June was a month of mixed emotions…
I went back to work at the start of June and that’s been a whole load of getting used to. New routines. New roles. A new way of working. A new way of thinking. A whole load of newness wrapped in the delight of being back at work. A lot of laughter, learning and talking about new normals. A group of kids who just came back with the best attitudes and loved the routine and normalcy of school. We didn’t work all day; we spent a lot of time outside, a lot of time thinking, reading, talking and getting back into the swing of school life again. It’s been so lovely seeing my kids again, and getting to TEACH again, but it’s still VERY strange. Being back in the classroom, but not my classroom, is still something I’m getting used to. Don’t get me wrong I’m very grateful to be back in school, but there was an adjustment period in June. My bubble got bigger, by 2/3 kids and that was lovely. I really loved getting to spend some quality time with my bubble of children, and getting to see the rest of my class (who are in school) from afar.
I continued to run. I finished Couch to 5k in the middle of June, and kept running. 4 times a week. Short runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then a longer run on a Sunday. I managed to run a 5k on my final run of Couch to 5k. I signed up for a couple of running challenges (50k Great Run Solo, Great Run Solo Virtual Run, a 5k and a 10k to be ran in the coming weeks!) and completed others. I received my first running medal in June and it was a PROPER delight. I think I realised I’m a runner. A full blown runner.
June was a struggle reading wise. I didn’t read a lot. I wasn’t in the mood. I was tired from running, and over-stimulated at first from work. Going from being by myself all day to being around my wonderful kids and colleagues took a lot out of my introverted little self. I did manage to read a few brilliant books, and received a lot more. Kids books helped to keep me sane.
I still didn’t see many people. I went to Starbucks for the first time in months. I’m realising that I need people in my life, but I need alone time just as much. It’s getting tht balance right that is going to matter when life goes back to “normal”. I miss my friends. I miss my family. I miss hugs. I miss going out. I miss the beach. I miss the things that Summer would normally bring.
June was a step towards normality… when normality has changed drastically!
What was June to you?