Monthly Wrap Up

August Wrap Up

Happy 1st September my friends! I am so happy to be back. 😊

Welcome to the meteorological autumn! I know that the astronomical autumn will start on 23rd September but because I love autumn, I am embracing it from now on. Come on, what’s not to like? 😊

All those vibrant pumpkins, warm blankets and cardigans, those cosy nights in. And let’s not forget those crisp autumnal days full of wonderfully colourful leaves. Albert Camus once famously said: “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. And I could not agree more.

I took a month off from the ‘online world’ to slow down. I must admit it was quite an experience.

Initially, they were honestly times when I didn’t know what to do with myself. 😂 😂

For example: I was so used to scrolling down my feeds every morning and all of sudden I was like… ‘ehm, I have time. Ehm, lot’s of time… what will I do? Shall I actually read?’ It took me a while to break that ‘twitch’ – I’m referencing the fellow minimalist’s, Anthony Ongaro’s blog, Break the Twitch. If you don’t know his work, I really recommend checking it out. 😊

I slowly unhooked myself from those news feeds. And frankly I don’t know if I want to go back to them. It’s something I’m still contemplating. 😊

I know that I want to blog again and connect with my readers and carry on appreciating this lovely blogging community.

I also know that I want to use Facebook sporadically to stay in touch with my family. But… I found out that when I was not using Facebook, I actually made more of an effort to reach out. Not to not just ‘like’ photos and posts but to rather make a phone call or to meet up. Which was lovely. And gave me plenty to think about… 😉

In August, I managed to read following books:

Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere – a very clever fictional novel about “planning your life” vs. “living your life”. It was an extremely enjoyable read and I am desperately craving its sequel (which is of course not planned. 😉). Full review to follow in September.

Matt Haig – Notes on a Nervous Planet (dnf) – alright, I really, really wanted to love this book. Especially as I am someone, who suffers from anxiety and sometimes do feel overwhelmed. But it didn’t click. It’s a witty book but I was either not in the right mood for it or my expectation were just not in line with what this book is all about.

Side note: it’s current GR’s score is 4.21 so clearly, it’s me, not the book.

Sarah J Maas – Catwoman: Soulstealer –  I binged on this book. It was everything I needed at that moment. Fast pace – check, action – check, banter – check, fun & complex heroine – check, romance – check… I loved it. It reminded me why I enjoy Maas’ books so much. Full review to follow for sure.

Katherine Center’s books. My favourite Dr Brene Brown recommended How to Walk Away a while ago and ever since then, I’ve been eyeing it. When it finally become available at my library, I literally could not put it down and read another two of Center’s books shortly after I finished it as I really loved her writing.

  • How to Walk Away – a very sensitive look at dealing with disability and discovering of one’s core self, once our previous identities have been taken away from us.
  • Happiness for Beginners – another ‘search for our identity’ kind of book. It’s funny, full of romance (I know, I am as shocked as you are but I am clearly on a romance roll these days, must be all that summer hot weather I think…) I loved how appreciation and gratitude were slowly built in. It was a great and quick summer read. Cover appreciation – LOVE IT!!! ❤️
  • The Lost Husband – this one was probably my ‘least favourite’ but I still enjoyed it. It dealt with grief, starting over and again, discovering of who we are and what makes us happy. I recommend it as well.

I had a nasty digestive flare up and had to take some time off work. I managed to watch some movies and TV and following sort of stood up for me:

Movies

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • Netflix – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – oh, this was such a cute teen romance movie. Those two main actors were just adorable, and I really, really loved it. I am seriously considering re-watching it again, it was just so sweet and brought me back so much nostalgia.

TV

UnReal

  • UnReal – I got hooked on this TV show. It’s dark, messed up and I did binge on it. It follows ‘behind scenes’ of a fictional dating show called ‘Everlasting’. It shows how some of these reality TV shows may get ‘produced’ – read ‘manipulated’. I really enjoyed it, especially the first few seasons, the forth one was a little bit of a let down but the first few ones are really, really dark and twisted.

