It’s that time of year, where I do my annual round-up of ‘the year that was’. I took a quick look at my blog categories, and it hit me that this is my tenth edition of doing this! And to think I considered not doing one this year. For anyone new to my blog, here’s a link to the previous ones I’ve done: https://www.nafisa.co.za/category/personal/
If you’d like to answer these on your blog or Instagram, feel free to tag me so I can see it. If you don’t have a blog, use my comments section below 🙂
1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
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[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]I watched a football match in Europe (Real Madrid vs Espanyol in 0°C in Barcelona)[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Took an interstate train trip from New York City to Philadelphia.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Went on a solo overseas holiday for my birthday (very different to a business trip)[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Got to drive a big-ass truck on a skidpan.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Went on live TV twice (a big deal for me, didn’t have to take anxiety tablets for the second one)[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Visited a cat café in Tokyo.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Drove an i8![/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]Had an OOTD shoot done for the first time ever.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”thumb-tack” icon_color=””]At age 35, bought my first foundation (just to wear concealer).[/list_item]
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Plot twist… I’m making a resolution next year! That is to eat clean and healthy for 5 days a week. I’ve got a few days left on Rushda’s GlowCleanse four-week eating plan and I’ve unlearnt and relearnt so much about food; and the impact of what I’ve been putting into my body over the years. I don’t believe in cutting things out completely so weekends will be kept for splurging, burgers, desserts, etc. Along with the healthy eating, I want to maintain my four-day-a-week exercise routine.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
Not sure yet, I may just spend it indoors for a change as I will be in colder climates.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Vietnam, Spain, USA, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, UK, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Czechia.
6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
The guts to unfollow people on social media who constantly share bad customer experience. I am in the minority here but I follow people on Twitter who have interesting things to say, links to share, or are witty/funny/interesting; NOT people who only retweet others, enter spammy competitions, retweet all their replies and compliments, are inactive, or complain about every single brand. If you want to complain, tweet directly to the brand, cos surprise, surprise… idgaf.
7. What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
5 April – the day before my birthday (was meant to be on my birthday but the weather had other plans), I opted to do a private tour of Lisbon and Sintra by a 1971 VW Beetle convertible. It was beyond epic.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Managing to lose the extra weight I put on over the years. I know I may not look like I have it due to my height, but it’s all there, thanks to the countless Tinkies (and tons of other crap) I’ve been having with my evening tea every night. One of the reasons I wanted to do GlowCleanse, aside from the wonderful reviews, is to experience for myself first hand how diet is key to losing weight, and not necessarily exercise. I’ve lost a total of 3.8kgs this year. I’m so into eating clean now.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not completing the Kayla Itsines BBG guide. It got difficult to do in my hotel room during my travels as my days were full with no free time, and when I got back to SA, I injured my ankle. I made it to week 8 of 12, which I think was pretty good. I am determined to try it again next year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A Gucci belt. I’m obsessed with Gucci after receiving a pair of sneakers for my wedding anniversary. I also saw recently that Gucci won Brand of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018. Not surprised 😉
12. Where did most of your money go?
Extending my business trips to travel and see more of the countries I was in. I’m too afraid to calculate those costs, eek.
13. What song will always remind you of 2018?
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Watch Instagram Stories. It’s like watching reality TV of the most mundane things, and it’s getting exhausting. In the same breath, I’ve cut down on how much I post and went through inactive phases.
16. What was your favourite TV program?
Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it, I’m totally judging you! (Current affairs delivered in a way only Minhaj can).
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Bitch please… too busy to hate other people.
18. What was the best book you read?
Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs (almost done with it). I am starting Michelle Obama’s book next week when I’m on holiday so this could change.
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn’t necessarily find new artists but I’ve been listening to a lot of 80s playlists on Spotify and rediscovered New Order.
20. What was your favourite film of this year?
Black Panther #WakandaForever
21. What did you do on your birthday?
I went on a solo birthday trip to Lisbon, and had the most epic day while it rained. Visited the Time Out food market, the science & tech museum + coolest exhibition, and a trip to the oceanarium. By the end of the day I was tired and got myself some Indian takeout and went back to my cute Airbnb to read a book.
22. What kept you sane?
23. Who did you miss?
My dear friends Faranaaz and Sameer who left South Africa a year ago. We used to meet twice a month to play boardgames and do so many other fun stuff together. I miss those days.
24. Who was the best new person you met?
I’m fortunate to be in a position where I always meet new people so I’m not going to single anyone out. I ‘met’ a bunch of wonderful ladies online who sent messages of support when I started the GlowCleanse diet; and I always get to meet people from around the world during my travels and we keep in touch on social media.
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018:
Don’t expect people in your life to always be happy for you.
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).