The Month That Was

July 2018 Reflections

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What just happened here? I feel like it was only yesterday I was writing my June reflection post and now we are into August. July has flown by extremely quickly! I’m not sure if that’s because I was busy or because I haven’t blogged as much as I would’ve liked to. Being the first day of a new month, it makes sense to look back at the month that was.

What I wrote in July 2018

I have been working on editing and rewriting my manuscript. I think after this draft, I will be taking a break from this manuscript to work on something else. It might help to let it percolate for a while.

Apart from working on that, I did write three poems on the blog. In case you missed them, they were One too many, Lesser of two evils and Disconnected. The first two were written for Blog-a-rhythm’s blogging challenge {which I didn’t complete}.

I felt really passionate about One too many as I am getting a bit sick and tired over the number of women being killed here in Australia and nothing being done about it. We have so much money put into defence and terrorism but 37 women killed in 7 months doesn’t seem to warrant that much money. Go figure.

What I read in July 2018

I read three books in July. Tin Man by Sarah Winman was beautiful. It’s a novella I am definitely going to have to review. I read Animal Farm for my book club and it was my first Orwell but enough to make me grab his other works. Finally, I finished The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer. I quite enjoyed this book and it certainly appealed to the psychologist in me. It’s got some interesting life lessons with a thin plot. I am halfway through Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance and really hoping I can finish it by the end of this month.

On the blog in July 2018

Blogging took a bit of a backseat in July due to some writing commitments and life stuff. I still wrote my weekly gratitude posts. I failed at the blogging challenge but wrote two poems for it. Apart from that, I wrote about how I feel like I belong back in the Sutherland Shire and the meanings behind my latest tattoos.

There is a possibility the blog will be a tad quiet in August too due to my other writing deadlines and commitments but I will do my best.

Health in July 2018

My health has been relatively good in July. For that, I am truly grateful. My anxiety has also been a lot better since the middle of the month. Interestingly, it coincided with visiting the shire and having a few decisions to make.

I am quite happy with my fitness in July. I held myself accountable and because of the watch, I managed to work out 27 days this month. The only days I didn’t were the first Sunday and the weekend I went away. Apart from strength training, I have also started to run a bit more and have so far managed a personal best of 5.87 kilometres. I started this because I have signed up for something in August which requires me to build up my endurance. Yeah, I am mental.

Life in July 2018

Life has been good in July. There was a birthday celebration {not mine}, a weekend getaway to the Blue Mountains, going to a live gig, occasional mid-week dates, catch-ups with friends, enjoying a couple of walks and hikes, getting lots of kitty cuddles at home and doggy licks elsewhere. Of course, there was the visit back to the shire – or home as it will always be. There is a lot I’m trying to change and think about at the moment while also trying to enjoy what is going on now. I have a list as long as my arm and while it is a tad overwhelming, I just need to take it one step at a time.

Highlight of July 2018

This is a tough one! I guess the highlight would be the weekend getaway to the Blue Mountains and getting my tattoos. The weekend was very relaxing, with great company and a lot of laughs. I still feel grateful for it all.

Lowlight of July 2018

Some work-related stuff probably got to me more than it should have in July particularly, early in the month.

Lessons from July 2018

The biggest lesson I learnt in July was that I could delay my worries. I didn’t have to always follow them but could acknowledge them and move on. It’s amazing how much it helps to notice it, be self-compassionate, see if it’s something that can be solved and if not, to move on. I know it’s something I will always struggle with but it’s good to know I have better ways now {P.S. Do remind me of this when I speak about my worries in a week, will you?!}

July 2018, even though you were freezing cold, you weren’t bad at all.

How was July for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her Gratitude Circle and Min, Deb, Jo and others for the Lovin Life Linky***

Featured Image: Lisa Fotios from Pexels

Until next time,


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  • Anne
    2 August 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Oh the Blue Mountains sounds lovely!

  • Deborah
    2 August 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Damn that work-related stuff! I’m the same. I really don’t have a lot to complain about outside of work but it can really make life feel like it sucks sometimes.

    I enjoyed the pics of your getaway and love that you’re keeping your fitness up. I need to do something more re my cardiovascular fitness. Have a wonderful August! xx #teamlovinlife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    2 August 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds to me that you’ve had a very productive July Sanch, and how lovely to have had a getaway to the Blue Mountains.! That’s just what I need right now, a bit of a mountain getaway. My July has been all about the Kitchen Renovation! Chaos, tradies, dust, excitement, it’s all been happening here! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • Shalzmojo
    2 August 2018 at 5:56 pm

    You are right about July just vanishing into oblivion before I could even blink I about it. Your book reading seems to be going good and I looking forward to your review of Tin Man.

    Glad to hear you are writing so much – way to go Sanch on this. I have been lazy and basically demotivated to write. Don’t ask what’s the cause as I don’t know either.

    Wishing you a stupendous August and looking forward to some news about the kittens too.

  • anupriya
    2 August 2018 at 6:48 pm

    You seem to have had a quick and happening Jul. All the best for your writing and more power to you for your blog.
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  • Denyse
    2 August 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve senses a shift in your writing/updates and I do believe you know where HOME is and that is huge. Well-done. However, we still need that catch up!! Let’s try for this month …or next. As it works for you. Denyse x
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 August 2018 at 6:51 pm

      I reckon we should definitely book a time in September…I’ve just got stuff on most weekends this month already. I’ll message you on FB 🙂

  • Suzy
    2 August 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Very true, July just seemed to fly by probably because it was very hectic workwise. I am looking forward to some days off in August and chilling. Hope you have a fab August.
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  • Soumya
    2 August 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Quite a productive July you have had Sanch. Nice to know that you now have a grip on anxiety. Tips, please 🙂

    You are doing crazy awesome on the health and workout front, do keep it up!

    Wishing you an awesome, healthy and happy August!
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  • Jo Tracey
    3 August 2018 at 6:45 am

    That actually sounds like a well-balanced July. It also sounds as though your manuscript is at the percolation stage…time for a new writing project, me thinks. I’m at the cover design stage for my latest at the moment and it’s doing my head in! Have a great August.

  • JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    3 August 2018 at 11:08 am

    That’s a lovely monthly post Sanch. I love the way you highlight things, it looks simple and clear to me. I will read about your trip in the weekly posts. Looks like it was a very good one. Also, I love the lesson you have shared. Just acknowledge the worry and move on. I am trying to work on it too. An express month with a great productive time for you. I guess if we are super productive(not the busy and unaccomplished times), we just let the worries be. We don’t bother about them much. Happy August. ?

  • Parul Thakur
    5 August 2018 at 11:31 pm

    When times flies by quick, it is usually good. You are a rock star when it comes to health. 27 days is amazing. I have got a hang at 20 and I need to move the needle. 5.87kms is good. As you practice, you will be able to manage more very well. Good to know about the cuddles and the trips. All food for soul. Have a lovely August and yes will remind you on staying compassionate.
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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    9 August 2018 at 7:40 am

    Animal Farm! My son did that for Year 9 English a couple of months back. It was interesting to revisit it as an adult. Haven’t looked at it since I was at school and I remember not liking it so much back then. Different with adult eyes
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