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Take Note

Take Note

A lot of the time when we look back on the past we only remember certain things; bad break ups, lavish holidays or that time you met a famous person. But what about the not so significant moments? How much are we really taking in? How much are we really remembering?

Having recently been bit by the travel bug, I booked a one way ticket to London with my best friend, packed my life into two suitcases and off I trotted to see the world. A real fish out of water. One of the best going away presents I received was from my older sister, a leather-bound travel journal. My older sister lived in London and traveled around Europe for three years, she wanted to savor every moment so wrote down all her escapades, thoughts and inspirations in her travel journal. And I plan on doing the same.



I always used to think of journal writing as a chore. I would start on a milestone day like New Years or my birthday, only to give up a few days later. But I got to thinking; how often do you see or read something that inspires you? But you forget it days, or even moments later? We forget these things because we don’t write them down!

So for all you self-doubters out there, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why one should keep a journal, so take note…

1. A journal will let you be honest – a journal is a platform where you can air your true feelings and speak the truth, though these truths may never be spoken out loud!

2. A journal will set your goals in stone – writing down events, aspirations and goals down on paper make it clear what you truly want in life. Writing these things down will also make you accountable, keeping you motivated while you note your progress down in black and white.

3. A journal will help you be grateful – as you write down all you’re (hopefully good) experiences, you’ll start to notice who and what you’re truly grateful for.

4. A journal will help your self discovery – you’ll learn so much about yourself by taking note of what you actually write down. You’ll learn patters in your behavior, how you think, how you feel, what upsets you and what inspires you.

5. A journal is a gift to your future self – looking back on diaries I’ve written as a child is an interesting experience to say the least! Laughing at your former self and smiling back about incidents you’ve probably forgotten is an invaluable gift. It’s also the closest thing you could get to time travel!

So, the world is your oyster my friends!



Vashti Uys

Vashti Uys is head designer and founder of MOOI. Based in Australia with her two young sons Kingsley and Kobi, Zimbabwe-born husband Darren and her dog Frankie, Vashti’s own personal easy-going style mirrors her design ethos - favouring the functional and fuss-free with a strong emphasis on beautiful fabrics and a foundation of luxury.

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