Looking Back on 2019

What a year this has been!! Some days were low some days were high.

But my God on the mountain, was my God in the valley and when things were going wrong…..I prayed and I know he’ll make them right again.

For most part it was a good year and I am looking forward to a fresh new start in the new 2020 century!

What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

I boxed. Yip I have started boxing. This is huge thing for me

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

No, but then I didn’t make any resolutions at all for this year. Same as last year, it’s better not to make any so I’m not disappointed

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Probably at home, family dinner…early to bed

Did anyone close to you die?

Not anyone really close, thank God for that, but I did go to some funerals this year

What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?

Do a lot more of this –

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

I want to do more fun things more me time and little weekend getaways

What date from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Ed Sheeran concert and weekend away with my cous! It was glorious!

And on my mom’s birthday, our 4×4 caught fire while parked in the garage! Mayhem perused. Luckily Tigs was home, things could have been a lot worse

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Two jobs, I maintained and performed two different jobs

What was your biggest failure?

I failed as a mom, I think I have…it’s something inside that I struggled with. I keep asking God to forgive me for not being a good example to my kids

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Apart from the usual migraines, nothing new or different. They are less frequent but more painful, gradually getting worse with more nausea and vomiting

What was the best thing you bought?

We bought a car. Tigs had the worst car, he deserved something better, he now has the best car in the household

Where did most of your money go?

Bills, bills, bills.

What song will always remind you of 2019?

Senorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello and Beautiful by Ed Sheeran

What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had danced more and laughed a whole lot more. More walking and exercising

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worry. I wish I had worried less and prayed a whole lot more

What were your favorite TV shows?

They did not let me watch TV this year

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

I still hate the same person of last year

What was the best book you read?

I read a few novels, mostly on loan from a friend and can’t remember any of the names. Started reading Becoming (M Obama), have not finished yet.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Worth It by Fifth Harmony…..yeah I actually felt my car bounce to this on full blast it unusually funny. One by U2 was a second likable discovery

What was your favorite film of this year?

Bohemian Rhapsody in late December 2018 and anything I watched this year could not match up to Queen

What did you do on your birthday?

Most awesome family lunch and lots of spoils

What kept you sane?

ART class and my close and special friends

Who do you miss?

My dad

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019

Sometimes life’s turns are not what we anticipated or planned – “oh, no, this can’t be happening again, what do I do now?”.

Its sudden twists take us on a path we might not like but we always end up where we were supposed to be. God is in control all the time. Pray and have a little faith…♥

May God always grant you a sunbeam to warm you. Happy New 2020.

This has become a must-do-post for me, since Looking Back on 2018, 2017 and 2016. I enjoy reading the old ones too they remind me of how things have changed and how much I have changed over these last three years.

Looking Back on 2018

What a tough and crazy year this was, looking forward to starting all over again. Fresh start

What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?

I learned to make vegan galette (trust me this is delicious) attempted a not bad vegan tiramisu a few times. Painted in watercolours and learned to knit  

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

No, but then I didn’t make any resolutions at all for this year.

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

At home, family dinner…early to bed

Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, I lost two friends this year

What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?

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

What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

4 July and 14 December – graduation of both my boys

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Both my boys graduated! I’m soooo proud of them, the one with his honours the other one his masters

What was your biggest failure?

I failed in my faith

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Migraines. I started keeping a daily diary of everything I eat and what happens during the day. I have a scale of how bad the headaches are where I record the pain levels

What was the best thing you bought?

A green dress and a jumper suit (also in green) 😊

Where did most of your money go?

Bills, bills, bills. And timeshare, we bought timeshare this year

What song will always remind you of 2018?

Feeling You by Mi Casa and Darling by Majozi

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, like a lot. I also cursed just as much

What were your favourite TV shows?

If they let me watch TV at home, it’s Masterchef Australia

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

I still hate the same person of last year

What was the best book you read?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, An Elephant in My Kitchen, The Masterpiece, The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha

What was your favourite film of this year?

Wonder & The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

What did you do on your birthday

Family lunch and lots of spoils

What kept you sane?

ART class. Me time – reading – and the chats with my sister and two cousins. We have a WhatsApp group and talk to each other almost daily I can’t live without those chats and laughs

Who do you miss?

My sister

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018

Life takes some unexpected turns, last year was hard, this year was harder and more painful, how we handle these situations either make or break us. The hardships and disappointments are lessons, I just need to remember that God is in control all the time.

Breathe. Just breathe. Pray and have a little faith…♥

This year may all your wishes and dreams come true….

Looking back 2017 

Looking back on 2017

What a tough and crazy year this was, looking forward to starting all over again, starting fresh. And I’m praying for a softer and better year! 2018 please be kind.

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What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

I went on a bread baking course (artisan breads) yum!

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

No, I can’t even remember what it was. But yes I have three resolutions for 2018

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

I don’t know yet

Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, sadly a cousin of ours and an old family friend of my dads

What countries did you visit?

None. But visited two new towns in SA that I had never been to – Haenertsburg ♥ and Dundee

What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

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

What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

24th of March and the 6th of May – graduation of both my boys

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Both my boys graduated ! I’m soooo proud

What was your biggest failure?

I failed my younger son, and I’m heartbroken about it

Did you suffer illness or injury?

A really bad case of migraine that resulted in spending two days in hospital and MRI

What was the best thing you bought?

Hand made leather shoes and a blue shweshwe hand bag

Where did most of your money go?

Bills, bills, bills

What song will always remind you of 2017?

Havana by Camila Cabello

What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had danced more and laughed a whole lot more (same as last year)

What do you wish you’d done less of?

I cried, like a lot

What were your favorite TV shows?

If they let me watch TV at home it’s Big Bang Theory

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

I still hate the same person of last year

What was the best book you read?

Started three haven’t finished any, yeeks….

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke

What was your favorite film of this year?

I really enjoyed “Paris can wait”

What did you do on your birthday

I had a surprise birthday party in the office and surprise party with family and friends Spoiled and blessed beyond measure

What kept you sane?

Me time and the chats with my sister and two cousins. We have a whatsapp group and talk to each other almost daily I can’t live with out those chats and laughs

Who did you miss?

My family overseas

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016

Life takes some unexpected turns, the hard knocks of life, some practical experiences that include hardships and disappointment but God is in control all the time.

Breathe. Just breathe. Pray and have a little faith…♥

Looking back on 2016

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

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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?

Yes

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