The Month That Was

The month that was July 2016

July seemed to drag on for me. The short days, the long hours of darkness, the busyness. I don’t know about you but it exhausted me. Having said that, July wasn’t all bad. There were some good moments in there but sadly, the dark ones seem to outweigh it.

I wrote a lot in July so I think that’s definitely a good thing. I participated in the Write Tribe Festival of words challenge during the second week of July and wrote on both my blogs. That’s an achievement in itself. It was especially good to write consistently on my writing blog. I hope to keep the momentum up in August too.

In July, I finally wrote reviews for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Everywhere I look by Helen Garner. I’d enjoyed both books the month before and finally got down to writing the reviews. I still have three other book reviews in my drafts waiting to see the light of day!

I have struggled with work-life balance and the last week of the month was especially tough. It’s affected my sleep, my mental health and my life in general. But I am in the process of taking steps to change it. And I’m hoping it will work. I looked back at my 2016 goals and realised how I wasn’t being kind to myself. Two important posts I wrote in July looked at what not to say to someone with depression and what to say to them instead. As someone struggling with this, I have had experience with a lot of the former.

It wasn’t all sad posts in July. Buttons said hi to everyone while I shared how weird I can be. I also pondered about things I wish I’d said to people who either hurt me or are obnoxious. I shared my worst habit and how I like saving the best for last when it comes to food. Finally, I enjoyed continuing to share my weekend coffee posts which honestly make it seem like I’m sharing a cuppa with you all.

I also went on a wonderful hike this month — my favourite from Otford to Bundeena — and while I was sore a day later, it was worth it. In spite of some major emotional setbacks this month, I continued to hit the gym to exercise. It’s one thing I hope to keep going in August while also starting to control my diet.

August has a lot in store including a friend’s wedding at the end of the month, a camping trip in the middle and a couple of hikes.

How was July for you? 

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Until next time,




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  • Denyse
    1 August 2016 at 10:16 am

    It sounds like July was the month where the bottom was touched and now as August starts you are on the upward path. Winter and all that affects me too. I hear you on the mood thing. I do hope that you too are learning to speak more kindly to and about yourself Sanch. Take care!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    1 August 2016 at 12:27 pm

    July was a bit of a blur! My dad had a minor stroke, my grandmother passed away at the age of almost 101, the hubster had a birthday, and I had to give a presentation at a women’s business meeting – and we adopted a second kitty, Seth, and it has been a fulltime job getting both cats settled … I hope we did the right thing … still it’s early days yet!
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  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    1 August 2016 at 8:06 pm

    July was out of sorts for me as we had school holidays for half of it and then I only had a week of normality before Matilda broke her arm and ended up in hospital. I’m hoping to find my groove again in August!
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  • alicia - One Mother Hen
    2 August 2016 at 11:06 am

    We had a busy July, it was a good busy. All the same, did it even happen? It went so fast!
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