The Month That Was

August 2020 Reflections

August reflections

Welcome to September! It’s the first day of spring down here but, to be honest, it’s felt like spring weather a fair bit this past week. And we are fortunate to have some lovely sunny weather forecast for a lot of this week too. Spring brings with it a sense of hope because the days get longer and daylight savings is nearing. I feel like this year, we need that sense of hope so much more! Anyway, before springing into September {see what I did there!}, it’s time to look back at the month that was August.

What I wrote in August 2020

I didn’t write much on the blog but off it, I dabbled in poetry and a couple of essays. I participated in YeahWrite’s Super Challenge and was stoked to find out I advanced to the final round. That meant writing two essays this month and hopefully, I can continue to hone my skills. It doesn’t matter if I don’t win; what matters is I’m continuing to write and submit.

What I read in August 2020

I read 8 books in August with a mix of fiction, poetry and essays. I read It sounded better in my head by Nina Kenwood, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Lonely City by Olivia Laing, Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt, The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, The Switch by Beth O’Leary, A Burning by Megha Majumdar, and Loner by Georgina Young. I am also between three books currently – a poetry collection, an essay collection and a novel.

On the blog in August 2020

The blog was pretty quiet in August with no posts apart from my weekly gratitude posts. It was an exhausting month and I struggled to find the energy to blog. Hopefully, that will change this month.

Health in August 2020

I’m still taking supplements for low Vitamin D and iron levels but apart from that, I’m grateful for good physical health. The tiredness has continued but I’m hoping with a break this week, it will improve. I have been working out regularly and started a strength program at the start of the month. It’s been enjoyable as I push myself! My mental health continues to be fragile but I’m getting the help I need while also taking it one day at a time.

Life in August 2020

Life in August mainly revolved around work, gym and reading. There were some social moments but just with few people. It was mainly dinners at my place or theirs, some walks, and a quick coffee catch up. It hasn’t been easy not being as social as I normally am but with the second wave, I’ve tried to take some precautions. That said, I don’t think I can continue to live in fear and am hoping to branch out and meet my friends more. It was also a month where I experienced a lot of kindness and love from strangers and friends and colleagues – all of which I am grateful for.

Highlight of August 2020

It’s a tie between going away at the end of the month and also making it through to the final round of the YeahWrite super challenge.

Lowlight of August 2020

Umm, pandemic anyone? And my crappy mental health.

Lessons from August 2020

One of the biggest lessons this month for me is about the importance of kindness especially, during these tough times. I don’t find it too hard to be kind to others but others’ kindness towards me has recently brought me to tears. It’s also a lesson to be kind to myself and treat myself like I treat others who are struggling!

It’s been a month! But on the plus side, with the end of winter and the slightly longer days, the end of the month has been just that little bit optimistic. Here’s hoping September is a better month for all of us!

***Linking with Leanne for the Lovin’ Life Linky and Vidya for her Gratitude Circle***

How was August for you?

Do share!

Featured image by Daisa TJ from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Soumya
    2 September 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats on the highs, Sanch and we’re all together in the lows 🙂

    Reminds me, I need to get my Vitamin D levels checked and continue the supplements.

    Wishing you a fabulous September.
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  • Joanne Tracey
    3 September 2020 at 7:51 am

    I’m expecting big things from September (she says optimistically). A real mix of a month for you, but glad you’re still able to find a happy place between the pages, in the gym. with some social stuff as well. I’ve been enjoying your #bookstagram posts too.

  • Leanne |
    3 September 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Sanch – these covid months have certainly been a drag on the soul haven’t they? I keep expecting things to turn around as each new month pops up and maybe September will be the magic turning point? In WA our covid numbers are extremely low (for which I’m very grateful) but we still have the social distancing and the worry about stupid selfish people who lie their way into the State or who don’t quarantine/isolate properly – they really make me angry! Hope your September is full of happiness x

  • Denyse
    3 September 2020 at 7:07 pm

    It must be hard when your work is related to being ‘in a headspace’ to help others and then turning to yourself to keep your own headspace healthy. Tricky!! I take Vit D with no qualms . Not so good on the iron but apparently I am taking enough in with my limited by pretty healthy eating these days. I wish you well in your weeks and months ahead. There is something quite rudderless about life at the moment isn’t there?

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  • Shalzmojo
    7 September 2020 at 8:05 pm

    The high is just fantastic Sanch- more power to you and I hope you get to win this one 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your health issues persisting – hopefully the supplements will begin to do their work after a few months and you will soon be back to your regular self.

    I have missed seeing your posts and was about to message you about it – hopefully you will be back to it as I miss your book reviews 🙂

    All the best for a more fruitful and happier month ahead!!
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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    10 September 2020 at 7:45 am

    I agree re the writing. It’s all about the continual “practice” and keeping yourself immersed in your writing passion. That’s exactly why I started my blog over 10 years ago. To write. And write and write and write and write …
    Thanks for the catch up Sanch!
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