The Month That Was

July 2019 Reflections

july 2019

Well, that went by quickly! What just happened? It feels like just the other week I was reflecting on June and it’s already time to reflect on July. July felt like a bit of a whirlwind for me and I think that’s partly because I was so busy for most of it, and then sick towards the end of it. Anyway, here’s a bit of my wrap-up of July before diving head-on into August.

What I wrote in July 2019

I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked in July because I was too busy living life at a crazy pace. I don’t regret that but I also know I need a reasonably clear head to write and not one that’s thinking of future plans and current stuff to do. I wrote a short story Adventure of a lifetime for YeahWrite and also a couple of poems, Illness and Aftermath for their challenges. I was pretty stoked that my story was chosen as crowd favourite and Aftermath was part of the top three. I also wrote a piece of microfiction for YeahWrite – Bully. I also wrote a personal essay, Calling me home, for their nonfiction challenge earlier in the month and was once again stoked to have it chosen as a crowd favourite. I’ve been meaning to write something for their challenge this week but just couldn’t thanks to a bit of a head cold. However, I did participate in their Super Challenge on the weekend and submitted a personal essay that I wasn’t too happy with. But it’s done and when I get feedback, it’s something I can hone I hope.

What I read in July 2019

I read 6 books this month and that has left two shy of my Goodreads goal for this year. Being sick towards the end of the month kinda helped read a couple of books in a short period of time. Going away for a long weekend was also helpful. Books I really enjoyed this month were Missing by Sue White, The Rip by Mark Brandi, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto, and Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Milkman by Anna Burns disappointed me and The Lies we told by Camille Way was okay. I will be reviewing The Rip and Missing shortly {in addition to all my other pending reviews!}. I have also completed the Aussie Author Challenge and the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge but just have to write and link up my reviews. I’m hoping August is a good reading month too. I’m currently reading a book of essays and also just started The Memories we Hide by the lovely Jodi Gibson.

On the blog in July 2019

Apart from entering some of the YeahWrite challenges this month, I also wrote my usual weekly gratitude posts and one long-pending book review – Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut. I do want to write more personal essays on the blog and improve my skills as I was quite happy with Calling me home this month.

Health in July 2019

My health was a bit shit for half the month. Unfortunately, I came down with a head cold and cough about ten days ago and it has lingered on and off to the point where this week, the GP told me to take the rest of the week off. I have decided to go back to work tomorrow but it’s annoying. Currently I am on antibiotics which I doubt are doing much, making sure I rest, using a nasal spray and drinking lots of liquids. I have also cut down alcohol the last two weeks as I know it can clog my sinuses. The most annoying thing about all this is that I haven’t exercised as much as I’d like.

Emotionally, I have been good for the first half of the month but I think my physical health and not exercising as much has affected me a bit in the latter half. It’s nothing too drastic and I’m just aware of it and keeping it in check.

Life in July 2019

Life has been full in July and I have enjoyed it {except for the being sick part}. My day job has been okay with kinks I wish I had more control to change. Private practice has kept me going. But life outside of work has definitely been a lot better. I caught up with a couple of old work friends in Sydney at the start of the month, went on The Rocks Ghost Tour with some mates, explored new breweries and pubs in Sydney with friends, had dinner dates and afternoon teas on the coast with my friends, had my old housemate and friend come over and stay with me, saw a friend’s new baby, and also had a long weekend away in Brisbane on my own where I caught up with a couple of bloggy pals, explored a fair bit, had some awesome food and beers, and went to the Dead of Winter Festival. One of the best things that occurred at the festival was a couple of members from one of my favourite bands recognised me from social media and they were all just very lovely and posed for a photo with me. Travelling solo also meant I spoke to strangers and had a pretty decent time. Having said that, I felt being on the go so much meant I didn’t get time to reflect and take a step back. I’m continuing to feel like I’m at a crossroads in life and only some downtime to reflect is going to help.

Highlight of July 2019

The highlight by far was meeting the guys from Opus of a Machine at the Dead of Winter festival!

