I haven’t updated my blog in a couple of weeks I think, and the reason of that is that I was planner-less for a few weeks. You know how I said that there was an A5 Pink Calipso on the way to me? Yeah. It got lost. …Yeah.
Well, it didn’t get entirely lost, it was only lost for 2 weeks or so. The lovely woman I had swapped my Finsbury with had provided me with a tracking number, which I thought was very handy!
At some point the tracking just didn’t update anymore, and by the time my Finsbury had safely arrived, I was starting to worry. The last update was July 15th, and it said it was in Chicago and now on the way to destination! And new info would be added periodically during the day!
A day went by… Another day went by… I started to worry. Another 2 days went by… A WEEK went by… Eventually after like 10 days I gave up on the thing, didn’t think it would ever arrive. I was also very stressed because I couldn’t deal being without a planner for this long. So I went ahead and bought a brand new Purple Malden in A5, thinking the Calipso was never going to show up anymore.
Now, bad luck struck me yet again! When the Malden arrived (two days later than the shop had assured me) I found out the clasp was broken as well. Yes. Just my luck. I had to take it to a shoemaker and they repaired it for me in just a day, which was nice!
At that point I hadn’t fallen in love with the binder, though, which was unfortunate. It was the colour that I didn’t like, the purple was a little too dark for me, like a witch kind of purple! I really loved the Malden itself though, so I went to an office supply shop where they could order the vintage pink A5 Malden for me (which is like my dream Filofax!). It should come in next week 🙂
Having that set up, I decided to put my purple Malden up for sale and swap. A lovely Dutch lady was interested, and I was over the moon because I then didn’t have to be scared that parcels would get lost or things like that, as we’re in the same country. She sent me a Malibu DayTimer in eggplant and a Franklin Covey binder which I don’t know the name of in dark blue! The best part is that she included the Blooms inserts for 2013 and 2014 as well, and those are compatible with Filofax personal size and vice versa!
But then. Yes, you guessed it! The Calipso actually showed up after being missing for 2 weeks! I was so happy about it! The Malden was now gone, so I was happy that I could set another binder up to my taste, even though I knew I had to see her go soon. I didn’t want to have 2 A5 binders, and the Malden is my dream Filo. If I had known she’d come around soon, I don’t think I would’ve bought the purple Malden.
So now what? You’d think I’d be happy with my collection by now? Nope, right at this moment (today) I ran into a common problem: the planner fail.
Everyone has experienced it, I think. My guess is that, when you come into the world of Filofax, you see their community and the way other people have set up their Filofax and you try to mirror them. Sections, to do lists, washi tape, decorations, lists, goals, health journals… What happened to the diary? It seemed to me that the setup of your binder was even more important than whether you actually used that system.
Sure, decorating pages works for some, as then they stay in touch with their planner. And people want to have everything in one binder, cause that’s how it works for them. But it doesn’t work for me! Having a Filofax has inspired me to plan more, to write things down more often so I wouldn’t forget them. It has helped me clear my head so I would remember the important things! But a notes section? Quotes? I hate quotes. I don’t even want them in my planner. Why am I doing all this shit that I don’t even need?! Health journal? Really? I eat Doritos for breakfast, I don’t care about my water intake. Don’t judge me, ladies! 😉
Anyway, I started feeling like this after I saw the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, which I’ll make a separate post about. I just felt the need to tone everything down a bit, I wanted things to be more simple!
So what I did was, I took my personal Ochre Malden (which is Italian as I got it from Filofax Italy) and all I have in there is my calendar and my wallet. That is all! I must say, comparing to an A5 a Personal size doesn’t hold a lot! If I try to open the rings on my personal Malden all the pages come out!
I feel better now. I use a regular black pen for writing instead of my FriXions, I only use vintage looking washi tape and no more Hello Kitty. No sticky notes! No stickers! Just my rustic Ochre Malden.