For me last month was less structured or organized than months prior to it. Whether it was me taking a break from planning or life circumstances, something has definitely contributed to my overall quite low mood in July. Yep, I struggled. You see, when there is no structure, I feel worse than if there is. I don't like strict planning, but I do like to know what I am doing today to function to the best of my ability.
It seems to me that last month has kind of disappeared, and that's why I named this blog post simply "Last month". Because I don't really know what happened last month... It's like I experience some temporary amnesia or something. Can you relate or am I the only one who feels this way?
Of course, I blame it not only on my lack of planning, but also on global pandemic. The future is still uncertain (and probably will be for a while), and we are still trying to avoid public places. Needless to say, there is a limited number of things you can do staying home. Even if you go for walks every day... Again, am I the only one struggling with this?
I wanted to skip blogging about July as I can't seem to think of any traditional "ups" and "downs". But after thinking about it for some time, I decided to at least try and stick to the blog schedule. I have promised to myself, it would be a monthly thing this year, so it's important for me to keep that promise.
With this being said, traditionally let's start with downs of the month
Like I said, last month I failed to plan. And with the lack of planning it's hard to measure any progress whatsoever. I did exercise, but how often? What did I do exactly? No answer...
I didn't read quite as much last month. I kept finding demos to read on my Kindle and didn't end up buying the full versions, because I just didn't think anything was worth it. I finished one book in the beginning of August, "The Upward Spiral" by Alex Korb, PhD. If I get a chance, I will write a review. Spoiler alert: I didn't like it that much.
As I promised, I did finish "How Not to Diet" by Michael Greger, MD in July. I actually finished it in the beginning of the month, that's why I say I didn't read as much. But yeah, very proud of myself for that, as it was a hard one to read.
Me and my partner found a little place to swim close to where we live and went there almost every Sunday. You know how much I love nature, so most definitely it was rejuvenating to me, and something that helped me to go through the month. I will insert a little picture I took on my phone here.
Also, the picture you see on top of this post is from my very productive day of taking pictures in the park. I love photography, so I decided to dedicate a few hours of my day to something that brings me joy. And it was success! I am incredibly pleased with the result. That bee really wanted to be photographed, it seemed like.:) I also filmed a short trailer for my blog, you can find it on Instagram.
Now when I am looking back, I realize that overall it wasn't a bad month, that's why I think it's important to do these monthly recaps. They help me stay mindful (or come back to mindfulness once again) and grateful for the things that I have.
How was your month? I would love to know. I send you love and sparkles of light. Until next time on Pillows&Trees.