The Month That Was

November 2018 Reflections

Welcome to the last month of 2018 everyone! It’s that crazy month with Christmas and New Year’s eve and winding down from the exhausting year. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves just yet. It’s still the first day of the month. For me, that means it’s time to look back at the month that was November.

What I wrote in November 2018

Creatively speaking, not much happened in November {kinda like how things have been since September!}. I didn’t write any poetry or add anything to my WIP. On the plus side though, some creative ideas have been floating and I’m in the process of thinking about some short stories. I have also had ideas for some non-fiction projects and have begun brainstorming the same. Let’s see where things go.

What I read in November 2018

November was a brilliant month for reading. I read a lot! That was partly due to being on holidays with not much to do. I completed my Goodreads challenge as well as my Aussie Author challenge but I’ll do a round-up post on the reading challenges later this month. I read 9 books this month in a range of genres. These included Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (contemporary fiction), Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig (memoir), By Sea and stars by Trent Dalton (history/nonfiction), What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami (memoir), Friend Request by Laura Marshall (psychological thriller), The Girl Before by JP Delaney (psychological thriller), The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine (psychological thriller), Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl (nonfiction) and Swimmer among the stars by Kanishk Tharoor (short stories). I plan on reviewing some of these books but not all.

On the blog in November 2018

The blog was relatively quiet in November. Apart from my weekly gratitude posts, I reviewed Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers and I also wrote a post on how friendships are not kept just due to luck. I am going to have to figure out my blogging habits a bit more in 2019. There is a lot I want to write about but for some reason, I tend to start the posts and then leave them sitting in the drafts. I’m not sure what’s getting in the way exactly but it’s definitely not a lack of ideas or time at the moment.

Health in November 2018

I exercised diligently when I was home and since being in India on holidays, I’ve done my best to walk or do some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes. It’s hard not doing any strength-training and I’m itching to get back into it when I get back home next week. I was down with a fever for a few days when I got to India {surprise, surprise!} and have been coughing since then too. Once again, I’m hoping going back home will help clear the sinuses and my health gets back on track.

My mental health continues to be fragile though I put on a brave face. It was especially bad at the start of the month and it was with the support of some friends and Trent Dalton’s words {even though he will never realise it} that helped me get through some tough times. I think though, I will get through this with continued support and also things I know I need to work on.

Life in November 2018

It’s been one crazy month! I wrapped up my job mid-month just before heading off on holidays. Amidst this, I was also super social at home catching up with friends in Sydney and on the coast before I left. I saw The Living End live in concert at the start of the month and they were great! They still know how to rock the house. I hiked, enjoyed the beach a few times, attended a friend’s wedding, had brunches and dinners with friends, went to see Trent Dalton speak and have him recognise me, and of course, came to India for a holiday after seven years. The trip so far has involved eating {a lot!}, falling sick, seeing my parents and my sister after three years, catching up with bloggers, trying occasionally to be a tourist in Mumbai, visiting Bangalore {where I am currently} and reading. I have been missing home though and that started barely a week after getting here. I’m more than ready to get back to my fur-babies, the beach, the gym, my friends and my life.

Highlight of November 2018

I know I should probably say the highlight was meeting my family after three years but it wasn’t. Nope. The highlight for November was the fact that Trent Dalton recognised me from social media, hugged me, and wrote me the most beautiful message in his book that meant so much to me – more than he will ever realise – given some stuff I’ve been dealing with. So yes, that’s the highlight of the month and something I still hold dear! {Sorry mum, dad and sis!}

Lowlight of November 2018

Being away from my cats for half the month has been tough!! I miss them, I miss home.

Lessons from November 2018

Even when times are dark, there are always silver linings. They may be in the form of friends or even random strangers. The key is to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable, and to connect despite the darkness. You will get the rewards in kind. Life is funny that way.

That was November for me. Busy, fulfilling in many ways and leaving me grateful for all I have at home. I’ve met many people and I am so glad I had the chance. There were some I longed to meet but couldn’t for various reasons but maybe our paths will cross someday.

How was your November? 

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her Gratitude Circle and Kylie for the very last IBOT***

Featured image source: Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Shilpa Gupte
    2 December 2018 at 4:29 am

    My November was good! I socialised after ages, met blogger friends and had a great time learning about people I have known virtually. It was indeed great meeting you, Sanch! The book was, as I said, fantastic! I cried and cried at the end and now I am convinced that my Chikoo came back as Cookie. 🙂

    Really, this much of meeting and chatting with friends is something I did….umm, nope, I don’t think I have done this in more than 10 years! So, yes, it meant a lot to me and made me super happy! We learn so much from people we meet, isn’t it?

