Welcome to yet another Sunday edition of my weekly gratitude, lovely readers! As I write this, all of NSW is in lockdown thanks to a few irresponsible people who decided to party in Newcastle and hunt real estate in Byron Bay. I worry for the regional communities with fewer resources but hopefully, being locked down helps. The ACT has also joined Melbourne and us in being locked down. I sincerely hope everyone remembers this during our federal elections next year – just how much the government failed us in our vaccine rollout. It was a race. It always has been a race. On the plus side, some numbers I have been tracking are our vaccination stats and in NSW, at least 50 percent of people over 16 have had their first vaccination. Here’s hoping it increases soon! Anyway, it’s looking likely this lockdown will continue into September and while I try and come to terms with that, here are all the things I’m grateful for from 8th August to 14th August 2021:
Breaking in my new gumboots on Sunday as I walked the streets; they brightened up a grey Sunday
Buying roses to brighten up my apartment
Beautiful sunrises, longer days, and warm weather; spring is in the air!
Good personal training sessions outdoors and deadlifting 70kgs for 7 reps at one point
Walks during the week with Sammie, my friend SS, and a work friend SH – all of whom live in a 2 km radius thankfully
Chats with my lovely barista
Chats with a neighbour in the lift
Reading in the sunshine
Curating care packages and writing cards for friends
Phone conversations with my friend JR
Submitting a couple of stories to competitions and writing or editing every morning
Good discussions with my clinical supervisor around the logistics of setting up a private practice. The scariest part is trying to obtain a referral source
Making potato and rosemary pizza on Friday night
Trying out some new and really good craft beers this weekend
For now, I’m managing okay. It helps to look at all that I can be grateful for. I have lovely friends who continue to check in on me and me on them. Work is something I’m trying to get through and there are parts that are good but parts that are not as fulfilling anymore but I am grateful I have a job. There’s books to read, stories to write, and all these keep me going. And of course, exercise and the area I chose to live in – both decisions I’m glad I made pre-lockdowns.
How has your week been whether in or out of lockdown?
Until next time,