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The Year that was.

The past 12 months brought us a lot of pain, uncertainty, and endless fatigue. We never thought we would make it this far, but we did anyway. Despite everything, we found a way to live and love again.

By the grace of God, we managed to win some battles we fought. And we are yet to see what this year has in store for us.

I also became a little more lenient to myself. I have always put pressure and never had an opportunity to reflect on some good things I have achieved. In my previous post, I wrote a letter to myself, and it felt good because I wrote it with tolerance and became more understanding. Check it out here http://sanctuaryofgreatness.co.za/2021/12/23/a-letter-to-myself/.

Below are self-reflection questions about the last 12 months. One of my incredible friends Nafisa, comp compiled these questions as a reflection for 2021, and I thought it was a good idea for me, as someone who never journals reflections.

What did you do in 2021 that you’d never done before?

  • Got to meet one of the iconic women I look up to. The great thing was that the meeting occurred at the event which I coordinated to make it a success.
    I was more spiritually inclined this year than ever and looking forward to next year. I made more money than the previous years though I was unemployed for the most time this year. I also became an editor for a local magazine.

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

  • It is a yes and a no. I kept some and others I am willing to take with me in the new year amd to challenge myself. However, I am determined to be lenient with myself this year. No pressure on my side. I am taking one step at a time.

How did you spend New Year’s Eve?

  • My siblings went on a holiday. I was home with my mother. Usually, we go to church, but due to covid, services had been prohibited.

Did anyone close to you die?

  • Sadly yes. It is painful to lose people closest to us.

What countries did you visit?

  • None this year, due to covid.

What would you like to have in 2022 that you lacked in 2021?

  • Consistency. I would like to see myself being consistent on the things I want to achieve.
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What date from 2021 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • 24 August 2021
    The day we buried my brother-in-law.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • I cherished every opportunity given to me. My hugest achievement this year would be that I showed up for every opportunity given to me. In the past, I did not always show up for myself. It was a great feeling to do that for myself.

What was your biggest failure?

  • I failed to maximize my truest potential. At some point, I permitted circumstances to define me.

Did you suffer illness or injury

  • Not at all

What song will always remind you of 2021?

  • Easy on Me by Adele
Photo : Adele’s official Facebook page

What do you wish you had done more of?

  • I wish I had more conversations with those close to me. My friends, family, and cousins. I am naturally a nice person, but I wish I spent more time with my loved ones to know them much better. Covid isolated us a lot.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Look at how much people thought about me. I valued a lot of people’s thoughts about me. I am wiser now, and I know better. People’s opinions are fickle, they will say this today, and something else tomorrow.

What was your favorite TV program?

  • Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja

What was the best book you read?

  • Woman Evolve by Sarah Jakes.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • Music is esprit.

What did you do on your birthday?

Lil sister and I.
  • I spent it with my little sister. We went out for lunch. I also received multiple gifts and ewallets from friends and family.

What kept you sane?

  • The word of God and Prayer. And of course, my beloved blogging community.

Who did you miss?

  • The ladies from Women of Influence gatherings. The number of attendance had lowered due to covid, and I cannot wait for the ladies to be in ample attendance.

Who was the best new person you met?

  • Moksha. https://thenirvanatales.com/2021/12/25/my-2021-favourites/
    A wonderful person who inspires me a lot. She spends half her time traveling, blogging, and running a successful business, Moksha life in India. I am hoping we get to meet in person as time allows. Earlier this year, we collaborated on a post comparing the effects of the pandemic between South Africa and India. https://sanctuaryofgreatness.co.za/2021/04/28/the-side-effects-of-the-pandemic-india-and-south-africa/.
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Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2021.

  • I made a list of lessons this year here https://sanctuaryofgreatness.co.za/2021/12/22/12-lessons-i-learnt-this-year/. The greatest of them all is Gratitude. I learned to be grateful for everything happening in my life.

I believe 2022 will be the year of growth, purpose, and intentionality. Happiest New Year everyone.
Be blessed!!

From my heart to yours
Cheers.

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Evidence Mutumbu

    Great reflections.
    As you look back, may you be strengthened to move forward by those milestones!