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 5:50 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and it was lovely meeting you too every single time! And I do agree we learn a lot from meeting and interacting with different people. It pushes you in so many ways! Thanks again for catching up often when I was in Bombay 🙂

  • shalzmojo
    3 December 2018 at 12:42 am

    What a chatty newsy post Sanch and with so many highlights.

    I absolutely loved meeting up with you and cherishing the Book which is going to be my plane ride back home read.

    You stay strong and Connected babes-life has a weird way of working out even though it seems it’s not

    Here is wishing you a wonderful December with loads of blessings and love

    Hugs and love
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:26 pm

      It was really good to meet you too and I’m so glad we made it happen! Have an awesome December!

  • Natasha
    3 December 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Dear Sanch,

    Welcome to India! All the beaming, gorgeous faces at the blogger meet-ups was a delight to behold.

    Have a safe trip back home and may December be divinely awesome for you.
    Big Hugs <3

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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Natasha! Would’ve loved to have met you too and hopefully, that’ll happen at some point. Have a wonderful December!

  • Rachna Parmar
    4 December 2018 at 3:01 am

    This was so nice to read, Sanch. Being away from home is tough, and I totally understand that you are homesick. It was so lovely meeting you in person and getting to know you a bit more. You’ve been doing so much reading. Among the books you mentioned Man’s Search for Meaning was one that I loved a lot. Also happy that you made the effort to socialise and meet so many. You are right, it helps in ways we may not understand. Hugs and have a safe trip back home. Hopefully, we’ll meet again soon.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:32 pm

      It was great to meet you too Rachna! I’m so glad we were able to make that happen. Man’s search for meaning was very interesting and I enjoyed it from the point of view as a practitioner as well as someone who is figuring out meaning and purpose. The only book I didn’t like from all I read was Last Mrs Parrish. If you’re ever Down Under, please do let me know and we can catch up again. In the meantime, I’ll keep in touch online 🙂

  • Vanessa
    4 December 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I’m not sure where November went! I did have some leave at the start of the month and it went far too fast. I have to get better at taking proper leave.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Half of November dragged for me possibly because I wasn’t home and in a weird way, though it was full and busy, it also seems like a blur if you know what I mean. Your break went by way too quickly! Hopefully you have time off over Christmas!

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    4 December 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Wow what a big month! How lovely that Trent recognised you – you’re totes famous! Just remember tough times pass but inscriptions in books from your favourite author last forever! I’m not really a thriller kind of gal but I really enjoyed Friend Request and The Last Mrs Parrish. And Man’s Search For Meaning is one of my all time favourite books – a challenging read but so full of wisdom! I have loved following along on your travels (but not in a stalky way) and in particular have been salivating over the yummy food pics! Safe travels home!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Hehe, yes, I do try and remember that everything is transient and I love how you’ve put it re the inscription. I actually didn’t like The Last Mrs Parrish – the first half especially annoyed me. I liked all the other books on the list. Also, trying to get my mum to write down some recipes to share with you when I get home.

  • Denyse Whelan
    4 December 2018 at 7:34 pm

    How good it is to read your highlight. Instead of writing what you think is expected of you, you wrote what meant the most. Big round of applause from almost a reformed people pleaser me. Looking forward to you ‘being back’ to where you belong and wishing you well as you settle into work of a different kind.

    Denyse #teamIBOT

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you! 😀 Counting down the hours now to leaving

  • Shubhangi Srikanth
    5 December 2018 at 2:20 am

    First up… I’m sorry I missed meeting you in Bangalore 🙁 Hope we can catch up sometime soon.
    I loved this concept of a gratitude post and loved it more how you rounded up each aspect of the month, including your health. I’m inspired to do this too.
    Here’s to a fantastic December with wishes for a lovely end to the year!!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      5 December 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Sorry to have missed you too; not sure when I’m back next to India given that this trip has been after 7 years. Yeah I round up my monthly posts in this manner as it helps break down different areas of my life 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful December!

  • Shailaja Vishwanath
    6 December 2018 at 2:59 am

    So many many hugs coming your way for this post.

    It was so wonderful to catch up with you and see exactly the person you are on the blog. Sweet, down-to-earth and adorable 🙂

    I am eagerly awaiting your book reviews so I can decide what next to add to my reading list. Wish you a lovely December and a safe trip back home to reunite with your fur babies soonest!