Welcome to the second part of 2018!
Hope you all are having a great summer full of warmth and sunshine.
Here’s my recap on all things that were happening in June:
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.
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. 🙂
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 They have been replaced by miniature roses.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…
- 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
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.
- 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.
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. 🙂
- 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)
- 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! 💖💖