This is normally where I would say you could listen to the post, but this post has too many pictures to listen to it. Enjoy this one with your eyeballs, please. Thanks 🙂
The year 2021 is coming to a close. In my opinion it has been the longest year of my life.
I don’t necessarily mean this in a bad way, it just has been long. Actually, a more accurate representation would be “looooooooong.”
I have heard multiple people say that 2021 was the fastest year ever and I nearly choke every time I hear that because what?!!!
If this year flew for you, congratulations I guess (unless it went by too quickly, then I’m sorry). If this year was the longest year ever for you as well, welcome to the club.
When I say this year was long, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. In fact, maybe it’s a great thing. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m running out of time, and this year did not disappoint me in that respect.
I feel like I learned a whole heck of a lot about society, myself, history, and just general life knowledge in the past year.
I am grateful for all that I have learned and gotten to do in this long year and I wanted to do my year in a recap. Little blurbs from each month (probably a highlight because y’all didn’t come here to hear about the lows I’m assuming) and I am doing it with pictures! I am also going to rate the experiences which is an idea I got from John Green and his book The Anthropocene Reviewed.
In January I went on a beautiful walk with my father. The trees were coated in snow and we walked from the very edge of my town to my house. My mom dropped us off and my dad maybe had us take some shortcuts through backyards of the wealthy (or at least large-housed individuals). It was great! I love a good snowy walk. I give this experience 8/10.
In February, I let my father shave off the bottom part of my hair. It felt freeing and it was just a foreshadowing of what was to come with my hair. I eventually chopped my hair off in May, which you may see ;). This was the second time in my life I have had an undercut and they are great, except when you want to grow them out and then they are not fun. I give undercuts/dad haircuts 8.3/10.
In March, I got to witness a cat have kittens. I had never seen such tiny kittens in my life and it was so amazing watching them go from not opening their eyes to walking around. The cat was a stray that the family I nanny for starting caring for. It was extra fun to watch my kiddo fall in love with the teeny tiny kitties and squeal with delight at them. I rate baby kitties 7/10.
In April my dad and I went to my grandma’s house and picked up trash on Earth Day. We collected this much in about 30 minutes. I believe every day should be considered Earth Day and we should all care more about this beautiful planet we get to call home. I rate picking up trash to help the environment 7.3/10.
In May I went on a family vacation (the last one as five because our next trip had the doggo Milo and there may be a surprise in store in December hehe) to Florida. It was great to get away with the family while enjoying the white sand beaches. My favorite thing is walking the beach barefoot at sunrise. I rate sunrise beach walks 10/10.
June was a very busy month for me. I had clients I was coaching, writing blog posts, recording a podcast, teaching elementary and pre school students about acting, nannying, and doing school. The one thing that was always lovely and relaxing was having family dinners that my dad would grill. I love these packs I would have him grill that were full of veggies and beans. I would top them with a seed or nut and ketchup, because yum. I rate grilled vegetables 7.5/10.
In July I got to go on a work trip to Tennessee. We went to Knoxville and we were there for a few weeks. It was lots of fun being with my kiddo I nanny and to be in a new place. This was the view of a sunset one night from my room. I had so much fun and honestly didn’t even really feel like I was working most of the time. I rate work trips 9/10.
In August I got my hair trimmed and then I went shopping with my mom. This outfit is actually what I was going to wear to a wedding that I ended up not attending because of Covid. This is taken in my grandma’s garage and I was so excited to show her my hair and outfit. I always love showing my grandma things and telling her about my life because she always knows just what to say and she always makes me feel heard and important. I rate grandma time 10/10.
In September I turned 25. To process my feelings about getting older I enjoyed spending a lot of time in nature. This picture was taken one day when I got off of work early and my dad and I went hiking at a state park in Minnesota. The day genuinely could not have been any more beautiful. The leaves were a great color and the temperature was perfect. I rate nature walks in the fall 10/10.
In October the big bad C made its way into my house, aka Covid. My mom caught it. This was taken on the day she got out of isolation and my dad and my first day of our hiking trip (thankfully our trip was amazing and maybe I’ll talk about that in a future post). It felt like a new way of a family picture that really describes what time period it’s from. Modern technology and science helped us get through the scary time that arrived. I rate Covid 0/10.
In November my kiddo was given this blue wig which was supposed to be like Sisu’s hair from Raya and the Last Dragon. The movie is very cute and I think it has a good message in it as well. The kiddo I nanny wanted me to have this wig on and she would have the biggest smile on her face every time she saw me with this hair. I spent a lot of November with this wig on my head. I rate itchy thrift store wigs 2/10.
December was (and is because it still is December when I’m writing this and will also be in a few weeks when you read this) an exciting month. This is the month that I got to welcome my very first niece or nephew into the world. I was blessed with a beautiful niece, Madi. She is one strong, healthy, cuddly, little (well actually not at all little, she was over 9 pounds, my poor tiny sister-in-law oof) lady and I can’t wait to watch her grow. I already decided for the both of us that we are going to be best buddies. I am so proud of my brother and sister-in-law for creating this human and they are already the best parents. I rate Madi 10/10.
Like I said, 2021 was a long one. A good one, tough one, fun one, scary one, rewarding one.
Lots of emotions were felt throughout this year and lots of learning opportunities came about. I am grateful for the life I lived this year and I look forward to next year.
I hope you had a lovely 2021, and that 2022 is even better for you.
Happy Holidays and I’ll see you in the New Year!