Entertainment

michael mcIntyre

  • Michael McIntyre’s stand-up comedy show – James and I went to see Michael McIntyre and he was so hysterical. I’m still laughing remembering some of his jokes. If you don’t know him, please check him out. He is sooooo funny. 😊

Health-wise, I am still being tested and prodded. I had many tests done over the last few weeks and I am seeing my specialist next week to hear if we are getting anywhere near a concrete diagnosis. So far it’s been ‘elimination’ only but that on its own is a progress I guess. 😊

Coaching wise, I attended a brilliant three-day coaching course and I am still buzzing from it. It was so much fun. Not only am I learning how to coach but I am also growing as I am learning something new about myself every day. More to come on that note shortly, stay tuned! 😊

Thank you for reading and for being here, I appreciate every one of you. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️


Now over to you.

How was your August? Please let me know! 😊

34 thoughts on “August Wrap Up”

  1. Welcome back, Vera! I took a hiatus, too, due to tendinitis. I keep seeing Little Fires Everywhere but have never been interested until you pointed out that it is a book about planning your life vs. living your life. I planned so much when I was younger but find myself trying to live it more now and all figuring out how to just live it without worrying so much haha. I guess this means I’ll have to give it a shot now!

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    1. Thanks Justine. 😘 Sorry to hear about your tendinitis- that really sucks. Hope you are on the mend now and feeling better. ❤️

      I loved Little Fires Everywhere. I found both the writing and its characters compelling and very enjoyable. I honestly hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a go. 😊🍀

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    1. Thanks, it was lovely to unplug but I did miss you guys. 😊

      Ha ha, weather definitely needs to get the ‘it’s autumn’ memo, we get chilly mornings but days are still pretending it’s summer. 😂

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  2. BIG wave from over here, in the Frozen North – it’s good to have you back with us, blogging again, Vera. I for one have missed you and your posts.

    It sounds like you got to do some resting and reading, even if you did have problems, again, with your digestion. Sorry to hear about that and hope someone comes up with what’s happening, more so, because then you can do something (hopefully) about it!

    Oh, and looks like we’re in for a lot of book reviews. Can’t wait. And again, good to have you back! ❤️

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    1. Thank you Alex. I missed you and your posts too and am looking forward to catching up on what you have been up to. 💕

      I must admit that the unplugging did help, I felt I slowed down. Digestion is very iffy as I have to eat everything for all this testing and gluten is not agreeing with me very well right now. But at least the tests are going ahead and I’m really grateful that something is happening.

      As always, thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment. ❤️

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      1. Oh, you’re more than welcome, and I look forward to your posts, and again, I’m happy to hear you’re getting tested. Always a positive step and, hopefully,mwith some recommendations for you to work with. Fingers crossed.

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  3. I’m glad you’re back! I, too, feel skeptical about Facebook. The more people I have on it, the more it makes me nervous. I think the romance movies and books take us all back to a time when the world was in front of us and could only get better; it felt like there were no other options but better. What a great feeling!

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    1. I’m so happy to be back and can’t wait to catch up on what you have been up to. 😊

      Such a great insight, you are so right. Whenever I’m not feeling that well, I crave uplifting and sometimes light hearted reads. It’s so wonderful that books have the power to make us feel certain way, right now I’m craving ‘hope’ and ‘better’. 😊

      Happy reading and thanks for stopping by, I enjoy reading your comments. ❤️

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      1. I enjoy reading your thoughtful posts, I honestly learn a lot, every time I read one. Thanks for saying that though, I really appreciate it. 😘

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  4. Welcome back! 🙂 Good to hear you had a nice time!

    I can’t wait for the pumpking stuff… love pumpkin pie, and want to make a point of actually baking some thig year. ❤

    Little Fires Everywhere is still one of my faves this year, and it's nice you liked it as well. Look forward to seeing the review 🙂

    I don't know how it happened, but i ended up hanging out a lot more with my besties than before. It's pretty cool! We do actually work together as well, so i see them on most days, and even lived with one of them till July, but now we got to do stuff outside work / home, and it was so nice.

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    1. I remember your review of Little Fires Everywhere. I was intrigued as soon as I read it and am really glad I finally got around reading this book. 🙂

      Oh yay to all the pumpkin stuff. I have a very bright orange pumpkin sitting in my kitchen at the moment. I was thinking about roasting it but pumpkin pie actually sounds even better… I am seriously tempted. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

      That’s super nice you got to spend time with your besties. Big yay to all those amazing friendships and all that precious time spent hanging out with the people that matter to us. 🙂 Sounds like you had a great August. ❤️

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  5. I am SO glad that you are back!! I missed you a ton. I hope that things are much better with your health too? I sometimes really want to delete my Facebook but I don’t because of family members that are all over the U.S. I don’t really get on there as often. I just go to my “specialized” groups, like crafting or bookish ones. It’s really nice to miss all the drama people post on the feeds. I’m glad you decided to come back to blogging though!

