The Month That Was

November 2020 Reflections

november 2020 reflections

Happy first day of summer y’all! Although given the weekend we had, it did feel like summer arrived early anyway. November just flew by, didn’t it? I feel like it’s gone in a blur and honestly, I’m trying hard to think about what actually happened this month. It’s a good thing I attempt to write these reflection posts to look back at the month.

What I wrote in November 2020

I had signed up for NaNoWriMo in November but unfortunately, due to work commitments, I only got about 1000-odd words down. Apart from that, I wrote a microprose and submitted it for a competition and wrote some poetry on the side. I have been journalling a fair bit this past month in my notebook but I don’t think that technically counts as writing.

What I read in November 2020

I focussed mainly on nonfiction in November. Reading also took a bit of a hit this month because of work. I only finished 4 books in November and am in the middle of a couple. I loved Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb, enjoyed Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan and didn’t mind The Details by Tegan Bennett Daylight. I really disliked The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey {turns out it’s an unpopular opinion but you can check out my review for my reasons}.

On the blog in November 2020

The blog was quiet in November with only the gratitude posts every week. I am going to reflect on how best to use this space next year. This year has probably been my slowest blogging year.

Health in November 2020

I went to the gym 25 times this month and also got a couple of walks in. My health was quite good until the last weekend where I woke up with a sore throat and had to have my first ever Covid-test. It was negative, of course but then, I struggled with a cold for a few days after that. Emotionally, I was again doing really well until my physical health was affected. Anxiety managed to take over more easily when I was under the weather. Hopefully, though, I’m getting back on track. The good thing though, is that my mood has seen improvements and for that, I am grateful.

Life in November 2020

Life has been full in November. The 28th of this month marked one year since my return to Sydney, albeit in a new area. Sure, due to Covid, things didn’t go to plan but I am still glad about my move. November was busy with work and throwing myself into the new role. I’m still not sure how many Zoom hours I’ve clocked but I have enjoyed getting to know all the teams nationally and supervising clinicians I haven’t supervised before. Outside of work, I have been quite social and enjoyed several dinners, drinks, beach time, a night in the Blue Mountains celebrating a friend’s birthday, women’s cricket games, a day trip to visit a couple of friends on the coast, and most importantly, attending live gigs again!

Highlight of November 2020

Watching We Lost the Sea live at Crowbar. It was held almost exactly a year after their last gig at the same venue and two could not be more different. Having said that, I still managed a sore neck from headbanging while seated. It’s totally a thing!

Lowlight of November 2020

The spiralling anxiety at the end of the month – a combination of being a bit sick and pre-menstrual meant I didn’t manage it as well as I usually do.

Lessons from November 2020

Try and live in the present moment and trust the process. Foreboding joy is a thing but I can continue to refocus on all that I have to be grateful for in the present.

It’s been a good month overall even though I am exhausted. I am looking forward to a break from work over the Christmas period but also curious to see what December has in store. I hope there will be more socialising and spending time with people who bring me joy, while also engaging in reading, writing, exploring and living.

How was November for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya was her monthly Gratitude Circle and with Leanne for Lovin’ Life Linky***

Featured image by Emiliano Arano from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Laurie
    3 December 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Wow! Good for you for hitting the gym 25 times this month. Yay you! Love your lesson this month: “Try and live in the present moment and trust the process.” It’s a lesson I need to learn too.
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  • Min @ Write of the Middle
    3 December 2020 at 3:01 pm

    So lovely to see you here at the #lovinlife linkup Sanch! I think your November sounds pretty good despite the anxiety and sickness at the end of the month. I can relate by the way! With Covid around – whenever my throat feels a bit off or I have a sniffle, I feel the anxiety creeping up. Great that managed some social activities and read some books even though work has been so busy. My November has been ok – nothing exciting to report but I’m healthy and well and grateful for that! Have a fabulous December and bring on that break from work! xo

  • Leanne+@+Deep+Fried+Fruit
    10 December 2020 at 6:48 am

    Lovely to catch up with you again Sanch!
    I think I might NEED the book Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb. In fact, I’m off to order it now to put under the tree for myself.
    Thanks for the recommendation and thanks for sharing your November
    Merry Christmas
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