I started doing this “year in review” meme in 2005 (which was a review of 2004) on another blog and with the exception of last year I’ve never missed a review. Now I’m going to continue the tradition on this blog, because who doesn’t like a good review?
- What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? Ride in an Uber. In Nigeria.
- Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- Did anyone close to you give birth?
- Did anyone close to you die?
- What countries did you visit?
- What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
- What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- What was your biggest failure?
- Did you suffer illness or injury?
- What was the best thing you bought?
- Whose behaviour merited celebration?
- Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
- Where did most of your money go?
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- What song will always remind you of 2016?
- Compared to this time last year, are you:
I created a vision board of what I wanted in my life in 2016. Most of it didn’t happen, but I know why and I’m going to make sure the same does not happen next year. I will make plans for 2017 that will come to pass, in Jesus’ name.
Yes: my sister gave birth to my niece 76 days ago!
My friend Allison also gave birth to Sofia a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, someone close to my mom (her aunt) passed away unexpectedly, and my great-aunt’s husband also passed away.
A profitable business.
October 17, the day my niece was born.
Finally launching Good Naija Blogs!
Not being consistent in soooooo many (aka all) areas of my life.
Nothing serious, though I spent most of the year in physiotherapy for a knee injury from the end of 2015.
A monitor for the laptop screen that I damaged in Nigeria.
My dad’s: I appreciate and honour him for his ability to care about and be concerned about issues and concerns of each and every member of the family even as he’s dealing with his own. Also, he retired this year so I celebrate him for that.
My colleague’s behaviour, hands-down.
Mortgage payments and the trip to Nigeria.
My niece’s impending birth, a new business idea.
How Can It Be and Trust In You by Lauren Daigle.
- happier or sadder?
- thinner or fatter?
- richer or poorer?
Decluttering my home, optimizing/maximizing/managing of my time, going to bed on time.
Time-wasting and sugar-consuming.
With my parents, sister, brother-in-law, brothers, nephew, and niece, at my parents’ house. We went to church, then came home and had lunch before taking some pictures and having a family prayer, then opening gifts. Some of us (or was it only me?) took a nap while the turkey cooked then we reconvened for a delicious dinner. After dinner we had dessert and watched episodes 3 and 4 of season 1 of This Is Us. I left my parent’s place after midnight and stopped to do a little Boxing Day shopping before getting home.
No—”falling in love” seems like something carefree people do and like I said recently I’m not sure I can be that girl anymore. I can see myself deciding to love someone and grow in that love though—it’s not as romantic-sounding as the old me would have wanted but I’d rather have something real and solid than romantic and surface-level only (I know, I know: it doesn’t have to be one or the other!).
This Is Us. Best show of the year, in my humble opinion. You should watch at least the first two episodes.
No, thank God: it takes far too much energy to hate people.
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard.
A healthy and safe family all year long—thank you, God!
A MacBook Pro.
I think I only watched one movie in the theatre this year: Bridget Jones’s Baby. I need to get out more in 2017!
I talk about that in June’s thankful post. I turned 37 years old.
Making my house into the home of my dreams, complete with developing the habits to keep it that way.
Low-key and uninspired.
I’m not one to fancy celebrities or public figures though I can occasionally be swayed by a nice set of upper arms. That being said, no one comes to mind, alas!
I’m politically apathetic, but I was surprised with the result of the USA elections this year.
My Nigeria-based family and friends.
Sayo who I met while in Nigeria this past summer.
It takes more than a wish and good intentions to achieve what you want: daily focus, commitment, and a dedication to being consistent are necessary.
When you don’t move the mountains
I’m needing you to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When you don’t give the answers
As I cry out to you
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you
From Lauren Daigle’s Trust in You.