Thursday, 7 April 2016

My desk and stationery essentials

For those who are not aware, I am a university student in my final year of a law/arts degree. Consequently, I spend a lot of time behind my desk, drafting essays, practicing German verb conjugations and, of course, tinkering away on my little blog. After six (!) years at university, I feel I've got a desk setup that is conducive to getting things done, so I thought I'd share some of my essentials with you today.

Pretty stationery
It is such a joy to write in a beautiful notebook - I find that I use my best handwriting and try to make my work more presentable when writing on nice paper. On a recent trip to Melbourne, I purchased a handmade notebook from Il Papiro, covered in blue, marbled paper that is flecked with gold. It's reminiscent of peacock feathers and I'm going to use it for an Italian art history course later in the year, which seems fitting. If you're in Perth, I suggest looking at T. Sharp & Co or Annie P. Paperie for quality stationery.

Good pens
Since I was 15 or 16, I've been fiercely loyal to the Uniball Jetstream Pens. They're the sort of pen that make your handwriting look more elegant and are an utter pleasure to write with. While I sway between the 0.7 and 1.0mm varieties, I am sure to always have a constant supply at the ready.

A constant supply of tea
Tea is immensely comforting, so I drink a lot of it whenever I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed by work. I also find that getting up to brew a new cup is also a perfectly-timed break between paragraphs. I tend to gravitate toward rooibos and herbal tisanes as I get jittery from too much caffeine, but it depends on my mood on any particular day.

Uplifting candle
This last Christmas, I received a very luxurious candle from Aromatherapy Associates, that promises to bring "inner strength in challenging and difficult times". As it is a special gift, I've been careful only to light it on days where I need a good dose of moral support - when I've slept poorly, and I've still got a 10 hour day and 3000-word essay to conquer. The warming, spicy combination of cardamom and frankincense certainly helps to make things less overwhelming. Not only is it a beautiful decoration on my desk, it gives off scent even when not lit.

I wish best of luck to all my fellow students entering the pointier end of the semester!

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