The Month That Was

September 2019 Reflections

Happy first of the month! Can you believe it’s October? I think because I was travelling for most of September, it seems to have gone by in a flash for me. We’re entering the last quarter of the year and usually, the year-end craziness. I for one, just want a sunshiney and warm weekend so I can start to hit the beach again. But before looking forward, it’s time for me to look back at September.

What I wrote in September 2019

Given I was travelling in September, it probably won’t come as a surprise that not much has happened on the writing front. I did however, manage to sneak in some microfiction for YeahWrite’s monthly microprose prompt and I also wrote a short story upon my return. It was pretty cool to have both my pieces voted in the top three for that week. I’m hoping to write more now that I’m back.

What I read in September 2019

I read a lot in September and completed 6 books in total! That’s the beauty of holidays for you. I only had my Kindle with me while travelling but made sure I had a mix of psychological thrillers and nonfiction books to keep me entertained. And then, after getting home, I had to get my hands on paperbacks again. Because books and their smell!!!

Anyway, while away, I managed to read the following books: The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie {really fascinating memoir!}, A Cat, a Hat and a piece of string by Joanne Harris {short stories}, Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee {not your typical holiday read but a memoir about sexual assault}, The Good Samaritan by John Marrs {psychological thriller} and Snap by Belinda Bauer {psychological thriller}. I also read Favel Parrett’s There was still love this past weekend. This one is truly a delightful read!

I’ve actually managed to read 53 books so far but I’m extremely far behind in my reviews.

On the blog in September 2019

Again, due to travelling, the blog was fairly quiet apart from the weekly gratitude posts and the two fiction pieces I mentioned. I’ll get back to blogging now that I’m home and have consistent internet.

Health in September 2019

My health wasn’t too great for part of September. I picked up some kind of viral bug while travelling and spent a couple of days spewing and sleeping and unable to eat. Luckily, with cold and flu tablets, rest and relaxation, I finally got better. Being away also meant the only exercise I did was walking. Which is fine. Since getting back last Sunday, I struggled with my usual 5 a.m. wake-up and instead, only went back to the gym on the weekend. As I write this, I can’t even begin to describe just how sore my legs are – I can barely walk! But I’m back at the gym!

Emotionally, I struggled a bit particularly when I was sick but I picked myself back up again.

Life in September 2019

Life wasn’t really life last month if you know what I mean. I travelled through Albania, Macedonia and Greece. I met new people, enjoyed learning about the history of these places, savoured the local food {especially Greek food!!!}, soaked in the culture and had a great time. I did get homesick halfway into September but it didn’t stop me from still enjoying what these places had to offer. Apart from that, since coming home, I’ve enjoyed time with my cats, getting back to my favourite cafe, catching up with a couple of friends and also managing to attend a gig. Being away helped me reflect a bit more on what I want to do in life.

Highlight of September 2019

All the travel but I guess for September in particular – visiting Meteora in Greece {that’s where the featured image of the sunset was taken}.

Lowlight of September 2019

Falling sick while on holidays!

Lessons from September 2019

While I enjoy travelling, I think my limit is three weeks because, after that, I start to crave my routine and all things familiar. While I enjoyed being with a tour group and having the flexibility of free time, I think in future, I might do shorter tours while adding something for myself before and after. On the whole, though, I learnt that I do love exploring and continue to enjoy meeting new people.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to visit some amazing countries for four weeks. Now it’s time to settle back home for a bit and plan my next adventures.

I’m looking forward to October – author events, catching up with my friends, going to a couple of gigs and hopefully, at some point welcoming the warm weather with a swim in the ocean.

How was September for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Vidya for her Gratitude Circle and Jo, Min, Deb and others for the Lovin’ Life Linky***

Until next time,

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  • Rajlakshmi
    2 October 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I had been following your journey and loved your pictures. It gave me serious wanderlust… What an adventure you must have had exploring strange lands ?
    53 books already! Awesome.
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    4 October 2019 at 7:45 pm

    It is great to know you were away on a European holiday in September. It does sound you had a great time barring the sickness. I hope you have recovered completely. 2 recognitions by Yeah Write group and 53 books read sounds a great deal. Have a fabulous October.
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  • Mahati ramya adivishnu
    9 October 2019 at 10:02 am

    53 books so far is great. This year i am struggling to finish 35 books due to work and other commitments. Have a happy October Sanch.