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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at new a career path or additional income stre

8 Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - There are, however, some stand-out items in journal land so I've collated them to help you choose your diary for 2018.

As 'Stationery Blogger of the Year' I've been lucky enough to review and recommend lots of stationery items this year, including many diaries, journals and notebooks, in all shapes and sizes.  If I'm being totally honest, I struggle to find a diary that totally suits my needs so I tend to mix-and-match with a diary and bullet journal plus reminders on my phone. There are, however, some stand-out items in journal land so I've collated them to help you choose your diary for 2018.


Pocket Notebooks

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Pocket Notebooks
If you are a list maker or an incessant note taker then Pocket Notebooks will definitely have the jotter for you.  If you're after a pocket diary then they stock the Word. Standard Memorandum but also a wide variety of notebooks, including left handed memo pads.  They also have added a selection of pens, pencils and accessories.   

Mustard Gifts 

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Mustard GiftsI wanted to give Mustard Gifts a little mention here even though I'll be focusing more on their offerings for my 'Stationery Lovers Gift Guide' because they have a fantastic range of notebooks, including dot-grid paper in their T-Rex range - fantastic and fun for your bullet journalling.

The Journal Shop

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 -The Journal Shop
I've noticed two alternative diary options from The Journal Shop which make your planning a little bit more personal. The first is the Simple Daily Planner which would work brilliantly as a journal and the Un Recueil D'essais notebook which is undated but the layout reminds me of a Hobonichi. They also have a fun quiz on their website which helps you decide what your pen says about you!

Think Trigg

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Think TriggI was lucky enough to see the 2017 version of the Trigg Life Mapper and then win a copy of the 2018 edition this week!! This is a page-a-day productivity companion that forces you to plan and move towards your goals for the year with prompts and reflection points. It's a chunky little number and more likely to stay on your desk or side table than be carried about with you.

Dodo Pad 

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Dodo Pad
The DodoPad combines practicality and humour in it's combined planner/diary/doodle book.  Each double page spread provides space for multi-reason planning (family, work/home, hobby) and a blank page for notes. Their 2018 diary selection comes in various sizes and also includes Filofax-compatible inserts.  I've already got the calendar up in the kitchen and the desk diary at work. Have a look around the website for notebooks and project organisers too.

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Filofax


If you're a Filofax traditionalist then you will already know which insert suits your needs the best - my preference is the 'week to view with notes' - but my hero of the year from Filofax is their refillable notebook. I've used both the A5 and the pocket version - each come with 4 dividers and a selection of paper - and they are both sturdy and practical. 

Hope House Press

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Hope House Press
If you want a luxury made-to-order personalised leather diary for 2018 then Hope House Press is the website to visit. I've already recommended their 'secret code' diary cover creations however you can personalise any of their diary or notebook collections and they've even added accessories such as pens and pencil cases, some of which can also be personalised.

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Toad Diaries 

Diary And Journal Suggestions for 2018 - Toad Diaries Can you not find that diary layout that works for you? Maybe a Toad Diary is the way forward. The whole journal, from cover to cover, can be designed by you including when your diary starts, the layout and the colour scheme. They also have different styles of diaries to choose from such as monthly planners and fitness journals. 


I hope this has helped you to find your perfect diary for 2018. Let me know what you choose.