2016 in retrospect: Reflection, appreciation & the best of everything – Happy New year


What a year 2016 was. As we welcome the New Year, it is important to take stock of 2016 and reflect on what we must do right in 2017. No doubts 2016 was a difficult year for some of us – nonetheless, I urge you not to dwell on the negatives and forget all the positive things that might have happened. For what it’s worth, you’re alive, hale and hearty to see 2017. Be grateful!

Because I am a perpetual optimist, I assumed everything will go along fine and said to myself not to set any goals for 2016 – Whatever happens happens. That was my first and biggest mistake of 2016. When you don’t set goals, you absolutely have no drive or zeal to achieve anything. You literally set yourself up for failure! I learnt the hard way. I felt unaccomplished, I had no achievements to be proud of and no satisfaction in my life. Goals gives you a sense of direction and you need that direction to get you to where you want to be. Don’t be like Tega of 2016, set some audacious goals for 2017 – focus and channel your potential and abilities into achieving them before the end of the year.

Related: 5 ways to stick to your New Year goals and resolutions

This 10 questions will help you reflect on different aspect of 2016 and get you prepared for 2017. Write your answers out and think them through; if possible discuss about them with a friend or partner.


  • If you have to describe 2016 in 3 words, what will they be?
  • What single achievement are you most proud of?
  • What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  • What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2016?
  • What one thing would you do differently and why?


  • What is your number one goal for 2017?
  • What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
  • Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
  • What do you want your everyday life to be like?
  • Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

Enough of the advice, I believe we are all set and ready to take 2017 head on. It’s gonna be a great year. Trust me!

Best of everything in 2016

Moments: My best moments of 2016 was my trip to Nigeria – Celebrating my birthday, seeing my friends and my dad after almost 3 years. Another moment was relaunching my blog.

Best picture

Best outfit

Best hairstyle

Best blog posts: Happiness is… and when life hands you lemons

Best quote: “You’re capable of more than others expect of you – even beyond your own most extravagant dreams”

Best decision: Rethink my blog vision and relaunch the blog

Best people: Millicent, Tolu, Rotimi, Allen, Timi, Cherie

Best place I visited: Dubai Miracle Garden


Nigerian music: Quiet a few – Falz – soft work, Adekunle goal – Ready, Ycee – Omo Alhaji, Run town – Mad over you and Mochedda – let me love you.

Foreign music: Into you – Ariana Grande

Gospel music: Onise Iyanu – Nathaniel Bassey

Fashion trend: Chokers

Book: Why men marry bitches and why men love bitches – Sherry Argov

YouTube channel: Patricia Bright

Web series: This is it (Every young couple should watch this)

Best Preacher: Joel Osteen

Movie: The fault in our starts

Movie series: Tyrant

Food: Biryani rice

Drink: Laban

Color: Mustard yellow

App: Vsco

Brand: Kylie Jenner comestics

Social Media: Instagram

Car: Hyundai Volester

Instagram page: @Instablog9ja

I skipped blogs I discovered and bloggers because I discovered so many blogs and made a few blogger friends I hard to pick a favorite.

This about all I can think of at the moment. So i’d just stop here.


For all that has encouraged me one way or the other, thank you. For my family and friends, thank you. For all of you who trusted me to design your websites, thank you. And for anyone who’s ever commented on my blog, commented on my social media platforms, sent an email or referred someone to my work… thank you. For my unique blog visitors and new visitors, you guys are amazing, and I couldn’t be happier doing what I love. Your support is overwhelming and much appreciated.

My prayer for you this year is that God gives you a plan and purpose for each day of 2017. I ask for your guidance and your direction. I ask for motivational zeal to accomplish your goals. I ask for divine grace, unmerited favours and blessings in abundant. May this year bring prosperity and joy for the rest of your life.

Have a great new year!

Be unapologetically and annoyingly happy this year. Don’t let any one dull your sparkle.

So what are some of your best things of 2016 and what are you looking forward to in 2017?


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  1. Happy new year Tega! Your blog relaunch is absolutely fabulous. 2016 did come with its lessons and the most important thing is learning and moving on to greater and better things. I’ve been hearing about “This is it”, would give it a try now that you’ve mentioned it again. I wish you a most blissful 2017. Cheers!

  2. Happy new year Tega!

    I have really missed your blog…………………i dey my lane since lol

    I love the way this write up is put together, you are really creative………….kudos dear.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, can i really describe last year? Well, 2016 was good but i’m more excited and expectant for what 2017 holds for me as i am sure that there is no way my former will ever be greater than my latter. (winks)

    So you watch Patricia Bright too?

    Here is wishing you a beautiful, exciting and adventurous 2017. May the year bring you good tidings all through. Be blessed!

    • Happy New Year dearie. May you fulfil all your heart desires for 2017. Open doors, divine favour and merited blessings shall all be your portion this year.
      Thanks dear and Amen!
      Yes! I love Pat and her beautiful family.

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