The Month That Was

May 2021 Reflections

May reflections

Winter is here! While officially, today is the first day of winter, unofficially, it has been freezing for at least a couple of weeks in May. I dread to think how cold it’s going to get over winter. As you can probably tell, not a fan. Never will be. Anyway, before jumping into June, it’s time to reflect on the month that was May.

What I wrote in May 2021

I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked to this month despite starting the month on holidays. I attempted a couple of short stories and I’m 1700 words into one and 400 words into another. But it’s a very rough draft and doesn’t feel substantial enough yet.

What I read in May 2021

Once again, despite being on holidays, I felt like I didn’t read as much. I’ve found it hard to focus and have been trying to read books for pleasure, for work and for my professional development. The end result feeling like I’m not reading much at all. I only managed to finish 4 books in May. I absolutely loved The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy and A Matter of Death and Life by Irvin and Marilyn Yalom. Both were nonfiction reads. I also enjoyed a collection of short stories – No Presents Please by Jayant Kaikini. The only fiction I finished was underwhelming and not very enjoyable for me – Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon.

On the blog in May 2021

Once again, I only managed my gratitude posts and the monthly reflection post on the blog in May. Honestly, I sense a theme of not doing much this month! Despite having been on holidays {and a staycation at that!} for the first week of the month!

What I listened to in May 2021

I listened to a lot of my old stuff as always – Karnivool, Parkway Drive, Tool, We Lost the Sea. But, I also discovered Toundra – a recommendation from a friend – and loved them! Generally still sticking to my post-rock/metal genres.

What I watched in May 2021

I finished Superstore {well, the five seasons we have here} and binged on The Boys on Prime. It’s violent but bloody fascinating! I also loved and was unsettled by Deadwater Fell on SBS which was brilliant {David Tennant can do no wrong as an actor!} It was hard to get into anything after that and I’m due for a new show. I watched crappy movies in the background while I did goodness-knows-what!

Health in May 2021

I ended April with sinus issues and they continued on and off in early May. On the plus side, I had my first Covid vaccine. So woo-hoo for that! I’ve generally been healthy thankfully, both physically and emotionally. My training is going well and I’ve upped the ante training specifically for powerlifting. Emotionally, I have been quite content which is nice {even though scattered brain suggests otherwise!}.

Life in May 2021

Life in May has been good. I was still on holidays – a staycation – for the first week of the month. Then, the week back at work was spent in Adelaide where we had meetings/planning for three days, and I worked from a motel room for the fourth. I was grateful to catch up with an online friend in Adelaide on the Saturday and she took me to the McLaren Vale wine region and we made a day of it as well as caught up for a couple of hours with another online friend. Additionally, May had a mix of local catch-ups with Sydney friends, enjoying beers and wines, wandering through the streets close to home as well as in the city, exploring bookstores, attending Monet Live, going to a gig at The Vanguard, eating a lot of good food, rejoicing in the autumn leaves and colours, and sometimes hibernating from the cold. Work has been busy but productive since being back but I have also felt refreshed. I have also been in the process of setting up private practice of my own and my creative sister designed a logo for me. Finally, one of the big things in May was finding out that I’ve been shortlisted for the Peter Carey Short Story Award.

Highlight of May 2021

Without a doubt, my highlight was being shortlisted for the Peter Carey Short Story Award. How could it not be?! 😀

Lowlight of May 2021

To be honest, there were no personal lowlights this month and for that, I am grateful. But, the biggest lowlight would be finding out about Sammie’s mum’s passing and the hell the government put her through for a few days to get the exemption. Grief is hard enough, let alone having to jump through hoops to be able to do what’s needed.

Lessons from May 2021

May was a month that provided validation that I can in fact write. Weirdly, it was also a month where I was most unfocussed and yet, content with life. I’m planning and plotting the months ahead in terms of work and writing. It was a month where I had space to reflect initially which helped me realise I need to take a couple of weeks off work every few months. It also taught me to appreciate the moments, the importance of connection and online friends {who really fill me with joy and energy when I meet them in person}, and again, how live music fills my cup. It was a lesson in all that’s important to me.

How was May for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her Monthly Gratitude Circle and Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share***

Featured image by Valeriia Miller from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Barbara Lofgren
    1 June 2021 at 8:25 am

    Sounds like a good month in many ways.
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  • Natalie
    6 June 2021 at 11:49 pm

    May looks like a great month for you, Sanch. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Peter Carey Short Story Award! Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.
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  • Kirstin
    9 June 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Sounds like you had a great month. I haven’t read the books you mentioned. I’m always adding to my “want to read” list. Not sure I’ll ever read all that are on it…lol.