The Month That Was

Passionate September 2017

In September, my aim was to focus on passion. I’m not sure that happened as much as I’d like to but it kinda did. I indulged in my passion of reading a lot in September. I reviewed a couple of those books {with more to come}. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire was dark and disturbing while The Dry by Jane Harper was an intriguing ride. I wrote some flash fiction pieces to continue my creative writing journey.

On the blog last month, I mused about how every time in life when situations have seemed impossible to cope with, they have resulted in some form of opportunity in the end. I wondered about how happiness is ephemeral. Plus, I tackled the biggest Australian question: Bush or Beach. Finally, I also wrote about longing for a dog so I have a companion outside the house. I doubt I’ll get one but there’s no harm in yearning I suppose.

Apart from that, I spent September hiking, writing, exercising, catching up with friends and going to the theatre. Work has been hectic and I also had a few personal problems offline that were quite emotionally draining. I even contemplated shutting down my blog for an hour or so after some of the problems spread online but I think it’s been sorted out now.

As we start the last quarter of 2017, I for one, am hoping some days fly by {work days!} while others slow down. It’s nice to have started daylight savings yesterday and the warmer weather means more time at the beach soon. In October, I’m also participating in the Write Tribe Problogger Challenge which involves blogging for nine days this month {I’m aiming for more personally but we’ll see}. I’m hoping this month involves more writing outside the blog too and hopefully, a kickstart for NaNoWriMo.

My positive emotion to focus on this month is Contentment. I’m going to try and seek contentment in the little things. Hopefully, you can follow that journey on Instagram.

How was your September?

Are you excited about the last three months of 2017?

If you’ve written a post reflecting on the month gone by, you can link up below:

***Linking this post with Write Tribe as part of the Problogger challenge, Denyse for Life this week, Corinne for Monday Musings, and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

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  • Jo Tracey
    2 October 2017 at 10:33 am

    Contentment is a lovely word for the month. Good luck with nanowrimo… I’ll be signing up again this year too.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Jo! I’m hoping for once I finish something for nanowrimo.

  • Shilpa Garg
    2 October 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Wow! You did a lot all through September. I did a lot of reading and spring cleaning at home. I am looking forward to your review of Into the Water. Wishing you a satisfying and enriching October, Sanch!
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Ah yes, that review will come up soon. Hope October is good for you too!

  • Tina Basu
    2 October 2017 at 2:16 pm

    You have had a busy September. We were going crazy with the festivals here too. I have been longing for a dog too – in fact, I’ll like a feline friend too but a toddler and a pet would be a nightmare for me, so still being skeptical!
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Cats are much easier to manage as they can be quite self-sufficient. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney A. Casto
    2 October 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I love the idea of focusing on one word a month. I chose balance for 2017 and I’ve completely failed. I think one word a month would be better!

    September really flew by. Now we’re in the final quarter of the year which I always look forward to. I know it’s going to go fast. I’m going to focus on living in the moment and enjoying every second of my favorite time of year.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Haha…my word for the year was actually ‘flourish’ and I tied that in with a positive psychology challenge for myself to focus on one ‘positive’ emotion a month in order to flourish. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always worked out well this year with a relationship breakdown and work stress. But I’m persisting. I think balance is a great word but yes, it’s so hard to do consistently in life!

  • nabanita
    2 October 2017 at 2:58 pm

    You seem to have done a lot of things in September. As for me, I worked really hard in September and am really looking forward to some downtime this month. A few stress free days.

    2 October 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Oh your month sounds superb Sanch; kudos on achieveing the goals you set out to do. Its a very liberated feeling to accomplish the things you set out to do – I pray this last quarter brings much more joy and positivity on your plate! Aiming to make this last quarter count in my life too!!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Shalz! Hope it’s great for you too πŸ™‚

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    2 October 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Another action packed month for you, Sanch. I love how your blog is coming together beautifully – such a mix of fiction and personal stories.
    May you be content through October and going forward too.

