The Month That Was

April 2021 Reflections

April Reflections

Welcome to the merry month of May! I know we are a couple of days into the month already, but I was away on the weekend with no internet and though I got back yesterday, I prioritised my weekly gratitude post instead. Before we head into the rest of May, as always, I love to look back at the month that was. In this case, it’s looking back at April.

What I wrote in April 2021

I edited and submitted a couple of short stories for two literary competitions in April. Other than that, I started a new short story when on holidays this past week. It’s in the very early stages at the moment. It was hard to create in April due to work pressures and my writing habit that had been going well, kind of got negatively affected due to feeling very, very tired. I’m hoping to get back into that habit again this week.

What I read in April 2021

Like my writing, reading also took a bit of a hit though I did manage a few more books while away on holidays. I read 6 books in April and they were all great reads. I loved Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Browne {review to come}, Love Objects by Emily Maguire, and Emotional Agility by Susan David. I really enjoyed Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin. I am still thinking about and contemplating Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason {review to come} and liked Sunburnt Veils by Sara Haghdoosti.

On the blog in April 2021

Apart from my weekly gratitude posts and the one book review, I also managed an essay about a solo hike I attempted in April. Otherwise, the blog was pretty quiet this month for the same reason reading and writing were quiet!

What I listened to in April 2021

In April. Hands like Houses played on repeat for most of the month after I saw them live early on. I don’t know about you but I love listening to artists after a live gig because it keeps the buzz going and brings back all the memories! Other than that, I shuffled through most of my post-metal and rock playlists during down times.

What I watched in April 2021

I continued to watch Superstore and have finished four seasons. It’s the perfect lighthearted show to have in the background after stressful work days.

Health in April 2021

Health-wise, it has been hit and miss in April. My sinus issues flared up big time just before my leave and then again, while I was away on holidays a couple of times. Other than that, thankfully, I have been okay. I have continued my training program and it’s going well. My mental health has been manageable though I was close to burn out. My break came at the right time.

Life in April 2021

April was good in so many ways after a crappy March. It started with a lovely Easter long weekend where I spent a lot of time at the beach but also managed some lovely social hangs including attending a friend’s wedding. I attended a gig in April and this was just as restrictions eased further in Sydney which meant we were able to stand and it was exhilarating and fun and amazing! I caught up with friends, attended author events and a comedy show, walked around my neighbourhood and the surrounds, and of course, went away on holidays in the final week to Huskisson and Canberra. There was some work anxiety and stress, as well as some anxiety about the Covid situation in India – especially after both my parents tested positive just as I was on holidays. Thankfully, they have both been vaccinated and so far, they are stable. Life in April was a reminder of how things used to be – a return to what was normal. And it filled me up and made it possible to handle the stress.

Highlight of April 2021

It was actually a lovely month but the highlight would be attending the Hands like Houses gig only because it was a reminder of how much I’ve missed live music and why it is so important to me. It also pushed me to book tickets for gigs over the next few months!

Lowlight of April 2021

My sinus issues were a bummer but probably a bigger lowlight was my parents’ health and them catching Covid. Once again though, I am grateful they are still stable given the situation in India.

Lessons from April 2021

I need beaches, live music, books, exercise, connecting with like-minded souls to fill my cup. This is why last year during lockdown I felt a huge sense of loss – all the things that fill me and keep me going on a daily basis, were taken away in a rude way. Yes, I can read alone but I also like talking about books. With music, I love being around others who experience the collective joy. Sitting at the beach grounds me. April has been a great reminder of all that’s important.

As I head into May, I’m still on holidays but having a staycation this week. I’m hoping to fill it with downtime, social time and life admin. Hopefully, when I go back to work next week, I’ll be refreshed and ready to take on new challenges and plans for the months ahead while also balancing my life with all the above activities.

How was April for you?

Do share!

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

Featured image by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver on Unsplash

Until next time,

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  • Debbie+Harris
    3 May 2021 at 6:10 pm

    A lovely recap of your April Sanch, and I understand how getting to the beach helps you. We’ve just been down to the south coast for family reasons and had a lovely ay at Huskisson, it’s always a great place to unwind and I’m glad you enjoyed your time away. Sorry to hear about your parents and I do hope they are fine having been vaccinated must help. Take care.
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  • Vinitha
    4 May 2021 at 2:10 am

    Looks like Australia is doing well now. I am glad you are getting your dose of social life, beach, workout, music, etc. Sorry to hear about your parents, but glad that they are okay now. Some of my extended family were down with covid and hospitalized too, but now all are okay. I am thankful for that.
    Wishing you a beautiful May ahead, Sanch!
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  • Laurie
    4 May 2021 at 6:20 am

    I am glad to read that April was a good month for you. Better than March. It does seem like every month now gets us a little bit more freedom, a little bit closer to normal. So sorry to read about your parents and COVID. I hope by the time you read this, they are on the mend.
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    4 May 2021 at 8:10 am

    So sorry to hear about your folks – I know how worrying it is when you’re far away. It sounds like this break was just what the doctor ordered and you’ve really filled your cup. Now all you need is some Teddy cuddles!

  • Vanessa
    4 May 2021 at 10:33 am

    I did Camp NaNo but had to keep revising my word goal DOWN haha. Still managed 3000 words and any words are better than no words.
    Sorry to hear your parents have caught covid – I hope the vax keeps it mild for them. The news stories are so horrifying.
    I am still endlessly admiring you for knowing how to fill your cup because I still have no clue what fills mine anymore. Psychologist did give me a list of ideas but omg they are so bad they are funny and I have to blog about it at some point.

  • Min @ Write of the Middle
    5 May 2021 at 10:50 am

    April sounds like it was a fabulous month for you Sanch! I always find time at the beach uplifting too and I too miss live music! I must do/see both soon. I hope that May is a good month for you also. xo
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    • Min @ Write of the Middle
      5 May 2021 at 10:54 am

      P.S. I forgot to mention your parents! It must be so worrying for you! The Covid situation over there is heartbreaking. I’m so pleased they’ve been vaccinated and are doing well all things considered. Hopefully they will be fully recovered soon and all will be well.
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  • Denyse Whelan
    6 May 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Oh Sanch, what an update..I know April was tough on you and that you needed your break asap. But your parents’ news. Gosh. Hard isn’t it? I am sorry and hope that the fact they have been vaccinated helps. As I write, it’s been windy and rainy today but coming good again with some sun. Hope you get some rays today!

    Thanks so much for linking up for #lifethisweek. I am always grateful to see your blog post there. Next week my guest poster is ready to comment…I have done one training session with him…and I will be there too. Cheers, Denyse.