    I am so ready for fall with all this hot weather!!

    I am so excited that you loved Catwoman! I just bought it and I plan to read it soon. 🙂

    Welcome back!! <3<3<3

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    1. So good to see you Leslie, I missed you loads too. 😘

      It’s such a healthy attitude – as long as social media is there to serve us and we can draw value from using it, I’m all for it as well. Looks like you have found a nice balance that you enjoy, well done! 👌❤️

      Yay, can’t wait to read your review of Catwoman, I really, really loved it. Fingers crossed you enjoy it as well. 😊🍀

      As always, thanks for your kind words and for stopping by. It means a lot to me. 💕

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      1. Yes, it’s all about balance and figuring it out! Especially, right now I need all the positivity I can get. Sometimes social media can be very negative and stressful.

        Yay!! I hope that I’m going to love it because I love Maas. I hope I’m not hyping it up too much. lol

        You are welcome! <3<3

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      2. Hang in there Leslie, I’m crossing all my fingers and toes for you guys. Sending lots of love your way. 💕

        Lol, I tend to get super excited before reading a book from my favourite author as well. Enjoy! And happy reading. 😘📚

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  6. Welcome back, it is nice to see you posting again! I commend you for breaking the twitch – I haven’t been on Facebook essentially in 6 months since I broke that cycle, and while I do enjoy scrolling through Twitter I still unplug (app isn’t on my phone) and do other things. It’s a nice balance.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you. Great to be back & slowly catching up. Hope your Scottish trip is coming along nicely. 🍀

      It’s so cool to hear your experience Kaleena, thanks for sharing it. I think uninstalling apps from my phone will work for me as well as it will help me with conscious decisions to go and use them rather than opening them mindlessly as a habit / “stuff to do”. Thanks. 🙏

      Happy reading and thanks for stopping by. 😊

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      1. Whoop whoop, hope w30 will go well for you, sugar crash always suck. Fingers crossed it will be over for you in no time! 🍀❤️

        And big YES to no push notifications- I am a big fan of that as well. 😊👌

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  7. I agree about what you said regarding the need to disconnect from all the constant social media updates. I sometimes wish I could just turn off my computer/phone and never turn them back on. Of course, that would not be a feasible thing in this day and age, but still. I hope you have a great September!

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    1. I know what you mean. I think having a day or a week of online free experience is something I will try experimenting with. There’s so much freedom in that silence such experience can create. 😊

      Thanks for the wishes. Hope you have a great September too. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading. 😊📚

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  8. AHHH welcome back, Vera!! ❤ 😊 Fingers crossed your specialist has some good news for you! I did try taking a break from Twitter for a bit, and it's amazing how less anxious I was for that short while. I love getting caught up on what my friends are doing but sometimes the information overload is just too much.

    I liked Haig's How To Stop Time–there's one passage near the end that broke me down to tears–so it's a shame Notes on a Nervous Planet didn't work out. 😦
    And I definitely need to get caught up on S3+4 of UnReal. I *love* the behind-the-scenes look at reality shows. And I also love how terrible all the main characters are. 😀

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    1. Thank you for the wishes Kathy. ❤️ And I’m so happy you had a great experience with your Twitter break. 👌

      I think Haig’s books are just not meant for my current mood. I’m currently struggling with How To Stop Time. It’s such a great book but my whimsical mood says: not right now. I would definitely give Notes on a Nervous Planet a go. It has amazing reviews and Haig’s observations are bittersweet, especially as I could relate to some of them.

      He he, I’m so with you re. UnReal. All that manipulation, narcissism… I totally binged on the first few seasons… 😊🙈

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  9. Well, it sounds like you had a wonderful hiatus!! I don’t know what I would do with all of that time! 🤔🤔 I just got back from an unplanned and NOT FUN hiatus… And I’m finding it so hard to get back into the swing of things. 🤔🤔

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    1. Oh, I’m sure you will enjoy Little Fires, it’s such an exquisite book. Fingers crossed! 😊🍀 I’m the same with so many other books – so many great books to read. 😊
      All is well, thanks. Had some time off due to travelling but looking forward to catching up with everyone shortly. ❤️

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