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A Mark’s Original Notebook Calendar Story:

On staying organized and not growing up

We’ve carried Mark’s Original Notebook Calendar since we opened in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I started using one. It was pink and one of the last in stock, and I needed something lightweight. I’m the type of person who dresses in all black and grey, but welcomes uncharacteristic pops of color in my accessories. So while pink wouldn’t have been my first choice, I always got a kick out of pulling out this bubblegum pink planner––sort of like in movies when the mysterious race car driver pulls off their helmet and it’s revealed that they were a beautiful woman, like oh my goodness this tomboy likes pink?!

Once December rolled around, I needed to start writing down plans for January. Time to get my 2014 calendar going, I thought. But what color? The charcoal seemed obvious, but once I bought it and got home I thought, dude this is boring. I can’t wear all black and have all black accessories, I’m not that serious. So I busted out my sticker collection and washi tapes and went to work decorating.

The Notebook Calendars are chic just the way they are, but I’m super pleased with the customization I’ve done. There’s stickers I’ve had since grade school Scholastic days on there! Stickers that I bought at the shop before I worked here, stickers I got while I studied abroad in Osaka, stickers from the dollar store (Betty Boop, I’m looking at you), all cute and weird and collaged together in a way that makes me really happy.

I’m not saying that everyone should go sticker crazy on their planner like me, but I do think people should take care to do small things like this that make them happy and remind them of who they are and who they want to be. There’s a lot going on in the world that wants to keep you stuck in place. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you’re tryng to do with yourself. I say, write it down in a place you won’t forget, so you can keep planning ahead.

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