I always have been a girl who loves to write, either writing articles or practicing handwriting; especially Chinese characters. In every little sign, it has a world in it, a meaning behind it. That time, using extra thin pen was a trend; all girls loved it. However, I have enjoyed using a bold tip pen to write; my handwriting words seem are written by a man. For this reason of loving writing, I also cherish all products that are related to writing. I have been starting to collect pens, handmade papers and handmade notebooks.
Since years ago, during each trip no matter where I go or how long I spend for, as long as I have time, I visit local stationery shops and try to find out interesting crafted stuff. I remember that handmade tan leather notebook I bought in Florance, some delighted handmade papers that I found in a little alley in Taipei city, oh, and a graffiti image book that is designed by a Berlin-based illustrator; also from Rome, from Amsterdam and London. Stories are handed down by hearsay, and our history and lifestyle are recorded by written in black and white. Through the years, all my wishes and plans that I wrote down in my notebooks, now they all became my memories and achievement.
On that day, before I headed out for a meeting, I just received a package; I opened a corner and saw an orange box, my Treuleben Work Life Calendar just arrived. I could not wait to open it, so I brought it with me to the coffee shop and took two pens by the way. The handmade leather calendar caught my heart due to its fine and high-quality details; the creamy paper color, thin yet sturdy paper quality that doesn’t shine through or becomes saturated by ink, coated with embossed finest leather, etc. The design of the inside pages is minimal and smart, one block for a day, and bigger and wider spaces for the weekends; it is perfect for me to use that I usually have more ideas and plans on weekends, I can write it down once I have an idea.
這天上午出門開會前從郵差手中接下了個包裹，撕開了一角看到橘色的包裝禮盒，知道是之前預訂的 Treuleben Work Life Calendar，開心之餘再抓了兩支筆塞進包包，等不及待會先拆包裹。全手工製作的真皮筆記本在每個細節上都有特色是抓住我的心的關鍵；復古奶油色調的紙色、輕薄卻不透油墨的紙質、渡金邊的紙張頁緣、真皮燙字書封等。最讓人喜愛的是那極簡的內頁設計，一天一格，週末的記事欄則加大加寬，完全符合我在週末總有許多構想、計畫時可以順手寫下的習慣。
Before I only collected notebooks and did not like to use them; however, I realized that if I only put them aside; the notebooks would never become a part of my life, they were only the decorations of my bookcase. So I could like to create my daily lives with a notebook that I love. Treuleben Work Life Calendar is more than a calendar for me; I often have interview opportunities, and I have to prepare for it, anytime if I have ideas about questions, I can write it down on the notebook. It is convenient; I can even put it into my shoulder bag. Moreover, its elegant design could be your best outfit accessory.
2016 was a working hard year for me; I have tried to transform either myself (the attitude and mind) or the direction of my business, it is an important point for me. At the end of the year, I look back and review all; I am proud of myself; it makes me want to cherish every little moment of 2016. Moreover, I received this Work Life Calendar; it cheers me up that I will keep going ahead and achieve another aim. If I could share my experience with you, I would say: never give up, never underestimate yourself; keep going forward that there is no way to return.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.