End of year inspiration – The revamp of my 2017 Hobonichi techo cousin

For 2017 I am using the three existing types of the Hobonichi techo books:

  • A cousin or A5 for my everything planner – this captures all work related things, as well as personal life tasks, projects and simply everything in my life.
  • My A6 original techo – used purely as a journal, art notebook and creative book
  • A weeks book, that I use to keep track of my son’s life, appointments, memories, milestones and as a medical tracker as well.

For covers, I got the back pistachio cover for the cousin, without a cover on cover. I have used it this way since January 2017. Now, I do love this cover. The green interior is similar to an apple-green. The bad thing about not getting a cover on cover for this black pistachio is that it started getting dirty. I am very careful with all of my things, especially my planners, but with daily use, and because the cousin planner travels with me sometimes from work to my house and everywhere else if needed, the cover has gotten a bit dusty and oily. Not goo!

Recently, on September 1st I placed an order for my 2018 Hobonichi. Yes, I went through the release day madness! and I placed an order for all three books again, with their respective covers, and a couple of accessories. And guess what? I completely forgot to add a cover on cover for my current cousin and also a cover on cover for my weeks.

A few days ago, through the facebook group, I heard that jetpens.com had started selling the Hobonichi books and a wider range of covers and accessories. On I went! I decided to place an order for the two covers that I was missing, plus a little something on the side to add the total required to have “free shipping”. To make the story short, I bought the “new beginnings” cover on cover to put it on my 2017 hobonichi and avoid further “damage” to my pistachio cover because I would actually like to use it in the future.

The new beginnings cover is beautiful! I put it on my hobonichi right away and it completely changed the way the book looks. I wish I had gotten a cover on cover sooner because the book really changed! It makes me so happy, and not that it didn’t before but it just looked much more subtle. One of the reasons why I got the black pistachio was because it is somber and I can use it in a professional environment, however, because I usually lean for super happy and colorful objects, this cover started to look dull.

Here is a picture of how my book looks like now:

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Here is a picture of a general view

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So, lesson learned! I will never forget again to include a cover on cover for the plain colored covers in the future, and advice for you is to do the same if you are considering buying a Hobonichi 2018 this year.

With my renewed book, and my beautiful inspiring cover, on I continue to end the year full of hope and with vision for a great closing of the year.

Thank you for reading!

Em Jorden

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Items from the “wish-list” – A brief review of the Flow Magazine

Yesterday, I didn’t feel like staying home so I took my three year old and told him that we would go to a bookstore: Barnes and noble. One of the few stores of this kind left in our city. I wanted to go there because I know that this is one of the flew physical stores carrying the Flow magazine. If you are not familiar with this magazine, it is a Ducth magazine that focuses on different topics each time, except, they often release what’s called “paper lover books” and their magazines are visually rich. It is a true joy to both read them and look at them.

I bought the 19th edition titled “celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures”. This time this issue focuses on optimism. I have quickly looked at the entire magazine, which is thick, and have read about a third of it in detail. It is a beautiful issue! It looks like this:

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Among some of the fun things that you will find, are a drawing book and a chalk board exercise book where you can practice lettering and some doodling to create beautiful words on a chalk board. They also interview creative people such artists, artisans, illustrators, freelancers, ceramists and more. It is a joy to read their stories, especially when you are someone – like me – who work on a fixed schedule and where life has a rather rigid structure because of what I do. I love my job and it is rather different from most people’s jobs, but it is still structured. I am also a working mom who needs to be picking up my child from preschool not later than 5:30 PM so life is predictable in a way for me.

Anyway… if you have the chance to buy this magazine, do so! you will enjoy it, especially if you are into beautiful textures, visuals, prompts and great, inspiring content.

In addition to the 19th issue I also bough the “Big book of drawing”, issue 1. This is a beautiful book as well, and mostly, I bought it because I can’t draw. I used to be okay at it until I stopped doing it when I was a teenager. Now that I think of it, I used to be much more creative when I was younger than I am right now. So this is one of the reasons why I decided to get it. The book is about what the same says it is: Drawing! You will find different exercises throughout the book to learn how to draw simple daily objects, from a flower to a desk with stationery on it (how fun!). You also find a couple of extras in it, like another drawing book, and a couple of paper dolls that are left black from the neck down for you to draw their clothing and accessories.

It is a beautiful book and my aspiration is to actually complete all the exercises before the year ends – I want to feel like I actually accomplished something in 2017! I will let you know that goes.

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These magazines are a little on the expensive side ($24 USD) and this is one of the main reasons why I didn’t want to buy them online. Not only would I have to pay for each issue but also for international shipping which makes these magazines much more expensive than some of my planners. I can go to Barnes and Noble to buy them, but if you don’t have one of these stores near by, you can visit their website and order it online. You can also subscribe for 4 or 6 issues per year.

