The Month That Was

September 2020 Reflections

September Reflections

Well, that went by quickly. I don’t think I realised it was the end of September until about 9 p.m. last night! It’s been a roller-coaster of a month and it’s the perfect time to look back at the month that was September.

What I wrote in September 2020

In September, I realise I didn’t write all that much. I wrote a piece of microprose on the blog for YeahWrite’s monthly challenge but that was about it. I wanted to write essays and poetry but I just ended up starting things and never really getting anywhere. On the plus side, I have somewhat of an idea for NaNoWriMo next month and I’m hoping to sketch it out a bit this coming month so who knows? November could be productive.

What I read in September 2020

I continued to read a lot and got sucked into the vortex that is bookstagram. In September, I read 11 books and am halfway through a couple which I hope to finish today. Highlights were The White Girl by Tony Birch, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Common People by Tony Birch, Olive by Emma Gannon, Intimations by Zadie Smith, and Kokomo by Victoria Hannan. I also enjoyed Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, The Promise by Tony Birch and A Field Guide to getting lost by Rebecca Solnit. Nowhere Child by Christian White didn’t grab me as much as his other book and The Strangers we know by Pip Drysdale was a complete miss for me {this was our book club read}. You can continue to follow my reviews on Instagram. I had been hoping to update the reviews on the blog but I’ve struggled to find the motivation.

On the blog in September 2020

The blog has been a bit quiet again – just my regular gratitude posts, the microprose and the monthly reflection post.

Health in September 2020

My physical health thankfully has been okay in September. I’ve kept up with the gym consistently and continue to be grateful that I can increase my strength. My mental health which hit an all-time low in July has been fragile but not as bad as it was back in July and August. I’d started to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. That said, there was a setback at the end of September at work which means I’m monitoring my mental health a bit more.

Life in September 2020

Life in September was pretty good. I had the first week off and it was much-needed! It was a nice way to start spring – I’d spent the end of Aug and start of September in Gerringong but the rest of my week off was a staycation which involved beach time, reading, decluttering and catching up with a friend. I was a lot more social this September and I noticed that that had a positive impact on my mental health – I caught up with Sammie a couple of times, went out to brunch with new people I met, went for a few walks with friends, had a friend from the coast visit, attended book club – all of which made me feel connected and grateful. I continued with the gym, went to the beach a few times, had my first swim in the ocean, read a lot, spent time in the sunshine, listened to great music, spoke to friends on the phone, reached out when I needed help, connected with people over bookstagram. I still miss live music and hope I can go see some soon. Work has been hectic and was going well until the setback I can’t talk about yet.

Highlight of September 2020

The highlight this month was my essay submission for the final round of YeahWrite’s super challenge was given an honourable mention. And also, connecting with people.

Lowlight of September 2020

The work setback for sure.

Lessons from September 2020

It hasn’t been an easy month by any means but one of the biggest lessons for me this month has been the importance of reaching out and asking for help. It beats wallowing and spiralling and trying to figure it all out on your own. I also pushed myself to connect and initiate connections and it has been rewarding in many ways.

It will be interesting to see what’s in store for October. I am grateful things seem settled in Sydney for now and hopefully, that means I can see some friends I haven’t seen for months! I might be able to talk about the work situation next week hopefully but I also know it means added stress this month.

How was September for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Leanne for the Lovin’ Life Linky and Vidya for her monthly gratitude circle***

Featured image by Irina Iriser from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Shalzmojo
    1 October 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Oh I love the thought of spring and taking a swim in the sea. Sounds amazing Sanch for over here its dull and dry weather with Autumn sneaking the winters now. Your book reviews are missing from my timeline and I wonder if I have stopped getting the notifications or what? Seems like you have been reading quite a storm these days 😉

    I am sorry to hear about the work life low you are facing at the moment and hope that this too shall pass away soon.

    Love the profile pic on the blog- the framing is super! XOXO
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  • Joanne Tracey
    2 October 2020 at 7:32 am

    I’m not good at asking for help either – to my detriment as I end up in a vortex of overwhelm. I’m yet to swim in the ocean this season, but could just do so this weekend. I’m looking forward to daylight saving as because I work to Sydney time I get to knock off an hour earlier.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    2 October 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Erm, I think you forgot the puppy cuddles and your legit skills as a dog whisperer. I’m sorry that work put a spanner in the works but I know that you’ll get by with a little (or a lot) help from your friends. And like all crap things, this too shall pass. I know it’s a cliche but it really is true. In the meantime, pat the cats and carry on 🙂