The Month That Was

March 2019 Reflections

Welcome to April, my lovely readers! Three months down of 2019 and while on the one hand, it still feels like we just rung in the new year, on the other hand, there is this sense of exhaustion that indicates it’s time for holidays! There’s a definite chill in the air Down Under and that makes me sad because it means my after-work swims are definitely done and weekend swims will be few and far between. I’m struggling with seasonal affective disorder as I begin the countdown to next summer! Anyway, as always, I like to start the new month by reflecting on the one just gone. So here’s a wrap-up of March 2019.

What I wrote in March 2019

I didn’t write much initially in March – thanks to the after-effects of the forced hiatus, I stopped my creative writing on this space. I tried to write poetry and essays in my notebook but for some reason it didn’t flow. In the end, thanks to health issues {more on that later}, I decided to write again on this blog. Freely and bravely. I wrote two poems in response to two different Wednesday Verses prompt. If you haven’t read them, you can – Four-letter words and a haiku on Summer.

What I read in March 2019

I read a lot in March – I finished a whopping 8 books. I think partly because I wasn’t writing as much, I spent my time escaping in books. Plus there were some awesome books that were hard to put down. My favourite this month has to be Normal People by Sally Rooney {review to come soon}. I also read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas {review to come}, Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume {review to come}, Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell {review to come}, Piecing me together by Renee Watson, Lessons in forgetting by Anita Nair and Persuasion by Jane Austen. I also ended up finishing Erin’s Challenge this month.

Blogging in March 2019

The month started mainly with book reviews and protected gratitude posts. I reviewed books I read the month before including Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales and The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. But then when I decided to write again, I looked at some of my favourite things, wrote a couple of poems and also decided to stop password protecting my gratitude posts. Hopefully, I’ll blog more in April.

Health in March 2019

Ah health. It took a bit of a beating this month. Despite that, I continued my exercising except for one of the days when I ended up having a sick day to nurse my sore throat and head cold. I also struggled with what is possibly heartburn and chest pain, went to the emergency department and had an ultrasound. Fun times! I still don’t know what’s wrong but hoping I can find out. On the plus side, my personal training is going well.

My mental health too has been a bit fragile. I thought I was coping but I am obviously not and I think that has resulted in the physical health stuff. I’m trying to ensure I look after myself – I’ve restarted yoga. I probably should consider meditation but I also suck at it. And I’m dreading winter and the end of daylight savings because it affects my emotional health even more. Plus the main cause of the stress hasn’t yet been completely put to rest which means it’s hovering in the background.

Life in March 2019

Life has been interesting in March; there have been periods of busyness at work and socially and periods of a lull while I recover physically. I went to a gig at the start of the month and saw The Paper Kites – very different from my usual music but still a good experience. I caught up with friends on the coast and in Sydney often. I was overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends especially when I was sick – I had friends from Sydney come up to make sure I was okay, I had another friend on the coast buy and deliver turmeric latte a day I was sick and yet another friend come and spend an evening with me when I was unwell. I also had friends checking in on me via messages to ensure I was okay. I am so appreciative of this and words cannot do it justice. And then, on the last weekend of the month, I made a spontaneous trip to the Blue Mountains with some of my mates from Sydney. It was freezing but the guys and I had a great time – full of laughs and being around nature. There were some crappy things that I can’t talk about on the blog, the election results which have me pissed off and just feeling a bit like a failure for not coping with my health.

Highlight of March 2019

All the kindness towards me by friends – I remain forever grateful.

Lowlight of March 2019

Definitely my poor physical and mental health – I am not good when I’m sick and this month showed that!

Lessons from March 2019

To be honest, the only lesson I currently have in mind is from Dory – “just keep swimming”. Because that’s all I’m doing. One step in front of the other. One day at a time. Moment to moment. And of course, friends and loved ones make it all better.

I hope April gets better – physically and emotionally. But if it doesn’t, I have no choice but to keep swimming.