  • Deepa
    2 October 2017 at 9:11 pm

    You had a busy month. My September was also busy because of exams, festivals, and guests. Wish you a great October and all the coming months.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2017 at 9:25 pm

      I think the end of the year starts to get busy for us all! Hope October is great for you

  • Suzy
    2 October 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my, you had an extremely busy and exciting September. Hope all the stuff that upset you has vanished from your horizon. Have an awesome October
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  • Parul Thakur
    3 October 2017 at 1:05 am

    Contentment is such a lovely word. Wishing you that and much more in October.
    Your passion was visible, Sanch and I am glad to know as a strong woman. One who is shaping herself the best way possible even when times aren’t that great. Hugs!
    Btw – loved your pictures. πŸ™‚
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  • Sydney Shop Girl
    3 October 2017 at 6:09 am

    The focus on one word a month is a great idea. Contentment is a great choice as we head into the end of the year and hopefully lots of down time and time with the people we love best.

    SSG xxx
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  • Rachna Parmar
    3 October 2017 at 3:06 pm

    You had a pretty full September. I loved the thought that when something is a setback, it leads to an opportunity. Such a wonderful silver lining, don’t you feel? Contentment is lovely to aim for. And about the dog, I think you should get one. They make for such fabulous companions. Have a lovely, fulfilling October, Sanch.
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  • Geeta Nair
    3 October 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Sanch,

    Looks like September has been quite an exciting month for you. Same here what with the Onam Celebrations, books and some great wins in writing competitions.

    Hope October is equally exciting.
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  • Prasanna
    3 October 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, that was an action packed September. Good luck on the challenge and NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping to get out of my creative block this October and write regularly πŸ™‚

  • Denyse
    3 October 2017 at 7:10 pm

    How lovely that was to check out for your September. I am glad things are going better for you now too. Yes, daylight saving will be great for when you have more time once work is done to explore this lovely place where we live.
    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 38/52. Next Week’s Prompt is Any Regrets?
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  • Prasanna Raghavan
    3 October 2017 at 11:39 pm

    That was a truly packed schedule you have had in September, inspirational for others. The sun shining beaches, let them prompt your more hectic October schedule. All the best, Sanch.

  • Menaka Bharathi
    3 October 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I loved this idea of blogging on a word. I think I need to start a new blog where I can pour in all my personal posts. This reflection of your september is truly amusing Sanch. Wish more happiness the coming month
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  • Surbhi Prapanna
    4 October 2017 at 2:19 am

    Oh! its great to read your experience…yes! Sometimes we have so much going on and we just want a break. looking forward to reading your upcoming posts.

  • Rajlakshmi
    4 October 2017 at 1:47 pm

    so happy that daylight savings have started. I can now do more walking in the evenings. I am sorry your issues spread online… That’s really hard to tackle but glad it worked out. I am lagging on my reading, need to pick it up. I yearn for a dog too… But don’t have the heart to leave it alone the whole day. Maybe someday!
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  • Alicia O'Brien
    5 October 2017 at 11:58 am

    Your photos look awesome, looks like a great life x I need to take more photos to be reminded of the good stuff.
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  • Obsessivemom
    5 October 2017 at 5:31 pm

    You got quite a bit done this September. I love wrap up posts. It kind of puts the entire month in perspective and brings a sense of achievement. With October here and just three months to go for the year to end I suddenly feel there are so many things I’d planned to do this year that remain undone. Need to take better control.
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  • Soumya
    5 October 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Such a beautiful September you had. Your pictures always make me feel so happy when I go through them on Insta.

    I love the month gone by posts and they teach you so much once you look back at them. September was all about acceptance and letting go for me. October is going to be the same. I’ve learnt to let loose a bit sit back and enjoy the smaller things without the need for being in control all the time.

    All the best for NaNoWriMo πŸ™‚
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  • Leo
    5 October 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Seems like you had a wonderful September. A month with lots of reading and writing is definitely a successful month, I feel. πŸ™‚ And your photographs are lovely too. Hope your October goes according to your word.
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  • Anami
    6 October 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Got a new idea of a word for each month. Will surely try it. I love September, because it’s my birthday month. πŸ˜€ I compromised with writing due to many reasons, but will try to complete the ProBlogger Challenge and write regularly. Thanks for the inspiration Sanch !
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  • Shalu Sharma Rathod
    7 October 2017 at 6:05 am

    You have had quiet a busy September it seems. My September was full of emotional & physical exhaustion but now I am looking forward to winters – a season I love for multiple reasons. The top reason being, I can crawl up in bed with my laptop & coffee & write more effectively than in summers.