Monthly Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Welcome to the second part of 2018!

Hope you all are having a great summer full of warmth and sunshine. Sun With Face on Messenger 1.0

Here’s my recap on all things that were happening in June:

Food

June was quite a self-focused month for me. Apart from reading a lot, possibly to distract myself from how I felt, I have also been figuring out my health, mainly my relatively poor digestion and a complete lack of energy. And it has been tough. I successfully completed the elimination diet programme (which I talked about here a bit here) but not much has changed. Something I find quite challenging psychologically as it’s nice to see some progress to keep the motivation going. I’ve realised this will be a long distance run rather than a sprint as I need to address not only my nutrition but also my stress levels and look at my health from a more holistic approach. I’ll write a separate post on Whole 30 and why I am still on it for those, who may also struggle with Crohn’s-like symptoms, and who may find it helpful.

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Relax

June was a brilliant, warm, sunny month full of walkies with my sweet and extremely loud pup. We found some shaded local river walks, went wild swimming, went swan gazing and generally had a lot of fun. Due to my current health, I have zero energy to do anything but walk slowly and do gentle yoga. However walking in nature has been very restorative and is recharging me for sure. I recommend morning walks, when everything is so quiet and serene. 🙂

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My gardening attempts continue. 🙂 I gave up on those poor lavenders (more on them here). They have been replaced by miniature roses. And I haven’t killed those… yet…

IMG_1076Favourite Movie

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Mildred Hayes is on a mission to find justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief into action. It’s a story full of not entirely likeable, complex characters. I thought the entire main cast was absolutely phenomenal, and Frances McDormand‘s performance was truly outstanding.

Favourite TV Show

 

The Durrells

  • The Durrells 

British comedy TV series. It’s a story of a widow, who moves her four children from England to Corfu in 1935. I love the witty dialog, the Greek setting, as well as a picture of a unique family, that goes through a lot of struggles, but where you always feel a strong presence of love.

Favourite Book

eleanor

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman my review

A very touching book that talks about some tough topics. Mainly, it addresses loneliness and social isolation as well as mental health in general. I loved both the consistently paced writing as well as craftily developed characters that were driving this story.


Reading Summary

It may seem that I read quite a lot but many of these books were read for a few months and I merely had a few chapters in some of them to finish in June. 🙂

I loved all my picks for fiction, and enjoyed those non-fiction reads as well.

I especially liked Upcycling Outdoors, as it’s full of quirky DYI step-by-step projects. Mind you I have an endless amount of optimism and always start projects thinking ‘how hard can it be‘… and the results are not always ‘ideal’. 🙂 I do want to try some of them though. Wish me luck. 🙂

Fiction

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (review to follow)
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (review to follow)
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (review)
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (review)

Non-Fiction

  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (review)
  • Dear Martha, WTF? by Tricia LaVoice
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon
  • Emotional Agility by Susan A. David
  • Kitchen Ideas You Can Use by Chris Peterson
  • Upcycling Outdoors: 20 Creative Garden Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials by Max McMurdo
  • Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Josh Axe

Now over to you:

  • What did stand out for you in June?

Hope you had a wonderful month! 💖💖

54 thoughts on “June Wrap Up”

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, Vera. As I know what challenges living with those kind of problems present. And yes, it’s hard. We have been slowly changing our diets and eliminating sugar. The adjustments have been a struggle. So if you’re going through the same, know I understand. 😐

    Oh, and you too are growing herbs? Can I just tell you, that herbs like it better in bigger pots. Also, always water once a day at about the same time. ☺️

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Alex as well as for your encouragement. I had to accept the fact that this is a process rather than a quick fix and it did help a bit. Hope you are slowly on the mend and that what you are doing is helping. ❤️

      Those two other pots are French lavenders (supposedly). 🙂 I am thinking about starting to grow herbs and will keep that pot advice in mind, thank you. And thanks for the watering tip, that also really helps. As a novice gardener, I really appreciate all the advice I can get. 🙂 Thank you.

