The Month That Was

September 2018 Reflections

Happy first of the month, readers! It’s a great start to October for us because although it’s Monday, it’s a public holiday! I love long weekends and I’m bummed the next one will only be in December! In three months though, we will be welcoming 2019. Can you believe that? Anyway, being the start of a new month, it’s time for me to reflect on the month gone by.

What I wrote in September 2018

My writing took a massive hit in September. Stuff happened in my personal life which led to my creative juices for my story running out. When I tried this past week to restart my writing, I couldn’t get the words out. So yeah, still struggling with my WIP and there has been no change since August on that front.

I did, however, write a couple of poems – All-consuming and Exceed limits. The latter was written for a Yeah Write prompt and was a lot of fun. But the former is close to my heart as it is a good representation of all of the emotions I can’t seem to fathom this past month.

What I read in September 2018

Once again, due to life stuff, I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I did however, finally finish Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. It was recommended by a friend and while it’s not my kind of book and one that I read with several breaks, there were sections of it that were quite interesting and made me ponder some deeper questions. I have only just finished it so I need to still figure it out. I’m almost done with The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey before I move on to my book club read for this month.

On the blog in September 2018

I feel like a broken record but again, there wasn’t much on the blog. My weekly gratitude posts continued even when I was feeling blue and I did write a nonfiction piece about how I’m not a runner. Apart from that, there were the two poems I mentioned before.

Health in September 2018

Unlike August, my physical health was good in September. I didn’t exercise as much in the first week of the month due to struggling emotionally but I picked up my game by the second week and managed to work out 28 times in September. These included my usual strength-training at the gym but also some yoga classes and hikes.  I am quite happy with how I’m going with my fitness and hope it continues.

Emotionally, I didn’t do as well. Due to stuff happening in my personal life as well as my work, I felt quite down for a lot of the month. I managed the personal stuff quite well after a week or so but the work stuff really is getting to me. I recognise I am burnt out and am finding that my work has lost meaning for me – this scares me as I feel like I won’t do a good enough job if that’s the case. It’s something I’m monitoring and trying to figure out.

Life in September 2018

Life was full of ups and downs in September. It started with me coming crashing down after some news but I can’t say I was completely taken by surprise when it happened. However, my friends were beyond amazing at this time. They were supportive, kept me busy, listened and helped me emotionally. Work has been blah as I mentioned. I feel like I need a new challenge but also something I develop and some autonomy over. I caught up with friends a lot in September both in Sydney and here on the coast, I had friends come over, went over to theirs, and also went to the movies and a Potter parody. I went to a concert at Newcastle by myself to watch Sleepmakeswaves and it was beyond amazing! I ended the month with having a friend come over and spend part of the long weekend with me. The last couple of weeks of the month though, has had me contemplating life, meaning, purpose, death, dying, relationships and connection. My head is not a fun place to be! Oh, and I also got some extra piercings this month – fourth holes in my ears and one for my belly button {as you do, when you are emotionally hurting!}

Highlight of September 2018

Without a doubt, the Sleepmakeswaves concert was the highlight! Though the Potter parody and a day in Newtown was a close second.

Lowlight of September 2018

The personal stuff at the start of the month and some work bullshit were the two lowlights.

Lessons from September 2018

I am so much stronger and braver than I ever give myself credit for. Shit happens and while it breaks me a bit, it doesn’t stop me from continuing forward. There are many times I get the urge to give up, to not bother any more, but then I realise that isn’t me. Some days, I might have to drag my feet but I still get up and face each day. I have learnt though, I couldn’t do this without the people {friends and family} and the two wonderful animals in my life. They keep me going. They keep me strong. Even when I don’t feel like it. Amidst the dark clouds of my life, I am grateful for these silver linings.

How was your September? 

Do share!