How was March for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this Week and Vidya for Gratitude Circle***

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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    1 April 2019 at 11:23 pm

    I am desperate to read An Ordinary Day and The Hate You Give is also on my list. I’m the opposite to you, I can’t wait for cold weather, the heat is killing me (or at least that’s how it feels.) Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling this month, I am sure all the stress from those unresolved issues have manifested themselves in physical form – you’ve really been through the wringer! I am pleased you’ve taken such good care of yourself and that your friends are taking care of you too. Go gently – I hope your April is happy, healthy and full of good things.

  • Reema D'souza
    2 April 2019 at 2:03 am

    Please do take care of your health. I had a crappy March too due to my health. The end wasn’t so great either because my husband ended up in the hospital. My frequency of writing and reading has reduced but I’m trying to be more regular with Wednesday Verses. Thanks for participating. I always look forward to reading your poems. Wishing you an amazing April!

  • Shantala
    2 April 2019 at 4:29 am

    March has been good for me, with it’s ups and downs, neither stretching to any extreme, which is good I guess.

    I personally am looking forward to the Summer here, and the chance to go on walks and runs outdoors. It’s been a long & hard Winter, and I am so over it, that still dealing with the cold weather in April is taking a toll on my patience.

    I hope April brings good news on the health front for you & that you will be able to get back into the creative routine.

    Also, was curious — how did you find Persuasion?
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 April 2019 at 6:04 am

      Oh I did not enjoy Persuasion but I think I’m learning classics and me don’t go together. I’m not a fan of the cold and don’t know how you guys manage in places that snow! Hope you have a good April!

  • Rajlakshmi
    2 April 2019 at 12:50 pm

    8 books in a month! you sure are on fire. Sorry to hear about your health. It must be the erratic weather that gave you cold. Stay warm! I have already taken out my blankets and thick socks. If meditation doesn’t work for you, then try some restorative yoga. I find that very calming. Glad you have friends who care so much about you 🙂 Take care.
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  • Bella
    2 April 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Ah, Persuasion is one of my very favourites! I’ve never read Bridge of Clay but I loved the Book Thief. My emotional health is affected during the summer weather rather than winter, but I do hope you are able to look after yourself as the weather gets colder.

  • Parul Thakur
    2 April 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Sorry to hear about your health and I also feel bad about not checking on you. 🙁 I wish you strength and love this winter season and hope that you stay warm from within. 8 books is really good. I have not been able to read at all. Time is such a big factor and it hurts to not read. I will still go ahead and mark your recommendations on my TBR.
    Take care and hope April brings you better days mentally and physically.
    On a side note – I am glad this post isn’t protected.
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  • Denyse
    3 April 2019 at 6:37 pm

    That one foot in front of the other thing is something I have to remember too. I am sorry it’s been a pretty mixed and sometimes craptastic time. Let’s hope a coffee catch up with me soon will be good for us both!! I am betting on it.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Share Your Snaps. 15/51. Hope to see you there! Denyse.
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  • Kaddu
    3 April 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Hey Sanch! I just signed up for the AtoZ, at the very last minute, as usual. It’s only 3 days yet, but sure feels good to be back in the blogosphere. Lot of strong people here who inspire me. Yes, one of them is you.

    I know we Capricorns tend to think a lot and put a lot of pressure on ourselves. But it sure is good that you have an amazing support system there. Hope you are able to free yourself from the dark clouds soon. Just hang on there, girl. Take care.

    Love, Kaddu

    P.S. – To cheer you up, sharing yesterday’s post with you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 😉
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    P.S.2 – You disabled “Paste” also! :O Whyyyyyy?

  • Rachna Parmar
    3 April 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry to hear about the ups and downs that you faced for your physical and mental health. I can only send you healing vibes and hope that you do better in April. My March was super packed with loads of work, kids having exams and finally a dream vacation for 6 days to Andamans towards the end of the month. Overall a mixed bag. My knee pain is back and that troubled me. I was slacking a bit with my strength training and perhaps that was it. It is so hot now that exercise is a drain. Hope April is better on the health front.
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  • Unishta
    5 April 2019 at 8:10 pm

    March was comme ci comme ca for me…. I too grappled with minor but irritating health issues this March. Luckily it ended on a high with a staycation on the 31st floor!
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