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      1. I had a huge event in 2016, so have been doing everything I can to get myself as healthy as possible ever since. It’s been a battle of small steps and looking long term. Things don’t take weeks, or months, but have to be done over a year period to make them more likely to succeed.

        Hang in there, it does get better if you stick with a plan. And those walks? Are oh so important. Lucky for you, you have a companion who looks so dang cute.

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      2. Thank you Alex. Having a plan in place, being patient and consistent will be the key indeed. Big hugs and all the best with your own healing journey. Onwards and upwards! xx

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  2. First, omg, that fluffball is still adorable!❤️
    Second, well done on the diet and sticking to it! Figuring out digestive stuff can take a while. I used to have symptoms of wheat intolerance and my gp told me to avoid gluten for a while. I did it dor teo years. Now I’m able to eat it again in moderation.
    I’m in the middle of overhauling my diet now, cuz i need to lose some fat. It’s hard, cuz my protein intake increased. But stomach pain wise it is helping, and i don’t retain so much water.

    It’s a lot of experiments unfortunately.

    Yoga sounds good! I wanna get into it. Might help w my backpain 🤔

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    1. He is such a naughty fluffball, barking at squirrels, wanting to run after cats and generally wanting to play the ‘catch me if you can’ thing, whenever possible. 🙂 But we love him to bits. 🙂

      That’s such good news Norrie that removing gluten healed you and that you can now digest it in moderation. That really gives me hope, thank you for sharing it with me. ❤️

      Changing what we eat is always tough. I hope your experiment goes well and your tummy is liking it. Unfortunately it is experimenting as well as staying positive and patient. Patience is something I need to work on a bit more I think! 🙂

      I love yoga. When I’m in London, I go to a yoga studio but when I’m working from home, I usually put ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ from her YouTube channel on for some after-work stretches. She has some friendly and funny videos and has a lot to choose from. 🙂 Hope your back-pain get better. ❤️

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      1. I tried yoga w Adrienne too, it was cool!
        My flatmate on the other hand just referred to the whole process as “oh, you bending over to the boring woman again?!” 😂

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  3. Great wrap up! I hope your health problems improve, Vera! 💗 I did a partial elimination diet a few months back and discovered that I can’t tolerate dairy very well. After cutting it out from my diet (ah, no more ice cream! haha) my digestive problems have improved significantly! I hope you’ll be able to figure out what you need to do to improve your health! ❤️

    Going on morning walks sound so peaceful! I’ve always wanted to do that on a daily basis. 🙂

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    1. I am sorry to hear that Kelly – these health problems can be so frustrating. I am happy that they identified your trigger food though. Big, big hugs. For what it’s worth – I make really yummy coconut based ice cream from scratch. I can share a recipe with you as it’s super quick to make and so yummy during these hot summer months. ❤️❤️

      I so agree. It’s the premise of the whole new day ahead, sleepy nature and nobody in sight that really heals me. Fingers crossed you find your own little special place for morning walks. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed Three Billboards as well. What a movie, I also got caught! 🙂

      Have a great month full of great books and thanks for stopping by. ❤️

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  4. Your upcycle note made me think of a post I saw on Facebook recently. I guess now you can buy a machine to actually turn your plastics into new things! Here’s the link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40486883/these-diy-machines-let-anyone-recycle-plastic-into-new-products

    June has been exciting for me. I have ALWAYS hated summer because I have nothing to do (I’m a professor, so I still have summers off). This year, I got involved in the local civic theater. I’m stage directing the play Topdog/Underdog and working with some amazing people! It makes me excited about each new day, whereas in past years I have not felt that way.

    This may sound odd, but in June I had a weird situation with a friend who was massively oversharing about her (very) personal life, and I decided to stand up for myself and set boundaries. Typically, I roll with the punches or run away, but I established what I’m comfortable with and we worked it out. I’m so proud of myself!

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    1. Thank you so much for that link. I am more and more interested in producing as little waste as possible and I will definitely be checking this out. Thank you.

