I’ll admit I struggled a bit putting together this week’s things I love post.
It’s marathon race week for me, so all week I didn’t do anything new, didn’t eat anything new. I laid low and don’t do a whole lot.
It isn’t exciting, but it usually leads to marathon success, so I’ll stick with it. But not doing or eating new things means the things I love all had to be things I already use.
It can be hard to notice and appreciate the things you use every day.
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The Things I Love This Week
A 5-Year Journal
For nearly a decade now, I’ve kept a 5-year journal.
In a 5-year journal, you write a sentence or two about what you did or what is going on each day. You can also look back on that day in your history.
I originally started the 5-year journal after I realized there were chunks of time in my life that passed without my paying attention. Weeks where I couldn’t tell you what I did, or what was going on.
Taking a few moments each day to look back at what I was doing two or three years ago is a great way to keep it all in perspective. Remembering the things that seemed like such a big deal a few years ago that are now all but forgotten.
Having the record has been especially interesting lately as the last year has brought so many positive changes.
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My recent post on keeping a running journal has gotten me thinking about pens and stationary (even more so than usual).
Externalizing and documenting your thinking on paper, especially when you are using a great pen, will create insights and perspectives you would never have otherwise had.
I know fountain pens aren’t everyone’s style, but if you’ve never tried one, give it a shot. Using a fountain pen may seem quaint, but it can lead to deeper insights when writing (I don’t know how or why it works, but does for me).
I have two recommendations for fountain pen newbies:
Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens
Cheap, and the disposables don’t require messing around with cartridges. The ones I have currently have lasted years.
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I good introduction to ‘real’ fountain pens.
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While disposable water bottles get much of the attention in minimizing excess waste in your life, I find that my regular coffee habit generated more waste than plastic bottles ever did.
So I got a Kleen Kanteen tumbler that I can use for cold drinks at coffee shops. Most cafes give some sort of discount for bringing your own cup.
Minimize waste and get a discount!? Sign me up.
I got mine at Peets, but it doesn’t look like it is still available for sale. The same product (but without the inspiring message) is available at Amazon.
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I don’t buy a ton of stuff, so I haven’t paid attention to the endless apps that promise to give you rebates and cash back for all your purchases. I never figured it was worth it.
That said, I also like a bargain and a rebate.
I tried Ibotta after I heard about it on two different podcasts I listen to (and respect).
It gives you rebates (from 25 cents to several dollars) on specific items that you purchase.
While I never would buy something specifically because there is a rebate, if there is something I’m going to get anyway, so much the better. While stocking up for marathon week carb-loading, I was able to get rebates on both pretzels and yogurt.
Between these purchases and sign-up and welcome bonuses, I made $12.00 in the first month.
Imagine what the rebate would be if I actually bought stuff.