version of me–what would my writing tools be like?

Of course the first thing that came to mind was a Macbook, which I already had and will continue to have. (Apple for life!) But the next thing was Moleskine notebooks.

I just love them. They make me feel more inspired and creative. They have a great energy to them. I can write and ideate and brainstorm in my Moleskine all day long. It’s definitely one of the five items I’d take with me if I was ever stranded on a desert island.

And I knew if I was already dream-life me, I’d only write in Moleskine notebooks and nothing else. So I decided in that moment, from then on out, I’d only use Moleskine notebooks. (I even gave away all of my non-Moleskine notebooks.) 

To justify the cost of only using Moleskines (I love them–but they come with a higher price tag than most notebooks), I stopped buying all other notebooks. I even stopped looking at them at the store, because I knew there’d be no point. I was only buying and using Moleskines now.

I also recently upgraded my daily mindset journal to a Moleskine notebook. And over the summer I bought myself a MacBook Air (thanks to a liquid spill that killed my poor MacBook Pro) and figured I had to have a Moleskine backpack-laptop case to match the notebooks.

What can I say? I have an obsession! Plus, they make a great product.

But I digress. Because the real reason I’m writing this post is–OMG I need to show you my new personalized Moleskine 2018 planner!! It’s just so freaking cool!!

I wanted a Moleskine notebook that said Dream Life Or Bust, but then I saw the Halloween planner sale and I thought–no, I should get a personalized planner, that way I use it for a whole year! Especially since most of my notebooks only last for about 3 to 4 months before I run out of pages and need a new one.

I now currently have a collection of unused Moleskine notebooks sitting in my fancy box from Ikea, waiting for the ideas, stories and writing that will soon come.

Have you ever used a Moleskine notebook? What are your favorite notebooks to write in? Share in the comments.

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    • Kim

    There are four moleskines on my desk as I type this. I have been using them for years, but not exclusively…I still get tempted by other notebooks, but those usually disappoint so I should probably do what you’ve done and not even bother looking at them. Although I do like to have a pile of those cheap school notebooks on hand, I use them to whine in, I process everything through writing. Then when the whine notebooks are full, I take a brief look back to see if there was anything insightful I want to transfer to my moleskine, then I toss it.

      • Jennifer Blanchard

      @Kim Nice to meet another Moleskine-obsessed writer!

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Jennifer Blanchard

I'm the founder of Dream Life Or Bust, and I'm also a multi-passionate author, screenwriter, developmental book editor, biz mentor, creative entrepreneur, retreat facilitator, success mindset junkie, and gluten-free foodie who believes you can be, do and have anything you set your mind to and take action on. That's what Dream Life Or Bust is all about... living your version of Plan A and doing and being EVERYTHING you dream of. Because the truth is, you don't have to choose just one thing. Ever.