      Both of my parents as well as my sister are teachers. Their long summers can sometimes go on and on and even though it sounds great on paper, there is more to it than just ‘time off’. I think it’s brilliant that you joined your local theatre. I am so impressed with your stage directing role and am looking forward to hearing more about it on your blog. Sounds very creative and also very rewarding. 🙂

      Well done! I still struggle with setting up personal boundaries and when things bug me, I tend to bottle them up (hence the stress related issues playing havoc with my health as a consequence). I think being able to stand up for ourselves requires a lot of courage as well as vulnerability – and these are one of our biggest strengths. ❤️

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  5. You had such a great reading month! How did you like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? Lack of energy is never fun. I’ve recently had to cut out milk because it didn’t make me feel great and I get irritated with that happen so I hope you figure everything out!

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    1. I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It took me a while to get into but once I was about 1/4 in, I could not stop reading it. It was definitely thought provoking and I think it is a good summer read as it reads quite well.

      And thank you. To be honest, a lot of these books were long ‘overdue’ as I tend to get distracted a lot and don’t finish all those books I read. (Runs to hide… 🙂 )

      Unfortunately milk can irritate me as well. I hope your journey to figuring it all out will be relatively smooth one and you’ll get there soon. It’s never fun but knowing about what can damage our gut is extremely useful long-term. Fingers crossed! ❤️

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  6. Your NF picks all sound interesting! I’d love to hear more about Eat Dirt. I assume you’re reading that one to help with your health problems? I’m sorry to hear about them. I don’t know from personal experience what it’s like, but my son has been struggling with his energy levels since having mono in the fall, and it can be really frustrating. I hope you get it all sorted out sooner rather than later!
    Your dog is adorable!

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    1. Thank you Naomi for stopping by. I picked Eat Dirt after about three weeks in my elimination diet. Merely because despite eliminating certain food groups, I was feeling awful and had problems digesting food and felt even more lethargic. I really like Dr Axe; his website is full of wonderful instructional videos and informative articles. I will review his book shortly and will link some information, which I personally found helpful, to it as well. Hopefully it will help. My heart goes to you and your son. It must be really frustrating and I really hope you will figure it out soon. I actually had mono twice – once when I was 11 and then when I was 18. Perhaps that did impact my immunity as well, I never thought of it but it does make sense. Thank you for the wishes and I really hope your son feels better soon. ❤️

      And thank you, our cute little dog is super sweet until his piercing high pitch signature bark echos around the neighbourhood. 😉 But we love him to bits. 😊

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  7. Unfortunately I’ve been going through something like that myself for the last several months. Poor medical care and my anxiety isn’t helping the issue I know it makes it a bit hard for me to experiment. Earlier in the year I was down to ninety pounds and started scaring myself. Food was the last thing I ever thought would be an enemy. I’ve picked up though. Anyway I hope it goes better for you and if you’re ever interested in sharing a wrap-up of the books you used and what you think works/doesn’t. I’d definitely be interested!
    I think Three Billboards was a great character piece the most heartbreaking part (for me) was what she and her daughter said to each other that night.
    Feel better & have a great July!

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    1. I think food can sadly become our enemy. And I know that when I’m stressed, eating is the last thing I want to do. I’ve had a few painful small intestine ulcers and I know I need to slow down and look after myself. It’s easier said than done though. I’m determined to take it one day at a time. I will definitely write a recap, will review some related books and will include links, which I personally found helpful.

      I really hope you start feeling better soon, not feeling well seriously sucks, you are not alone. ❤️

      That bit completely broke my heart, the amount of guilt & shame she must have felt afterwards…

      Hope you feel better too and have a wonderful July. ☀️

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  8. I hope your health problems improve <3. I am also on a food journey. Low carbs and no sugar. It's been a month and a half and it's not easy. Food is just so good. I hope that it helps you!
    Love that you are taking on gardening/plants. Your roses look beautiful!! The mini roses love full sun! I have three different ones but they are planted in the ground. I would suggest planting them, once the season starts to change. They will come back every year and love it so much more in the ground to grow those roots.

