The Month That Was

October 2020 Reflections


Hello there! How is it November already? October was a rollercoaster of a month for me and I felt like I was constantly up and down and up and down and I’m sort of, kind of hoping November will be a bit more settled and stable. I know it’s already day two of November but it would be remiss of me to not reflect and take stock of the month that was October.

What I wrote in October 2020

I edited and submitted a short story for a competition in October. Unfortunately, I didn’t engage in much creative writing on the blog because I had my blog hacked earlier in the month and took most of the month fixing that issue. I did however, flesh out an idea for a novel(la) for NaNoWriMo so we’ll see what comes out of that for November.

What I read in October 2020

I only read 5 books in October and I’m halfway through a couple of them that seem to be dragging on a bit. Honeybee by Craig Silvey was the standout book and is quite possibly my favourite book of 2020. I also read All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton {spoiler: wasn’t a huge fan}, The Bluffs by Kyle Perry, Things I don’t want to know by Deborah Levy, and The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Have you read any of these?

On the blog in October 2020

As I mentioned earlier, due to the hacking issue, the blog was pretty dead in October. I still have to backdate some of my gratitude posts.

Health in October 2020

Physically, my health has been okay except for wonderful hayfever every now and then {which, in the time of COVID is like the plague!}. I’ve continued to exercise regularly and been to the gym about 25 times this month. Emotionally, I am quite proud of myself. I’ve managed to survive despite the shitstorm around me. I engaged in a lot of self-compassion, continued therapy, continued to connect and ask for help when I needed and thanks to all that, I stayed afloat.

Life in October 2020

Life was a rollercoaster in October. Work-wise, I started the month in a restructured role at my organisation which took away 80 per cent of my previous responsibilities. I applied for a few jobs, had interviews including an internal senior role and ended up getting the internal position which I started in the last week of the month. So yep, rollercoaster! Apart from getting my head around work, I was relatively social this month too. I caught up with friends on the long weekend, went to breweries and wine and cheese places, tried to go to the cricket {which got rained out!}, went for walks, spent time at the beach {before the weather got all cold and rainy again!}. I was also excited this month that live music is starting back again and have managed to get tickets to a couple of gigs in November. I was also super grateful to have a friend help fix my website and a workmate agree to come to a gig with me {because it’s hard to buy single tickets!}

Highlight of October 2020

Getting this senior position at work was a definite highlight but also, Craig Silvey’s gorgeous comment on my review of his book and in his stories while sharing my review. I really hope he does an Australia-wide tour next year because I’d love to meet him in person and get my book signed!

Lowlight of October 2020

Starting the month with my blog getting hacked.

Lessons from October 2020

Life is a rollercoaster and you’ll get through it with a little bit of help from your friends and family! Super super grateful to have people in my corner during tough times but also, to celebrate the good ones!

That was October for me. November is looking relatively social and work-filled but I’m also hoping to make time to write and get a decent chunk of NaNoWriMo in. If you’re participating, hit me up – I’m sanchwrites on there too.

How was October for you?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this Week and Vidya for her monthly gratitude circle***

Featured image by Andre Furtado from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Joanne
    2 November 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Congrats on the “new” job! I spent a lot of my October recuperating from surgery so it was a pretty quiet month.
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  • Soumya
    3 November 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Sanch, congrats on getting the internal position! Somehow when work feels sorted, life does too!

    I’m looking out for Honeybee to be available in India sometime soon. I’m loving your reading updates on Instagram.

    It is so sad that your blog was hacked! I remember you facing some issues like this sometime back too and you had to put a password on your posts. I’m sorry you have to go through this again and I hope this is the last time.

    Wishing you a fabulous November. Much love!
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    3 November 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I loved how the month turned around for you – it was like watching winter turn into spring! So chuffed for you that you got the job but I knew you always would, you’re more than worthy of the position. It was fun to catch up in October and it’s great to see the blog back up and running. Here’s to a November to remember for all the right reasons!

  • Vidya Sury
    4 November 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Many congratulations on the highlight of the month – a promotion is always welcome!
    So sorry to hear about the blog hacking – I can’t even imagine how you must have felt. Glad things are sorted out now. Hugs!
    Good to know health has been okay – anything during these COVID times is scary. We don’t even want to acknowledge that we have a cold right now!
    I am always in awe of your reading accomplishments – I enjoy your Instagram feed, as you know!
    I wish you a wonderful November, Sanch. This year has been unusual. Thank you so much for being part of the Gratitude Circle!
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  • Parul+Thakur
    4 November 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I remember the blog issue you had! Good for you it worked out well. Friends are the family we choose and when these friends show up in our need, it is such a blessing.
    Honeybee is not available in India 🙁 Sounds like a really good one and added it to my TBR.
    Happy for the internal position that you got. It’s important we get to work on things we like and value. So it’s good after the restructuring this one worked out for you.
    Wishing you a fabulous November. I will look forward to seeing pictures from the gigs! hugs and love!

  • Denyse
    4 November 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Such good news there…eventually. Congratulations on the new gig. YOU are talented and very much needed in the field, so well done. Trent’s book. Wanted to love love love it and liked it but still find some of his recounts raw. He says he hopes to see me at Newcastle Writers Festival in April so I will be there! Found your indie bookshop at Erina and it was a lovely find! Thank you. Thanks for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, the optional prompt is 45/51 Share Your Snaps #9 9.11.2020 and I would love to see you there! Denyse.
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  • Shalzmojo
    5 November 2020 at 3:54 am

    I glad to hear the hacking issue got sorted out. Its quite devastating to be locked out of your own blog. Hugs Sanch- I hope this is resolved for good now.

    Work and fitness fronts seem to be doing amazing for you and a huge congratulations for your strength and preserverance. You make me proud!

    I have to check out your bookish reccos as I have been a little off insta – reading was also low for me this month. Hoping to do better in this month.

    Hugs and cheer for a fabulous November ahead!!!
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