Looking back on 2016

I had not blogged in a while and then this month I did some catching up and all of a sudden there were five new posts. Which means I have also been catching up on reading some of my favorite blogs that I follow. I have seen two exactly like this one – year in review, 2016 – and one with slightly different questions, another one I read had way too many questions, but I quite enjoyed reading them, some answers were funny. It was a nice way to get to know some of the people, so I took the idea and have made it mine with Looking back on 2016 – It’s very different to my gratitude jar it helps bring some perspective on life


What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

I took a dance lesson with my bear, best thing ever

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make any, so didn’t have to keep any, yippy! But maybe for 2017 I will make one resolution…

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

In Sodwana Bay just the four of us

Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, a good friend

What countries did you visit?

None. But I went to Grahamstown for the first time ever this year

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

I want to do this fully, 100% –

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t have a specific date, but I’d like to say that the weekend away at the end of April in the Drakensberg was magic, pure bliss….

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not really my achievement but my sons and so I claim it as mine – they both completed their university degrees this year

What was your biggest failure?

My failures were challenges that hopefully I have recovered from and hopefully I have learned something from them

Did you suffer illness or injury?

No, just my usual migraine headaches

What was the best thing you bought?

Eye repair cream and concealer and a pair of red shoes

Where did most of your money go?

Agh bills, I hate this question

What song will always remind you of 2016?

Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi

What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had danced more and laughed a whole lot more

What do you wish you’d done less of?

I cried and worried too much this year

What were your favourite TV shows?

Can’t say, they don’t let me watch TV at home

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


What was the best book you read?

I read a few, but none that I can say were my absolute best, one I enjoyed was; Cullen by Tod Collins

What was your greatest musical discovery?

I discovered I’m a belieber.  Because of this song – Love Yourself, Justin Bieber

What was your favourite film of this year?

I watch way too many movies, but I think my favourite was “Best of me”

What did you do on your birthday

I can’t remember, is that such a terrible thing? I know we had family lunch that weekend right here at home and that was awesome. Spoilt

What kept you sane?

Chocolate and me time

Who did you miss?

My sister

Who was the best new person you met?

I met some really lovely people this year, made new friends but can’t name anyone as the best new person, sorry

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016

Breathe. Just breathe. Have a little faith

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