    Feel better, my dear and Happy July! 🙂

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  9. Great wrap up! Seems like you had a pretty good month over all! I hope your health does see progress, I bet it truly can be frustrating to see no change after having tried so hard. And keep on gardening! My entire gardening experience consists of my two growing tomato plants, Tommy and Potato. I don’t know how well they are doing when compared to other tomatoes but I haven’t killed them yet so I call that a success!!

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    1. Thank you Angelica. 🙂

      I think your tomato plants must be doing well because they are still around. That is my definition of doing well anyway, they either do or don’t make it… terrible, I know. 🙂

      I have this big marguerite daisy plant I call ‘Margarita’ – that one is doing extremely well and keeps on blooming and blooming. Maybe I need to name those lavenders and roses as well! Tommy and Potato are great names by the way. 🙂

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      1. Considering that I’ve never gardened or tended to plants before I definitely measure my success in weather or not the make it so I’m happy they’re making it so far!!
        And you totally should! And read that plants tend to do better when you care for them in a more intimate ways like when you talk to them and send them positive energy (whatever that means) and even when you name them! I don’t know why but I guess it makes them feel special lol. And thanks! Tommy was my idea but my friend suggested I name the other one Potato.

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      2. I’ll definitely keep that in mind, I’m already thinking of what names I should give them. Thanks. 🙂 It’s definitely interesting, reminds me somehow of The Little Prince and how he cared for his rose 🌹 on his little planet. I’m sold, thanks. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, he’s our little hyper ball of fluff and I am so happy he is ok in the current heat. 😊

      I hope you enjoy it. It is a fairly slow paced read but the language is exquisite (there is a beautiful poetic feel to it) and the issues it addresses are all relevant – what does it mean to be alive as well as feminism. Happy reading. 😊📖📚

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    1. Thank you so much for those wishes. 💞 I’m so happy you like our little fluffball. He is still young (1 1/2) and wants to play all the time. Which is a lot of fun. 😊❤️

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    1. All the best with your journey, I am definitely keen to share recipes, exchange notes. We can start our little support group if you fancy it? I would be very interested about hear about your journey if that is something you don’t mind talking about. ❤️

      Thanks for the wishes. The same goes to you too – hope you have a great July reading-wise and good luck with Whole30!

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  10. Aww, I do hope you get your health back up! Soothing nature walks do help, and holistic approaches to nutrition is definitely key. Also, I’m glad you had such a great reading month! I recently saw Eleanor Oliphant at a cheap price in a store, and I was so tempted to buy it. 😛 I have a ton of unread books sitting on shelf right now though, so I do need to get those ticked off first. Lovely wrap-up Vera! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m so happy you find nature soothing as well. It’s my ‘pick me up’ remedy for sure. ❤️

      Well done for being able to resist, that’s so cool. Acquiring books and feeling like we have to read all of those waiting on our shelves can be quite stressful – something I am learning from and I notoriously buy books and then don’t read them for a looooong time. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words, they mean a lot. 💕

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  11. Oh nooo my condolences to your lavenders! I’m currently growing aloe and those require very little maintenance, which is perfect for me. 😛

    And all the best wishes on your food journey! I’ve had massive issues with my digestive system back in May, so I’m trying to watch what I eat (avoid heavy carb-laden stuff, etc) *and* trying to gain weight at the same time, which is a bit of a challenge. *Sigh* I wish we could just eat whatever we want and be perfectly healthy. 🙂

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    1. I’ll research aloe because it sounds like a perfectly suited plant for my gardening lifestyle. 😊

      Thank you for the wishes. 💕 It’s sometimes so frustrating – food has this incredible power to heal us but also harm us. I really hope your own journey goes well.🍀 Give me a shout if you ever need any support, I can relate and am happy to help. ❤️

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      1. I actually remember my grandma growing aloe whilst I was growing up. She would use it to heal my cuts and did put it on my face as well. It’s a great idea. I’ll look into growing my own aloe for sure. 🙂 Thanks for the idea. ❤

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