2021: My year in photos.

A friend of mine once told me that they found these posts the most interesting, so I felt inspired to bring this series back. Here is my year in photos!

To be quite honest, comparatively speaking, this was probably one of the most uneventful years of my life. I’m definitely to blame, because life’s what you make it. But I think my sluggish pace this year came as a result of what felt like a massive burnout. That, combined with 2 years worth of not so great mental health days, left me feeling pretty stuck. 

But not all is lost. It will still always be the year that I achieved my biggest milestone: getting my undergraduate degree. And the big surprise, returning to Kenya for the first time in 6 yeeeeaars!! More on that later and maybe even a whole separate post. 

I’m a little bit terrified of 2022 because for the first time in my life, I don’t know what to expect. And the need to find employment is more pressing than ever (adulting!!). 

Without further ado, here is my year in pictures! 

New Year’s Day

As is tradition now, my mom, sister and I spent New Year’s Day in Cape St Francis with family friends. It’s so beautiful up there.

My sister’s birthday 

We celebrated my sister, Gloria’s birthday, the big 2-1 in St Francis Bay!

Beach swims

Beach days are always worth noting. A proper beach day, in my opinion, is one where you actually get in the water and get your head underwater! I want more of that next year.

Graduation 

Sometimes I feel like my education experience, especially in university, has been nothing but tears, frustration and struggling to do well, if at all. Not to be pessimistic about it! But the truth of the matter is, I really struggled, and I struggled a lot more than I thought I would. 

That’s why graduating came as a huge surprise. I still can’t believe that I got my undergrad, I’m so grateful.

My mom’s birthday 

We celebrated my mom’s birthday at The Coachman this year!

Neighbourhood walks/runs  

Staying home all day, everyday, because of online learning has been so painful. Going out for walks has been my saving grace! This year, my sister and I also joined our local run club (Super Social Run Club) for an afternoon run through Settlers Park and it was glorious. So looking forward to doing more of this next year as well.

I got vaccinated 

This pandemic is never-ending, lol. Even though I have multiple reservations about these vaccines, I still played my part and just got it done.

Municipal elections 

Voted for the third time ever, in our local municipal elections. I have my mom to thank for always keeping tabs on registration dates!

I started a YouTube channel

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at vlogging, so this year, I did. I’m still super new at it but here’s a link below to see how I’m doing so far!

Road-trips

We had some pretty epic road-trips this year, the most memorable being to Plettenberg Bay for the first time in over a decade! Had lunch at Beacon Island and visited the famous Robberg Nature Reserve, a must-visit when you’re in town.

I did another brand shoot

I’ve been wanting to do a swim shoot for a while now so it’s pretty serendipitous how this just happened! A small local business, Vagabond Vintage, put out an Instagram story asking for anyone in PE keen to model new swimwear and I sent a message saying I’d be happy to. 

I was intimidated at the thought but the day came, the shoot went well and was pretty relaxed. Sarah Morgan, who owns the business and was taking the photos, was so lovely, her sister Julia too! Kind people make any experience exponentially better. I’m so excited to do more of this in future!

Returning to Kenya 

This has to be the hugest, most significant thing to have happened all year. My dad bought my sister and I tickets to visit Kenya, for the first time in 6 years. Words won’t ever do enough justice to what this trip had meant. 

I’ll be speaking about this trip in detail in two separate posts. There’s so much on my heart about it. So for now, here’s a sunset photo of my sister and I at the airport!!

That marks the end of my recap! This year was so hard but it ended on the highest of highs! This is why I hold on to hope. You just have to keep waiting on tomorrow because life has a funny way of unfolding just the way that you need it to. 

I’m looking forward to 2022, not because I have anything specific planned but because time has shown me that there is beauty in the unknown. 

Happy New Year, friends!! 

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