In my previous gratitude post, I called myself a compulsive blogger because I had got in the habit of setting aside everything (necessary and unnecessary) on each weekday morning consistently during the first 3 months of 2019 to blog whether it was publishing new posts on my blog or reading other blogs. I thought it will continue in the same way in April too despite the fact the readership was bound to go down due to a large number of bloggers participating in the A to Z challenge, Dhruv having 2 weeks of Easter holidays in school and our impending India visit during those 2 weeks.
However, it did not happen that way. The holidays and the trip caused me to take my time off blogging and for good.
I am still getting back to my blogging schedule slowly and gradually thanks to the long resting period. The month of May is in its second week now and with much effort, I have set myself the goal of writing my gratitude post for April and to set the momentum.
April saw me grateful for –
♣️ India trip –
I am extremely grateful to my brother and sister-in-law for arranging this trip for Dhruv and me to their place in Bangalore. I am also grateful to my parents who flew down from Delhi to stay with us. It was a much-needed relaxation time after all that I went through in the past year. I also got my various medical tests done and thankfully things turned out fine.
♣️ Air Travel –
The flight from Manchester to Bangalore was not entirely a comfortable one with Dhruv becoming sick with nausea in the flight. He is repulsive to strong food smells especially of non-vegetarian food. Thankfully, he threw up on himself and his seat only after the flight landed on the Bangalore airstrip thus limiting our sitting time in that tricky situation. I managed to keep my anxiety in check, dealt with the situation and cleaned him without a fuss.
The return flight, on the other hand, was smoother in every which way and I did not forget to say my gratitude prayer for that.
♣️ Meeting close friends in Bangalore –
I had plans to meet 6 close friends during my Bangalore stay. I am grateful to have met with 3 eventually. Among the bloggers, I met with Parul and Esha. It always feels nice to meet and chat with them. For the first time, Dhruv did not accompany me on both the occasions as it always used to be the case earlier.
I visited my apartment complex to meet a close friend. I love that place and the people there. The lovely time I have spent living in that community until last year will remain etched in my memory forever. I hope I can go back to living there again upon our return to India.
♣️ Gratitude journal –
I have not been regular in updating my daily gratitude journal for many months. I changed this practice upon my return to Preston in April. Since 21st April, I am writing in it daily. I am not straining myself if I do not have even 1 point to write on any given day. I still say and write ‘I am grateful’ followed by a full stop.
♣️ Walking Challenge –
The past year and my struggle with my mental health saw my physical health deteriorating as well. On top of that, living with an influential foodie has not helped with keeping the weight in check. Hence, with the temperatures rising and the cold weather retreating (to an extent), I set myself a challenge to walk 10,000 steps daily for 5 days a week beginning 23rd April.
2 weeks have passed and I have walked 2 days against 5 per week. The challenge was developing the will power in the first week. After overcoming this will power challenge in the second week, I developed swelling and intense pain in my left foot bringing me criticism from close quarters and derailing my walking expedition.
I hope to improve my average walking days in May. The thought that I started makes me feel grateful.
♣️ Voluntary work –
I am still going to school though I have reduced the number of days in a week from two to one. I am at peace with the once-a-week plan for now.
With this, I wish all the readers of my blog a happy and peaceful May.
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