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

Featured image by Flash Bros from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Kirsty Russell
    1 October 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear September has been such an emotional rollercoaster for you Sanch. I’d love to catch up again sometime soon – I think a catch up might help both of us!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      1 October 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Oh I hear you! I was just thinking earlier today about how you, Denyse and I should try and organise a catch up soon. And thank you x

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    1 October 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Life is always full of ups and downs isn’t it Sanch – sometimes the waves are bigger than others, but if you always come back stronger then you know you’re growing as a person. Sorry to hear you’ve had some tough personal times lately – hope October brings you some smiles 🙂

  • Parul Thakur
    1 October 2018 at 6:27 pm

    You are one of the strongest and bravest woman I know. I love your honesty and your focus. Life will always have its crests and troughs but that’s the game. We need to keep moving. During September – I have been an emotional mess for something or the other. I cried and complained and then told myself to pick up and move. I am training myself to ignore. I am sorry about the personal stuff. You deserve much much better.
    Hugs and I wish October brings you happiness.

    P.S. I took a day off today (Oct 1) and tomorrow is Gandhi Jayanti so I am having a relaxing time at home. 🙂 4 days to do nothing! 😛
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    1 October 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Hope October is a big improvement on September! I have to beg to differ with you about the running, if you get out there and you have a go, you’re a runner, especially if you survived the City2Surf. In awe of your 28 workouts – you are a machine! And yay for piercings. I had my belly button pierced for years and my only regret was taking it out – I think I got too fat! LOL! Here’s to silver linings and rediscovering of mojo! x

  • Mayuri Nidigallu
    1 October 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Coming by to your blog after a while, Sanch. Love the fresh new look and the brilliant header.
    Challenges help us discover our internal strength, just as the have done to you. I wish you happy endings and new beginnings this October onwards.

  • Vanessa
    1 October 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Mine had frustrating parts too. But I also finished my first fiction book in I literally don’t know how many years so that was my biggest acheviement.

  • Lakshmi Manoj Kumar
    1 October 2018 at 11:46 pm

    So many things happening around you! The mind is never a fun place to be in – we tend to think and think about too many stuff, don’t we? But, loved how you have written that you have kept going. You’re definitely brave – fourth piercing? Wow! Indeed, we are blessed to have near and dear ones who help us in difficult situations.

  • Balaka Basu
    1 October 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I like your spirit. Yes, shit happens but we should continue

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    2 October 2018 at 7:51 am

    My September had ups and downs. The Ups being my daughter’s birthday. The downs being too many extended family members in hospital, plus a “shock” email I received advising that my dreams will never come true (and all the reasons why). That took me a while to get over. Well a day. Then I just went SCREW YOU and decided to hit delete on the email – didn’t even respond – and will continue to move on. So yeah, a similar month to you I suppose. Good stuff mixed with bullshit. Glad to hear you’re feeling better and can still capture the good.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 October 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Ugh…sorry to hear about the email, sounds horrible. Always shit when stuff like that happens out of the blue and shakes you. Also sorry to hear about extended family in hospital. I hope October is good for you!

  • Shalzmojo
    2 October 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Awesome to see you getting back on your feet; just like a cat!! You need to push on Sanch – life throws these curves which are turly undecipherable but you just need to deal with them. I wish you loads of love and healing in your personal life – hope you are able to cross over soonest!

    Much love and hugs – cant wait to meet you and hug you for real!! 🙂

  • Shalini
    3 October 2018 at 3:01 am

    Mine was an emotional rollercoaster ride! I was feeling really low because of blogging and social media, but then, my little sister was getting married and was feeling really happy for her. I’m trying to keep it together and is hoping for a good October. Wishing you the same, Sanch!

  • Denyse
    3 October 2018 at 7:58 pm

    You are here, writing about it and I sense gaining great insights and strength as you do so. I am up for a coffee ..as we have said a few times now, so let me know!!
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Best Friend Stories. Denyse.
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  • Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    4 October 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Life is full of ups and downs isn’t it? My September flashed by and I am a bit alarmed to realise it is October. I don’t know where the year has (almost) gone. My kids and I were sick for most of it, though we are on the mend now. There was end of term for the kids, school holidays, a death in the family, more cleaning up at my Dad’s house, and lots of red tape and travel. I’m also trying to get the writing and health back in sync. Hopefully it will come together soon. Good luck with yours.