The Month That Was

November 2019 Reflections

Welcome to December, everyone! Well, the second day of December but given the first day was on a Sunday, I didn’t want to miss out on my weekly gratitude post. As this post gets published, I’ll be on my way to my new job. Eek!!! But before all that, it’s that time of the month where I first reflect on the month that was November.

What I wrote in November 2019

I signed up for NaNoWriMo at the end of October despite knowing I was going to be moving in November. Turns out, I should’ve listened to myself. I got to about 1200 words the first couple of days and then, that was it. On the plus side, I have an idea and I just now need to sit and write! NaNoWriMo doesn’t just have to happen in November!

I was able to dabble in a bit of poetry – Stalking Prey, Burning and Morning Hit – and a microprose – Unfiltered – on the blog for YeahWrite. I didn’t write much off the blog because of being busy with the move.

What I read in November 2019

I didn’t read as much in November as compared to the last few months but I still managed to complete 3 short books. I read Beauty by Bri Lee, Pillow Thoughts – II by Courtney Peppernell, and Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter. They were all chosen because they were short books and the only ones I felt I could read given all that was going on. I also started The Wife and the Widow by Christian White on Friday and finished it yesterday but technically, because I finished it on the 1st of December, it doesn’t count as a November read.

On the blog in November 2019

Apart from the above creative pieces, I continued with my weekly gratitude posts and also caught up on a few book reviews from books I’d finished a long time ago. In case you missed them, you can check out my reviews for Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell and When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy. I also wrote a personal essay on my issues with my weight and how that affected my ability to exercise.

Health in November 2019

After the crappy health issues in October with tonsillitis and the rest, November was a lot kinder to me. I battled my weighty issues and motivation to hit the gym particularly at the start of the month. However, once I figured out what was affecting my motivation, I was able to re-assess, hold myself accountable to some lovely blogger-friends and restart. I have been exercising reasonably consistently barring the week I was moving. Although, I do reckon there was a lot of incidental exercise with all the lifting of boxes and walking to and from the car with all the stuff. Since moving to the new place, I have hit the gym a couple of times and hope to remain consistent. My mental health has been okay but I’m also mindful a lot of that is because I have been super busy focussing on practical stuff related to the move. Time will tell how this will go but for now, I’m content. Anxious, but content.

Life in November 2019

November was full-on! I went apartment hunting, found a place, packed up my shit, dealt with a flaky housemate, moved, finished off at work in the public system, continued to work privately, caught up with friends, went to author events, attended a couple of gigs, had my hair done, hit the beach, and tried to have some kind of balance. In some ways, it’s a bit of a blur but in other ways, there were lots of good things.

Highlight of November 2019

The move back to Sydney but to a new location was a definite highlight BUT even bigger than that for me, was the gig on 23rd NovemberWe Lost the Sea played at Crowbar along with Meniscus and Solkyri and oh-my-fucking-god it was bloody brilliant! Overall, it was the best gig ever and WLTS were amazeballs!!!! Hands-down, it’s the best gig I’ve EVER been to and that’s a big call given I love Karnivool, think they are one of the most awesome bands to see live, and have seen them twice this year.

Lowlight of November 2019

The lowlight was being ghosted by a couple of people – not that big a deal but still. Apart from that, something that was a bigger deal was all the bushfires in the state, particularly in the Port Macquarie area. It saddens me and angers me that we are causing this and endangering innocent animals.

Lessons from November 2019

Having good friends is essential to one’s wellbeing. It’s been a full-on and slightly stressful month but my friends have been supportive either via phone or in practical ways. I couldn’t have made the move happen without them. I also value the friends I’ve made on the Central Coast and while I’m sad I won’t be living close to them anymore, I’m grateful I can still visit and see them. The other big lesson I learnt this month was to occasionally cut myself some slack. It’s okay to not be able to do it all!

December is a brand-new month. It’s a month of beginnings. A new job, a new place, meeting new people, starting new connections while still keeping the old. It will not be easy but it’s what makes this life worth living.

How was November for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week, Vidya for her monthly Gratitude Circle and Kristen for What’s New with You***

Until next time,


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  • Leanne |
    2 December 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Sanch – it sounds like quite a busy month – congrats on the job change and successfully moving. Glad things are going better health-wise and that you’re happy with where you’re at with life. I always enjoy catch-up posts and seeing what people have gotten up to over the month that was.

  • Anne Downing
    4 December 2019 at 12:05 am

    Sounds like you have had a busy month!! Enjoy your new home.
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  • Debbie Harris
    4 December 2019 at 7:43 am

    What a big month you’ve had. I’m glad to hear the move went well and you are settling in. The fire situation has been awful! Take care and all the best for December. #lifethisweek
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  • Sandra Kelly
    4 December 2019 at 10:33 am

    It certainly is okay not to be able to do it all. Good on you for making peace with that. Having said that, you still managed to do a hell of a lot. I wish you all the best with the move and new job. Here’s hoping for a very enjoyable December. Sandra 🙂

  • Natasha
    4 December 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Wow, Sanch you got so much done this November. Looks like an exciting month.

    Your post inspires me to start writing again for gratitude circle especially this festive month and as we near wrap up time for 2019.

    I love that piece you wrote for Yeah Write sometime back, the one which got the maximum number of votes in the Non-fiction category. Loved the vivid details.

    Keep writing, keep reading, stay fit and keep spreading your inspiring reflections.

    Love and cheer
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  • Soumya
    4 December 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I’m so glad health was better for you in November, Sanch. You have got a lot done and I’m excited for you, for your new job and new place.

    Wishing you a fabulous December as well.
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  • Denyse
    4 December 2019 at 7:12 pm

    By the time you read this you will have had your time in the Blue Mountains…and what a time. The fires and threats of them just won’t let go. The smoke here on the Central Coast is worse today. Sigh. Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is: 49/51 Taking Stock #5 9/12/19 Hope to see you there! Denyse.
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  • Shilpa Gupte
    6 December 2019 at 5:58 pm

    SUCH a busy month! 😛
    Happy for you, for the move you made, for no health issues, the writing you got done and the fun you had!
    May December bring with it some more healthy, happy and fun times for you dear! Now heading off to read all your prose, poetry and essays.

  • Shalzmojo
    9 December 2019 at 12:48 am

    What a super duper busy month and that music gig seemed to be the highlight Sanchie. I am so glad you moved as that snake pic had me in jitters 🙂

    Your hair looks fantastic and its so good to read all the good stuff happening in your life at the moment. Enjoy this move, the new job and let your hair down as much as possible. On the workout front, we will rock it together.

    Have a fabulous December ahead XOXO
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