This post is for all those who love writing in notebooks, who bring paper and a pen with them wherever they go, and for Junnie, who gifted me with my very first Moleskine.
“Why would you pay so much for a notebook?,” I wondered as I looked at the piles of Moleskine journals in a bookstore. Sure, the journal’s tag says it was used by Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde. Okay, so the greats used the brand. I still didn’t get why it was so expensive. I’m a huge notebook lover, but c’mon, P1,600 for a journal? I decided not to get one.
And then through friendship and luck, I was gifted with a Moleskine journal. Oh wow! It’s… beautiful!, I thought. The simple black notebook, its rounded corners and the lined pages beckoned me. However, I didn’t know what to write in it! Call it weird but there were moments of quiet reverence when I’d hold the journal. I felt whatever I would write in it HAD to be good. I have a relationship with my journals, and I felt this Moleskine deserved a little something more.
Then I began writing in it. The paper. The PAPER. It was soft and crisp to the touch of my pen. It just made me want to write, write, and write. In the beginning, I used the journal for my personal thoughts only. I put in ideas for my blog, wrote poetry in it, put in recipes, doodles, quotable quotes. I did not want to color it with anything work-related because well, it’s work.
But one quiet afternoon in the office I absentmindedly grabbed my Moleskine and began writing. Part of my job entails a lot of brainstorming and idea generation. Oh wow. It was an epiphany. Writing on my Moleskine was just an invitation to pour out ideas. I kept on writing and writing. I did my mind maps in my journal instead of in blank sheets of bond paper. I took the notebook to meetings. It became an essential part of the way I worked. It holds my ideas and encourages me to write and think more, more, more.
What draws me to this notebook is a myriad of things. The crisp yet soft paper — how it bounces back against my pen when I write. Like it beckons me to keep on writing, to keep on doing what I love. The simple black cover — unassuming, quiet, whispering “it’s all about the content” and not fancy graphics up front. The bookmark – marking the place where I will be writing next. The expandable inner pocket – where I place my business cards. The encouragement it gives me to write some more. The orange tabs I placed myself — adding a little touch of personality to this blank canvas. You could say that my relationship with my Moleskine is far from being solely functional.
One of the best parts of the Moleskine: a blank page. The possibilities, the possibilities, the possibilities. I just love writing in it. I do have a love affair with my Moleskine, yes. The price tag may be a tad higher than the usual notebook, but then again, it’s not the usual notebook. I had to write on it and get to know it better to discover that. I haven’t looked back since. This is the journal I want to be paired with for a long time. My Moleskine and me.
This post is an introduction to a Moleskine contest I’ll be holding in my blog this week. I have a huge affinity with Moleskine so I’m super excited to tie up with avalon.ph for a Moleskine giveaway. Stay tuned. – done!