The Month That Was

February 2021 Reflections

February 2021

Happy first day of autumn y’all! I’m sad to see the end of summer especially as it has been rainy for the most part but at the same time, I do love autumn and I’m hoping we will continue to have some warm days to be able to enjoy the beach. Before jumping straight into a new month though, I always love looking back at the month that was.

What I wrote in February 2021

In February, I wrote a fair on and off the blog. I continued to work on a couple of short stories for two different competitions. I also wrote an essay for YeahWrite’s Super Challenge over a weekend. I’m trying to develop a decent writing habit to keep me in that state of flow but also, to continue to develop my skill.

What I read in February 2021

I read 7 books in February. I absolutely loved Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Our Fathers by Rebecca Wait, and The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. I also enjoyed three short story collections including She was like that by Kate Walbert, the Better Read than Dead Writing Anthology 2020 and A House is a body by Shruti Swamy. I really, really, disliked Girl A by Abigail Dean. This book has received a lot of hype and I still don’t understand why.

On the blog in February 2021

Like I mentioned earlier, the blog has been relatively active in February. I continued my weekly gratitude posts and also cross-posted book reviews on the blog from Instagram {but with more details}. Additionally, I wrote some personal essays on what fills my cup, why I stopped overnight hikes and where my love for stories came from.

What I listened to in February 2021

I’ve been catching up on So you want to be a writer by the Australian Writer’s Centre and I’m currently up to their November 2020 episodes. Additionally, I started listening to the People Movers podcast because it was created and researched by a friend of mine. In terms of music, again for the most part, I have been listening to my comfort listens of We Lost the Sea, Karnivool, and post-rock and metal instrumental playlists. I also listened to Aussie punk-rock band Hands like Houses and a new-to-me instrumental metal artist, Buckethead.

What I watched in February 2021

I’ve been watching Parks and Recreation this month. I am very late to the party and although I’d bought the box set some years ago, never really got around to watching it. I’m currently on season 5.

Health in February 2021

After ending last month with some health concerns, I had some tests which ended up showing nothing. That said, things have settled anyway so I’m just monitoring it overall. Mental health wise, I was feeling empty at the start of the month but through therapy, figured out what was the reason behind it. Hopefully, by continuing to fill my cup with the right people and things, the emptiness will stay at bay.

Life in February 2021

Life has been a mixed bag in February. I’ve begun to venture out further than the 5 km radius I’d been keeping to in the months before. I caught up with my writing group, a couple of writer/reader friends I’ve made online, went to the Big Bash finals with some friends, watched a movie at the outdoor cinemas, explored a couple of new-to-me breweries, and been to the beach whenever I could. I have journalled a lot, especially lessons and insights from therapy. Work has been very busy too – both my day job, and my private work. I’m trying to juggle it all and getting through somehow. I also finally applied for some time off in late April, early May.

Highlight of February 2021

The highlight of February was finally receiving the hard copy of the anthology in which my story was published. It was an incredible feeling!

Lowlight of February 2021

The news about the cancellation of Karnivool gigs on the east coast thanks to the band being WA-based. I had been looking forward to attending three of their gigs {Sydney, Brisbane & Newcastle} in March along with them being supported by We Lost the Sea. It’s devastating that it won’t happen now.

Lessons from February 2021

The biggest lessons this month were about what fills my cup and realising I need to put that into practise with intentions. I also need to connect with people who fill me and continue to gradually get out of my comfort zone all over again and live life rather than living in fear. It’s been hard dealing with the disappointments and it’s felt like I have regressed to me pre-2013 self in many ways but I don’t like that self of mine. We have a lot to be grateful for here compared to other countries but at the same time, sudden lockdowns {which I’m grateful NSW has decided not to have those}, and uncertainty and cancellations, all play havoc with your mind. Again, almost a year on, it’s still trying to take it one day at a time.

I’m hoping March will see me get out more, connect more, and become the self I have been more recently. I need to keep putting things in place to look forward to.

How was February for you?
Do share!

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

Featured image by Vlad Alexandru Popa from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Lydia C. Lee
    1 March 2021 at 10:36 am

    Yes, I too am still getting gigs postponed or cancelled. It’s like a harsh reminder we still have a long way to go. Congrats again on your story. I love Parks & Rec – it’s perfect for now.

  • Christina Henry
    1 March 2021 at 1:01 pm

    It’s great to find out what fills your cup, and I agree that you have to put it in place with intentions. We sometimes don’t do what we know is best for us. Congratulations on receiving your story in print! That must be so exciting. Regards, Christina

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    1 March 2021 at 1:57 pm

    I’m with you on the uncertainty, it’s so hard to make plans and when you do, it’s always with the caveat that they might not happen. That said, you’re right, we’re so lucky here to have such relative freedom so I guess it’s all about filling your cup with whatever you have available 🙂 Looking forward to catching up more in March – we missed you this month!

  • Joanne+Tracey
    1 March 2021 at 3:41 pm

    It’s the uncertainty that gets me down. I’ve begun creating little things that I know I can look forward to – that don’t hinge on a last minute border closure. My read of the month was Hamnet.

  • Deborah Cook
    1 March 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I’m always really impressed by your commitment to writing Sanch and love that you’re completing and entering competitions and the like.

    I hope you get to keep building on your mental health with nourishing people, things and places. I noticed Lydia said she got to a concert / gig recently.
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  • Vanessa
    3 March 2021 at 11:16 am

    I had grand plans for Feb but it ended up another work-bed month sadly. Am so bored with my body being shit. Being physically unable to do things leaves me under stimulated and I find it hard to concentrate on anything I do like.

  • Denyse Whelan
    3 March 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Great catch up but I know it’s been hard at times for you.
    I am “glad” we have no desire nor reason to travel to another state because I could not ‘trust’ that state to stay open. I hear you on caution but I also think living here where there are fewer people out and about I can rest more easily than if I was back in Sydney. I wonder about mental health and the gentle creep it does to us before we are cognisant. There’s an air of uncertainty for sure and now, the amount of media coverage – for good reason – the politics of current leadership and blah blah is overwhelming and stimulating. I am actually planning to see a new psychologist soon (6 week wait!) because it’s been interesting to have some cancer stuff and life stuff crop up just recently.

    Thanks for being a consistent, caring and contributing blogger to this community I call #lifethisweek. Next week we are sharing our snaps (photos) and that’s an optional prompt. See you next Monday, I hope, as always.
    Denyse.
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