The Month That Was

February 2018 Reflections

february 2018

Hello lovely readers! Can you believe it’s March already? The first day of autumn down here. While I love summer for the beach, I do love autumn for the beautiful colours and seeing nature at its best. I know we are only two months into the year but I feel like I normally do around November. It’s a good thing I’m going on a mini-holiday tomorrow.

What I wrote in February 2018

This past month, I participated in #writeabookwithal but didn’t write more than 8000-odd words. To be honest, they weren’t all new words as I was editing and rewriting my work-in-progress. Still, I cut a few things and rewrote some sections so it’s progress in my opinion.

I also finished and submitted my short story for the Newcastle Short Story Competition. Nothing might come of it but I’m excited that I submitted something.

On the blog, I continued to write poetry this month. I am grateful to Vinay and Reema for their Wednesday Verses prompts as it helps get the creative juices flowing. My favourite poem this month was Anything but love as it’s something I have noticed a lot over the years and am proud of the comments this poem garnered. The other poem was a feel-good one on Finding Joy. I have continued to write some poetry offline too.

What I read in February 2018

Somehow I feel like I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this past month. I finished Brene Brown’s Braving the wilderness and loved it so much. No review of mine can do it justice. I also read The Fall by Tristan Bancks and enjoyed the writing and the story. Finally, I ventured into audiobook territory for the very first time with Margaret Attwood’s Alias Grace. I’m not sold on audiobooks but it was a convenient way to ‘read’ two books at the same time. I’ve started reading Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and hopefully should finish it shortly.

On the blog in February 2018

Apart from my poetry, book review and weekly gratitude posts, I also wrote about my lessons from the A to Z blogging challenges from the past years and giving myself permission to be sick. I do have a lot more to say but haven’t had the time to blog more. I am enjoying my weekly gratitude series as they continue to help me reflect on things going well even when things are not.

Health in February 2018

Thankfully, this month was good to me as far as my health was concerned. My cough from last month subsided completely. I was able to get back into the gym, albeit slowly at first. I’m still lifting heavy, still enjoying the rush, still trying to get more toned. My eating could improve but I’m getting there. Emotionally, I’ve been struggling a bit with some exhaustion and stress – some work-related and some personal – but I’m hoping my upcoming break with help.

Life in February 2018

February was quite busy socially. I caught up with old work friends for dinner one weekend, went over to another’s house to learn to make gnocchi, celebrated birthdays and housewarmings and also had a weekend getaway with a friend. I also had some nights in with friends either just sharing long chats and drinks and nibbles or watching movies at home. Work has been busy too but the team I work with makes it manageable. I have been contemplating starting private practice but am still trying to figure out if I want to go on my own or join someone else.

There have been some frustrating moments in my life that I haven’t blogged about but it has been getting me down. Fortunately, I have some lovely supportive friends and loved ones to help me through it.

Highlight of February 2018

My South Coast weekend. It was lovely to getaway to my favourite place and it cemented the fact that I have a definite connection with the place. I cannot explain it but I feel a sense of coming home. It was wonderful to go back down south, enjoy the unspoilt beaches, the little towns, the friendly people and just feel relaxed.

Lowlight of February 2018

An annoying problem that keeps butting back into my life. It’s frustrating and draining all at once but like I said, I have some wonderful support. One of the silver linings though is it confirms and validates decisions I have made in the past.

Lessons from February 2018

It’s okay to ask for and accept help from others. People who love you will support you in any way they can. You almost need shit to happen in life so you can reach out for support and connection.

That was my February! It went by way too quickly. Here’s looking forward to March which begins with a holiday!

How was your February?

***Linking with Deb, Leanne, Min, Jo and others for the Lovin Life Linky, Kristen and Gretch for What’s new with you, and Mackenzie for A Blogging Good time***

Image source: Pexels

Until next time,


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  • John Holton
    1 March 2018 at 8:21 am

    First day of autumn there, first day of spring here. Amazing how that works.

