The Month That Was

June 2020 Reflections

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s July already? After March and April draaaaaged on, May went by at a reasonable pace and then June just whizzed past. Or what that just for me? Anyway, before heading into the second of the year {and let’s face it – who knows what shit the rest of 2020 holds?}, it’s always nice to look at the month gone by.

What I wrote in June 2020

Compared to May, the writing took a bit of a hit in June. I did write a short story on the side and have been writing snippets of poetry off the blog but not much else. I did write one piece of microprose for YeahWrite’s monthly challenge and was quite pleased to find it got voted as a crowd favourite. I also wrote one poem at the start of the month – Red Flags.

What I read in June 2020

I read a fair bit in June, partly in a bid to help me cope with some emotional stuff and partly because I could! In June I finished 8 books including a book of short stories – Under/Limelight by Tanner Muller – and two poetry collections – Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven and Ariel by Sylvia Plath. My favourite read of the month was Room for a stranger by Melanie Cheng. I also really enjoyed Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan, The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Redhead by the side of the road by Anne Tyler and Half a world away by Mike Gayle.

On the blog in June 2020

The blog was pretty quiet in June with just the previously mentioned creative pieces and my weekly gratitude posts. There’s a lot I want to say and yet, I am struggling to express it on the blog for now.

Health in June 2020

My physical health in June wasn’t too bad thanks to getting back to the gym mid-month and slowly building up my strength again. I’ve also been fortunate to be in generally good health except for the few occasional sniffles here and there. Mental health has not been the greatest due to a few stressors plus just a lot of things on my mind. I’ve had some emotional days and have tried to push through for the most part.

Life in June 2020

Life seems to have almost returned to normal – whatever that may be. I think we are lucky here and I don’t take that for granted. For a lot of June, I sat back and tried to learn about my own privilege and educate myself about Black Lives Matter. In June, restaurants and bars opened up, we were able to have more people over and hang out with more people outdoors. Plus, gyms reopened in NSW mid-June. I spent June continuing to work from home on reduced hours, starting private practice work down in Sydney, going on hikes with friends, going to bars with friends, enjoying my first tap beer {and then some} in ages, hitting the gym, browsing bookstores, getting my nose pierced and getting a tattoo. I also visited my friends on the Central Coast and had lunch at my favourite cafe up there. The only thing left is live music and I can’t wait for that though I think it might be a while! I had quiet days and evenings at home with the cats for company along with books.

Highlight of June 2020

Gyms re-opening for sure! It’s been so good to get back to them and my regular morning routine!

Lowlight of June 2020

A difficult decision that I had to make that I’m still reeling from and struggling with.

Lessons from June 2020

It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, to speak your mind, to make hard choices. You’ll never really know if the choices were the right ones at the time because we can only look at the outcome in hindsight. I guess though, you can only live and learn.

I am grateful for a lot of things in June but I also wish there were a few personal things that turned out differently. Anyway, it’s time to welcome July which I hope will be kind to me and others around.

How was June for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her monthly gratitude circle and also Leanne and the others for the Lovin’ Life Linky***

Until next time,

 

 

 

Featured image by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels

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  • Lydia C. Lee
    2 July 2020 at 11:18 am

    I do hope your decision was the right one and you are feeling a little more comfortable with it as the days go by. I also hope that either way life offers up something better…Sometimes even just different is better. Good luck and congrats on the story.

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    2 July 2020 at 2:39 pm

    June was a challenging month for me, I am looking forward to putting some hard won skills from the month into practice in July and beyond.

    SSG xxx

  • Natalie
    3 July 2020 at 6:45 am

    Congrats, Sanch, on your Library Visit microprose. June was good to me. Hope July is kind to you. #lovin’lifelinky
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  • Joanne Tracey
    3 July 2020 at 8:11 am

    I hope your decision will pan out, in hindsight, to be the most appropriate choice for that point in time. I found June quite challenging in many ways – perhaps it’s because it feels a little like normal but isn’t quite. Anyways onwards & upwards… here’s to a great July.

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    9 July 2020 at 7:44 am

    Well done on writing a crowd favourite! I would love to have that title.
    Thanks for sharing in the #lovinlifelinky
    See you again this week! https://www.deepfriedfruit.com.au/2020/07/the-inside-edition.html