This is my short review, very on the surface but as time goes by and start exploring the magazines more and more I will make sure to share with you. Also, once I am done reading them, I plan on using some of the pages to journal on my Hobonichi techo.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you have bought these magazines and what is your opinion.

Until next time!

Em Jorden

My new hobonichi 2018 is here!

I placed my order for my new hibonichi 2018 on the day of the release: August 31st, 10 pm EST time. And it’s here!

I’ll do an unboxing of my goodies and show individually the pictures. For now just let me tell you that I love everything about my order. Especially because this year is the first time that I will be using an A6 techo original in japanese — I have only had it in English for the past three years. The covers are amazing, especially the canary cover with the Tokyo cover on cover. More to come but for now I wanted to share my excitement with the thousans of people who endured and survived the web issues on release night/day.

Yay! What did you order?

Xox

Em

2017 Hobonichi standing strong

In a few weeks, Hobonichi will release their 2018 lineup, from A6 to the weeks.

Here’s my current Hobonichi cousin, or at least one of them. I’m waiting impatiently to see the new books, and accessories that are being launch for next year!

Here’s to another year with my Hobonichi techo.

Journaling as a habit

As the end of the summer approaches in New England, I’m realizing that journaling has become a big part of my habits. Writing, helps me reflect on life, internal conflicts and challenges. It’s a good way to deal with difficulties but also to process pleasant experiences. Journaling enhances reflection but also gratitude.

Happy end of the summer!

2017 Planners – This is what I am using

Hi there! I hope you’re enjoying the last few days of 2016, which has been an outstanding, fulfilling and interesting year, to say the least. But, tell me, how was this year for you? For me, if I can describe it with one word it would be “GROWTH” in many aspects of my life. It has been crazy at times but also, a great year overall. I can’t complain, I really can’t!

From here on I move on with gratefulness in my heart, but also with high hopes that this year will be even better. Where I will continuing growing spiritually, mentally and also, emotionally. But anyway, a great tool to help us move forward and stay focused is our planners. Whatever it is that inspires you to write it down, set goals, subgoals and write about your progress, I encourage you to do it! Use paper and pens, use your planners, look at them every day, read your notes but most important, capture what sparks creativity, reflection, and ideas. These are great ways to stay in spired and on track.

Now, I would love to show you the planners and journals I will be using for 2017. This is a collection of planners, but also notebooks that I find necessary for me to work on the different aspects of my life. Especially the ones I have decided need more work.

Now, while I definitely recommend you to buy a planner for this upcoming year, you don’t have to — at all — have as many planners or notebooks as I am. This is what works for me and these are the planners that I have carefully selected among a plethora of binders, books, notebooks, new planners and much more. I will show you the pictures I have taken and also describe their purposes one by one. I hope this is helpful but please, let me know your thoughts and also, let me know what planners are you using this year?

My planners are:

  1. Hobonichi Cousin in A5 – This will be the meat and potatoes of my planner system. This is a planner that will house all my future plans and day to day activities pertaining to my personal life — as individual, wife, mom and pup-mom –, my work life, and will help me keep track of everything I need to keep in mind, do, foresee and plan on a daily basis but also in the future. This will serve as both, a life and work planner.
  2.  My hobonichi techo in A6 – This will be my art journal or creative journal. Everything will go for this planner. I used to have a notebook that I used for this purpose but it was getting chunky and I ended up not using it. This small but mighty planner will do better and it is more portable.
  3. Hobonichi weeks — When you are a mom, you realize that there are a few things that are important to keep at hand, such as doctor’s appointments, doctor’s phone numbers, dates, vaccines, school dates, and everything that comes with the lives of little ones. Because I realized that at times I was losing track of what vaccines my child had had or what phone numbers belonged to who — yes I have them on my phone but it is easier to have them written, at least for me — I decided to use a hobonichi weeks, especially to keep memories, milestones and other highlights of my son’s life. This will be a planner that I can take with me on a quick trip to the hospital if need be.
  4. My pocket moleskine — This will be a place for me to write, write, write and write. It helps me stay sane to write things down, when I am overwhelmed, happy, sad, to reflect, to meditate, to ponder, to just let it go. This will be a great way to write things and have this small notebook with me. I can’t wait to use it!
  5. My Filofax pink fluoro in A5 — With inserts from yellow paper house and miscellaneous, this will be my financial planner.
  6. My kikki.K cute daily diary in A5 — This planner, honestly, I bought it because it was cute! It was a complete impulse purchase but I still plan on using it. We might be relocating to another country so I decided to keep this planner as a way to write down things that must get done and keep track of our timeline, especially to know that all things related to our move are in there.

This is it! I am ready to tackle 2017 and make it a year of rennovation, growth and happiness! Next time I will cover how to find your word of the year. I have not found mine yet but I am looking!

Thanks for reading and happy planning for 2017!

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This is my 2016 A6 Hobonichi, it has been with me through all this year. 

