Weekly Gratitude 2019 20/52

2019 weekly gratitude

Welcome to another Sunday, readers. I’m quite late with this post partly because I only got home this afternoon, and partly because I’ve been in my head and trying to get some life admin out of the way while I ponder things about the world we live in. If you follow me on Instagram, my personal Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably be aware of my disbelief and horror at the federal election results from last night. It’s made it hard to reflect on things to be grateful for given I’m quite anxious about what the next three years hold given we once again have a conservative government with a PM just as bad as Abbott. But this post isn’t to dwell on the doom and gloom. Rather I need to reflect on the things I am grateful for from 12th May to 18th May 2019.

Brunch catch-up on Sunday with two lovely girlfriends KL and NG – we were probably the only ones in the cafe without our mums on Mother’s Day

Long phone conversation with my friend A who calls me out on my self-critical talk, and making plans about our future career goals

Music that hits me deep

Finishing reading about self-compassion and attempting to process the information and soon apply it to myself

Receiving a beautiful card from my friend V

Hitting the gym four times this week – better than the one time from the week before

Early night on Wednesday after a day of allergies and sleeping straight for 10 hours

Starting a beautiful book of essays by Fiona Wright that took me down the familiar places around Cronulla and Newtown

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Writing three poems on the blog – Frisson, Signs and Unwedded bliss and having one of them chosen as the crowd favourite for Yeah Write

Sexy boots – the only good thing about the cold weather!

Dumpling dinner night with my girlfriends

Getting a massage

Brunch catch up on Saturday with my friend KH

Catch up with my friend JR in Sydney as went to see Tommy Little’s stand up comedy on Saturday night- it was a great hour of laughs and a yummy dinner before as well as good conversation

Knowing that I have decent, kind friends and acquaintances as we all shared our disbelief at the election results

Chatting with a couple of friends on WhatsApp about the elections late last night

I’m trying not to lose hope. And in times like these, gratitude is what is going to have to keep me going in order to act according to my values.

How was your week?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week***

Until next time,


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  • Joanne Tracey
    19 May 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I’m also finding the result tough to understand. The fear campaign run in certain parts of the mainstream media and sprouted by appalling shock jocks certainly had the desired effect. But, on a brighter note, a dumpling date with friends…that’s absolutely something to be grateful for.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      19 May 2019 at 6:33 pm

      I agree – I think the Murdoch press and the a.m. radio stations that are full of rich white men ran the campaign pretty successfully for Morrison. Sigh. But yes, I am grateful for the little things and trying to ensure this doesn’t completely depress me and make me lose hope in humanity!

  • Reema D'souza
    20 May 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Elections and the results! Phew! The drama that is happening in India bother me. So I can understand how you feel. But I’m sure, a good book, some rest, exercise and catching up with friends would have definitely made you feel better. Hope you have a wonderful week.
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    21 May 2019 at 8:10 am

    I’m with Jo, a dumpling dinner is definitely something to be happy about! The election result definitely left a bitter taste in my mouth and had me contemplating a move to New Zealand! As disappointing as the result is, I think there’s never a greater incentive for individuals to affect change, at home and in their community because it’s all our little things that make a big difference. I had a lot to be grateful for because we were on vacation in Hawaii (so I didn’t have to endure the election trauma while it was happening) and had a wonderful time. Jetstar delayed our flight home by 24 hours so we got a bonus day of holiday which although unplanned was definitely something to be grateful for!

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    21 May 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Don’t get me started on the election. Things have gotten pretty ugly on a usually tame forum I’m a member of…

    Stay strong, stay positive. Easier said than done but you can do this!

    SSG xxx

  • Rachna Parmar
    22 May 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Oh yes, we are having our own election talk here. So I understand. Good for going to gym four times in a week and for having caring friends to talk to. It may seems difficult but keep the faith.
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    22 May 2019 at 7:29 pm

    The world is increasingly leaning right be it US, Britain, India or Australia and it does seem like hopeless times. It is nice that you have plenty of things to feel grateful for. Among all things, calling an early night, getting to sleep straight for 10 hours and feeling well rested is the best of all. Congratulations on having one of your poems selected by Yeah Write.
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  • Denyse
    23 May 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I was thinking that Labor would lose (sorry) because they were not selling what they needed to. However, I am so over it all too. At least our local federal member (labor) was returned and she is a hard worker even if in opposition. Did you know Emma McBride was in charge of the pharmacy at the local hospital?
    Glad you are back to a semblance of routine but also NOT giving yourself a hard time when you could not follow it. I too will call you out on harsh self talk!! Check next week’s prompt! Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek Next week’s optional prompt is “Self-Care share your story”. Denyse
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