The Month That Was

June 2019 Reflections

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Can you believe half a year is done and dusted? Where has it gone? I kinda like that July starts on a Monday; there’s something refreshing about that. Here Down Under, it also marks the beginning of a new financial year {not that much fun when you have to get your tax returns together}. June felt like a bit of whirlwind for me personally but it’s also a month I’m glad to be looking back at.

What I wrote in June 2019

June was a good writing month for me and I wrote a lot of poetry, some microprose and short fiction. Most of them featured on the blog; some continue to be on my laptop and need heavy editing. I was pretty pleased with my Haynakus for YeahWrite this month. If you haven’t read them, they are Departure, Togetherness, Sunsets, Truth is a funny thing, Blemishes, and Un-breakable.

I also wrote a couple of poems for Wednesday Verses including Erosion and Positive ignorance.

I dabbled in microprose for YeahWrite and also a short story titled ‘Neighbours‘ for their fiction prompt one week.

The most incredible thing though was being chosen for the editor’s pick a few times this month – my mircoprose and fiction piece were both chosen as was my poem ‘Departure‘. It was such an amazing feeling!

What I read in June 2019

I managed to read six books this past month, partly because some were very interesting and therefore hard to put down, and partly because I went away for a couple of weekends. I’ve reviewed some of them on Instagram and there are still reviews pending for the blog. I absolutely loved How to make friends with the dark by Kathleen Glasgow, The Lost man by Jane Harper and When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury comes close as well. I have fallen way behind in my reviews on the blog but hope to schedule some this month.

On the blog in June 2019

I blogged a fair bit in June thanks to the YeahWrite challenges. In addition to the creative pieces I mentioned before, I continued my weekly gratitude posts every Sunday and also wrote my mid-year reading challenges review. I also wrote a piece on why I get tattoos {after getting a couple more this month}.

Health in June 2019

I was fortunate that despite winter setting in, my physical health has been relatively good. I may not have exercised as often especially after I ran 12 kms mid month. But I still persisted with some form of activity. I’m planning on getting back to eating healthy and exercising more regularly this month.

Emotionally too, I’ve been a lot better. I think writing, reading, socialising, love from the cats and having things to look forward to have kept me going.

Life in June 2019

Life this month has been good. It’s been a busy month as I’ve been quite the social butterfly! I went to Sydney a couple of times and hung out with friends. I met Rah and Allison Tait and some other awesome writers as part of Vivid Ideas’ ‘So you want to be a writer‘ live event. I watched Vivid lights with friends, spoke to random strangers in general, continued to visit my favourite cafe even if just for a coffee. I explored Melbourne with another friend, went to the Hunter wine festival with some, ate a lot of good food, drank some awesome wine and beers this month, went to a gig to see The Tea Party, listened to other new music on Spotify and continued to have brunches, lunches, dinners and afternoon teas with friends at our homes or out. I also got a couple of tattoos this month which I’m absolutely loving. As mentioned before, I ran 12 kms in a ‘fun’ run {such a misnomer!} and I was very stoked with my achievement of completing it in an hour an 18 minutes.

Highlight of June 2019

This is a toughie but it’s a close call between my Melbourne trip and being chosen a couple of times for the YeahWrite editor’s pick.

Lowlight of June 2019

Work has been a little bit underwhelming in that while I’m busy, there’s stuff that’s not working too well currently. But in the scheme of things, it’s not a huge lowlight if that makes sense.

Lessons from June 2019

One of the biggest lessons this month for me was the importance of connection. It’s something I already know but I tend to forget. Meeting people, talking to them, really connecting about books, writing or our vulnerabilities are so important. I also remembered how capable I am of doing that but I tend to forget it. It takes courage but it’s so worth it!

That’s my June for you. It was a good month despite the wintry cold. I am looking forward to July when I head to Brisbane for a weekend and have a few social events planned {although probably not as much as June!} But I’m also looking forward to reading more and writing more this month.

How was June for you?

Do share!

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

Featured image by Brigitte Tohm from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Joanne Tracey
    2 July 2019 at 11:38 am

    I love that the second half of the year begins on a Monday. It feels sort of portentous. My June felt quieter but I think I needed that to close out this 6 months. Well done on your writerly successes. Your comments about vulnerability and courage is a theme I’m hearing a lot lately – which probably means that I need to take notice of it!
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 July 2019 at 9:07 pm

      If you haven’t done so yet, do read/listen/watch Brene Brown. I’ve been fangirling her since 2013 after watching her Ted talk on the power of vulnerability which to me, was nothing short of an epiphany!

  • Geethica Mehra
    2 July 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Networking surely helps to reach new people and know them better. Yes, sometimes we become lazy or forget its importance.
    Good luck for the year ahead.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    3 July 2019 at 6:59 am

    What a fun packed month you’ve had this month! I fell a bit behind with my reading this month partly because I read a book I didn’t love and it took me ages to finish it. I loved The Lost Man – definitely Jane Harper’s best work yet! I had a side trip to Brisbane, celebrations with family and friends but the highlight was definitely getting strata approval for our puppy! Talking of connection, we will have to sort out a real life catch up, it will be the end of the year before we know it!
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  • Denyse
    3 July 2019 at 5:21 pm

    That was a lovely affirming read. Good on you with the writing accolades. Whilst life can throw us curve balls you are making the most of what you have in such good ways: weekends away, looking after your body well and now, sharing the June that’s been better than maybe you might have thought. Good luck with the dreaded tax season.

    Thanks for sharing for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is Self Care Stories. Hope to see you there linking up. Denyse.
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  • Soumya
    3 July 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Your writing achievements are inspirational, Sanch! Thank you for recommending ‘When I Hit You’, what a splendid book!

    I hope the cold subsides soon and may life bring in lots of light and laughter to you in July!

  • Rachna
    3 July 2019 at 8:19 pm

    That certainly was an interesting month for you. Bravo for all that reading and writing and being chosen as Editor’s Pick. Hope the things that were not so good get better. I know about feeling physically better. That happens to me in summer but as soon as rains arrive, I get bad allergies. Hate them a lot.
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  • Shalzmojo
    9 July 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Wow you sure have been busy Sanch and its good to see that. Love the books you have been reading – all of them sound pretty interesting. I get to know about some of the best books from you everytime.

    Running 12 km is huge – you go girl!! I know you dont like winters but maybe this is the way to beat them and get fit too 😉

    Congrats on the writing spree- I have been in the boon docks in this department for past 2 months and am hoping to shake out of it in July!!

    Wishing you a merrier July with loads of fun time and love XOXO
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  • Parul Thakur
    10 July 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I also love when the 1st falls on a Monday. It’s like an organized approach to the month.:)
    Reading about your month was fantastic. You did very well on all the grids and I am so proud of you. I love when you said, the power of connections. It is important and I know it’s not easy. But keep that going 🙂
    wishing you a happy and fruitful July.
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