May Hopes & Thoughts

April was a really tough month. My mental health suffered, and so did my physical health; I ended up with suspected Corona, and it’s been weeks for me to start to feel anywhere near normal again. Only today I have managed to reduce my inhaler use, climbing the stairs without it. And that is huge progress.

May is my birthday month, and with turning not-quite-thirty, I’m trying to feel optimistic about the month ahead, needing it, I suppose, to be better. So, here are some of the things that I’m hoping May will bring ahead.

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Me Made May
I’m not the best of sewists, but I’m working on it. As with every May, the hashtag #memademay is trending on social media. I’m hoping to get some wearable items made this month, with hopes of face masks, dresses, and another skirt dancing through my thoughts.
If that doesn’t work out, I’ll make more book covers and pretend they’re slippers

Book Reviews
Over on my other site I have many book reviews and blog tours coming up, including another one due up today for the new good Good Girl, Bad Blood. As I bounce back from Corona and work on trying to feel a bit more human, I’m hoping that I can get some more reviews up and ready as I would if healthy.

Blog Posts!
It’s rather embarrassing knowing that it’s taken me a month to get back around to writing another post here. Between mental and physical health, it’s been a strange time, and I need to kick myself up the arse in the nicest way, both for readers and for myself, because I blog for a reason. I’ve got my fingers crossed I can commit back to the level I was previously at.

Amigurumi
Since Lockdown started, I’ve already made one animal, and am close to finishing a second. I also now know of four babies that are coming up in the next couple of months so there will certainly be some making going on when I feel up to it. Luckily I have a good stash of yarn, and plenty of audiobooks to listen to as I hook.

Family Time
My birthday won’t be quite the same this year, but my husband is as always planning on making me a cake, and just trying to switch off from everything that is happening and click into family relationship mode is what I’m aiming for. It’s not easy, all things considered, but I do think we can achieve it. Maybe a new board game – if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

Self Care
Finally, maybe my largest focus; self care. It’s so hard to focus on resting and self love and everything that suddenly seems a lifetime ago in the midst of a pandemic, but that’s exactly the time for it. Taking time to write, use skin care, paint my nails, do some yoga… whatever it is I need to do on each day as it comes. That is after all the largest self care you can do: take each day as it comes.
And I just hope I can.

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