5 Things I’m Grateful For This July (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

The Ability to Say Goodbye

Goodbyes are always difficult. Sometimes they’re painful, sometimes they’re a little easier, sometimes they just exist as a reminder that we have to let something go. However, in a way, we should be grateful for our goodbyes, because, without a goodbye, we wouldn’t have had anything meaningful enough in the first place.

This month, I said goodbye to my university house as I moved all of my stuff out. It was a very strange experience that I don’t think has caught up on me yet, but I am grateful to have had the opportunity to move there in the first place and have a place to live where I felt really at home.

 

Online Internships

In July, I took part in the Bright Network Virtual Internship in Business, Operations and Marketing. It was a 3 day event, involving skills seminars, network sessions and a work task! I’m so grateful that companies such as Bright Network have put together virtual internships like this that give students and graduates the chance to enhance our practical experience during lockdown. I learnt a lot from the experience, and met some lovely people too! I am hoping to do some more virtual internships and courses over the upcoming weeks.

 

Eating Out

As those of you in the UK know, restaurants began to reopen in July. I went out for lunch with a friend for the first time since before March, when we first went into lockdown, and it was so amazing to feel like things were a little bit back to normal! The food was really delicious and it was nice to be around lots of people (although social distancing, of course). I have a feeling the transition back to normal life won’t go so smoothly and the restaurants might have to close again, but I am grateful that I have managed to go out a few times to enjoy it while it lasts.

 

Music

I feel like, because I’ve been doing a lot more reading and listening to podcasts lately, I haven’t been listening to music as much. It’s only when I turn it back on again that I realise how much I miss it. However, Taylor Swift unexpectedly dropped her new album Folklore at the end of July and I couldn’t (can’t) stop listening! It’s my favourite album of hers yet, and it’s encouraged me to whip out my speaker and play some tunes in between my job applications to break up my time.

 

The Bursts of Sunshine

Let’s be honest, England’s wild jumping between different weather climates is undoubtedly annoying. However, when the country does decide to actually embrace summer, it’s been nice to enjoy the sun! I’ve enjoyed sitting on picnic blankets in the garden, meeting friends in the park, and going on long walks. It feels a little bit more like a normal summer, so in case we end up going back to lockdown, I’m treasuring it as much as I can.

 

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What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments.

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17 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Grateful For This July (2020)

  1. I love these types of posts that spread positive energy! My brother did the Bright Network Technology internship, and I think it’s a wonderful initiative that Bright Network are doing!

    I think one thing i am grateful for this month is that I still have a graduate job lined up, I know so many graduate schemes have been cancelled! I am also grateful for my freedom and being able to go for walks when I want 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Alice!

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    • Thank you! I’m so glad you’re loving the positive energy! That’s so great that your brother did the internship too, and congrats on having a graduate job lined up, that’s amazing! 😊

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  2. I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work from home, it’s been a bit of a hassle at times but I’ve been so fortunate my job has been able to continue during lockdown and beyond. I’ve not had much opportunity to enjoy the sunshine but that’s life I guess! I am glad we’ve been able to book a holiday for next year though, helped some way by saving some money during the last few months! Glad you’ve found some things to take from it 🙂

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    • That’s great! Yes I’m sure it takes some adapting, but that’s good you have a holiday booked for next year for some much needed rest! 😊 thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. Thank you for sharing. Life really is about cherishing the little things. The big ones are great, but every little beautiful moment is one to be appreciated.

    I am grateful I live in New Zealand where, at the moment, we seem to be combating the pandemic well. We’ve been out of lockdown for a couple of months now, and while there have been a few scares, we seem to be ok. I’m conscious there may be a wave two at some point, as it could take just one missed case to happen, but we’re doing ok. I’m also grateful I have the joy within to write, to make music, and to read all the wonderful stories people like yourself share with the world.

    I hope you continue to cherish the small things and share them in your writing. 😊

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    • Absolutely! I completely agree. That’s great that things are going well for you over in New Zealand. It’s all about making the most of what you’ve got in the moment.

      Thank you so much for your comment! I will definitely try to live up to that and continue my gratitude journey 😊

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