The Month That Was

May 2020 Reflections

may reflections

Hello Winter! It’s the first of June down this way and winter has been creeping in the last few weeks. May seemed to speed by pretty quickly especially given how March and April just dragged on. We have been quite fortunate with restrictions easing here {except for the gym – aarrghhh!!} and that might have had to do with the month not dragging on as much. Of course, this was meant to be the month where I should have been in Belgium for a couple of weeks but a certain virus had other ideas. Oh well. Before heading into June though, I’d like to look back at the month that was May.

What I wrote in May 2020

I am pleased to say I managed to break the writing drought from March and April. This month, I wrote a lot more on the blog and also dabbled in poetry and a short story outside the blog. I wrote a piece of microprose – Whodunit – at the start of the month as part of YeahWrite’s monthly challenge. It was extremely uplifting to be voted in the top three for it. I also wrote a few poems on the blog this month – Isolation, Nice guy, and Three Little Words. They were all part of YeahWrite’s weekly challenges and I was really glad to be able to write again.

What I read in May 2020

I read 6 books in May. To be fair, a couple of them were fairly short reads but beautiful nonetheless. I read Islands by Peggy Frew which was a buddy read with Em, How it feels to float by Helena Fox, The Man who didn’t call by Rosie Walsh, The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy, Kindred by Kirli Saunders and Phosphorescence by Julia Baird. You can follow my reviews on Instagram or else on Goodreads. I will update them on the blog at some stage!

On the blog in May 2020

I finally blogged in May! I wrote 12 posts in total. Apart from the above creative works, I wrote my weekly gratitude posts and also managed to write a couple of essays on missing hugs and musings on my choice of career. It felt good to write again after feeling bogged down by all the stuff about the virus in the months before.

Health in May 2020

My health was thankfully pretty okay in May. Some sinus headaches and colds but it’s not been too bad in the scheme of things. Exercise hasn’t been going as well even though I try to work out most days. The intensity is nowhere near what it used to be when I went to the gym except maybe on the days I attempted the 1000 rep challenge. My mental health was much better than the last couple of months but there were some memories from the past that reared its head and brought back some familiar and unwelcome anxieties.

Life in May 2020

Life hasn’t been too bad in May. I kept up my plans to catch up with at least one friend for a walk on the weekend and explored some lovely walks including Taronga Zoo to Balmoral, North Head and re-did the Spit to Manly and Narrabeen lagoon. I did a lot of local walks and also walked across the bridge to the city and experienced a weirdly empty city centre. As restrictions eased, I had friends over for dinner and was also invited to dinner at different friends’ places. I had my first coffee from an actual cup in two months and ended the month with my first meal in a restaurant. It felt so, so, so good to socialise again. And while it was nice to walk and talk; it’s sometimes much nicer to do it over coffee, drinks and food. I visited a bookstore and bought books, read, wrote, Facetimed and Zoomed with friends and family, cuddled the cats and laughed at their antics. I listened to music, captured glorious sunrises and sunsets, marvelled in the colours of autumn leaves, binge-watched Normal People and Dead to Me and worked four days a week. Like I said, life hasn’t been too bad and I am grateful we have been lucky in our country compared to so many others.

Highlight of May 2020

Definitely the easing of restrictions and being able to socialise with my friends properly again! I felt so energised after each of these social activities and words cannot describe how grateful I am.

Lowlight of May 2020

Still not having gyms re-open in NSW and no obvious signs of this in the near future!

Lessons from May 2020

I think my realisations from the months before continued this month – one thing at a time, one day at a time. I learnt that with this mantra of sorts, I was able to write again this month just as I was able to focus on reading again the month before. The other lesson is that we do live in a lucky country – our public health system, our wide-open spaces – we are indeed fortunate in many ways! I’ve never taken it for granted but I think it’s a bigger realisation in current times.

I’m hoping June brings some good things despite the cold weather. I can’t wait to have my first drink in a pub post-lockdown, but more importantly, my first proper workout. I’ll be doing a bit more private practice work this month which I’m looking forward to as well. And maybe, just maybe, there will be a light at the end of this COViD tunnel.

