Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!
Completing the first draft of my novel!
Earlier on this month, I finished the first draft of my novel, which is by far the longest thing I’ve ever written! I’m so proud to have actually completed it, even if the words end up being a jumbled mess (I’ll find out soon, when I read it over!)
When I completed it, I was a little disappointed by the fact that it was shorter than I expected it to be (46K), but when I asked for some advice on twitter, I got such an overwhelming response from the writing community and I’m so grateful for all the lovely messages I received.
I’ve spent a lot of time this month decluttering my room. This involved clearing out my desk, my clothes and my books. During lockdown I’ve learnt that so many materialistic items we have in our lives are extremely pointless and unnecessary. Why do I have 7 white T-shirts? Why do I need 4 pairs of the same colour jeans? It has encouraged me to reduce the amount of items I own even more, and be grateful for the ones I do own.
If I pass along old books and clothes, someone else can enjoy them in the way that I once did. And I think that’s pretty cool. Let’s recycle a bit of happiness.
Seeing Family and Friends
This month I’ve been meeting up with friends to go on socially distanced walks and sitting in the garden on picnic mats in the sun! It’s been really lovely to just catch up on everything, especially since I haven’t seen a lot of my friends since January/February.
I also got a chance to see my cousin and her most recent art exhibition, which featured some of my creative writing! Her paintings are so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had my writing alongside them. You can check out her website here!
I’m thankful to have all the online resources that make learning new things possible. I’ve been working a lot more this month on a Google Garage Course on The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing. It is free to complete, and I’m about 80% of the way through, so I’m looking forward to doing the final test and hopefully getting the certificate! I think it will be super helpful for my future career.
When I say space, I mean living in the present. Over the last few weeks I’ve felt a little detached from social media and the online world. I think part of this perhaps has to do with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and how I wanted to educate myself but equally not let it overwhelm me. It’s hard to put into words how truly awful it is when it’s a lifetime of feeling that I could never and will never wholly feel myself. But it still is very upsetting – it makes me angry and hurt – and these are emotions I wanted to explore offline, through podcasts and shows, rather than feel like I had to live up to the expectations of social media and other influencers.
I think during this time, when I posted less frequently on my blog and social media, I realised how freeing it felt, to not have posts lined up for a while. As much as I love blogging, I think I forget how much time and work really goes into it. It reminded me that nothing awful will happen if I disappear for a while and it’s completely okay to do so. Living in the moment is such an important (and now, rare) thing to do, and I like that time away. I need it and I crave it and I’m grateful to have my phone and blog, but I’m also grateful to just live, and be, and exist. We all need that little bit of space.
What are you grateful for this month?
Let me know in the comments.
You can find me on social media here:
Sign up to my Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter here.