I have left my full-time job and now my life is, well, all mine again. Including my work, which I am now working on my own. I have decided that to best suit my new arrangements, I am moving back into the Personal size Filofax to have my personal life and work stuff all in one book. Even though I'm selling lots of my Filos right now, I am keeping the ones to which I'm truly attached. Maybe one day I can be more minimalistic when it comes to my Filos but there is something about these beauties I have that makes me keep them.
There was a time when I would get rid of a Filo when I got a new one. But I know myself well enough that I will want to change them up as needed based on my life's needs, or that ocd-season-texture-color issue of mine I've mentioned before... (eye-roll). So I've found that my best move is to keep a few of my favorite-favorites.
That said, I return to the original point of moving into the Personal size. I have decided that among my few favorite-favorite Personal size, I'm going to use my caramel-tan-colored Balmoral. He is just about what I consider the perfect binder. Typically, I actually like plain, smooth leather, but other than that, this guy has a great format. I love the 2 pen loops. I also love the regular card slots on the front inside. Just the classic sideways ones - I don't know why lots of the newer models have the vertical card pockets instead but they must work best for most folks since they seem to be the trend. Any-who, the guy is a tank. I don't know how many years old he is (I got him already used) but he still looks new. I don't think this model has been in production for at least 10 years. A long time ago, I had a Filofax catalog with this model in it, and I remember they were quite spendy!
I'm still settling on format - I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with my favorite which is 2 Days on a Page, but right now I'm just hand-writing the dates on some blank pages instead of ordering a full set. I think I will continue to do this and save some cash. When I get all settled in, I can do another post. In the meantime, here's a cover shot at least : )
|my personal size balmoral|
|balmoral inside cover|
Please be assured the tiny black book mini will remain in my purse for notes on the go and stamps and receipts and all that good stuff. He is still very essential to the plan even without the calendar and to-do sheets.
The at-home projects book will stay as is for now. That's my older A5 Sandhurst - he really deserves his own post. Those big ol' pages and rambling notes don't belong in my Personal book and there is no reason to combine them into one. Really!
Thank you for reading : )