Monthly Review – May 2020

By the time I realised that we were actually in May, the end of the month was approaching and now I can’t believe that tomorrow will be June 1st! Summer is upon us and I couldn’t be happier about it.

My favourite things about this month:

  • As for last month, the weather was a huge highlight of the month. I spent a lot of time outdoors, reading or painting in the garden, or even just chatting with my flatmates. Sometimes the weather was so lovely that we brought the TV outside and watched movies in the garden with nice fairy lights on. It was lovely!
  • The lockdown measures have been eased here in Belgium, and normality is slowly coming back. I was able to go to the centre and in some shops and libraries or to go buy an ice-cream. It is good to go back to some familiar activities, even though now I obviously don’t use public transport as much and I wear a face mask pretty much everywhere I go.
  • Long weekends! A lot of bank holidays this month really were the breaks that I needed to completely disconnect from work.
  • Flowers. Our garden was full of wonderful roses and we always had flowers around in the house. It put me in the nicest mood to look at them everyday!

My latest trips and adventures

  • Obviously, I haven’t travelled at all this past month, and I was also quite busy in my personal life as well. I however managed to publish an article about a wonderful weekend that I spent in Prague last year. Go check it out if you haven’t already!
  • As I was saying before, things are starting to go back to normal, so my adventures have mostly consisted of going to some shops, buying books at a near-by library and, my favourite: eating ice-cream. A friend of mine found this delicious Italian ice-cream place that serves deliciousness on a cone. I couldn’t be happier!
  • Lately I have walked everywhere I went and it felt really good! I usually enjoy taking public transport at the weekend or to go to the centre, but I have tried to avoid it for obvious reasons. Even if my legs are a bit tired at the end, the long walks definitely compensate the day spent sat at my desk for teleworking!

Hobbies and distractions:

  • I have felt really creative this past month, so I ordered some watercolour paint online and since I received it, I have used it a lot! I am usually really bad at painting, but I feel like watercolour is an easier-to-use medium and I have enjoyed thoroughly all the different things you can do with it. I still have a lot to learn but I am proud of my progress so far!
  • As for movies and series, I have caught up with the series Cable Girls on Netflix, which is becoming my weekly or daily dose of drama and unexpectedness. Also in Spanish, I have seen Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory and liked it a lot. I don’t think I have seen many of his movies, but this one made me very curious to check the other ones out.
  • I have also finished reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A friend of mine recommended it to me and it did not disappoint! The reader follows the journey of a young woman that decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail by herself, in a quest to make more sense of her life and leave some things behind. Easy to read and captivating, it is also very interesting to see her transformation through this extremely hard journey, as well as reading all about the landscapes and places she sees.

General thoughts:

In mid-May I finally reached a deadline that required a lot of work and focus, and I am really glad it has passed. My days are now freer and lighter, so I really took the time to enjoy some laziness, trying not to plan everything. However, even though I have really enjoyed the free time, I soon came to realise that I need some direction in my daily life, otherwise I don’t really feel content with it. On top of that, we have now reached the middle of the year and I think some reset will be needed to focus a bit more on my goals and live a bit more intentionally!

Looking forward to:

  • Following on what I just said, I have decided to focus a bit more on my language learning practice in June, and can’t wait to set up a plan to work on that. I will also try to post on here more regularly and do more creative things.
  • Maybe we will finally be able to travel outside the country so I hope I can go see my family in June or in July. I know the month of June will be really busy at work, but if I can squeeze a short family visit there, I will be really happy. However, I also want to wait and see how I can do it in the safest way possible.

How was May for you? What are you looking forward to?

Last year in May:

Local Adventure #1 : Visiting Manosque

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Responses to “Monthly Review – May 2020”

  1. Eris Avatar

    Sounds like a super productive period! Glad you were able to weather the quarantine well. Can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year – although with how things are rn with the world, I wish it would go by sooner. 😛 Hope you get to travel to see your family soon too.

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      I know… For now I’m just very excited for the summer, I’ve been waiting for the warmer temperatures for a long time! 😊 We’ll see how things end up I guess… Thanks for dropping by Eris 😊

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  2. kae. | Hello City Girl Avatar

    Your watercolour art is so pretty!! Time flies when we’re in lockdown…how is it already June?! It’s awesome that lockdown has been eased just in time for you guys to enjoy the nice weather. People are also slowly going back out in Toronto too!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks a lot 😊 I don’t know how it’s possible that summer is already around the corner, but I’m super happy about it to be honest! Thank you for dropping by 😊

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  3. With love, Caroline Avatar

    I think you still did so many things despite lockdown! The Italian ice-cream place sounds amazing, I can’t wait to enjoy ice creams outside too! 😋 Your watercolour poppies look so cute! 😭
    And it’s great that you enjoy your free time now! I do agree about having some direction in life but it’s great to take some rest and enjoy the freedom and boredom of not having anything to do 😄

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Yes, the ice-cream was definitely a highlight 😋 I think during this lockdown I have been even more creative so I’ve been quite motivated not to just binge-watch Netflix 😂

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  4. ourcrossings Avatar

    I have to say May flew by in a blink and it’s hard to believe it’s already June. The sun is shining in Sligo and for the past few days we had very warm weather and it makes such a big difference. We pitched our tent in the backyard garden for Ericeira. We are looking forward to more freedom although in Ireland it’s going to be a while as all the clothing shops are planning on opening in a month time 🙈 Thanks for sharing, I’m glad you had a productive month 😊😊😊 Aiva

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      The warmer weather definitely makes a huge difference I have found! Hopefully you will be able to go back to normal activities quite soon! Take care 😊

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  5. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote Avatar

    You sure did make the most of your time! It’s nice to hear about the easing up of quarantine rules that allowed you to explore so many corners of your neighbourhood lately. I hope it only gets better from now on. I hope to check out Pain and Glory soon too. I heard Antonio Banderas does a very impressive performance in it. Nice to know that you enjoyed that one! Hope June will have great things for you, even if it’s just rest, peace, and quiet! 😀

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks for dropping by Lashaan! 😊 I’ve even been on some clothing shops so things are starting to feel more normal, which is quite good! Pain and Glory is really nice, you should definitely check it out! 😊

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  6. Dilip Avatar

    Such beautiful roses in your garden. And watercolor art needs creativity and skill. Wish you best always 🙂

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you very much! 😊

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