July 2019 review

July

July 2019 Round-Up

It's a wrap.

I’m sitting with a cup of milo on the couch, feet up after a busy day and thinking about the dim month I’ve had.  At the same time realising that it allowed me to  clarify my vision for this blog.  I don’t have it all figured out and it all becomes more and more clear as time ticks on.  What I did learn was that I love spending time designing and writing here.

This is the first of my monthly reviews wherein I look back on the month that was, reflecting a little and sharing with you anything that stood out to me.  

Highs.

Finding clarity.   

For someone who is always on the go, I found myself with so much time to think.  Perhaps over-think, but none-the-less sort through and compartmentalize (is that a word?) all the ideas, plans, and clouds that was fogging up my mind. 

Is that a high?  I guess it is, considering before that I was too tired to contemplate.

Sure July was not exciting.  Sometimes you need a break.  I had a proper break!

 

Lows.

July had me down in terms of health.  I got the flue which developed into inflammation of the cartilage from all the heavy coughing.   It’s called costachondritis, is not easy to treat and comes with pain I wish on nobody.   I was going back and forth to doctors and feeling quite miserable and sorry for myself.  

This explains why my ‘highs’ was not not so high.

I am happy to say that I’m on the mend, much to the annoyance of my colleagues now that I’m back to my chirpy self.

Watched.

Since GOT came to an end, I’ve been a bit unfazed with television, I must say.  There’s not been a series or movie that kept me glued to the screen.   

Stranger Things S3 was showing, but it didn’t captivate me in the way that season 1 and 2 did. I think it felt too far-fetched with a silly kind of monster.  In the previous seasons I was on the edge of my seat because of the mysterious thing.  I love science-fiction, but only when it still feels like it could happen or be real.  The cast and the cinematography is all that kept me watching this time round.

 

Stranger Things Screenshot-2019-07-04

Tried.

im-PRESS Nails

I’ve become a fan of im-PRESS press-on manicure.  It literally is a case of press it on and go.  They have different fits and shapes, and so many funky designs, I can’t get enough. 
I  prefer natural nails, but did have gel nails done before going on holiday to the Maldives, simply because it would last for longer than the duration of my holiday
.  What I don’t like about gel, is the soak off.   I just don’t have the patience for it.  (I’m not saying I won’t do it again, I know I probably will). 
For now though, I am impressed with im-PRESS.

Read.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck.   ‘A counterintuitive approach to living a good life’.  

-by Mark Manson.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - By Mark Manson

For anyone who doesn’t know, Mark Manson is a blogger and author, and he is not subtle at all.  But don’t judge this book by its cover.   I will admit, the book is FULL of in your face kind of writing, but its sheer brutal honesty highlights what is important and brings a clear perspective while being funny AF.

‘If you find yourself consistently giving too many fucks about trivial shit that bothers you — your ex-girlfriend’s new Facebook picture, how quickly the batteries die in the TV remote, missing out on yet another 2-for-1 sale on hand sanitizer — chances are you don’t have much going on in your life to give a legitimate fuck about. And that’s your real problem. Not the hand sanitizer’.

I just wish there weren’t THAT many f-bombs!  After a while f*ck strips fuck of its effing glory.  So much so that I’d put the book down near the end and think ‘fuck it, I’m not finishing this’.  ヅ

 

Read online.

Since getting myself set up on Bloglovin’ I started following a lot of other blogs.  Not necessarily all the same as my own, but ones that I actually enjoy reading.   One’s that have kept me going back are:

Wait But Why is kind of like an adult-science classroom with infographics and comics that is illustrated by Tim Urban.  This is the kind of site I go to with a glass of wine, the way other people do when about to read a book.   The posts are quite long… so you can settle in for an entertaining read.

The Everywhereist  is an award-winning cry for help, as per Geraldine DeRuiter’s header on the blog.  I love her style of writing and often have a burst of laughter while reading her posts, which are mostly about her travels with her husband Rand.

A Cup of Jo is a lifestyle blog by Joanna Goddard who writes about style, food, travel, relationships and parenthood.  I’m just fascinated with her ability to post daily.  Every day I’m notified of a new post and every day after reading it, I wonder how she does it.  She started A Cup of Jo as a weekend hobby and a couple of years on it is now her full-time job, along with having a team.  She’s totally one of my inspiration-bloggers.  

The Blonde Abroad is a solo female travel blog by Kiersten and features tips, guides, photography and videos from her travels.  She also offers all-female tours on TBA Escapes and I hope to go on one of these tours in the not to distant future.  In particular this photography tour to Jordan has caught my eye.  Her blog is so beautiful to look at and is always evolving.  This blog right here is the reason I started blogging.

Ate | Drank.

Organic Tea
If my July posts are anything to go by, it is clear that July’s been my tea month.   I wrote it about it here and here.

 

Playlist.

One of my favorite artists that I don’t have listed below is Billie Eilish and I’ve been playing The Bad Guy over and over, I just love the beat, but another song of hers I’m loving is I Love You which is more demure.

What was July like for you.

I hope a bit more eventful than mine.  

Here’s to an amazing August for us all!

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