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much mate. I truly appreciate it. We had a year of so many *sighs* but we made it. Looking forward to seeing what 2022 has in store for us. I truly appreciate you.
      Thank you so much for your continued support.

      And Happpppppyyyy Newwww Yearrr👏👏👏👏👏👏

      1. Evidence Mutumbu

        Compliments of the new season to you too and thank you for your continued mutual support too!

        1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

          You are most welcome

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much
      I truly appreciate it. May you also have a blessed New Year filled with more opportunities and Love.
      You are amazing

  2. Happy Panda

    Girllllllll, I teared up reading the shout out – so unexpected and totally mad my Sunday. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad to have met you too and hope to meet in real life soon. ❤️🤗

    I wish I had talked to close ones more too. I’m an introvert and was even more isolated during this past 2 years. Trying to work on spending more time with those close to me.

    Your hard work truly makes me so so proud of you, sister. Here’s wishing you so much success and happiness in 2022. 🤗
    Here’s hoping for a better and peaceful 2022 for all of us. ❤️

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      You are most welcome sissy❤❤
      I truly appreciate you.

      I think we should not feel guilty of not having been able to talk with our closed ones more. Covid isolated us and one of the effects was to make us believe that we can make it even without talking to our loved ones.
      Peaceful and a better 2022 for you. I love you dearly

  3. Anthonia

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Happy new year ❤

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you Anthonia
      Happiest blessed New Year.
      I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I love you so dearly

      1. Anthonia

        I love you too dear ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. AKwafrigeria

    This is so cool, you a had a great year, this one will be greater ❤️

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Absolutely true
      Looking forward to see what this year has in store for us

  5. wendaswindowcom

    I remember your post about a road trip you took with your sister and her husband. You had to go way up high and it looked scary but so beautiful. Is that your brother-in-law that you lost this past year?

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Yes its him mommy
      He’s the one I went on a road trio with earlier last year. We lost him from covid. It was devastating, but we are holding on and prayer has been our hiding place

      1. wendaswindowcom

        That just breaks my heart. He did look like he was taking good care of you and your sister that day. What is her name so I can pray for her? She is just too young to be a widow. I love you all so much. Hope you are doing well!

        1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

          😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
          Ahhhhh mommy you are making me emotional. Thank you so much for your support. You’ve been my strength all around. I appreciate it
          My sister’s name is Delphina. We would really appreciate your prayers. She is getting better by day, with out prayers I know she will overcome and live to testify of everything that Gid has done for her.
          I love you so much

          1. wendaswindowcom

            I prayed about what to say to you. You are both so special to the Lord. I know I would not change a thing He allowed in My life. I am so very happy today. I get to be with Jesus in ways I could not be If My husband, Gary and daughter, Melanie had not passed when they did. The Lord knows what we need when we only see the pain, He sees the good outcome. Just hang on to Him and I know He has a great plan for the both of you. This is preparing you for it. You just cannot help being around overcoming women! Must be a reason! Love you, Love you, Love you!

          2. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

            I love you and highly appreciate you mommy. You are an angel sent by God to me. I love you dearly❤❤❤

          3. wendaswindowcom

            I love You, too. You are so special to me! You have such a sweetness that brings comfort to others that you do not even know. Take care, Sweet Shazzy!

          4. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

            I just want to cry mommy
            I love you🧡🧡

  6. Pooja G

    Really enjoyed your reflections about 2021 and I hope you have an amazing 2022.

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Ohh thank you so much dearest
      The year has started and grateful that we made it this far. Thank you so much

  7. Wonani

    I have a lot to say but first, I don’t know how I somehow wasn’t following your blog anymore? Your posts just disappeared from my feed. Regardless, I’m happy to see you again and so glad to see everything you did last year. It definitely had it’s ups and downs. I hope you have a blessed 2022.

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Blessed year awaits my dearest🤗🤗

      Ohh it hinknits because I moved my site so that’s why you were not able to see some of posts on your feed.
      Anyways thank you so much for coming back to check on me. Much appreciated

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much sis❤❤❤

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much
      We are still captured by the grace of God

  8. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

    Truly agree

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