2016 in review


By far 2016 has been the most challenging and rewarding year of my life.

The year in review:

  • January – Started Blogging
  • February – Decided to look for another job opportunity – Left my job
  • March – Started a new job
  • April – Went through step 1 of leaving a relationship
  • May – Cut the umbilical cord from my parents and gained independence
  • June – Permanent employment
  • July – Started settling into work
  • August – Went on a few dates (Because my sister insisted I put myself “Out there”)
  • September – Birthday Shenanigans
  • October – Lost my phone on a night out & learnt the importance of drinking water when partying
  • November – Finally let go of a 2 year relationship
  • December – Found contentment in authenticity

I’ve always heard people speak about having no regrets and never understanding this phrase, but looking back there is nothing I would have done differently… except maybe eat more chocolate and pizza.

Seriously though, I’ve always said If I could relive a year it would be 2014, although I was heartbroken through-out the year, it taught me the importance of self worth, strength and courage. Given the opportunity now, I would relive 2016 because it has taught me so much about the human character, authenticity, loyalty, responsibility, standing up for what you believe in and just how exhausting it is trying to please everyone.

Being a victim of my own condemnation for 20 something years, I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t have another 20 something years to school people about my character and flaws and getting them to accept me for who I am. I always find myself explaining to others “I have a low tolerance of people, I get exhausted once I spend too much time with them” “I am actually quite shy” “I am intrigued by these “Bad People” because I know there’s a story behind that”. Majority of the time when people ask you to be yourself, they normally mean be the version of yourself which is acceptable to them. 2016 has taught me to be unapologetic about my truth, if it makes people uncomfortable they can remove themselves from the situation.

I’ve been labelled as “Gullible” more times than I can recall, however, I’ve come to the realisation that the one giving the warning is equally, if not more dangerous, than the one the warning is about. Humanity is flawed but we are the greatest judges of each other.

I am a believer in people and I refuse to let the human species take that away from me. Working, earning a great salary and getting “stuff” is a temporary high, connecting with people and their soul, vibrating on the same frequency with others, spiritual and academic stimulation, those are invaluable experiences. I am honoured to have connected with so many people on a deeper level.

Here’s to what’s been an incredible, self-acceptance, interesting and by far a phenomenal year in terms of growth. I cannot wait for an even better 2017!!!!


Published by Sibahle Teyise

Mholo, Hello, Groete, Sawubona, Lotjhani, Dumela, Ndaa, Avuxeni! I’m Sibahle Teyise, JAGWAT founder and head content writer. I have an Undergraduate Degree from UCT majoring in Public Policy and Literature, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma from UCT specialising in Marketing, Events Management and Business Communication. I am an author under construction, working on my book to be published soon- "When It Happens For Girls Like Us". I started JAGWAT in 2017, following the success of my personal blog - Tales Of The Mute. The inspiration to start JAGWAT came after hearing the sad stories of women being murdered on a daily basis, the violence against women as well as the many stories of women taking their own lives because of suffering in silence. JAGWAT provides a platform for women to take back the power by sharing their stories on a public central platform and with this, they show other women that they are not alone. I believe that when women stand together great things happen. No women should suffer in silence and the more we speak up as women and create a sisterhood and support group, the more powerful we can become. I am passionate about communities with women from disadvantaged backgrounds and JAGWAT supports Women Initiatives as well as making a difference in various schools from the township by offering assistance to learners in the form of mentorship and tutoring. I am a self-proclaimed book-worm and although I am a shy person, I am a motivational public speaker. I was heavily bullied in primary as well as high school and I am extremely passionate about Anti-Bullying campaigns and initiatives. I read, I write, I gym, I pray, I cycle, , I hike, I run, and pretty much everything in between. I am a weight loss motivator having lost 16kg in the past 2 years, which is quite an achievement for someone who can’t cook. (Thank GOD for food that can easily be boiled!!) I am a firm believer that an empowered women can empower other women and JAGWAT aims to be that platform for Women Empowerment. On a lighter note: I have the worst music playlist in the history of playlists.

20 thoughts on “2016 in review

    1. I will always have nothing but eternal love for you. You are an incredible human being and such a kind soul. I appreciate your support and I appreciate you, thank you C.


  1. I only know you for a year now, and I would never say that you had such a bad year, last year? you always had a smile on you face. You are always friendly and helpful, and you are definitely an inspiration for a lot of woman! I cannot wait to meet with you!!!


    1. Thank you my friend, it was not so much as a bad year, it was just a challenging year which enabled me to grow up in the most tremendous way. I appreciate your support and kind words.


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