My Personal 2016 Review

For the past 3 years or so I have taken time to complete my own personal review, and run workshops for anyone else that wants to join me in the process.

This year I have decided it might be helpful if I shared the actual process I go through and my thoughts and reflections.  

If this inspires you to do the same, then come join us for our FREE online workshop whereby we walk through the process giving you time to complete your own personal review and get clarity on what will make 2017 great for you.  

2016 Personal Review 

moving abroad

Firstly I pick a central word for the year, something that summarises my main intention for 2016 that word was to be Invested….  


- Invested in Matt
- Invested in the Kids
- Invested in Joburg
- Invested in my Career 

I also choose one quote to keep me going - 

moving abroad

The following are my highlights, lessons I have learnt the my low points and then I break these down into Health / Career / Home / Personal Development.  

Top Highlights / Things I am Proud Of

- The boys Christening and a weekend with great friends and family.  

- Lovely braai’s and fun times with friends and family who have visited us, or us visiting them!   

- Matt’s visa finally got approved.  

- Completed the Identity Project Online Course, and learnt new digital marketing skills.  

- Day trips for Matt and I. We went to Mumford and Sons, South Africa vs Ireland in the Rugby and the Soweto Derby Soccer. LOVED them.  

- Camping with friends.  

- Finally made it to Kenton, which has become our happy place. 

- Matt and I have both found health and fitness routines that work for us, running, and squash.     

Why have things gone well? Lessons Learnt 

Change has happened in the area’s where I got help. Investing in an expert. A big shift has happened in my health, and in my business due to employing a fantastic Personal Trainner, and experienced Business Coach. 
Process is more important than outcome. I have tried to focus on consistent action rather than worrying about what I will do If / when we move back to UK, or what career I will have once the kids are at school. I have tried to focus on the here and now, doing more of the things I love on a week by week basis, taking responsibility for my actions, rather than blaming people or situations, and sticking to a weekly routine. 

Low Points

- Working on 101 work projects - frustration and overwhelm.  
- Finance - wanted to save much more than we have!  
- Constant balance battle between how much time for friends and family and my work.  
- Saying goodbye to so many good friends this year.  


I wanted something that was social, and provided long term health and fitness. Wanted to be able to eat and drink without worrying about the additional weight, and to loose the weight and regain core strength after the twins. 

What has worked well: 

  • Nike run on a Tuesday night. 
  • The Park run on Saturday mornings.  
  • A running partner.  
  • Downloading audio books or podcasts to listen too.  
  • Personal Trainner  
  • Evaluating my diet (poor lunch and snack options) 

What hasn’t worked well

Tennis didn’t really work out, didn’t find anyone to play with, and the lessons were expensive and the time commitment needed to get good and play regularly is too high currently.  

Diet - when observing what I eat, it varies depending on the time of the month. Mainly my downfall is poor lunch and snack options.  

Family Health

To cook regular meals for the whole family, to eat home cooked meal 5 times a week.  

What worked well

- Pulled together collection of recipes in Evernote folder.  
- Variety of options for the kids lunch boxes  
- Ate more vegetarian food (meat free monday) 
- Good freezer options
- Found inspiration on Instagram  
- Batch Cooking on Saturday morning ( tied it into a routine (matt took kids swimming whilst I went for early morning run, and then cooked listening to a good podcast and made sure I had the ingredients I needed).  
- Ordering from Ucook particularly when we had visitors.  

What hasn’t worked

- Not so good lunch options for Matt and I  
- When go away at weekend, or we are busy, I lack the motivation to cook
- Lack routine for shopping and often over buy
- General shopping expenses are very high 

My Career 

I wanted to launch 3 profitable products this year, to create a sustainable business for me, something that was outside being a mum and wife, I wanted the kids to see Mummy and Daddy working, but a company that was was portable and flexible around the family (particularly our long holidays and school pick ups)!   

What worked well

 - Working at a co office working space  
- Hiring a Business Coach (who narrowed my focus, and kept me accountable).  
- Hiring Graphic Designer.  
- Learnt how to stop doing things and to say no.  
- Investing in specific digital courses to learn relevant skills.  
- Creating a weekly routine (set days for specific work projects and family time).  
- Creation of Translating Joburg Events (met great people, developed facilitation skills).  
- Learning new digital marketing skills.  
- Published on Huffington Post.  
- Consistency in writing and publishing (36 Blogs / Weekly newsletter), in turn grew my database. 

What didn’t work so well

- Underestimating the time needed to learn the skills necessary to create a product.  
- Trying to develop and work on numerous ideas, lacking clarity.  
- Miss working in Sport.  
- Easily distracted by other ideas and inspiration (particularly when opportunities came to support others, or to use personal strengths).  
- Procrastination and comparison. I spent way too much time on social media, “researching” / looking at how good other relocation companies are.   
- Failed to get recruited for a job back at an International sports federation which sucked! It was a great process to go through and made me remember the passion I have for sport. But it wasn't to be and I was greatful to have Translating Me to focus on, and know that one day I will do something back in the sport industry, just not now.    

Family / Home 

- Declutter our house (finish unpacking all shipment boxes).  
- Put picture’s up and create more homely feel to the house.   
- Creation of photobook for each Child and Year.  
- Family Holidays - book in camping and school holidays
- Invested specific time for Matt and I (one night a week “nice meal”, monthly date night, quarterly day trip, weekend away).  
- Get boys christened  
- Save deposit for house  
- Friends and Family  - make contact with friends and family each month. Holiday back to the UK to reconnect.    

What went well

- Boys Christening Weekend  
- Family Holidays  
- Kid free day trips Matt and I had
- Decluttered house (thanks to my dad for clearing the garage in December!)  
- Cleared through all our photo’s and backed them up.  

What didn't work out

- Finance, don't budget and so spend way too much!  
- Living abroad makes it harder to stay in touch with friends and family back home, we need to put better systems in place to be better at keeping in touch.  
- Whilst I cleared through photos I still haven’t printed out any albums.  

Spirituality / Personal Development

This has been the most neglected area for 2016. I enjoy my own time and space when I run, but I haven’t been good at journalling, or finding a church community.  

What went well  

- Running routine, 
- Nomads Podcast  
- Regularly Cooking and Baking
- Digital Marketing Skills (weekly reading articles and investing in online programmes and courses).  

What didn’t go well  

- Time I spend on social media  
- Lack of morning routine    
- Not part of a church community  
- Haven’t developed my Coaching skills 

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