Well August was a bit of a crazy one hey? 3 continents visited, 1000s of words written, a fair few kilometres run and one house move. All in a month’s work in this neck of the woods.
At times it’s felt as though work life has quite literally been my life this month. But that’s okay. I know these things come in swing and roundabouts and this is a time in my life where studying has to take absolute priority. I
hope know it’ll be worth it in the end.
It’s been amazing to go back through the research I conducted in Argentina and review the amazing experiences I had and the inspirational people I met and spoke with. I truly feel so blessed to have had that opportunity, one that I hope I can build upon again in the future.
It’s safe to say there’s been a lot of computer time this month and a heck of a lot of typing. Enough said on that subject!
It’s been a bit rough at times to try and keep the blog going whilst still keeping up with my dissertation writing. Truth be told, I often get to the end of the day and the last thing I want to do is spend more time typing. So I don’t. And that’s fine. As I always say to myself – it’s not the end of the world, nobody is going to die.
I have also been trying to progress my skills with the blog though. Finally I’m starting to figure out Pinterest and, with the help of Cat, have got round to using Canva for my images. Things are starting to look a little better round these parts! I’d love to drive a bit more traffic to this little space but… we’ll see. I started blogging because I love to write, and I continue to do so for the exact same reason so I want to keep that my priority.
It’s nearly Great North Run time!
I’ve loved getting back into the swing of things at CrossFit, I really did miss my box here in London. It’s kinda awesome. And I am super proud that I’ve stuck to my 3 sessions a week there, compared to my hectic essay time at the start of the year where I struggling to manage going at all.
Running’s been okay too. Yes I’d like to have done more but my dissertation has taken priority. I completed my longest run pre half marathon on Monday with 16km and it felt awesome! It was a tough run physically and mentally but a good friend of mine reminded me beforehand to just have fun, so that’s what I did. Afterwards? Sore legs and the biggest high. Boom. 12 days to go.
I think I got better at this one! I’ve been working way less in the evenings, instead taking the time to stop, flop and do whatever the hell I want. It’s been blissful. I’ve even been reading again. As in, an actual fictional book. When I was younger I constantly had my nose in a book so it’s been nice to get back into it.
I also treated myself to a haircut and now have a centre parting for the first time in about 10 years! I’m still trying to figure out how to wear it so we’ll spare the pictures for now…
Surprisingly this has been pretty awesome this month. I mean, the month started off with 10 hours in NYC. I was in heaven. Even in such a short space of time that city just got to me, dreaming of a return soon… That day was just magical.
I moved house (*ahem* the day I landed home, not the best idea) and am now happily settled in even more in North London much to the delight of some of my friends 😉
And then there’s been plenty of coffees, as per, some of which evolved into espresso martinis because, why not? A couple of BBQs, a blogger meet up with Lily and Cat, outdoor cinema, farmers’ markets, friends visiting from across the pond, re-exploring London and generally falling in love with this city all over again.
Looking Forward: September
I feel September is going to be a month of two halves, I have the Great North Run on 13th September and then my dissertation deadline on 15th. After that I go to Amsterdam for a few days holiday and then? Who knows! For me it is such a strange feeling to not have the next thing ready and lined up that I want to make my theme for this month letting go.
Letting go of any stress and anxiety surrounding these last few days of proof reading and getting my dissertation reading for hand in, and any worrying I may have pre the GNR. Heck, any worrying I may have re the rest of my life! Much of the latter half of the month is going to be spent applying for jobs and, as with all of the things I have going on this month, there is only so much I can do. As my old rowing coach always used to say, control the controllables. The rest? We’ll see.
How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?