I started writing this on Christmas Eve 2021 – the 31st of December 2021 but of course I didn’t upload it in time. It seems that we are carrying procrastination well into 2022.
2021 has just gone ridiculously fast. I think a lot of us, including myself, are very grateful for all the good things that have happened in 2021 but we can’t be bloody thankful that 2021 is over. Good riddance.
2021 started off pretty great for me with trips planned to the Hunter Valley with friends prior to starting work from the Christmas break. Life seemed relatively normal for a few months with travel and going out on the table.
However, by late June 2021, Sydney started getting a COVID surge with a lockdown for the next 4 months. Whilst frustrating, we’ve all been through lockdowns in 2020. Somehow the lockdown in 2020 was more fulfilling and enjoyable. In 2020, I had gotten into fitness and daily walks, blogging, Tik Tok (very thankful for downloading that app that I thought was embarrassing at first) and finding hobbies that I enjoy (whilst failing but it’s all good fun).
During June and October 2021, I was fatigued. We all were. However, the state government has been an absolute shocker in letting COVID and the new variant, Omicron, completely rip. Now we go into New Years alarmed at the astounding amount of COVID cases.
Just like last year.
And that’s 2021.
Just before work started again, I was fortunate to spend a few days away at the Hunter Valley with friends. It’s so nice to catch up with old mates and just relax through countless wine tastings and food (what could be better). I survived another busy season in audit without much hassle so January was definitely a good month for me.
Pretty uneventful month besides eating at restaurants and bars. Although no one would think we would go into a 4 month lockdown just shortly after.
Left – Nobu at Crown Sydney
Right – Bar 83 at Sydney Tower
Honestly I don’t know why I’m doing a monthly recap – 2021 was an uneventful year for me in general. Let me leave you with a pretty sunset taken from my office (honestly the only perk of working after 6pm). I also managed to do my first run. Granted it was a 4km – and I walked most of it, it was a start. I remember starting 2020 really motivated and signed up for my first run which was postponed until 2021.
I wanted to not show up on the day but the motivation of a medal was enough for me.
My birthday month – 24 years around the sun. I was feeling old but also grateful. I enjoyed a birthday dinner at Restaurant Hubert, which specialises in French cuisine. I had always wanted to go there and it definitely did not disappoint. The highlights for me were definitely the escargots, beef tartare and pommes anna (it’s basically just potato but it’s so good!).
More food. For some reason, I was really into ordering coffees before work in May. I have this thing where I will rarely order from the same coffeeshop more than once. I’m not a coffee snob, I merely like trying from different places. If I felt fancy, I would splurge on a bacon and egg bun. You can’t go wrong with that – prove me wrong.
Left – Pavel & Co
Right – Chula – My first time trying a birria taco. So so good.
This pizza was like my last supper. I remember this and immediately going into a two week lockdown that got extended and extended until October. As COVID is treated like a state of emergency, the rules and situation is changing dynamically with new restrictions and rules in place every couple of days or so.
Once lockdown was announced, I immediately went towards my self care products and routine such as gua sha. Hopefully in 2022, I will be able to create more habitual self-care rituals that don’t involve Sydney going into a lockdown to finally use.
It was unfortunate to go back into lockdown. However, this month was filled with family dinners and birthdays (both my dad and brother have birthdays in July). If I felt like it, I would take walks to the beaches nearby. However, the 40 minute walk one way was grating to me.
Yes I was a lazy sack of sh*t in 2021.
Another uneventful month in lockdown. Let me leave you with pictures from my first vaccination appointment at Qudos Bank Arena. It was a really smooth process and it felt good to do my part. I did have a sore arm and fell sick shortly after but nothing major. It’s sort of ridiculous that it took this late to get my first Pfizer jab – thanks to the Australian government not ordering enough vaccines.
Another uneventful month in lockdown. Woolworths (a supermarket chain here in Australia) had this brick promotion where you could make your own mini supermarket. Boy was I obsessed – here’s a picture I took of my store. It looks so good – I was so proud of it.
It can prove tough to be working or studying remotely so I’m thankful when management send care packages to their employees (or in my case sugary snacks). This was the month I was also double vaxxed finally! Thankfully I had minimal side effects from the second Pfizer jab.
We finally came out of lockdown in mid-October. My October consisted of mostly eating out and being obsessed with my new Apple Watch. I was so excited to use it for swimming as it is water resistant. Literally less than 2 months later and now my watch screen is cracked 🙁 Very sad.
Tip: Purchase AppleCare if you are buying a watch. You’ll thank yourself later – repairing the screen is literally almost the same price as retail value.
Summer in Sydney this year has been slightly unusual – it’s rained an awful lot for summer. I decided to get my hair done after lockdown ended and to treat myself. I got it done at Toni & Guy Surry Hills and I really liked the final result with the balayage. It been quite low maintenance for me which is exactly my preference. Having long hair coloured is expensive in Sydney so I think I’ll stretch it as much as possible until I revisit a salon.
I also started a second job this month as a way to support myself. I also found that I had time available in my 9-5. I’ve only worked for about a month with about a shift a week so it hasn’t been too demanding. I took a picture at a salon near where I work since I like neon signs.
A COVID surge hit December to the point that every single person in Sydney at this point has or knows someone personally who has COVID. I was sick for half of December (not covid) but recovered just before Christmas. It was lovely to have time off work, spend more time at home with the family and you bet that I spent Christmas and New Years Eve exactly the way i like it – at home.
I also rocked a red lip and red nails for Christmas to get festive as seen pictured above.
Whilst I would say my 2021 was mostly uneventful, I was able to grow a lot during this year. It’s okay to slow down in life. I’m still grateful for all the memories I made, all the friends and family I have. This will only motivate me to have a better 2022.
So good riddance 2021. It was nice getting to know you – but you kind of sucked.