The Month That Was

May 2018 Reflections

Welcome to a brand new month! We’ve officially hit winter and honestly, I’m a bit disappointed. I’m not a fan of the cold and June means it’s just the beginning. Sure, I know I’m not in a country where it snows but I think it kinda makes it worse because our houses are not set up for the cold. Anyway, I’ll stop whinging about the weather and instead, look back at the month of May.

What I wrote in May 2018

I didn’t write or edit my work-in-progress as much as I would’ve liked this past month. I did work on a couple of chapters especially after my writers’ group at the end of April but there’s more I need to do. I have had time though, to let my characters develop in my head, to think about my story, to try and understand a bit more. Hopefully, I will work on it much more this month as I want to set myself a bit of a deadline. Plus I’m attending the Kids and YA Festival being run by Writing NSW at the end of this month and there’s apparently a pitch session; so I definitely want to have something of a decent standard by then. All I need now are accountability partners!

I have been writing a bit of poetry on the side and also wrote one on the blog. However, there hasn’t been much other creative work and certainly no entries for competitions.

What I read in May 2018

Just like my writing, my reading also took a hit in May. I read a couple of books though and enjoyed both of them. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland was a really good read as was Tim Winton’s Breath. I’ll post reviews of both soon.

On the blog in May 2018

Like the month before, the blog took a bit of a hit too. I reviewed a couple of books – See what I have done and Remind me how this ends – wrote the one poem and my weekly gratitude posts. The only time I didn’t write my gratitude post was the final week and that’s because I was away and didn’t have WiFi on the day I usually post.

Health in May 2018

My health has been pretty good this past month even though there was a bit of a scare of a sore throat. I’ve continued to exercise most weeks and also managed to score some personal bests in terms of how much I could lift. It’s something I’m obviously quite stoked about. The cold weather is not fun though for my early mornings but I’m hoping to push through it.

Life in May 2018

May was a good month. I was busy but also enjoyed most of the month. It was a month I met some new people, continued to hang out with friends, hosted a lunch for work friends, had dinners with other friends and had my book club meetup. I also went away on a road trip up north for about six days. I fell in love with Byron Bay, enjoyed sharing the trip with someone special and appreciated having some downtime. I liked that we didn’t plan anything specifically – we camped for two of the nights at different spots and then stayed in motels for the rest. I definitely want to go back to visit Byron Bay for a slightly longer period and explore more of what it and the neighbouring places have to offer.

I also started some private practice work in May and it’s been enjoyable so far. Of course, time will tell how I feel about it and I am giving it twelve months. Work has been a bit stressful but I have also had some new clients I’m looking forward to working with. Due to some incidents through other friends, I have been more acutely aware of the unpredictability of life and have been writing my thoughts about that separately.

Highlight of May 2018

Without a doubt, the highlight of May 2018 was the road trip in the last week of the month. And sharing lots of special moments including swimming at the beach, eating good food, finding amazing coffee, watching the sunrise, camping, and having wine and enjoyable conversations at the beach.

Lowlight of May 2018

The only lowlight was some anxiety on my part this month. It flares up at the worst of times and while most of the time, I have a good handle on it, there were a couple of times this month when I didn’t.

Lessons from May 2018

Try to be in the moment in spite of any anxiety. It’s important to notice the latter and yet, tolerate the discomfort that comes with it.

So that May for me. Lots to smile about. A lot that was intellectually and professionally challenging {in a good way}. And while there wasn’t much on the writing front, I’m aiming to change that this month. Here’s welcoming a freezing June with open arms and warm jumpers!

How was May for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her monthly gratitude circle***

Until next time,

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  • shanayatales
    1 June 2018 at 6:46 am

    I love the way you touch on all the different highlights of the month. I am glad you enjoyed your trip!

    As far as accountability is concerned, do you have a critique partner? I follow this writer on social media who recently hosted an event which was basically about finding & connecting with CPs. If you are interested, ping me on any social media platform, and I’ll share the link to the video & also check if the networking event is still open.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      1 June 2018 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Shantala! I think I got the idea to cover all the different aspects from you! I do have a writing group I’m a part of but so far, we’ve only shared a few chapters. I might actually email them to help keep me accountable regardless of whether they can read the entire thing!

  • Lata Sunil
    1 June 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Your May was so full. I like your dedicated writing, something I aspire for.
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  • Soumya
    2 June 2018 at 12:41 am

    I love the way you summarize your month, it is so detailed and so packed!

    I love your dedication to writing and fitness. You and Rachna will continue to be my inspirations on this regard. You guys simply rock!

    I loved your travel images on Instagram. You better prepare yourself for the cold. Like you, I don’t take it to cold very well. The sun and the beach any day for me. Here in India, the summer was less harsh this year and it is almost monsoon now.

    Looking forward to your book reviews as your reviews are something that I can always trust!
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  • Rachna Parmar
    2 June 2018 at 12:33 pm

    That was a decent month for you, Sanch despite the setbacks on the reading and writing fronts. Good to hear about your trip and that you are spending quality time with friends. Good on you for reaching new highs in lifting weights. Great going!

    I am glad that you are consciously making efforts to address the anxiety. I also realized that I tend to drive myself nuts with worry over things not under my control. The realization helped me take corrective steps. Wish you a happy June, Sanch.

  • Shailaja Vishwanath
    3 June 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Despite the reduced writing and reading, I am so glad you managed to do so much else! You’re a star in so many ways. Your fitness goals are really inspiring, Sanch. And the writing and reading will happen when the time is right, so no stressing there.

    Sorry to hear about the anxiety and I hope things improve in June. And hope the Winter treats you well too. Sending you warm vibes for the month ahead.
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  • Balaka Basu
    3 June 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I would say you had a relatively good month. Perhaps the reading and writing took a hit but you did so many other things. I like your dedication.

  • shalzmojo
    7 June 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Your May sounds exciting Sanch- glad you relaxed and had fun; its so essential to just be!! Your writing seems to be going places as I have been reading in the past few posts; waiting to see what your master piece is all about – good luck with that. I wish I had some neat writing workshops around me, wanna polish up my writing too.

    I love winters and wish this hot and sultry weather would change into winters pronto!!

    Cheers for a happy and fulfilling June!