The Giving Journal ~ CBTL

I dream of flying to Europe mostly for the purpose of getting a taste of an authentic Italian and Spanish coffee. I’m dying to try a real Turkish coffee, as well! Well anyway, seems like they will still stay in my bucket list for a long while, for now.

The Giving Journal from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

I used to go for Starbucks Planners and boy, did they make me fat. What with the number of drinks and the Christmas specials that you need to consume before you can get your hands on one. However, I took the shift one day and decided to go for the The Giving Journal from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. For one thing, they only require a minimal quantity of drinks plus I like the intention behind every book. They go beyond just their business and profits, they have been making a difference in the lives of coffee and tea growers by building farmer’s communities for the sustainability of their livelihood.

Why I love it?

The entire journal will actually give you ideas on how to give or give back to the world. They have inspiring quotes as foot notes on some pages. They would also make you think on how you can use your resources, skills, and talents as a contribution to the society. I am guilty of writing ideas and aspirations yet not being able to accomplish most of them. But hey, I keep trying every year! Haha! Been getting the journal since 2016.

And the best part is that it comes with vouchers per month that you can avail of the whole year. I like the buy 1 take 1 stubs because they are the most unselfish ones. They will make you think of someone that you would want to share the experience with. Plus you get to have a very good conversation over a cup, I mean 2 cups of coffee. I also got their reusable cup since I am also “trying” to cut down on paper or plastic waste.

Check out my photos for the different designs that I got for 4 years now (Ooopppss! I only have photos of their 2018 and 2019 Journals), and some samples of the freebies and advantages that I was able to enjoy. Funny story, I even brought my whole family in the Ayala branch of CBTL on my 35th birthday just so I can get as much stamps as I can for it.

The Giving Journal 2020

I will forever love coffee and I still plan to get The Giving Journal 2020. But what would truly give value and make my next birthday special would be to learn to give more. Again. It’s been a challenge for me. You see, I’ve already stayed on Earth for almost 4 decades now. I have been very giving on the earlier decades and somehow learned to become selfish for this past decade. Some bad experiences have made me realize that the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I had to learn to protect myself from the showers and storms of life. But then again, I am not sure how many more decades there are left to my name. So, I hope that the next Giving Journal would remind me to offer my life as a gift and a blessing to whatever comes my way every day.

Update: Finally! Here’s a photo of my 2016 and 2017 Giving Journals! They already look old and worn out, but still very much alive! They just keep giving.

The Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf
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47 comments

  1. littlemisadvencha

    i so love the 2018 giving journal cover. and i am happy to be one of the recipients of b1t1 coffee. not just once but twice already. 💞 the fact that you want to give more is a good start. all great things start with a desire. supporting you all the way!

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    1. CA

      Thank your for the kind words. But most importantly, for the kindness that you display on a daily basis. You are always worth a cup! Keep inspiring people to become better. 🖤

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  3. joleisa

    I’ve never had coffee outside of my home so I didn’t even know about those journals. That is such a good idea though. Only today I started reading Chicken Soup For The Soul. It’s a book about being positive. So I would encourage you to continue to do all the good you can for as long as you can. You just never know how you are being a blessing to others.

  4. Kez

    You know, I think we all become a bit more selfish as we get older. Maybe we become older and wiser and realise that we don’t have to give to everyone all the time.

  5. Alissa Ackerman

    I can’t believe i never heard about this!!
    I’m a bit obsessed with journals…and The Coffee Bean was my favorite coffee shop up until i moved a couple years ago and didn’t have it nearby anymore 😔
    This is so cool, though!!

  6. World In Eyes

    Christy Angeli what a wonderful journal, the photos of their 2018 and 2019 are beautiful! It seems like, CA in the search of 2 cup of coffee…

  7. Following the Rivera

    This is a lovely cover, and I also like coffee too! Turkish coffee is very bitter by the way, stick to Italian.

  8. julseliz

    I always love a good journal. And a journal that helps with giving back is amazing. I still think community service should be required in schools so at least as teenagers you feel the joy of helping someone out. What a great share.

  9. lifechasinglittles

    I am so basic and only ever drink Starbucks coffee lol but I have tried Turkish coffee and it is quite bitter. My husband is Lebanese and drinking Turkish coffee is something they do after a big dinner.

  10. ashrugh

    I love coffee and journaling so I don’t understand how I missed this! I love how your ideals are to give back more, truly an inspiration. I hope you continue on your coffee journals for many years to come!

  11. Waren Jean Go

    I use to collect CBTL journal back then. It’s a really great way to be inspired and write thought and plans on a daily basis. Yellow looks nice, bright and sunny!

  12. Marie

    I forgot about the journals! They are always so beautiful, but I can never drink enough to get to them. Good for you!!! And what a great way to give back once you get a journal.

  13. Priya

    I love the idea of a giving journal. Even I have become a bit selfish in the last few years due to some bad experiences but after reading your post , I have realised that I shouldn’t become selfish. Giving is very important for the soul.

  14. MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    Starbucks is pretty calorific, I rarely have it due to this. The journals sound like a good idea. I hope you get the 2020 one.

  15. Talamay

    I didn’t know there were coffee shops that did things like this. Though I haven’t been to a star bucks in years. I love the idea of a giving journal, and it is a great way to put good into the world with marketing.

  16. bethan taylor-swaine

    I’ve not come across these planners before, Starbucks definitely don’t do them in the UK and we don’t have Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (although I do love to go there when I’m in the USA!). I love the idea of a giving journal, actually I love journals in general, having the opportunity to reflect is always a good thing!

  17. blair villanueva

    I used to do journaling using those journals that I bought before from National Bookstores. Then because of my blog, one of the privilege is receiving annual journals form these coffee shops which I never use, and I always give them away to my friends, so they won’t be spending much 🙂

  18. Brittany Nicole

    Wow, this is so cool! Reminds me of the McMenamins passport book, not sure if you’ve heard of it but it’s great for travelers 🙂

  19. Travel with Karla

    I’ve been collecting journals since 2009 hehe! I think CBTL’s journal is equally good like the one in Starbucks. In my case, my journal for the past 5 years is from Witty Will Save The World.

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