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Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Resolutions from the Goulet Pen Company

It's that time of year for New Year's resolutions. And resolutions are essentially a fancy word for goals, right?

Here is a little tip for making your resolutions stick. Whether you're aiming to volunteer more frequently, do a spot-on job of cleaning and maintaining your fountain pens, or complete your "The Walking Dead" fan fiction script, you should write it down.

A fascinating little nugget about writing down goals: it actually increases the likelihood of accomplishing them. In the business book "EntreLeadership," Dave Ramsey talks about this phenomenon, a relationship that's also validated by a number of other studies and experiments.

At Goulet Pens, we love writing everything down: resolutions, goals, grocery lists and any other excuse we can find to test our latest pen and ink combinations. Our team has shared some of their goals for 2015 below -- and many included the pen and even the ink they used, just in case they catch your eye.

We hope 2014 was a blast. And we believe that 2015 will be even better. Happy New Year, and please share your resolutions with us in the comments!



Please share your resolutions and goals for 2015 in the comments below!
 
Write on,
Team Goulet

20 comments:

  1. Write more, read more, walk more, spend less.

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  2. 2015: TWSBI vac Mini for me....saving my money....

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  3. I have no idea what new 1670 ink j. Herbin will introduce in 2016 - or even if they will have a new 1670 ink that year - but I'd love to see a bright true green (like Noodler's Gruene Cactus), with suspended silver--not necessarily pure Ag just so long as its sheen doesn't tarnish. And as a revision of an existing 1670 J. Herbin ink, I'd like to see them introduce the same suspended silver in their 1670 blue. I have both their Gris Ovage and Rouge Hematite, and I find them irreplaceable for special uses.

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  4. Peter Buergin-WittJanuary 2, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    That makes for two of us waiting - but then there might also be the Eco-pen and the wood piston filler coming from TWSBI.... :)

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  5. Peter Buergin-WittJanuary 2, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Yes Brian, the Neponset - even without being a Noodler's flex pen with a unique nib - this is just an amazing pen: minimalist design, great materials, one of the best and easiest to maintain filling systems (as in the Ahab, of course). And the Pilot/Namiki Custom 912 is a great introduction pen to Pilot's specialty nibs, though the Custom 743 would have been way more exciting for me, personally.
    One pen released this year that did not get nearly enough attention is the TWSBI Diamond 580AL: a piston filler with an all-metal mechanism that operates the piston so smoothly, it outperforms all my other pens, including my Pelikan M400 and Lamy 2000/2000M; while itamounts only to a further tweaking of that pen, it makes it an even more incredible value than before!

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  6. I wish TWSBI would upgrade the Mini to an all-metal piston mechanism. I love its size and love writing with my Mini, and such an upgrade would make a wonderful pen even better.

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  7. Drink more water.
    Write every day.
    Improve my cursive.
    Continue using Spanish daily.
    Spend more time outside.

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  8. I have been pondering this for a day or two now. I type them here with intention to fulfill them as best as I can:
    1. Loose 10 kg
    2. Get my NEBOSH iDip
    3. Save more (new pens aren't going to help me with this one)
    4. Improve my penmanship
    5. Learn Mandarin
    6. Start painting again
    7. Have 'date night' with the wife at least once a month


    See you at the finish line . . . .

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  9. haha, well no complaints here on that one ;)

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  10. You should write your Spanish in cursive! #multitasking ;)

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  11. Wow, you've got some pretty lofty ones in there! Good luck, sounds like you'll be busy ;)

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  12. While sitting outside with a bottle of water, right? Well, I do own lots of waterproof inks... :)

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  13. I've just started reading "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less," and right at the beginning there is this timely bit, which I'm going to follow: The way of the Essentialist isn't about setting New Year's resolutions to say 'no' more, or about pruning your inbox, or about mastering some new strategy in time management. It is about pausing constantly to ask, 'Am I investing in the right activities?'

    But I have to admit, there probably won't be any less pursuit of fountain pens or pen-related items! One has to draw the line somewhere. ;)

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  14. My goal for 2015 is to get lighter. Pare down my stuff, actually use the things I have, get back into touch with the things that matter and move away from the things that don't.

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  15. I want to use at least every pen in my collection at least once this year.
    I want to give away all my ballpoints I have left in my desk drawer (well all ones that were not hand made).

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  16. I agree with your number one choice I love that ink.
    But for me the best pen of 2014 would be the Pilot V pen, yes I know its a cheap disposable fountain pen but its the pen which got me back to writing with fountain pens.

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  17. Write more haikus ! (this one by JH Malineau)
    Ahab with Caran d'Ache Organic Brown.


    Write on Goulet team !

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  18. In my opinion (only)...



    The #1 Most Influential Fountain Pen Product in 2014 is:

    Noodler's (Nathan Tardif) FINALLY offering spare semi-flex nibs and Ebonite feeds for the Ahab and Konrad pens. Years in the waiting for this... Now - will we wait Years for spare nibs and feeds for the Neponset before we can experimenting/hacking and ultimately improving this pen?

    The #1 Biggest FAIL Fountain Pen Product in 2014:


    The Stipula Splash. A horrible pen which is nothing more than a Pakistan-made cheap School-Pen with a falsely advertised "Flex" nib and a plastic feed that can't keep-up with the nib. Shame on you Yafa/Stipula.


    Happy New Year, David

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  19. This is a great post. I enjoyed reading and seeing the different types of handwriting and inks. The goals are also inspiring and informative. Is is possible to revisit this discussion at least once a month to see how things are going?

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