So much happened in July. I did so many things and so saw many people that I barely had time to sit down and drink a cup of 1A tea (see link for details). I worked myself ridiculously hard, spent way too much money and ate way too much as usual. I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to, left the ironing to pile up in the spare room, and did a really bad job of keeping the house tidy. But, all in all, it was an amazing month and I feel very lucky to have had such lovely experiences.
Here’s a little break down of what July was like for me. Enjoy!
Things that Happened in July
- Went for a meal in town for my friend’s birthday, which involved eating way too much mac ‘n’ cheese and watching my friend attempt to climb a tree for a beer. Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful and had to be rescued by Andy!
- Went to Handmade Burger Company with Andy for another falafel burger. They’re so good!
- Had my first cervical screening and didn’t freak out or cry or anything. Definitely wasn’t worth worrying about!
- Andy left me for three days to see the Grand Prix at Silverstone, so I got to enjoy some time to myself. Unfortunately, I ended up using the majority of this time to catch-up on things I needed to do, but it was still nice.
- Had a brilliant day at Hyper Japan festival with my friend Becky and her friend Andy. I spent so much money, but it was so worth it!
- Got my PC replaced with a Mac at work, which means I now press all the wrong buttons on my own laptop. Function + backspace does nothing on a Lenovo.
- Had an amazing day with Holly and Pauline in Manchester. Read all about it here!
Music of July
July’s musical choices mainly stem from seeing REOL live at Hyper Japan. They were absolutely amazing and I’m definitely a bit obsessed with their music at the moment!
What I Watched in July
Some are re-watches again, because I like to watch things over and over and over!
- Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
- 50 Shades of
- Porco Rosso
- Game of Thrones (just the last four episodes of season six, because we hadn’t seen them yet!)
What I Learned in July
- You should never be afraid to pick up the phone to a friend.
- Spending all your money on Japanese snacks is stupid, but worth it.
- Healthy eating is only hard if you keep buying tonnes of chocolate.
- That attempting a sake tasting experience when you’re not a big drinker is a terrible idea. And that rubbing sake in your eye is an even worse one.
- Giving yourself time to relax is very important.
Reviewing My July Goals
A reminder of last month’s goals:
1. Organise Mamyology
2. Write 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo
3. Blog twice a week
July was meant to be a month of writing. I’d planned out ten blog posts, signed up for Camp NaNoWrimo and set myself lots of daily challenges. The plan was to write on my lunches and for a few hours a night and make serious progress.
But, after three weeks of using all of my free time to stare at a laptop screen, I realised something. I needed a break. I was becoming less creative day-by-day and I dreaded coming home to do more work every evening. I was rushing to write things instead of enjoying them. I felt like I was on a production line, churning out more and more product without actually thinking or caring about any of it. That’s why, at the end of week three, I gave up.
I love writing, but this month made me realise that it’s far more enjoyable to do it at my own pace, without a word count in mind. So maybe NaNoWriMo and blog challenges just aren’t for me.
So that’s why, two out of three goals are a huge fail. Oh well.
My final goal was to sort out Mamyology, but, after spending every minute of the day writing things, I didn’t have any time left for this. I really need to set a weekend or two aside to do this, or it’ll never get done!
Even though I’m a failure, I’m still happy with what I did do. I spent a lot of time on the four blog posts I wrote, and almost made myself cry with a totes emotional scene I wrote in my novel (I’d been writing for six hours straight by this point lol) so I’ve made some progress. Plus, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I work best, so that’ll definitely help with future projects!
Goals For August
1. Have at least four days where I come home and just relax
After a month of trying to do EVERYTHING, I really want to take a few evenings to just chill.
2. Sort my diet out
My diet hasn’t been brilliant lately, and I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish because of it, so I’m wanting to make some changes this month. So August will (hopefully) involve eating lots of fruit and vegetables, making food diaries to track what makes my body happy, and attempting to cut out any foods that turn it into an evil stomach-stabbing demon.
3. Read more
Since moving to a different office for work, I spend a lot less time on the bus, which means I no longer have time to read on my commute anymore. Because of this, I haven’t read a book in ages, which is very, very sad. So in August, I’m going to try and give myself a few hours a week to get lost in a book or two (or ten).
July In Figures
Weight lost: *cries hysterically*
Books read: 0
Exercise done: I walk home occasionally, but it usually involves a cheeky trip to the shop for snacks…
Blogs posted: 4
Money saved: ??? Not gonna lie, I’ve lost track completely this month.
So, July might not have been a perfect month, but it was definitely a great one. I tried new things, met new people and made some amazing memories. I’m definitely going into August on a high!
How was your month? Do you have anything planned for August?