Hello All! I'm Deborah, a 38 year-old professional (in civil service) living in the U.S. I have a wonderful husband (we just celebrated our 11-year anniversary), two fabulous young children - a son and daughter, and two dogs: a German Shepherd Dog and a Mastiff.
I stumbled upon Philofaxy last year and became immediately infatuated! So now I divide my free time between reading, painting, reading Philofaxy, and blogging. I blog at Thoughts and Exploration
On my blog I write about an assortment of things, including Filofaxes. I enjoy writing about my Fax because I just love it! I actually have to make an effort to keep myself from dominating my blog with posts on my two main obsessions - Filofaxes and purses.
I love reading Philofaxy and others' blogs because it gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration. My husband thinks I'm nuts...if I am, at least I'm a happy nut!
I believe I bought my first Filofax in June of 2011. I was fortunate enough to have a store near me that carries a few so I spent an unhealthy amount of time looking at them, touching them, trying them out in my purse (with the store attendant’s permission of course!). Over an hour later and a quick walk over to Franklin Covey – also in the same mall – I decided on a personal black Classic.
2. What other brands have you used or considered using?
I was introduced to Franklin Covey in 2001 and was immediately hooked. Since then it was only FC for me in my planner choice…until June 2011.
3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?
Without a doubt my all-time favorite planner – the one that has no equal – is my personal buttercup ostrich. I’m so melodramatic! Seriously, I really feel like it has no equal…well, maybe the ostrich in red. Would love to add that to my collection.
4. How many Filofax organisers do you own?
I have 12. So I guess I’ve been averaging one Filofax per month. I’ve sold two so that ruins my average but heck…I’m sticking with 1 per month. I own a pocket Kendal, 9 personals (Classic, Malden, Finsbury, Kendal, Amazon, Holborn, Deco x2, Ostrich), and 2 A5s (Classic and Aston).
5. What do you use your Filofax for?
I have two that I use all the time. I carry my personal ostrich with me everywhere. If it’s not in my hand, it’s in my purse or on my desk. If I could take it to bed with me without my husband calling the guys in white with the straightjacket, I’d do it. It holds all of the stuff that I use everyday including my calendar, cards, medical info, children’s info, blog info, numbers, etc.
I also am currently using my Aston A5 as my work binder. It does not have a calendar in it but instead is full of notepaper, business card holders, to do lists, and the A to Z tabs where I file the notes that I take during my meetings. I love this system!
6. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?
I know I’m only going to repeat things that others have said but I love the versatility. I love being able to personalize and organize a gorgeous binder with all of the information that I need so that I can be more organized and productive.
7. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?
It would be an Ostrich with even more pockets, pockets, pockets! It would have the Holborn/Ostrich pockets but it would also have pockets on the outside front and back cover. And I would be able to fill this beauty with a plethora of fabulous inserts of all different colors, designs, and formats.
8. How do you carry your Filofax?
I carry my personal either in my hand or in my purse. My A5 normally stays locked up at work. If I need to bring it home, I carry it in my briefcase.
9. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?
I’m lucky enough to own the one that I like the most – the Ostrich. If I had to pick one that I didn’t yet own I would probably pick the Osterley. It looks so lovely and luxurious! It still isn’t enough to tempt me away from my current binder though so I won’t be taking the plunge.
10. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax? Which model?
The most I’ve spent was for the Ostrich, which I was able to find at a very generously discounted price from Pens and Leather. It still came in at around $440 but it was worth it! I’m going to grow old with this binder and then I’ll give it to my daughter!
11. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?
The people! The Philofaxy community is incredible. I’ve “met” some wonderful people and the community is always so willing to help answer questions and give tips and suggestions. The people make Philofaxy what it is – a fantastic online community!
12. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?
This is a tough one! I can’t really think of something substantive that I dislike. Grasping for straws I guess I would say that I don’t like the current format of the “Pages” links (on the left). I liked it better when these were running along the top. [Steve: Now fixed....]
13. What was the last music album CD you bought or downloaded?
An oldie but a goodie. This is an album that I listened to in my teen years. George Winston’s December.
Thank you Deborah for agreeing to go under the spotlight.