The Month That Was

June 2018 Reflections

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I usually write my monthly reflections post on the first day of the new month. However, the first of July also happens to be a Sunday which is when I write my weekly gratitude post. I figured I might reflect on June on the very last day of the month instead. Weatherwise, June was cold and rainy for the most part. Yes, it’s winter but I really wish it wasn’t cold and rainy!

What I wrote in June 2018

While I had great plans to finish my second draft by the end of June, that didn’t happen. However, I did make progress. My rewrite is currently at 15,133 words. This is after a rough first draft of 40,000 odd words. Having said that, after attending the Kids and YA Festival earlier today, I am both inspired and terrified in equal amounts.

Apart from working on the manuscript, I did write a bit of poetry on the blog this month thanks to prompts by Vinay and Reema. I wrote four poems this month and it’s really hard to pick favourites. In case you missed them, they were Rebel, Rise up, Painted love, and No means no. I guess if I was forced to choose, I’d choose Rebel.

Finally, in June, I also wrote a piece of microfiction for the Yeah Write challenge. I truly am grateful that I was inspired to be creative this month.

What I read in June 2018

In June, I finished reading three books. They were all short books that I read in between a much longer one I’m still currently reading. I finished Wild Embers by Nikita Gill, A Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan and Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag. They were all very different books – poetry, a collection of mini-episodes about a relationship, and a novella respectively – and all very enjoyable in their own way.

On the blog in June 2018

I was a lot better with the blog this month than the previous couple of months. Thanks to five creative works, a book review from a book that I’d read in May, the weekly gratitude posts and a review of my reading challenges, I wrote 12 posts, not including this one.

Health in June 2018

I must confess I slacked off a bit with my exercise in June and I blame the cold winter mornings for this. It is really hard to wake up when it is around 3 degrees and you have cats snuggled up close keeping you warm. I did pick up towards the end of the month partly through accountability and also buying myself an Apple watch {yes, I’ve sold my soul to Apple!}

My physical health has been generally okay and for that, I am truly grateful. My mental health has been interesting. Anxiety has been a bit on the higher side and I think that’s mainly due to work stress and a lot of negativity in the workplace. I had to take a day off just for self-care and have put things in place for myself at work so as to not burn out too badly.

Life in June 2018

Life has been continuing reasonably well in June. I’ve continued to be social, to be spontaneous, to have down time at home while chilling in front of Netflix, as well as make the effort to be out in nature when the weather has been nice. It’s been good to connect with people in real life as well as blogging friends through WhatsApp. Private practice has been reasonably busy and I’m enjoying it though still trying to find a way to be organised. It has meant that I need to evaluate a few things in my professional life.

Highlight of June 2018

While there really wasn’t one big highlight, I would say spending moments with a certain someone has been quite special. Apart from that, a professional development course I attended for psychology was probably the other highlight. I love it when even after a decade of practising as a psychologist, I can always learn something new.

Lowlight of June 2018

The stress and negativity at work is a definite lowlight.

Lessons from June 2018

Your mind can be your own worst enemy. You don’t always have to believe everything it says.

So with that lesson in mind, I say goodbye to June and welcome July. I hope it brings a little less stress and anxiety, a lot more writing, and time with people I cherish. And of course, a lot more to continue to be grateful for.

How was June for you?

Do share!

Image source: Pexels

***Linking with Vidya for her June gratitude circle***

Until next time,

 

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  • SHALINI BAISIWALA
    2 July 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome going girl – happy to hear your creative works have kept you busy! I wish it would get rainy and cold here – 44 deg weather is horribly HOT!!!

    Your bookshelf seems to be growing well and I am looking forward to the reviews too!

    Wish you loads of love and happiness for July – cheers sweetheart! 🙂

  • Rachna Parmar
    4 July 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I liked the format in which you shared your monthly roundup. Sorry to hear that the anxiety is playing spoilsport. Good on the fitness front. I saw your awesome Insta update this morning. You go girl! Good going on the reading and writing fronts as well. Wish you less meanness and more calm this July, Sanch.
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  • Parul Thakur
    7 July 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I agree that we don’t have to go by what the mind says. Sometimes it can be overly cautious or detailed. Not needed always. Go with the flow and take it one day at a time.
    I so want to buy an Apple Watch 😛 One day! Glad you wrote and blogged this month. 3 degrees is sure cold and you don’t have to beat yourself up. Snuggling is fine too. 🙂 Have a happy July and keep reading. 🙂