Monthly Wrap Up

February Wrap-Up

Hi there, remember me? I decided to take a break from blogging to focus on my coaching course, which has proven to be more work than originally anticipated. 🙂

I tend to suffer from the endlessly optimistic ‘how hard can it be’ attitude and it tends to get me into trouble on a regular basis. For example I was seriously toying with an idea of entering an ultra-marathon this summer. Background info: I have never ran anything longer than 10km! 😉

The same attitude was used when I applied for my course. Once I fully grasped the amount of work that needs to be invested into my three essays, I threw myself a pity-party that lasted a while, and which involved some lots of chocolate and turned into an even darker party after my ankle was diagnosed as possibly ‘damaged’ and running has been out of question.

Also, remember that slow-reading experiment I talked about here? Well, it’s going so well that I haven’t finished a book in more than a month… actually, that’s a lie. I have finished a few psychology / coaching non-fiction books but the fiction reading is somehow on hold these days.

And, so you don’t think I’m not complaining enough… I need reading glasses. Yes, that age has come my friends… 😉

OK, now the what is bugging me is out of the way, let’s take a look at what I have been enjoying lately.

Despite moaning about the amount of work required for my coaching postgrad certificate, I have been loving every minute of it. I enjoy both the academic side as well as the practical applications of it. I developed a special place in my heart for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which can be rather neatly applied into coaching, and am toying with an idea of signing up for a formal course on it once the coaching qualification is out of the way… because ‘how hard can it be, eh?’. 😉

Book-wise, I have read quite a few non-fiction books (course related) as well as finished Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead book. 

‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.’

~Dare to Lead, Brené Brown

I have noticed that I have slowed the non-fiction reading process significantly – I take many notes, highlight and write into text as well. I have a legit excuse to wonder around stationary stores to get the right highlighters, notepads and everything else, that may be needed. Heaven! 🙂

I haven’t read any fiction recently but have watched some TV to unwind. I am seriously hooked on two shows at the moment: The Handmaid’s Tale and Dietland.

You can probably sense a theme here – both of these shows have strong feminist vibes and do make me think a lot.

I am completely blown away by how bleak and brutal the The Handmaid’s Tale is. Margaret Atwood wrote the book, the series is based on, back in 1985 and I need to read it ASAP. I am seriously disturbed by Atwood’s dystopian future and I want to scream every time I entertain some of those possibilities. I also think Elisabeth Moss is completely mesmerising (I was her big fan in Mad Men). She pulled me in convincingly and I have been living her nightmare with her ever since. I really recommend the show and hopefully, will feel the same way about the original story behind it as well. Disclaimer: if you get triggered easily, proceed with care – it’s completely messed up, the story cuts very deep.

I appreciate how Dietland  looks at the ‘ beauty ideals’ and how it questions what it means to be a woman. Its humour is very dark and there have been times when I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Its messaging hit me pretty hard and I am planning on reading the original book, Dietland by Sarai Walker shortly as well.

That’s it for now my friends. I am likely to carry on working on my University essays but you can catch me at the Space Fleet and I will be writing reviews again once my workload eases off a bit.

Thanks for reading and being here, I really appreciate you all. Till next time! ❤️

31 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up”

  1. Woot! Big wave from Canada! Hey, Vera, good to see you blogging and letting us know what you’re up to. I know I miss your posts, but also know you’re working hard at your university studies, and all that that entails. Remember to stop and take time for you, and yes, that includes reading. And I’m so glad you’re managing to find time too to write for Space Fleet.

    And I know you have courage, hang in there Sweetie! xx

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    1. Thank you Alexandra for your lovely message, as always, it makes me smile.

      Pinky swear there will be time for reading as well. 😊 I have a few good books impatiently waiting. 😊

      I’ll be in touch soon with Ada’s story. xx

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        1. Why can’t days have more than 24 hours? I do have a feeling that even if they did, I would still want more time.. 😊🙈

          Have a wonderful weekend Alexandra and keep warm. xx

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  2. You are really pretty amazing! I never think How Hard Can It Be 😂 You’re going to nail it girl. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, it does make it more bearable to suffer 😉. I totally loved the tv series The Handmade’s Tale too! The whole concept and idea is quite unsettling though 😊 Thanks for the update!

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    1. You are so kind Inge, your comment made my day. Thank you. ❤️ And thank you for the wishes, I really appreciate your support.

      Big thumbs up to a fellow fan of that show! 👌I absolutely agree, I feel uneasy sometimes whilst watching it but just cannot stop watching. 😊

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  3. Welcome back, I’ve missed your posts! 😊 I have the “how hard can it be” mindset as well, but I’m definitley not as good as you at sticking to my plans once I realize the answer is “actually pretty freaking hard.” I should probably work on that… Good luck with all your projects and I hope your maybe damaged ankle feels better soon! ❤️

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    1. Thank you for your lovely message. 💕 And yay to a fellow dreamer. 😊 In all honesty, I’m not always that good with sticking to my plans. I have been working on it but it’s a journey. 😊 I’m currently working on creating a long ‘thinking’ pause after my ‘how hard can it be’ attitude rather than saying yes straight away. In my case, it will need a lot of practice I think! 😂😊

      Thank you for those wishes, my ankle will get MRI scanned next week and I am crossing my fingers that no ligaments are damaged and I can start moving soon again. ❤️

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      1. A thinking pause is not a bad idea, I’ll try to remember that next time I have a bright idea. Maybe it’ll help me end up with less unfinished projects and creative chaos 😊

        I’ll cross my fingers for you! ❤️

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  4. Good to see you’re doing well! I miss reading your posts but I’m glad to know your having fun at your coursework! Never managed to get into the Handmaid’s Tale but Atwood has apparently written a sequel coming-out later this year which makes me a bit nervous but I’m still looking forward to it.
    Good luck with everything!

