The Month That Was

March 2021 Reflections

March Reflections

Welcome to a brand new month, everyone! March was a bit of a blur for me. It was a rollercoaster, an emotional whirlwind of sorts and I sincerely hope I’ve gotten all the shit done with for the year {though I doubt it!}. It is a long month and while on some levels, it sped by, on the other hand, so much happened that it felt longer than just one month. Anyway, before I spring into April, it’s time to look back at the month that was March.

What I wrote in March 2021

My writing in March started off well; I edited and submitted a short story and worked on editing another. I started a third but have been struggling to focus and stick to my routine due to the emotional exhaustion from work permeating into every other area of life. But, I’m hoping to rectify that this month and prioritise my writing in addition to all the work I need to do.

What I read in March 2021

Similar to my writing, my reading also suffered a bit. I struggled to focus on books and I think in April, I might just read short stories and nonfiction. I read 5 books this month. I loved Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan and Friends and Dark Shapes by Kavita Bedford. I also enjoyed The Performance by Claire Thomas, Australia Day by Melanie Cheng and Helen Garner’s Yellow notebook.

On the blog in March 2021

I had grand plans to write essays on the blog in March but alas, due to work, wasn’t able to. I stuck to my gratitude posts and a couple of book reviews {I’m even behind with those!}.

What I listened to in March 2021

There was a lot of comfort-listening this month – particularly We Lost the Sea. Their Departure Songs were perfect while dealing with grief. Some other favourites I kept on repear were Lost in Kiev, If these trees could talk, and Mono. A friend introduced me to a new {to us} prog metal band Tarental and I had them on repeat one day. A band I enjoy – Darkfield – had some new music out which perfect on the stormy weekend we had. And then, there were the regular prog playlists or 90s rock playlists on repeat.

What I watched in March 2021

Because I struggled to focus on reading and writing, mindless viewing ended up being more my thing in March. I watched Behind her eyes on Netflix and felt kinda ripped off. Searching was a good movie {also on Netflix}. I caught up on Season 7 of Brooklyn 99, finished Parks and Recreation, and just finished two seasons of Superstore.

Health in March 2021

Technically, my health was okay in March but, I ate and drank my emotions a fair bit. Resulting in some unwanted weight-gain. Just this past week though, I have cut down drinking during the week. Mental health wise I haven’t been doing great. There has been the grief to process but also a lot of overwhelm and uncertainty. I continue with therapy and while I had cut back to monthly, I’ve now moved to three-weekly appointments. I started with a new training gym after the lifting gym left me feeling a bit nervous regarding possible injuries. I’m really enjoying the new gym program due to structure but also, have weekly personal training sessions.

Life in March 2021

Life in March was strange. The month started with a curveball at work, then dealing with grief, then another massive curveball at work, and just a whole lot of anxiety, overwhelm and stress and I personally ended the month with some heartbreak too. But, I had also tried in advance to plan social activities and they helped. I caught up with friends for dinners and drinks and coffees, I went to the beach as much as I could – even when it was too cold in the evenings, to just sit and enjoy the sunset and breathe in the ocean air. Apart from that, it was trying to do the little consistent things – get my morning coffees from my favourite cafe, and regularly hit the gym. I took time to appreciate the sunrise, figure out my life and where I want to be on the days it pissed down with rain and spent time with my cats and the gym doggo at other times.

Highlight of March 2021

It’s so hard this month to actually find a highlight to be honest, but maybe, it was the stranger on the train telling me I looked lovely one morning on the way to work. I was feeling especially vulnerable and low and emotional and could’ve burst into tears.

Lowlight of March 2021

Dealing with death and some of the changes at work.

Lessons from March 2021

Encountering death makes you reflect on life. This month, it was important for me to remember that we have just one life and it’s important to be kind, be creative, be curious. It’s so important to live the life you want while you can. Before it’s not forever.

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a month and once again, I don’t think I could’ve gotten through it without some help from my friends and loved ones. I know there are no guarantees to anything, no certainties in life. And yet, it’s what makes life interesting I suppose. Here’s hoping April is a little bit kinder!

How was March for you? Do share!

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

Until next time,

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  • Joanne+Tracey
    1 April 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Reading this I really feel for you Sanch. It sounds as though you’re struggling & I’m deeply sorry for that. I’m glad though that while it’s tough at the moment, you’re getting help & also doing the little things you know help you. Sending virtual hugs and a hope that April brings a little relief and healing.

  • Denyse Whelan
    1 April 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Oh lovely girl, so want to hug you right now. It’s tough oh so tough reading this and knowing you have lived it. I am glad you are taking measures to help yourself but doing this by yourself, for yourself requires an enormous amount of strength when that is the last thing you want to do. But, little by little you are. May April being better days and nights..not so much for the outdoors you love but for some respite and inner comfort. Sending always.

    Denyse x
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  • Laurie
    2 April 2021 at 5:06 am

    I hope you get back on a good writing schedule this month, Sanch. It is so hard to carve out uninterrupted time to write.

    I am so sorry to read about your grief and heartbreak last month, Sanch. Sending hugs halfway around the world to you. I hope April is a better month emotionally for you.
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  • Leanne+@+Deep+Fried+Fruit
    8 April 2021 at 7:50 am

    I was going to start watching Behind her eyes on Netflix, but haven’t started yet. Perhaps I’ll let it slide down the list a bit.
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  • Mahati Ramya adivishnu
    15 April 2021 at 6:52 am

    Dealing with grief is not easy. Hugs to you Sanch. I wanted to watch Behind her eyes on Netflix, but no time. Will look into your recommendation – searching. I wish you a happy April.