There’s quite a lot out there already written on how to review your year and how to write a year in review.
For instance, you’ve got this one by Chris Guillebeau on how to conduct your own annual review.
You’ve got this one by Daring to Live Fully on 50 year-end reflection questions to ask yourself.
And you’ve got this one by Marie Foreo, which is the one I used to do my first ever review last year and found to be incredibly helpful.
(Although, it is for reviewing your decade rather than your year it is nonetheless still worth revisiting for this year and beyond in my opinion).
But to be able to complete your year in review you need the right materials.
In other words, the right stationery.
Stationery, which will spark your joy as Marie Kondo rightly points out.
And it’s the products, I’m talking about today which spark my joy and I know will spark yours too.
So let’s begin.
Buying your stationery ready for your personal review
You can of course buy stationery from anywhere to review your year.
In fact, the majority of the time I’m a big believer in buying cheap notebooks and pens from Poundland.
But I’m also a big believer in treating yourself because at the end of the day you are special and you deserve to be treated.
And your year in review is one tool to grow your life and your character, which you will do only once every year.
Towards the end of the year (most likely within the last two weeks of December).
So is triple worth treating yourself as:
- you seek to treat the other special people in your life
- it’s Christmas; and
- close to a new year.
And Kikki.K’s stationery isn’t like any other stationery on the market, which is why I love it.
As they value uplifting, inspiring and supporting others in achieving their dreams.
In the same way Kristina Karlsson (the founder of Kikki.K) was able to make her dream a reality.
Writing a year in review: Why Kikki.K’s stationery products spark my joy
It’s not only the stationery products, therefore, why I love the Kikki.K brand so much.
But Kristina Karlsson’s story to making her dream a reality too.
I first saw Kristina Karlsson speak at a wellbeing event I went to last year.
In which, she told her story and explained that…
One night she woke up crying to her partner because she hated her job.
So her partner suggested she write down everything she wanted in a career.
Therefore, she did exactly that.
And realised one of her wants was to:
Read more about Kristina Karlsson on Marie Claire here.
Own a stationery store like the one’s back in her hometown Sweden.
So the next day (I think – it was a while ago) she quit her job and she started working on her business and put all her and her partner’s money into it.
Now Kikki.K has stores in five countries including, the UK and Australia.
My thoughts on Kristina Karlsson’s story
After hearing Kristina’s story, I felt so inspired as it goes to show the power of making a different decision in the moment.
No detailed plan.
No pre-empted moments like some people think they need to be able to achieve their dream and become successful.
Only a series of moments of suffering, which Kristina could no longer take or ignore plus the openness and willingness to…
- take on the advice and guidance of someone else and try something new
- change direction in the moment; and
- trust and listen to her intuition/internal guidance system
Since if Kristina didn’t…
- take that one action to write a list of all she wanted in a career to actually help her figure out what she wanted for her career and life; and
- make that one decision to quit her job and follow her dream
She never would have had the successful business she has today.
And ever since she made her dream a reality she’s used Kikki.K as a force for good to uplift, inspire and support others in achieving their dreams too.
Also, collaborating with other writers who made bold moves to change the course and trajectory of their lives by changing their career paths too.
Therefore, also making their dreams a reality, such as:
- Tererai Trent (author of The Awakened Woman)
- Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project)
- Arianna Huffington (author of Thrive)
To name a few.
The exact stationery products you need to conduct your yearly review
I made my first purchase online at Kikki.K a year ago (and will be doing the same again this year), which included an order of ordinary black gel pens and coloured ones.
Black gel pens
I love the designs of the black gel pens as they are simple, elegant and stylish.
Some of them also have patterns on them like ladybirds, polka dots, stars etc, which I really like.
Although they run out quicker than ordinary ball point pens, the idea is you use these pens less often and for special occasions.
Like your year in review.
Of course, you don’t have to do this but it depends on how long you’d like your stationery to last.
And they might not feel so special if you’re using them all the time.
Coloured Gel Pens
I’ve never been a fan of coloured gel pens.
However, following the recommendation of Marie Forleo in her Decade in Review video, I decided I would give them a go.
And to my surprise, it did add that extra bit of fun to completing my Decade in Review.
So I was definitely glad I bought these.
To see the full range, check them out here.
Also included within my order were a pack of 5 x B7 stitch notebooks.
When I first saw them I thought they were too small for my decade in review as they’re not the size I’d usually buy.
However, regardless of their size, the paper was good quality so was perfect for completing my decade in review.
And in the end, I actually liked the novelty of having smaller notebooks and will likely go for them again this year.
I also found they were useful for writing mantras each day or if you wanted to, keeping a collection of inspiring quotes.
To see the full range of their notebooks, check them out here.
The pens, although are more expensive than your ordinary ballpoint pens from Poundland, are still affordable.
Whilst the notebooks can be considerably more expensive to other stationery stores.
However, they are worth the price as the designs are different to what you’d normally find and the quality of the paper is also better.
And they do have sales occasionally too, which as I said in my post Gravity Blanket: A therapy weighted Blanket review ….
If you can get a discount on something, why not get one?
(p.s. I’m not an affiliate of Kikki.K. I merely love the products and what the business stands for so wanted to promote them).
To avoid paying the £10 shipping fee you need to spend over £40 as all products are shipped from Hong Kong.
Therefore, it isn’t cheap ordering online from Kikki.K.
And might require you to add a product to your cart you don’t want or need at the moment.
Like I did, which at first I was reluctant to do.
But actually, when my products arrived I was really glad I bought what I bought.
And it’s not often you will buy pricier stationery from Kikki.K unless you want to and it is within your means of course.
So to complete your year review (and decade in review), Kikki.K’s simple but stylish and elegant stationery products are for you.
As they will support you in making your very own dreams a reality.
So check them out and support them.