Bye Bye 2017. Hello Hello 2018.

Gosh, what a flipping year it has been.

I love looking back on the year and seeing what goals I have achieved and then setting some goals for the coming year.

2017 flew past. Like I genuinely can’t believe it is nearly 2018 and I am still shell-shocked that it is December. Time has FLOWN

Girl time apple watch


I have had a rather big year and ticked some HUGE items off my “Things I want to have done by the time I am 30” list.

  • I bought a house and moved in on the 5th of June. It’s been one of the biggest growth experiences of my life. Things have gone so wrong but then things have also gone so right. I have amazing neighbours (well, for the most part) and I am looking forward to 2018, I plan on renovating my kitchen, my bathroom and start to put my own unique touches with the help of my bae-friend to really make my flat a home.
  • I matched with the most amazing guy, and today it’s our 1yr anniversary. He has melted my cold cold heart and opened up my emotions which I hide from the world for such a long time.
  • I moved jobs, a lot. Twice this year to be exact. If you are not happy, move you are not a tree. I am a career girl through and through and I am so lucky that all my hard work and networking through the years has paid off and that I have been offered such wonderful opportunities.
  • We lost our farm. There are no words. It’s heart breaking. That’s all I have to say about that.
  • Mugabe is gone. I never thought I would see the day. I have been waiting and wishing terrible things on him and his family for what they have done to our beautiful country. I wish his family pain and suffering for what they have put so many people through. For the families who he has ruined, for the lives they have disrupted, for the birthdays, weddings and celebrations I have missed with my family and friends with everyone being forced to leave the to country make a better life for themselves elsewhere.


Going into 2018, there are some things I would like to achieve for myself. Some things that I have neglected this year.

  • Take control over my weight. I have put on about 5 – 7kgs this year. As someone who battles with weight 5-7kgs may not seem like a lot of panic over, but after being so obese my whole life the fear of ever getting fat again controls my WHOLE life. I think about it more than most men think about sex. So yeah, 100 plus times a day. I AM going to reach my goal weight of 78kgs this year. (I will!)
  • Take my blog and personal social profiles seriously. I have for the longest time put all my time and energy into building the social and digital profiles of the biggest brands in the country. 2018 is the year that I focus on “the Punkystarfish brand” (I feel like such a wanker for saying that and thinking I am or could be a brand, but if you don’t put it out there into the world, you’ll never know.)
  • Travel. I want to go overseas. Not 100% sure where yet, but somewhere. Let the saving begin (kitchen and bathroom first though)
  • Run more. I really really missed being able to put on my running shoes, a killer playlist and lose myself in running. I have not run the whole of 2017. I already started doing a couch to 5km challenge and I want to run more 10km races and aim to be doing one a week and try to do a Park run every weekend if I can.
  • Learn how to use my camera. I am the queen of buying expensive things and then not learning how to use them properly. I reached out to one of my favourite photographers, Jenty to help me and she said yes! (OMG!) I am really excited, Jenty is also just such a lovely person and someone who I always so enjoy bumping into when I do (isn’t Twitter cool that people you would never have met become friends over 140 characters. I love Twitter).
  • Make more time for my friends. I have been so loved up this year with my new relationship and going through the most stressful and emotionally draining 6 months of my life in 2017 that I didn’t make time for my friends, my chosen family a priority and I am VERY sad about that. 2018, more girls nights, more markets and talking nonsense over black coffee (the drink and the DJ)



It’s been a one hell of a year. At some points I didn’t think I could go on, and didn’t want to but it’s nearly over and time to reflect and embrace the opportunities of 2018.

I wish you all health, wealth and happiness.

See you in 2018.

  • Nadine Nienaber

    December 22, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    I am very very proud of you and all you achieved in 2017 and i know you will do even better in 2018 because you rock!!! I love love love you sister 😘😘😘😘😘

    • Justine

      December 22, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply

      Love love love you too Baba!

  • Alex Jordan

    December 22, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply

    I just love reading your posts and things so yay to more of it in 2018! Such a beautiful person inside and out! Happy anniversary and happy Christmas lovely! Z

    • Justine

      December 22, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply

      Adore you. Hope you are having the best holiday, I have FOMO.

  • Bronwynne Wiehl

    December 22, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    You’re very close to reaching one of your goals because I pretty much rate your social media “brand” quite highly! You’re entertaining but genuine. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead! All the best!

    • Justine

      December 22, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

      Argh Bron, I rate your social media brand rather highly too. Dat’s y we frendz man.

  • Stephanie Scorgie

    December 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Well done on reaching such massive goals this year hun! Onward and upwards for 2018 – may it be an amazing year for you <3

    • Justine

      December 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

      Thank you my honey! Same to you!

  • Michelle

    December 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Save to come to Houston!!! Xx

    • Justine

      December 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm Reply

      Already have!

  • Jack Rautenbach

    December 24, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply


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