One of my favourite dinner table traditions from when I was younger was that each of us would go around the table and say our high and low for the day. My older brother, Ryan, always rolled his eyes without fail whenever I brought it up, but I loved it.
I fell out of that habit long ago, but I’m happy to be able to do it for this challenge!
Without further ado, here are some highs and lows for the month
HIGH: VISITS FROM FRIENDS
I don’t know what it was, but I went from basically having all but one visitor (shout out to Kaitlin) for my first sixth months here to having a visitor every few weeks. This last month I got to see two of my best guy friends from Uni, Rob and Radler. I sang with both of them in Penns, my Uni a cappella group, and was ecstatic to have them both visit. One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is that I really get the quality time that I love and need. Since I live in a different country, most of my friends are either coming over by themselves or in pairs, which essentially means I get them all to myself while they’re here. It’s been so fun showing people London as I see and experience it - doing it with loved ones just makes it that much sweeter.
LOW: FRIENDS LEAVE
I truly appreciate that flying to London to visit me is a much bigger deal than taking a bus or driving down to see me in Washington, D.C. for the weekend. And I’m so grateful to the friends and family that have visited me so far (and those who will in the future). But no matter how long or little they stay, I always feel a pang of sadness when they leave. I do so love the life I am building for myself here, but it does make me sad that the city I love has to be so far away from my family and friends.
HIGH: I’VE HAD MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD DAYS
This month was a reset in a lot of ways, and I’m grateful to have had more good days than bad days. I was dazzled by the cast of Chicago. I watched the Eagles win at Wembley Stadium. I had dinner dates with an old family friend. I got caught in a rainstorm in Kensington. I at healthily and worked out more. I went out and drank less. I filled my week nights with more activities than usual, rather than going home to an empty flat each night. And overall, I feel like I put in more of an effort to continuously be around people who make me feel good!
LOW: THE BAD DAYS WEREN’T THAT GREAT
Like I said, this month was a reset in a lot of ways. It was also about self-discovery beyond even this writing challenge. Some days, even if just for a few minutes or hours, my anxiety was debilitating. I’ve had some pretty tough conversations this month - I’ve admitted that I messed up in some areas and acknowledged where I need help with others. BUT, it’s all about perspective and I know that the bad days were few compared to the good ones.
HIGH: I STARTED RUNNING AGAIN
I’d been in a bit of a workout rut, and since I apparently am into these 30 day challenges I decided to do one with running. I’m about halfway now and I can already feel a difference in my attitude and how I feel about myself. I don’t run far all the time, but getting back into the routine of doing something everyday, no matter how short, has felt great.
LOW: MY BODY HURTS ALL THE TIME
Unsurprisingly, starting to run again means that I’ve been using muscles I haven’t for awhile and so I’m literally sore all the time!