Every January, I compile dozens of my favorite photos that encapsulate the past year and refer to the post as “*insert year here* in Photos” (here’s last year’s one!). I love the beginning of the year because I usually share my 2020 in photos and words so I remember all of my most memorable moments from the past 12 months. It’s easy to forget the best parts of the year when every month seems to blend together and these compilations are like an online photo album for me to sort through and share with ease. This 2021 in photos is slightly different than previous years but the same as last year because of COVID obviously, but I’m extremely lucky that I was still able to spend a lot of time outside with my friends and family and capture those moments. Most of my 2021 in photos were taken on picnics, walks, and outdoor meals so as not to risk getting sick or infecting others, but I also have a handful of selfies with my parents after we filmed our “watch the Baylor game with me and dad” videos every Saturday during football season (you can watch those on my TikTok)! I feel so lucky that my family and Hawaiʻi best friends here have stayed healthy and safe and I’m able to see them whenever I want, but I also miss my Texas best friends (and Texas food, specifically Taqueria El Crucero) and I can’t wait til I can go back to visit in March. Because I’ve mostly just been working and seeing my friends when I can, I initially thought I didn’t have a lot of pictures to include in this post, but holy shit was I wrong. I’ve experienced lots of life changes; recorded many accomplishments like my job promotion; multiple published articles by and about me; and have accepted new opportunities such as a part time job with Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice and contributing to Our Daily Bears with some of those experiences featured in this post. I hope you all enjoy this unnecessarily large allotment of selfies and memes I felt understood me more than anything this past year!