As we go through life, stress will inevitably build up inside of us. It can make us irritable, make us focus on things that aren't important, or worst of all, make us unhappy. It is often necessary to release these stresses in a constructive way. One way I like to do this is through writing.
Whether you call it a journal or a diary, writing daily for a few minutes every day has been proven to increase health and happiness in many people.
You will be surprised at the effect that writing for a short period of time will have. If you can't think of anything to write, write about how frustrated you are that you can't think of anything. Maybe you tripped walking up the stairs at school or work. Write about it! As you flip through past entries, you will see that what concerned you in the past might not carry into the future. This allows you to discern what to do in the present that will be important in the future.
If you've ever practiced meditation, you know that the hardest part can be to find a time every day that you aren't busy. But unlike meditation, writing in a journal doesn't have to be a daily event. Take your journal in your bag with you to work, or on the bus with you to school. Keep it on your nightstand to write in before bed. Write in it whenever you need to.
All you need is some good paper, a pen, and some ink and you're ready to go! I'm confident that this will greatly improve your life by reducing stress and helping you think more clearly about your life.
I have used and collected fountain pens for a few years now but have never used one regularly in class. As a current high school student, I need to take many notes and move my stuff from class to class very quickly. I need affordable, lightweight, and reliable writing equipment that won't draw too much attention. In this post, I share what I chose to bring with me to school and why I chose it. Enjoy.
The Fountain Pen
As mentioned, I need a pen that can easily handle very cheap and absorbent paper while maintaining a low price and subtle appearance. To fit these requirements, I chose the Platinum Preppy with a fine nib. I converted it to an eyedropper so I won't have to worry about carrying ink around with me and filling the pen in class. The Preppy's cheap plastic body will hopefully camouflage well into the disposable ballpoint filled world called high school. It's fine nib is dry and handles absorbent papers very well. In high school, you never know what kind of paper things are going to be printed on and just in case, I will take a pilot G2 rollerball along with me for extreme emergencies.
Noodlers X-Feather is my choice of ink because it's designed to resist bleed through and feathering. it's water resistant which is important because my notes are carried around inside my bag with my leak-prone water bottle. It's also very economical. One of the cheapest fountain pen inks in the western world, I wont have to worry about using too much of it.
Since I use so much of it, the paper must be affordable. As many budget minded fountain pen users can attest to, finding a cheap yet fountain pen friendly paper can be hard to do, but I've done it. The Target composition notebook has earned a place in my book bag for its low price ($.50), and its ability to take massive amounts of ink before acquiescing to bleeding and feathering. As an added bonus, it's wide ruling is perfect for my oversized and messy handwriting.