Rhodia notebook that I log everything in. It's very simple. Get a pen and write down...
It doesn't matter how big or small; everything is valid. This could be a holiday you took, a fabulous summer dress you purchased, or moving into your dream apartment. Whatever the highlights were for you. I write things down bullet-point form; seems to be enough. If you do this with others it's nice to share as you go whatever you feel comfortable with. A year is a long time, and you might be reminded of a few things that are worthy of being on your list.
This could be from a shitty weather during your summer holiday, your new boss, your pet who died. Whatever was not good in your life in the year that was. Purge.
OK, so it gets slightly more tricky to take a look at your inner self, but I don't get too carried away, I always keep it pretty top-level. It may be, for example, that through the experiences of 2013 you have discovered you have more inner strength than you thought, are ready for a new job, really need to cut back on coffee, are shocking at time management, have found 'the one', just cannot pull off hats, or really hate chunky pate*. Again; nothing is too small to make it on the list.
I've been doing this little ritual since 2002 – just before I left Australia for The Netherlands – and it's quite amazing to look back and see over the years what my hope and dreams were. And even more satisfying to tick off the things you achieved.
Images by Kanae Sato.