The Month That Was

June 2021 reflections

June 2021 Reflections

Here we go, welcoming a new month. July 2021. Though if you’re in Australia, you could be forgiven for thinking we’ve gone back in time. I mean, to be fair, our federal government is regressive and full of old white entitled men who love making decisions about women – so yeah, I think someone screwed up the time machine and moved us to the Dark Ages including the year that was. In case you’re unaware, most of Australia is back in lockdown because our federal government couldn’t be arsed getting enough vaccinations for our population, has continued to send mixed messages about the vaccinations, and thinks we can continue to live in an enclosed fortress and have snap lockdowns and closed domestic borders. You know, because it’s completely normal. Anyway, before we jump {back} into July, let’s take a look at June 2021, shall we?

What I wrote in June 2021

Around mid-month, I re-started my writing routine and slowly and painfully got down words for my short stories. It was a welcome change after floundering with my writing for a couple of months. It’s gotten to a stage where I’ve finished a {very bad} draft of a short story but at least now, I can edit.

What I read in June 2021

I read 6 books in June and they were all really good reads. My favourite was Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri. It was such an exquisite read and I think it might feature in my top 10 reads of all time. Other really good reads were Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson {which we read for our inaugural book club that I started}, One Hundred Days by Alice Pung, the short story collection The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves, and the memoir, Good Indian Daughter by Ruhi Lee. I also read liked the poetry collection I said the sea was folded by Erik Jensen.

On the blog in June 2021

I wrote my regular gratitude posts and also one extra post {who am I?!} on restarting my writing routine. Other than that, the blog continues to exist with limited posts.

What I listened to in June 2021

I continued to listen to my favourite genre of post-rock and post-metal, as well as regular rock. Thanks to the Spotify gods, I discovered two new-to-me bands that I fell in love with. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster and City of the Lost – both are instrumental post-rock bands {in case you couldn’t tell by their name!} and both are fantastic. I was also re-listening to Solkyri who I went to see live in mid-June. They’re a small Sydney-based post-rock band I first discovered when they supported We Lost the Sea in November 2019.

What I watched in June 2021

I finished the final season of Kim’s Convenience on Netflix which I’m bummed about as it’s such a lovely show. I started watching the most recent season of Lucifer but haven’t been able to get into it. I also watched a bit of Ratched {meh}, and Rick and Morty which I can handle in small doses. On the last weekend, I restarted Friends because, comfort watching. I also watched the movie Moxie which I quite enjoyed.

Health in June 2021

I am very grateful that my physical health has been good in June. I got the second dose of my Pfizer vaccine on the 11th of June and experienced mild headaches and fatigue for about 36 hours but after some paracetamols and rest, I was fine! I’d been training regularly five days a week until this last week and getting better at my techniques for bench press, deadlifts and squats. Emotionally too, I’d been doing quite well until the lockdown hit me. Now it’s back to monitoring my mental health and ensuring I don’t spiral. It’s a year since I really, really, hit rock bottom and I don’t want to be in that dark place again.

Life in June 2021

What can I say? It’s been a rollercoaster this past month. It started really well – I had a girl’s night out early in the month where I drank a lot & went to bed at 3:30 a.m. {note to self: at 37, it’s a lot harder to recover!}, went for a couple of hikes including at the Royal National Park, hosted friends at my place, had my inaugural book club that I started, caught up with friends for dinners, drinks and D&Ms, worked a lot, started getting stuff for my own private practice, spoke to my parents and my sister, and went to a gig at The Factory Theatre. That was all fab until everything came to a standstill in the last week of the month with a lockdown in Sydney thanks to an absolute fuck-up by the federal government in terms of the vaccine rollout but also, vaccine hesitancy among so many people!

Highlight of June 2021

Getting my last live gig in for who knows how long?!

Lowlight of June 2021

Lockdown anyone? And a fucking incompetent federal government that will still unfortunately get re-elected next year because they’re brainwashing people to think it’s ok to live with closed borders forever, because you know, how great is Australia!

Lessons from June 2021

I wish I had wise words and lessons from this month. My current state of mind highlights lessons such as people are idiots, racism is rife, our federal government is fucked {but they’ll still probably win next year’s election because lesson one}.

But if I really think about it, some lessons for me – or rather, reminders – I am not alone {even though it can feel like that}. You can only focus on what you can control {even if that includes pro-vaccination videos on Instagram}. I am really grateful that I was really living my life and filling my cup in every way in the lead up to the lockdown {not that I anticipated it!} but it’s a good reminder to keep doing the things we love once lockdown is lifted. I keep coming back to – we fear death so much, we are forgetting to live. I’m not saying we don’t take precautions but essentially, what lockdowns do is make us afraid to live our lives. My biggest personal lesson from June is to live my life and focus on what I can control. And to reach out before I spiral.

How was your June?

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***Linking with Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share and Denyse for Life This Week***

Until next time,

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  • Barbara Lofgren
    1 July 2021 at 9:09 am

    All the best for a wonderful July!
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  • Maria
    3 July 2021 at 8:35 pm

    What a great way to look back and evaluate the month in different categories. Overall June sounds like a great month for you. I hope things get back to normal, and that Covid is gone for good soon. I’m still waiting on my second dose of the vaccin.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      4 July 2021 at 8:55 am

      Thanks, Maria! Welcome to this space. I’ve been trying to do this for a few years now and the categories have been adapted in recent years. It’s a nice way to look back and reflect. Good luck with getting your second dose and I hope it’s soon! 🙂

  • Susanne
    4 July 2021 at 5:59 am

    I’m glad you’ve had your second vaccination! I received mine this week too and I’m so happy about it. I hope your lockdown won’t be too long. Focus on the positives and on what gives you joy. Ignore everything else. Things will get better, eventually.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      4 July 2021 at 8:59 am

      Oh, yay! So good that you’ve had yours too! Yeah, I’m hoping if anything, the current surge in the cases means people are going to be less complacent and will actually get vaccinated.

  • Natalie
    4 July 2021 at 8:06 am

    Take care of yourself, Sanch. Like you wrote, focus on what you can control and reach out. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.
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