How was your May? What are you looking forward to in June?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week and Vidya for her monthly Gratitude Circle***

Featured image by Magova from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Lilian Magill
    1 June 2020 at 8:10 am

    Hi, Well done. My blogging has gone down but I did post one today. The link is on my Facebook page. Stay safe and we will have to catch-up. Hugs Lilian x

  • Vanessa
    1 June 2020 at 9:14 am

    I did Camp NaNo in April so my creativity was drained in May. But I do my best work in batches so I gotta remember that.

    Trying to finish off edits for a book to release next week so that’s where my effort is going in that sphere – to the boring side haha.
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  • Sydney Shop Girl
    1 June 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I’m in awe of all your reading, Sanch! You’re an inspiration.

    I miss taking my son to the zoo – hope to get there these school holidays!

    SSG xxx

  • Bella
    1 June 2020 at 12:47 pm

    So good to hear you’re getting into the swing of writing again! And it’s great news that some of the restrictions are lifting now!

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    1 June 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Seeing you definitely put some yay in my May and it was such a joy to be able to share that first cup of coffee! I feel very lucky to be in Australia right now and am looking forward to enjoying the easing of restrictions in June. Fingers crossed for you that gyms will open soon!

  • Debbie Harris
    1 June 2020 at 3:44 pm

    That is such a positive post to read Sanch and I’m really happy for you that socialising is becoming a bit more ‘normal’. I’ve just had my first visit from my daughter, SIL and granddaughter and it was soooo good to see them in person after months of screen time. Hopefully gyms will be open soon for you! #lifethisweek
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  • Joanne Tracey
    3 June 2020 at 8:28 am

    I read yesterday that there’s now a plan and a date for reopening of gyms in NSW & immediately thought of you. My May highlight was also being able to get out and eat in a restaurant – which we did on the last day of the month. Glad to hear you’re doing okay though…

  • Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    3 June 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve been trying to keep up my walking locally but I’m still missing my coffee chats with friends. We haven’t managed to catch up yet since cafes have reopened. I’m looking forward to a sit down meal that isn’t at home. Yoga started again this week and although I did try to do some at home it’s not like being there.
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  • Denyse
    3 June 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Ah so much good here…and now I know that you know the gyms are opening you will be feeling better…and the pubs will be too. We never knew how much we would miss little things in our daily lives till they went away. For me that was having coffee in a cafe as you know and each time I do, I remain grateful I can!!

    Thank you for linking up today for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 23/51 Life Stories #2 8.6.2020 where I will be doing a part 2 on being a grandmother. Do link up any post, old or new it does not need to be on prompt. Looking forward to seeing you there, Denyse.
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  • Soumya
    3 June 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Haha, I hear you sistah! I can’t wait to have my first drink in a pub post lockdown too. With the right ambiance and music! Just can’t wait!

    You seem to have had a well rounded May with some good reading, writing and the 1000 rep challenge. Keep a check on that mental health though. The past is never kind, but we need to not let it get to us as often as it does.

    Wishing you a fabulous June!
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  • Vinitha
    4 June 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Australia is doing a lot well with COVID, unlike the US! Despite the rising cases, businesses including restaurants and pubs are open here. Social distancing is long forgotten!
    I’m glad to read that you are back to blogging. You read quite a lot, Sanch! My reading took a back seat now. But, I’m happy that I am writing as much as I can.
    I do hope that this virus becomes a thing of the past soon and we get to go out without the fear of getting infected. The other day my 10-year-old was so upset that he is not able to meet his friends and shed quite a few tears. It’s heartbreaking!
    You take care, one day at a time! 🙂 <3
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  • Shalzmojo
    16 June 2020 at 1:12 am

    Oh my the lockdown seems to have eased up completely in your side of the world. We are grappling with it still and cant even imagine socialising or stepping out to eat. I havent even dared to order in yet- still scares me a lot. Gyms open doesnt sound like a great idea to me and I feel should be avoided for a longer time.

    News isnt so good if you look at the number of cases vs the number of beds available; healthcare is really stretched out to a breaking point.

    I havent been working out or reading or writing that much and no matter how hard I am trying to – this is just eluding me. Plus the heat is killing out here.

    All around me I see people spitting or walking with mask in hand or on the chin – its crazy out here. Everyone thinks they wont get it. Not sure where we are heading in the coming months. Praying for this to get over soon but its not looking likely yet!
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