Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude 2021 29/52

Welcome to yet another Sunday edition of my weekly gratitude. The days are blurring, the nights are cold. The country is spiralling out of control. Anyway, it’s been yet another week of lockdown and to be honest, it’s exhausting. Now, Victoria is also in lockdown albeit, theirs is a 5-day snap lockdown with tighter restrictions. Our restrictions have changed too, particularly in the areas where the virus is spreading significantly. Not much has changed for me though; I still can’t have anyone over, still can exercise with one other person. So there’s that. Midweek, I was also informed about another change on the work front which I knew was coming at some point, but the timing is just not ideal. Anyway, it’s been a draining week like for many other greater Sydneysiders and yet, I’ve found things to be grateful for from 11 July 2021 to 17 July 2021:

5-kilometre solo walks around the harbour on Sunday afternoon when the rain finally cleared and treating myself to a dark chocolate pistachio ice cream. It was delicious!

Sunday night phone conversations with a friend when I found my mental health spiralling

My lovely friend SS dropping off some carrot cake she’d baked on Monday evening; she lives a street away with her husband and we were masked up and met outdoors

A couple of relatively busy workdays with meetings and providing supervision – both making me feel productive given my utter lack of motivation on my projects

A couple of walks around the hood with a friend on Tuesday and Wednesday

Watching season 1 of Ted Lasso over a couple of nights on Apple TV. It’s truly the wholesome television show I needed!

Week 29

Two personal training sessions this week; once again, I am super grateful for our premier to allow us to exercise with one other person, even if it is outside our household because if it were as strict as WA, I wouldn’t be able to have the human contact I currently do

Managing to get in to see my psychologist on Thursday after I put in an urgent request on Sunday. It was a much-needed session and made me feel less alone and a good reminder to not completely drown in the existential crises and the hate that seems to be currently permeating through our country

Being inspired after my session to write some poetry. It’s been a while

Catching up with Sammie and Teddy on Friday for a walk and takeaway coffee, and leaving with some yummy orange and poppyseed cupcakes (or were they muffins?)

My friend JR who lives out of my 10 km radius, sending me a postcard in the mail to let me know she’s thinking of me

Messages and chats with lovely friends as we look out for each other; it’s not the same as seeing each other in person but I am truly grateful we do have the means to communicate

So yes, it’s been another huge week. I really hope people do the right thing in the next couple of weeks. It’s hard and I don’t think there are right or wrong answers unfortunately in terms of how to handle this pandemic. Everyone is suffering and sadly, not everyone is being kind.

How was your week?

Do share!

***Linking with Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share and Denyse for Life this week***

Until next time,

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  • Natalie
    18 July 2021 at 9:08 am

    Thinking of you, Sanch. Keep up your self-care activities as much as you’re allowed to do under the circumstances. I’m glad to hear Sammie and you were able to meet up. Stay safe and well. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.
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  • Barbara Lofgren
    18 July 2021 at 10:26 am

    Stay strong Sanch!
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  • Joanne+Tracey
    18 July 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Glad you and Sammie could catch up for some Teddy and muffin magic. I’ve heard good things about Ted Lasso, but haven’t watched it yet. Thinking of you and hoping you keep that self-care up.

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  • Maria
    19 July 2021 at 1:17 am

    Walking in the harbour sounds lovely. Stay positive. Thank you for the coffee.
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  • Astrid
    19 July 2021 at 4:24 am

    I’m so sorry you have been struggling, but so glad your psychologist’s appt helped you stabilize some, as did talking to friends even if you can’t meet in real life. I’m also happy you were able to write some poetry. I should really try to write soome myself too. Hope you have a better week next week.
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  • Lydia C. Lee
    19 July 2021 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been sending postcards too. Funny how we return to habits of old at the moment.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    19 July 2021 at 10:05 am

    Urgh! Those lockdown feels! I know it’s really tough right now but I think you’re doing the best you can in a really difficult situation – setting yourself up for success with training, your psych and tapping into your network. Teddy and I loved catching up with you, it was a breath of fresh air (literally and metaphorically.) Let’s hope the latest restrictions do the trick and freedom comes sooner rather than later.
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  • Jennifer Jones
    19 July 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Times are definitely tough at the moment. Good to hear you are having support from friends in these difficult times. Stay safe and take care
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  • Debbie+Harris
    19 July 2021 at 3:07 pm

    I feel for you Sanch and wish you the best for the remaining time in lockdown. My sister’s husband had surgery in Melbourne yesterday and she can’t visit him at all. It’s just so hard when you do the right things and other stupid people keep doing the wrong things. Take care and do what makes you happy to get through it. #lifethisweek
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  • Deborah Cook
    19 July 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I love that you’ve got friends and professionals for support Sanch. I’m seeing a psychologist but don’t really have any friends I talk to about stuff. My besties feel like they’re a world away at the moment. Our lives have really separated over recent years and – though it feels the same when we see each other – I don’t feel it from a distance.
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  • Joanne
    20 July 2021 at 6:31 am

    Dark chocolate pistachio ice cream sounds amazing. Those are such beautiful views while you walk. When we were in lockdown we took daily hikes and that helped so much in keeping me sane.

  • Denyse Whelan
    21 July 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Oh my friend. I am glad to know you have support as needed and those catch ups with actual friends are the best and under the current rules …achievable. I am sorry that work seems to be constantly shifting…is it funding?? I always think like that, it’s the public school principal in me….

    So good to eventually have a coffee again too one day, I hope…

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