Saturday, January 7, 2017

2016 Recap and 2017 Action Items

Happy New Year everyone!

Hopefully you're feeling refreshed from the holiday break and ready to take on 2017 with renewed gusto.

I've read several people's 2016 recap posts/videos across the blogosphere and YouTube (I especially enjoyed reading that of Berry Dakara and Kacheetee, and watching a 2016 recap video on the
JamieandNikki YouTube channel) and decided to do one similar. For the sake of organization, I will group mine into "themed buckets" with 2017 action items for each bucket following afterwards.

I ventured into a bit of travel this year, mostly work-related and within Nigeria -- see locations below.

  • Borno: wetin Boko Haram fit do me? 
  • Kaduna
  • Sokoto: their Kilishi is indeed the best I've had to date
  • Kebbi
  • Jos: FUN-related wedding matters with good friends and cool, breezy weather to match
  • Ghana: a very special birthday trip -- Labadi Beach, the Artists Alliance Gallery, and Republic Bar and Grill were definite fave spots of the trip :)
2017 Action Items: 
  • Travel to at least 3 additional states within Nigeria
  • Travel to at least 2 countries outside of Nigeria 

Financial management is an important skill to acquire and practice in one's personal life. While I can't brag to be the "best at this, I do pat myself on the back for taking steps towards improvement in this area in 2016. They include:

  • Documenting and reviewing my expenses on a monthly basis: this helped me monitor my spending habits, identify major cost drivers
  • Purchasing / studying "The Smart Money Woman" by Arese Ugwu. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and picked out some critical money management tips that I've already started implementing
2017 Action Items:
  • Create and stick to a strict monthly budget
  • Document my weekly expenses and review monthly
  • Get disciplined with tithing (*covers face with hands*)

To be straight with you, this was not strong in 2016. I dealt with doubt, disillusionment, and distance in my relationship with God and I was simply not disciplined enough to get back on track.

2017 Action Items: 

  • Reignite my awe and reverence for the beauty and magnificence of God and how He operates in my life (His grace, His mercy, and His blend of justice)
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal: write 5 things I'm grateful for each day at night before bed
  • Give more: empathy, forgiveness, and energy to name a few things

This was definitely not strong either. I only had eight posts published on the blog in 2016 -- that doesn't even average out to one per month! I can throw several excuses to "justify" this (e.g. too busy with work, frequent writer's block episodes, yada yada yada). Simple truth is I did not make the blog and writing for it a priority in 2016 and danced a little too much with procrastination.

2017 Action Items:
  • Upload a post at least once a week: that will average out to at least 48 posts in 2017 (this week there will be two posts uploaded)
  • Diversify the blog with posts on motivation, money, and career (themes especially relevant for young, working class women)...and of course a good ol' dose of self-deprecating personal story posts for your reading pleasure :) 
  • Revive the "Get Crazy" Interview Series (a popular favorite of mine and many of you, from feedback received...if you're not familiar with it, you can read previous interviews with Steve HarrisKola Olaosebikan, Moyo Mamora, and Kimberly Jones)
  • Transfer from Blogger to WordPress (loooong overdue)
  • *Special Event coming soon -- will provide more details in upcoming weeks

Read a couple of worthy books / poetry in 2016 that I highly recommend. They include:
  • "The Rosie Project" by Australian novelist Graeme Simsion (brilliant recommendation from one of my best friend's)
  • "Milk and Honey" by Indian poet Rupi Kaur (great recommendation from my work supervisor)
  • "The Smart Money Woman" by Nigerian author Arese Ugwu
  • Several poetry pieces by Nayyirah Waheed (US-based writer)
2017 Action Item:
  • Actively and intentionally read MORE 

There we have it folks, my 2016 at a retrospective glance. I'm definitely looking forward to what's in store ahead, starting with the next post I'll be uploading in a few days -- make sure to stay tuned.

Cheers to 2017 being a year filled with love, laughter, learning, and fulfilment for us all.

What were some of your highlights and misses of 2016? What's one major item on your action items list for 2017?

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  1. Welcome back Ada!
    Glad to have you back. Loved reading your reviews. also want to travel this year.. preferably outside this country. I have had this desire for so long, will love this year to be the year it comes through, preferably a birthday trip too.

    Also have "growth" in God and knowing Him more as a huge goal for 2017. growth in other things is closely tied to growth in the Spirit.
    And as for goals, I am reminded that its not just goals but God. so i want to stick with His will or my life and walk with Him step by step.

    You may find our ladies group ebook on "starting the year right helpful".
    Its free, link below.

    And yes, I love the "Get Crazy" series.

    May you keep in step with God this year, amen.

    Happy new 2017!

    1. Thank you, Frances! Travel and deepening my relationship with God are heavy on heart for the year -- refreshing to know that you feel likewise. I hope you get to enjoy the out-of-country birthday trip you intend to take this year :)

      Thank you for the ebook recommendation! I will read check it out shortly -- I'm sure it's right up my alley of needs.

      May you also be in alignment with God's purpose for your life this 2017 :)

  2. Great reflection. Love your glasses! I wrote down my goals for the year, but this year I am determined to review my goals every day. Got to keep them ever before me. Maybe I'll be more likely to reach them! Have a great year, my sister!
    Tracey L. Moore
    Author, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth

    1. Thanks Tracey -- Happy New Year to you!! :)

      I like that you've noted the additional step of reviewing those goals "daily"...that reminds me that goals need to also be fully in view in our everyday lives (e.g. on a vision board, or on a calendar posted up on one's bedroom wall, or noted in a mobile app that we routinely use, etc).

      I wish you a wonderful 2017 also, dear sister!