The Month That Was

August 2019 Reflections

august 2019

Happy September everyone! It must be a beautiful spring in Australia but where I’m at, it’s summer and extremely hot and humid! Not really my favourite type of summer. I bring you my August reflection edition from a little café in Albania! I usually write these posts on the first of the month but given the travel, inconsistent WiFi and a slightly busy schedule, the fact that this is within the first week is a win! Anyway, here’s looking back at the month that was August.

What I wrote in August 2019

In August, I participated in the YeahWrite’s Super Challenge – the nonfiction edition. I was pleasantly surprised to pass the first round and move on to the final round. I didn’t win {which I expected} but it was good experience writing and getting constructive feedback for creative nonfiction. Most of my creative work in August was on the blog as opposed to off it. However, given I was going on holidays in the last week of August, the rest of the month ended up being pretty busy which meant I only wrote two poems – Patriarchy and First Day, one micro prose and one short story – all for the weekly YeahWrite challenges. I have been trying to get inspired to write creatively while on holidays but my mind just seems very full at the moment.

What I read in August 2019

I finished four books in August – The Memories we hide by Jodi Gibson {review to come soon}, The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta, The Silent Ones by K. L. Slater and The Ex by Nicola Moriarty {she is Liane Moriarty’s sister}. They were all good reads but I especially loved The Place on Dalhousie and The Ex. I also managed to finish all my reading challenges for 2019 but am yet to complete my book reviews for the Aussie Author Challenge and Australian Women Writers’ Challenge. It’s the first time I’ve completed the Goodreads challenge this early and I suspect I could potentially finish 52 books by the end of the year. At the time of writing this post, I have read 48 books.

On the blog in August 2019

The blog was not as busy in August once again due to life. I wrote the aforementioned creative posts, managed to catch up on a book review and of course, wrote my weekly gratitude posts. I’m hoping to get back to regular blogging and blog hopping when I get home later in the month.

Health in August 2019

My not-so-great physical health from July continued into August. Sinusitis continued to annoy me until a few days before I had to leave on holidays. It’s more frustrating than anything else. I didn’t work out as much as I’d have liked either and now, being on holidays means I’m eating and drinking a whole lot more and working out a whole lot less! I will have to hit the gym with dedication upon my return!

Life in August 2019

Life last month was full! Apart from being busy with work, I also enjoyed going to a gig, wandering through bookstores with friends on Love your bookshop day, visiting new places in Sydney, attending a professional development course on treating death anxiety, enjoying brunches and dinners with friends on the coast, listening to amazing music, going for a hike, and of course, visiting Europe for the first time. The last week of August was spent in Croatia and I loved it {except for the humidity}. It’s been enjoyable exploring the cities as well as taking in the beauty of the natural environment. Most of all, it was really nice meeting new people from different parts of the world and sharing lots of laughs and good times.

Highlight of August 2019

Definitely my Europe trip! Plitvice lakes, the blue cave, Zagreb and Dubrovnik were my highlights. And the adventure is not over yet…

Lowlight of August 2019

A setback on the job front early in the month which made me question my abilities was probably the biggest lowlight. However, I allowed myself to grieve and to process it and I’ve reached a stage where I’m okay.

Lessons from August 2019

Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them but given time to process, you realise it’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re happy about it; just that you accept it and start to think about other alternatives. But also, you realise in the scheme of life, in terms of the big picture, some things may not really matter.

September is going to be mainly filled with travelling and I get home with a week left to the month. The blog is likely to be quiet except for the gratitude posts when I get good wifi but feel free to follow my travel adventures on Instagram. I’ll write detailed posts about my travel when I return home.

How was August for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for the monthly Gratitude Circle***

Featured image: Pexels

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Shalzmojo
    14 September 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I had been wondering why I havent been seeing your posts since the longest time now Sanch. Glad to know you are travelling and by the sound of it, really living it up. I cant wait to hear all about your trip and see the pics. Zagreb is especially a place I want to visit – you will tell me all about it in detail.

    Dont fret over the workouts, you will get back to it as you are very dedicated with your routine and keep mixing up things. The books sounds interesting and I look forward to the reviews.

    Hugs for the work anomaly and hope all is ok now!! Wishing you a blessed September girl XOXO
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