    Hey, are you going to join us for A to Z this year?
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      4 March 2018 at 8:11 am

      I always find that amusing how the hemispheres are so different! I’ll be taking a break from A to Z this year as I’ve got a lot on. 🙂

  • Jo Tracey
    1 March 2018 at 9:49 am

    I hadn’t really heard of the A-Z blogging challenge, so ducked over to read your post…and am now intrigued…& a tad tempted. I’m glad you mentioned the Brene Brown book – I’ve heard so much about it of late that it’s almost like the Universe is telling me to sit up and take notice!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      1 March 2018 at 10:36 am

      You should do it if you’re interested. I’m taking a break this year. Brené Brown is amazing…I’ve read all her books and love her work.

  • Leanne |
    1 March 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I really liked this taking stock post Sanch – it was a great overview (highs and lows) and it looks like all in all, February was pretty good to you. I posted my round up today and February was pretty good to me too (despite some health issues that popped up and hopefully I’ll get on top of).

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    1 March 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good February Sanch! I love Brene Brown – haven’t read those books though so have added them to my list! My February was great considering I had two weeks away at the beach. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • Ramya Abhinand
    1 March 2018 at 4:20 pm

    A month with some Cheer and positiveness. Mine wasnt bad, neither was it an awesome one. And I still need to get going on my A to Z posts. Have the theme in place, yet to raft out those posts… Phew!
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  • Janet Camilleri
    1 March 2018 at 4:26 pm

    February went by way too fast! It’s funny what you said about giving yourself permission to be sick. I had a BCC removed from my face yesterday and have given myself permission to take yesterday, today and possibly even tomorrow off work. I run my own business from home, so know I must REALLY be sick if I don’t set foot near the computer. I’m actually feeling okay today but don’t want to over do it, so yes, I’m at my PC but only to comment on a few blogs 🙂

    2 March 2018 at 4:36 am

    You seem to have had a pretty busy February. Hope March is equally busy for you.

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    3 March 2018 at 8:15 am

    I love your reflections format Sanch. I may need to borrow this #teamlovinlife
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      3 March 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Leanne, feel free to borrow it. It’s something I’ve started this year

  • Parul Thakur
    3 March 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I love reading you Sanch and I feel sad that I have not been here as much as I would want. This format to me is very honest and simple. Just like you are.
    I am taking a break from A to Z this year. But as I’m reading and checking the timeline on A to Z, I am slightly concerned about missing it. So it’s going to be a good learning to let go. I am in awe of how much effort you put into your health. Fitbit group keeps telling me I don’t get my goal steps but I also know I am working out. I haven’t done a lot of heavy weights but trying. Feels like I have toned but no weight loss. On your writing, progress is what matters so keep at it. As I was reading your post, I thought it was good you moved. Remember the days, you were making the decision? That was hard. Glad you have new friends, good co workers and a company that you enjoy. Take care and wishing you a happy March!
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  • Lindsay
    4 March 2018 at 4:01 am

    Albeit a short month, you seem to have have had a full month. Your health and social update make me smile. Good for you girl. I’m also glad you were able to get away for a change of scenery and pace, too. 🙂

    Cheers to another great month ahead love. Xo
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  • Pratikshya Mishra
    9 March 2018 at 1:31 am

    I have been wanting so much to write for #WednesdayVerses but have not been able to create sensible poetry… It’s been long i wrote a poem.

    I’ve followed Brene Brown in TED and Marie Forleo talks, but not read any book yet.

    February for me was a bit rewarding. I pitched articles to websites and got accepted in one. ? So happy! Trying to better my writing. Looking forward to AToZChallenge this April. Putting together drafts for this.

    Happy Women’s Day!

    I wanted to ask- which fonts are you using for the blog- i really like to read here, the look and feel is good. I am trying to decide fonts for my blog but can’t seem to decide on one.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      10 March 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Love love love Brene Brown…started by watching her TED talk back in 2013 and then got the books.

      Glad to hear about your article getting accepted! Yay! 🙂 Good luck with A to Z.

      In terms of the fonts, I’m using the themes fonts mainly except for headings which is ‘Gloss and Bloom’ and my header font is Vincentia. I think the body is Georgia but I’m not hundred percent.