2017 In Retrospect: Review of My Year

December 31, 2017

While scrolling the news feed of my Instagram, I came across an instastory of an ex-schoolmate of mine. She shared these 12 questions which are quite interesting for me to reflect and to make a review of my 2017.

I don't really have a personal diary to keep this, so I am taking the risk to share it here. Nothing much for you guys to read, it is more to my own memory. Just hoping that things you've read will be kept exclusively here, especially those who knows me personally.


1. What were your top 10 greatest achievements in 2017?

Seems like I can't recall them. But, let me try.

  • Being in 3 countries for new year 2017. (Travel)
  • Finally graduated from a medical school. (Education)
  • Survived 6 years of living in a foreign country which now I miss it so much. (Life)
  • Europe trip 2.0 with my parents. (Travel)
  • Solo winter hike to Morskie Oko - 1,395 meters. (Travel)
  • Successfully help my family to organise my brother's wedding. Hello, my sister in law. :) (Life)
  • Managed to save money for future. (Financial)
  • Maintaining my body weight. (Fitness)
  • Ran my fastest 5km in less than 30 minutes. (Fitness)
  • Performed my first umrah with my parents. (Life)

Wow, not that bad :)

2. What were your top 10 greatest lessons in 2017?

Since I usually share life lessons I learned on the go on my Twitter, let me copy and paste them here. Some of them are my own thoughts, while the rest are either retweeted or quoted :)

  • "Procrastination is your enemy. It doesn't kill you. It destroys your future." 
  • "It is okay to make mistakes, but not repetitive mistakes without any attempts to change them."
  • "The real test of your character is when circumstances don't go the way you want. Will you then remain a kind, caring & good-hearted person?" 
  • "The hardest decision you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder."
  • "Always make time for your parents and treat them well. Because one day, when you look up from your phone, they won’t be there anymore"
  • "It's about trust. They gave freedom and please take care of it. Jangan rosakkan nama family. They will always trust you." 
  • "Do you still remember those days you prayed to have something you have now?"
  • "Don't just be good to others, be good to yourself too."
  • "Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, which sometimes help me and sometimes opposes me. - Imam Al-Ghazali"
  • "Remember Allah in your time of ease and He will remember you in your time of difficulty."


3. What was the biggest risk you took in 2017? 

I took a huge step to involve myself in a relationship with the goal of marriage. Wow, such a confession. T_T But, it did not end well. It was complicated and confusing enough but I guess it ended for our own good? 

Just please pray for me that I will totally let it go (still on my way to, I can do this!) and refresh my mind that I will met someone better for me. 

4. What was the smartest decision you made?

Backing off from anything that will hurt me more, before I continue sacrificing my self-worth.

5. What three important relationships that have improved the most?

With my parents. Well, I've stayed away from home for quite a long time. It was a bit hard to adapt with the fact that they are growing older. But, this is something that I have improved and still need to improve myself - taking good care of them. 

With my brother. Haha we never go a day without sibling arguments. Biasalah, setiap masa ada je benda nak annoy each other. :D :D But, I think this improved so much than before.  

With my long-lost friends. I tried to reconnect with friends whom I've not contacted since ages. Alhamdulillah, it feels great to be able to reach each other and talk about random stuffs and life.

6. Who are the three people who have had a huge impact on your life in 2017?

  • That someone. I can't say I regret knowing each other. One of the impressive people I've met, but luck was not on our side.
  • Ayah. The moment when he can keep calm and be diplomatic much when handling issues involving emotions, I mean if it is me, I might turn into a hulk.
  • My cousin. She is strong enough to face A LOT OF CHALLENGES before her wedding ceremony! Serious sprained ankle. Chickenpox. Job problems. 

7. What are the three compliments you would have liked to have been given to you in 2017?

  • "You have done a good job, in mostly everything. It is the effort that counts. Nevertheless, you did great! :)"
  • "It is okay not to achieve that something right now, your time will come and you will shine!"
  • "You are a strong girl, I know. But, please know that it is okay to cry. Let it out, let it go."

Credit - http://notsalmon.com/2015/06/24/positive-quotes/

8. What are the three things you are most grateful for? 

  • A brand new day, every time I wake up in the morning. Another day to explore.
  • Never ending support from my family. 
  • Feeling of contentment somehow despite the struggles. 

9. What one word sums up your entire 2017?


Quoted from my cousin -
"2017? A year with the most challenges, with the most rizq (rezeki), with the saddest events and with the happiest moments."

Agree with that :)

Credit - http://notsalmon.com/2015/06/24/positive-quotes/

10. What are the three biggest necessary endings for you before 2017?

  • Procrastination.
  • Disagree in childish manner with parents.
  • Overthinking. 

11. What are the three habits that you would like to develop entering into 2018?

  • Consistent with amalan sunat.
  • 5km run at least 3x a week. 
  • Berlapang dada, be more grateful.

Credit - http://www.gravetics.com/40-beautiful-smile-quotes-that-brighten-your-day/

12. What is the one word/sentence that describes your theme for 2018?

Embracing uncertainty.


I am looking forward for another amazing year. 
Hello 2018! :)

Credit: Jeevan Sahadevan

SS, Perak, Malaysia

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