2017 in retrospect

by | Dec 31, 2017

I recently did a post on a summary of 2017, while reading Tanya Kovarsky’s blog ‘Dear Max and Rebecca’ I came across a questionnaire that she used, and I loved this idea. Tanya found this questionnaire through Nafisa. Thank you to both of you for the great idea!

I love this time of year, a time to reflect on the year that was and to think about the new year that is to come and how much I have grown and where I still need to grow.


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

I started my passion project!! My beauty, lifestyle, and food blog ‘it’s a Sher thing’. This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, in 2017 I finally had the courage to pursue this project!

It's a Sher thing logo

  1. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

At a Kosher braai with my sister, a few friends’, and my boyfriend, in Pretoria. We will be driving back to Johannesburg shortly after new years as Dyllan starts working as a Doctor at Charlotte Maxeke on 1 January. Exciting times!


  1. What countries did you visit?

I didn’t visit any countries this year, but I did go to Mossel Bay, Plettenburg Bay, and George for the first time. Visiting a new city can be just as exciting as visiting a new country if you’re with the right people.

Mossel Bay

  1. What date from 2017 will remain etched in your memory?
  • 2 January – the date I met Dyllan
  • 7 October – my birthday, I freaked out about turning 28!
  • 21 November – the date I started it’s a Sher thing

Dyllan and me

  1. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • Starting it’s a Sher thing
  • Completing my studies, my honours in marketing
  • Getting into a serious relationship
  • Signing up to be on my company’s Global Women’s Empowerment Network
  • Winning employee of the month within my first 6 months at my company
  • Going up against three other employees to stand a chance to be placed in another market for one month. I didn’t win the competition but I’m so proud of myself for taking part


  1. What was your biggest failure?
  • Not making myself a priority
  • Losing touch with friends
  • Bringing my work stresses home with me


  1. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I suffered from anxiety for the first time, but I’m taking active measures to ensure this is better managed in 2018


  1. What was the best thing you bought?

My Canon EOS 750D camera.

the sweetie box

  1. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Seen my friends more, exercised more and I wish I had gone on more dates with my boyfriend


  1. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Working such long hours, eating so much junk, taking my work stresses out on my boyfriend


  1. What were your favourite TV shows?
  • The good doctor
  • Big little lies
  • 13 reasons
  • Game of thrones
  • American horror story


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

No, life is short there’s no time for hate. Wish your enemies a long life so they may see all your successes.


  1. What was the best book you read?

I was really bad this year, I only read the dossier of a serial sleuth and girl boss!


  1. What was your greatest musical discovery?



  1. What was your favourite film of this year?
  • Stronger


  1. What did you do on your birthday?

I went to the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch with a few friends and my boyfriend. My friend Alessia organised a gorgeous rainbow cake for me as a thoughtful surprise.


  1. What kept you sane?

I was really bad at finding a stress reliever this year which is something I’ll work on in 2018. But a big shout out goes to Nutella and my boyfriend Dyllan. Sorry I lost the plot a few times, thank you for loving me and supporting me anyway


  1. Who did you miss?

My friends, my family and the ‘fun’ Tam


  1. Who was the best person you met?

My former account director Anne, she’s a pusher and she pushed me to start my blog and her boyfriend Mark, who helped me set up it’s a Sher thing! Thank you so much!! Oh, and my boyfriend Dyllan, sorry bug! I almost forgot you there.


  1. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017?
  • You can’t trust anyone.
  • Don’t let other people’s drama distract you from your purpose.
  • This is your life, do things that make you happy and make yourself a priority.



To see my previous post on 2017 in review you can go here


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