Lowlight of July 2019

My poor physical health and consequently, lack of exercise has to be the lowlight for this month. Hopefully, it will improve in August.

Lessons from July 2019

Connecting with people is amazing. Yet, it’s important to have time for yourself, time to reflect, time to recuperate. And listen to your body! I’m grateful I am in a job where I can afford to have a paid sick day. But maybe if I listened to my body more, I would recover quickly.

Having said that, I know August will be pretty full too. But, I haven’t packed out my weekends like in July. I have a couple of gigs I’m going to this month but both are on Friday nights. I leave on holidays at the end in about twenty-something days and I am nervous and excited! However, before that, I need to ensure I’m on top of things at work, I need to save a bit more money and need to plan for the trip a little as well. I’m going to be away for four weeks – most of September and a week in August. I know I’m going to miss the cats but my housemate will be looking after them. So while it might be a slightly busy month, I am hoping to have time to reflect, time to exercise and to just be.

How was July for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her monthly gratitude circle and Jo, Min and others for the Lovin’ Life Linky***

Featured image by Magda Ehlers from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Joanne Tracey
    1 August 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Here’s hoping for a return to prime health. I know my mood does a complete 180 when I’m walking to when I’m not. I don’t lift, but I’ve heard that the buzz from the physical strength thing really helps with the feeling of resilience so it’s not great when you’re not able to do what you normally do. I don’t travel a lot on my own now I’m not travelling for work, but it amazes me how many more people I talk to when I do. Anyways, here’s to a positive August.
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  • Sydney Shop Girl
    1 August 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Here’s to August being a month of good health and energy for you, Sanch!

    SSG xxx

  • Min @ Write of the Middle
    2 August 2019 at 8:45 am

    Gosh you read six books this month – incredible! I used to be like that but find it hard to stop, relax and concentrate these days. I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well. I hope August is a healthier month for you! #TeamLovinLife

  • Shilpa Garg
    2 August 2019 at 4:00 pm

    You have had a very busy July. Congratulations for your writing achievements. That’s simply great!!
    6 books is cool. I have read Em and the Big Hoom and just started Milkman. Have just finished the first chapter and I am not comfortable with the style of writing, hopefully it will get better. I wonder how it will be for me!
    Take care of your health and hope you feel better and fit. Wishing you a great August, Sanch!

  • Shalzmojo
    2 August 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Oh dear the health bit sounds terrible – I hate head colds for they make me fuzzy and very ill tempered. I hope you feel better soonest.

    6 books in the month is amazing – you are reading such varied stuff Sanch; have 1-2 of these on my TBR but since am not buying books, will wait for someone to gift me some Amazon vouchers 😉

    All the best for the upcoming holiday; hope its a blast dear girl. You take good care of your health and have a wonderful August 🙂
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  • Ramya Abhinand
    5 August 2019 at 1:31 pm

    It indeed is wonderful to make it to the crowd faviurite of Yeah Write. I have been linking up with them now and then and I understand what it truly means to make it there.

    Similarly I aim to write more personal essays on the blog. In my whole reading and reviewing books quest, I have been ignoring my passion for writing personal essays.

    6 books a month is amazing. I did 4 for the month and hope to get back to more reading in august.

    Travelling solo is surely an expereince isnt it. I hope you do manage to save up that money and embark on your next trip, all in the pick of health.

    Best wishes for August Sanch 🙂

  • Parul Thakur
    15 August 2019 at 1:19 am

    Sorry to know about your health. I hope you are better now.
    I loved your work on YW. Know what? I was too shy to tell that you that I also participated in the challenge. I kept thinking of texting you but I did not. The feedback that I have got is good and something that I am consistently hearing. So I know what I need to work on. I have no hopes when the results are out in 45 mins.

    Good you got a break and traveled. This month, I also felt the power of connections. That stood out as a theme on my monthly post too. Take care, Sanch and tell us more about the trip that you are planning.
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