When I was a little girl, one of my favorite places was the stationary store. Pens, notebooks, and letter writing stationary were alluring and even comforting to me. I kept daily diaries from elementary school on, and maintained many pen-pal relationships. I know today most people do things electronically, but I am content, and yes, comforted, to get out my little stack of notebooks at the start of a day. Functionality is important of course, but rather than let a rigid sense of discipline alone help me choose them, I always choose what I find beautiful. That usually means I’ll actually use them.