Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude 2021 34/52

Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s a bit of a hazy morning here from the hazard reduction burns that have been going on this weekend. But it’s warming up and for that, I am glad. This week has been hard. I hit a wall earlier in the week from lockdown fatigue, the news of the world, and the fact that Covid had entered a couple of oncology wards in Sydney resulting in a lot of concerns for the patients {I work for an NFP specialising in supporting young people impacted by cancer}. Added to that, unsurprisingly lockdown here has been extended till the end of September. All in all, the fatigue has hit me as I’m sure it has hit a lot of you. And still, while I had to dig deep, I found things to be grateful for from 15 August to 21 August 2021:

A short hike on Sunday with an online friend and being able to appreciate the lovely weather we were having

Several visits to the beach this week in the afternoons; the days are longer and I’m so grateful to have the beach in my 5 km radius {that was planned, of course for reasons other than a pandemic!}

Walks in my neighbourhood and stopping to talk to dog and cat owners. Well, I start by talking to their animals and then engage them in conversation. People are lovely!

Taking a day off for personal leave on Wednesday because I couldn’t function. I did nothing other than go for a walk in my neighbourhood and then sit at the beach listening to the waves

Phone conversation with my friend JR mid-week

Online yoga with my friends on Thursday night leading to good chats after

Online video chat with an Instagram friend as we buddy-read a book

Having a couple of online writing friends provide good feedback on a short story I’m hoping to submit

Week 34

Spreading joy by sending a care package to a friend and flowers to an online friend whose dog died; I am really enjoying doing that during these bleak times

Making the effort to cook for myself on some nights – I made another potato pizza, and also made efforts to make grilled salmon and potatoes a couple of nights

Finishing a really good book that resonated with me – My body keeps your secrets – by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Feeling hopeful at watching the vaccination rates rise. In NSW, 30% of over 16s are fully vaccinated and 57.6% have had one dose

Friday walk and coffee with Sammie and Teddy; she continues to generously feed me all the baked goods!

Attending a couple of online workshops on Saturday as part of the Sutherland Shire’s writing festival. I was meant to be there in-person engaging with other writers but of course, it wasn’t meant to be. Still, it was nice that we managed to get digital options and I loved both the workshops I attended

A friend sending me their dog photos to help my mood while I also got several cat cuddles

Receiving surprise flowers from my manager as lockdown gets extended

As I mentioned, it hasn’t been an easy week and like most people, I’m tired. I’m doing all the right things and still, it’s shit right now. I am looking forward to getting some sunshine today and in the meantime, take it one day at a time for the next month.

How has your week been?

Do share!

***Linking with Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share***

Until next time,

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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    22 August 2021 at 8:22 am

    I hope those baked goods hit the spot – sometimes you just need to eat/bake your feelings. I think giving and receiving small acts of kindness can make a big difference in these strange times. No wonder all the cats and dogs want to stop for you, Teddy vouches for your pats and cuddles – he says they’re the best!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      22 August 2021 at 8:40 am

      They certainly did, thank you! I completely agree on the kindness factor! It does make a difference both ways <3

  • Barbara Lofgren
    22 August 2021 at 8:29 am

    We’ve entered lockdown over here now too as you probably know. This time round, I am finding it more difficult somehow. On one hand I have slipped into the old routines, but this time I am not handling it well psychologically. Still, we have a lot to be thankful for, like living in a beautiful place, and having people around us. Kia kaha!
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      22 August 2021 at 8:40 am

      I did hear about it for you’ll and it’s so much harsher than our rules! I feel for you and it makes sense to not handle it. I think both our governments have seemed to think we could reach 0 covid but haven’t prioritised vaccinating at a quicker pace and so it hits us harder now when everyone in the world is slowly opening up. One day at a time. My thoughts are with you too xx

  • Natalie
    22 August 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Thinking of you, Sanch. Keep up your walks, your online socials and weekly gratitude. This too will pass. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.
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  • Kirstin
    24 August 2021 at 2:28 am

    Sounds like a great week of intentionality! Love your photos.

  • Vanessa
    24 August 2021 at 9:51 am

    I’m always “guilty” of talking to dogs before their humans. I actually forget the humans are there usually haha.