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Meet Mrudula Reddi – Traveler’s notebook user

Hi all — This is the last installment for 2016 of planner lovers from around the world. Today, I am introducing you to Mrudula who is located in India. I have seen her videos on You Tube and I thought that her ideas and proposals for us, planner people, were amazing. I am here featuring her story and her planner ideas. I hope you enjoy! Thank you for reading and happy end of the year.

Who are you? What is your name –it can be your name on Instagram if you want to– where are you from and where do you live?

My name is Mrudula Reddy, I am a landscape architect in India. I’m known as journalingmylife on You tube and journalingmylifehere on Instagram.  I was born is a small town call Narasaraopet, which is located in southern India. I am a south Indian and have had the pleasure of traveling quite a bit around the world with my parents. Currently, I work for the Government of Andhra Pradesh as an In-house landscape architect which involves a lot of traveling too.

What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?

I am using quite a few now,

  • I have a Taroko shop FN size TN that I use to house my bible and a notebook for Sunday church.
  • Another is a standard Midori Traveler’s notebook in brown which I use onsite when I have to travel and record site markings.
  • I have my EDC which is a pocket wide from Naked cow in the flapjack leather that  I use the MOST, It has a few inserts but the heart is a pocket  moleskine planner which I cannot live without..;)

I also have two beautiful brown mavericks, one FN size and one Extra wide for my husband, who I roped into travelers notebooks too..^_^

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Why do you journal and why did you decide to open your YouTube channel?

I love stationary, let me start off there. I have started my planner journey in 2016, but found out about  the planner community a few months after that, I felt so inspired by the setup videos I saw and felt there weren’t any Indian planners on youtube so I thought as a hobby I will go ahead and try putting up a video, and after that I just enjoyed doing it so much more than I expected, I love the way everyone in the planner community are so kind and positive.

Why did you decide to start journaling or using planners? and why do you like it?

My grandfather visited my family once in Texas and the first thing he asked me was for a diary, I was a little girl and I went with him to a local dollar store and bought a book with him. He wrote everything we did during his stay with us, shortly after leaving back to India, he passed away. I decided to keep that diary he kept as a memory, and every time I look through it I feel closer to him. I’m sentimental and forgetful, I needed a planner and putting pen to paper feels so safe, and long lasting.

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What drives you to continue writing things down on paper instead of using technology?

There is a person called Bulletjournaljoy on Instagram, she posted a picture of a stack of her finished bullet journals. That picture is so motivational and compelling to me. I wanted me own stack of books that I could flip through and relive my memories.

What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?

My dream is to simply have no regret. That sounds so simple but so hard to achieve. Looking back at my life thus far, I revisit a few of my pivotal life changing decisions I made that brought me where I am. I can say I have no regrets thus far. Take the chance and do what you want to, live life with no regrets, that’s the best gift you can give yourself.

What are your favorite stationery shops?

What a tough question to answer! I have OCD, (my husband believes that) I liked MUJI, I went there recently with a friend and I enjoyed how interesting the stationary there is and how well organized it was. Definite OCD porn. Haha..! I picked, but a few things that I use every day.  I like stationary with more of a function than an aesthetic.  I need to go to more stationary shops to add to my love for MUJI.

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Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?

Bulletjournaljoy is my kind of people, I also like Desiree from mommyreporter, Siopaopei, Byabya, and of course jose naranja.

How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?

I have a simple motto, function above aesthetic. I like washi and stickers but I prefer them to have a reason which is greater than just an aesthetic value.  I sometimes sit in front of the tv and enjoy using washi, but for day to day, the fact that my planner helps me with my work and life is simply what motivates me. I love being organized enough to not forget birthdays and plans. Instagram always helps. 😉

Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there? Where do you want to be next year with your YouTube channel?

I’m so excited to answer this question! I have added to my EDC for next year, and I hope to put out more content which is relatable to others and also fulfilling to me personally. I would like to get more exposure to India and Indian planners.

Thankyou for having me on your blog, I appreciate it. Have an amazing day

With regards from India.

Mrudula Reddi

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Thank you so much Mrudula, for being my guest this month and for sharing with us all your insight into your planner system and your favorite stationery. I appreciate the time you took to answer my questions.

Have a fantastic 2017 you all!

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Hobonichi Planning Resources

Hi all — I am reblogging this amazing resource. The creator is Danyel from My organized life. I thought it was very interesting and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

My organized life

I belong to several groups on Facebook and these groups are great resources for learning what is new and what is out there.  Although I see that people tend to ask the same questions and we want to see examples of how people use their Hobonichi as a planner.

While many English users of the Hobonichi state they do not see the Hobonichi as a planner, they see it as a journal, I happen to think it is the best for planning.  You get plenty of space in a lightweight, compact format.  At the end of the year, if you keep your planners, you have one book to archive.  All the pages are bound together so you don’t have to worry about loose pages that can be lost.  The format really is a shell, so you can change the format to one of your dreams, and if your needs change…

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