May 2020 Monthly Wrap-up

May was a pretty good month overall. There were some heavy emotions but so much growth, too. During the weeks I worked, went to physical therapy, had voice lessons, safely visited a few friends, and had virtual meetings (counseling, meetings with chronic illness organizations I work with, FaceTime dates with friends, telehealth appointments, virtual movie date with a friend, etc.). On the weekends I went to my family’s house Friday-Sunday, and my church began safely meeting again. I wrote 77 letters to pen pals and friends/family (and received 35). Also, the library opened again for drive-by pickup!! I ended the month with a GI procedure I’d been waiting to have for a long time and a fun day trip picnic with Kenna.

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This month I’m…

Reading: Olivia Twist, Lorie Langdon (DNF). Serious Moonlight, Jenn Bennett (reread). Farewell to the Island and Return to the Island, Gloria Whelan (rereads). Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed A Generation, Linda Kay Klein. With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo (reread). Boston Jane (reread) and Turtle in Paradise, Jennifer L. Holm. Mark of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come, Jessica Pan. The Young Elites, Marie Lu. Walking by Faith, Esther Smith (daily devotional, reading and discussing with Kenna). Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Church, Megan Phelps-Roper. The Lifegiving Home, Sally Clarkson. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, Sara Saedi. 15 total.

Music: Lennon Stella’s new album. The List, Maisie Peters. It Would Be You, Ben Rector. Breakthrough, Red Rocks Worship. Summer Feelings, Lennon Stella/Charlie Puth. good guys, LANY. Give It To You, Julia Michaels. shut up and Good as Gold, Greyson Chance. Better Days, OneRepublic. surrender, Natalie Taylor. Fortress, Lennon Stella. Waking up Slow – piano version, Gabrielle Aplin. Golden, Harry Styles. Hallelujah, Oh Wonder.

Watching: Katie Mack’s YouTube (super super obsessed with her quarantine vlogs!). Kiara Madisen’s YouTube. Prince Caspian (rewatch, with Mikayla).

Eating: The best ever shrimp and fresh green beans (cooked with orange juice, soy sauce, honey, and minced garlic). Dairy-free pan cookies. Strawberry pie. Chex Mix. Luigi’s Italian Ice (the only good part of a clear liquid diet, I’m obsessed).

Writing: Besides work (which was pretty much just the same four clients every day) and writing a ton of pen pal letters, I’m writing a book! It’s a nonfiction book (which I’ve actually never done before, but it seems way more doable than fiction, actually). It’s still in the brainstorming stages–the first step is a long list of people I need to interview, so I’m working to get those interviews on the calendar. I am so so excited and passionate about this topic and can’t wait to start making more progress here.

Grateful for: This month I have felt SO grateful for my chronic illness community.

What did you do in May?