2016 in review

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?

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  1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
  2. Ride in an Uber. In Nigeria.

  3. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
  4. 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.

  5. Did anyone close to you give birth?
  6. Yes: my sister gave birth to my niece 76 days ago!

    My friend Allison also gave birth to Sofia a few weeks ago.

  7. Did anyone close to you die?
  8. Unfortunately, someone close to my mom (her aunt) passed away unexpectedly, and my great-aunt’s husband also passed away.

  9. What countries did you visit?
  10. Nigeria.

  11. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
  12. A profitable business.

  13. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
  14. October 17, the day my niece was born.

  15. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  16. Finally launching Good Naija Blogs!

  17. What was your biggest failure?
  18. Not being consistent in soooooo many (aka all) areas of my life.

  19. Did you suffer illness or injury?
  20. Nothing serious, though I spent most of the year in physiotherapy for a knee injury from the end of 2015.

  21. What was the best thing you bought?
  22. A monitor for the laptop screen that I damaged in Nigeria.

  23. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
  24. 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.

  25. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
  26. My colleague’s behaviour, hands-down.

  27. Where did most of your money go?
  28. Mortgage payments and the trip to Nigeria.

  29. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
  30. My niece’s impending birth, a new business idea.

  31. What song will always remind you of 2016?
  32. How Can It Be and Trust In You by Lauren Daigle.

  33. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    • happier or sadder?
    • Happier.

    • thinner or fatter?
    • Fatter.

    • richer or poorer?
    • Richer.

  34. What do you wish you’d done more of?
  35. Decluttering my home, optimizing/maximizing/managing of my time, going to bed on time.

  36. What do you wish you’d done less of?
  37. Time-wasting and sugar-consuming.

  38. How did you spend Christmas?
  39. 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.

  40. Did you fall in love in 2016?
  41. 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!).

  42. What was your favourite TV program?
  43. This Is Us. Best show of the year, in my humble opinion. You should watch at least the first two episodes.

  44. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
  45. No, thank God: it takes far too much energy to hate people.

  46. What was the best book you read?
  47. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard.

  48. Who was your greatest musical discovery?
  49. Lauren Daigle.

  50. What did you want and get?
  51. A healthy and safe family all year long—thank you, God!

  52. What did you want and not get?
  53. A MacBook Pro.

  54. What was your favourite film of 2016?
  55. I think I only watched one movie in the theatre this year: Bridget Jones’s Baby. I need to get out more in 2017!

  56. What did you do on your birthday?
  57. I talk about that in June’s thankful post.

  58. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  59. Making my house into the home of my dreams, complete with developing the habits to keep it that way.

  60. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
  61. Low-key and uninspired.

  62. What kept you sane?
  63. Jesus Christ.

  64. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
  65. 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!

  66. What political issue stirred you the most?
  67. I’m politically apathetic, but I was surprised with the result of the USA elections this year.

  68. Who did you miss?
  69. My Nigeria-based family and friends.

  70. Who was the best new person you met?
  71. Sayo who I met while in Nigeria this past summer.

  72. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
  73. 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.

  74. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
  75. 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.

14 thoughts on “2016 in review

  1. I completely agree with you regarding This is Us! I swore off network TV a couple of years ago but this definitely changed my mind. It’s the only non-cable/non-Netflix show I watch!

    • Happy New Year, Weirdo! It’s never too late to wish anyone a Happy New Year…I appreciate it! May your 2017 be memorable for only good reasons.

    • Happy New Year, neuyogi! I’m glad you liked that song; it speaks to me.

      Thanks for your support through the years!♥

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