The Month That Was

August 2018 Reflections

august 2018

Happy first day of Spring! While the forecast for the rest of the week still looks wintery, I’m hopeful it will warm up soon. And warm weather can only mean one thing for me – beach days! Being the first day of a new month, it is time to reflect on the month gone by.

What I wrote in August 2018

I wrote a fair bit in August on my WIP – I’m up to 31,547 words on my second draft and halfway through the story {first draft was 40000 words}. I would’ve written more but I focussed on the blog in the last week of the month. My plan is to finish this second draft/rewrite and then let it sit for a few months while I work on other projects. What’s been good is even as I am writing, I am aware of the changes I need to go back and make. For now, I’m just keeping a document with all the stuff I need to research or add instead of going back and editing it.

Something that helped earlier this month was a consult with an editor during the Writers Unleashed festival. I may have jumped the gun with that but it was also heartening that we both thought changes needed to be made in the same places.

Apart from my WIP, I wrote a couple of poems on the blog this month. No longer was penned earlier in the month and Courage just yesterday. Both were thanks to the Wednesday Verses prompts. Both are close to my heart as they represent strong women even in the face of fear and uncertainty.

What I read in August 2018

I only read two books this month and am just over halfway through the third. I finished Picnic at Hanging Rock for my book club earlier in the month and then read Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein. I’ve really got to pick up my reading game in the next few months.

On the blog in August 2018

The blog remained really quiet until this past week. I only wrote the gratitude posts each week, one poem and one reflection post and then this week, I caught up on all my pending book reviews. I reviewed Breath by Tim Winton, Deranged Marriage by Sushi Das, Tin Man by Sarah Winman and of course, Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein. I’d read the first two back in April and May so it’s been a long time coming! I have in my drafts several personal essays and posts which are half done but I’m hoping to build on them in the coming month.

Health in August 2018

August was not great for my health compared to the months before. I ended up with cold and flu symptoms in the middle of the month which resulted in a week and a bit of no exercise. But I figured I had to listen to my body and rest. There were a couple of sick days from work – one for the above, and one for stress concerns. I think my health was affected because of some work stress but a past personal stress rearing its head again in mid-July and early August. I am hoping it is sorted now. My PMS this month has also been horrible and I’ve eaten a lot of sugar compared to the last few months. But I’m trying to be compassionate and just restart my focus this coming month.

Despite all this, I should add I am happy with how I am going in terms of exercise. I ran my very first City2Surf in August which was a 14-kilometre run and I did this in an hour and 44 minutes. For the record, I don’t run usually so this is a big deal for me. And it’s got me wondering what other events I could run in {I am definitely not running marathons or half-marathons!}. I achieved some personal bests with regards to my strength-training and currently, I am doing 55 kg deadlifts and 42.5 kgs barbell squats. My lower body is definitely stronger than my upper body and I’m hoping I can increase my upper body strength this coming month.

Life in August 2018

August was busy and a bit of a blur. It started with going to a concert and listening to some new bands. I’ve gone on long drives, caught up with friends in Sydney and the coast, enjoyed cat and dog cuddles, laughed and cried and felt it all. I enjoyed the Writers Unleashed festival held in the Sutherland Shire in the middle of the month – it gave me a chance to drive around my old neighbourhood again and confirmed for me that I’ll need to move back at some point because I really do miss it down there. Having said that, life throws curveballs. In August, I went for a couple of job interviews and while I still don’t know anything for sure, let’s just say I’ve been writing out lists of pros and cons to figure out what to do. There have been moments of feeling really overwhelmed and not wanting to adult but in the end, I’m just taking things one step at a time. I am trying to declutter because I know no matter what, I want to move out of my current place some time. I do think though, I need a short holiday – even a long weekend of some sort – before I visit India in November.

Highlight of August 2018

The Writers Unleashed festival and meeting fellow aspiring authors and established ones has got to be one of the highlights of this month. And of course, running the City2Surf.

Lowlight of August 2018

Falling sick was a bit of a downer but more than that was having to deal with a particular stressor that rears its head up every now and then. Interestingly though, whenever it does occur, I find it brings me closer to my friends and more connected as well.

Lessons from August 2018

You cannot control everything and that’s okay. If there are things you can control, work it out on paper. Notice the anxiety or overwhelm for things you cannot control and postpone the worries. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Reaching out to people and connecting with them is great in times of stress. I have some awesome people in my life and while I don’t believe in forevers, I am grateful they are here in the now.

How was August for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for Gratitude Circle and Denyse for Life this week***

Featured image: Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Shalzmojo
    1 September 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Whoa Sanch – you really packed quite a punch in August girl! The writing bit seems the most exciting and I pray that this stays full steam ahead.

    Sorry to hear of your personal and health troubles – hope it all sorts out for the best soonest!

    Loving your fitness schedule and way to go on that run girl – whoooo!! BTW I have been binging on sugar a lot too this month; no clue whats that about!!

    I am hoping we get to meet when you do get here in November – are your dates sorted? Pls DM me na – I will plan a trip to mumbai around your dates then….

    Cheers and happiness for the september to be darling!!!

  • Shilpa Gupte
    2 September 2018 at 3:58 am

    Bababababaaaa!! Girlie, you are one busy bee!! How do you manage it all? And, pretty well, I must add. Congrats for your writing and reading, too . I read just two books a month and don’t stress myself too much with any book reading challenges. My blogging is going fine. Now that I have decided to give less time to that phone, I am sure I will find more time to do something productive..Keeping fingers crossed!

  • Parul Thakur
    3 September 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Wow! That’s a packed month for sure. When you told me, you are an INFJ and now as I read your blog, I am so sure you are a J and I am a P 🙂
    Sick days are not good for workouts but all that weight you lift is so cool. Not an easy one for sure. Running is not my cup of tea either but someday maybe. That stats are pretty cool. Must commend you on that.
    And hey, is that now November? I thought it was December. Are the dates done? Let me know the plan.
    Wishing you a happy September. Lots of hugs and love!
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