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      1. I have heard about the sequel as well, it’s supposed to finally address the very open end the book left behind but.. it’s apparently supposed to go slightly different direction than the show (highly ambiguous eh? 😊). Glad to find a fellow fan of this show! 😊

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    1. Thank you. I’ve missed your posts too, slowly catching up and can’t wait to read what you have been up too! 😊

      I have heard of the sequel as well, it’s supposed to go slightly different direction than the TV and I’m really curious to see what it will turn out to be. No worries about the Handmaid’s Tale, I totally understand that it can’t be everybody’s thing.

      Thank you for the wishes, really appreciate them. ❤️

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  5. Vera! I DO remember you AND I have been thinking about you the last few days, hoping you are okay! ❤

    It sounds to me like you've been reading a ton, so don't beat yourself up. Some people even use their blogs as a journal to keep track of notes when they read, so if you think that would help you with your academic texts, go for it!

    I saw Alias Grace on Netflix, and now I'm reading the book written by Margaret Atwood. Not sure if you have access to that show, but it's a limited series and it's REALLY good. Atwood was on the project, and the amazing Sarah Polley wrote the script. It borrows a lot from the novel, I'm now seeing, so I think Polley captured the novel well. I'm glad I watched the limited series first, as it's atmospheric and is helping me settle right into the novel.

    I haven't seen Dietland, but I've read the book twice and reviewed it on my blog. My only concern is the show was cancelled, so I'm not sure if they captured the whole book or if the series is going to be incomplete. I think it should have been made with Netflix instead of AMC.

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    1. What a great idea about the use of blog as a journal – I love it! Thank you so much Melanie, that’s something that may be really useful as it will formalise my thoughts! ❤️

      Thanks so much for your lovely message, your kind words made me smile. 💕

      I haven’t realised Alias Grace is based on the book written by Atwood. I have Netflix subscription and will be definitely checking this show out. Thank you! 🙏 I’m really glad you enjoy both the show as well as the book.

      Oh no, that’s a real shame that Dietland won’t have season 2. 😔 I will definitely read the book so if anything is left unfinished, I’ll hopefully find the answer in there.

      Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for such thoughtful comment, it means a lot to me. ❤️

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂 Glad to hear from you! Dietland was cancelled, which is very sad. Alias Grace is a limited series, so the whole thing is out. Each episode is about 45 minutes, so really it’s like a long movie.

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    1. Thank you Allie. And yay to a fellow stationary fan. The best ones are the ones within book stores preferably with a cafe in them as well. 😊

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  6. Vera! It’s so great to hear from you again! 💕 I’m glad you’ve been doing well! I haven’t watched the Handmaid’s Tale nor read the book, but the concept sounds so intriguing! I have a bit of the “how hard can it be” mentality as well, and it can be such a killer at times! I often times bite off more than I can chew. Haha!

    Wishing you a very happy March, love! 😊

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    1. So great to hear from you Kelly and thank you so much for the wishes. 💕

      Let’s call ourselves optimists. I know how tricky this mentality can be. 🙈 But we’ve got this! 💪😊

      Have a wonderful March full of fun and entertaining reads. ❤️📚

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  7. Glad your course is going well despite the big work load! It sounds like you are learning a lot of great stuff! And (similar to the quote) its not just courage that pays off but hard work! Hang in there 😀 It will always be worth it!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for your encouragement, I really really appreciate it. ❤️
      You are right, hard work does pay off. I see the goal and will push through this stage to get there. Thank you. 😊

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  8. Nice to see you Vera, and I am glad the course is going well even though it is a lot of work! The Handmaid’s Tale show on hulu is such a fantastic adaptation of the book, and I love the book to bits! I hope you enjoy reading it when you get a chance, and we are finally getting a sequel later this year!

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    1. Thanks so much Kaleena for your lovely message. I’m so glad you love both the show as well as the book! 😍 I am hoping to read the original book before the sequel comes out – so exciting there will be more answers as well as more of June.
      Hope you are having a great start to March with lots of fun. ❤️

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  9. Oh, wow, dunno how i missed your post, but dayumm, you’ve been busy for sure!
    CBT sounds pretty interesting and will go well with coaching for sure. My therapist started doing coaching as well and sometimes he asks if he can practice on me 😂. Did you study psychology as well? Or cbt is separate thing?

    Just reading about your ultra marathon plans makes me wanna lie down… hope it goes well! Not actually sure what it means tho. Running plus something else?

    I loved the Handmaid Tale. Only saw s1 so far. Dietland looks good. Didn’t realize there was a series.

    Hope you are having a wonderful March so far! ❤️

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