July Overview: Focusing on the Positives
So… July was something, huh?
It was another mixed month for me. Can I make that my slogan? With the amount of times I’ve mentioned it in a monthly overview post, it seems only fitting.
I’ve spent a lot of this month anxious about everything and nothing. Breaking up from college made me realise that I only have another year before I need to start really thinking about my future career. That’s kind of scary. However, without assignments taking up every waking hour, I did have more time to focus on myself. This gave me a well-overdue opportunity to practice self care and get a little relaxation in here and there, too.
With that said, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty parts of this month’s overview.
Books I Read
Reading is one of the hobbies I’ve been severely neglecting lately. In the last few months, the book part of my monthly overviews has been super short, so I apologise for that. I think I need to go back and read my ‘tips to read more‘ blog post from a few months ago. I’m making a conscious effort to change my lack of enthusiasm, so I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading in the comments below.
With that said, I think the appreciation I have for the book I did get around to reading this month made it totally worth it.
“Mad World” by Bryony Gordon is a must-read for anyone with a mental illness, especially those who need the reassurance that they are not alone. The author speaks candidly about her achievements as well as the not-so-good moments of her life. It provides a true understanding of mental illnesses and how they can quickly escalate, bringing unhealthy addictions and habits into play, too.
There were parts of this book I could relate to that I’ve never spoken about with anyone before. I don’t think I will because I’m ashamed of them, but her honesty helped me feel less alone. I felt like there was someone out there who understood my deepest darkest secrets, through reflection of her own life. And I am so thankful she felt brave enough to reveal her story.
Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite books of the year so far. This definitely receives a 5 Star Rating from me.
What I Watched
I mentioned last month that I had started watching Modern Family. That’s something I’ve continued working my way through this month, and I’m now on Season 4. I’m not necessarily getting through this series fast, but in a way, that’s the beauty of it. With twenty-minute episodes, you don’t necessarily need to be able to dedicate hours to it to get your fix. I find they last the perfect amount of time to watch while I’m eating my lunch, or putting on makeup.
I also got super into Degrassi this month. I’ve been watching the Next Class generation since it first came out on Netflix, so I watched Season 4 as soon as it came out. After that, I decided to look up the next generation series on YouTube, and watched from Series 11 onwards. I ship Olivia and Fiona so hard. I also love their friendship with Eli. Let’s move on before this becomes an info-dump.
Other than that, I was finding it difficult to concentrate on series this month. I tried to get into Reign and continue Sherlock, but neither engaged me for more than a few episodes at a time. Sherlock is something I’ve been wanting to get through for a while, so maybe I’ll give that another go at some point.
I also watched a few documentaries that came up in the recommend section of my YouTube. I used to spend hours, even days, watching documentaries just to expand my knowledge. Although I haven’t gone that extreme in July, I really enjoyed taking an hour from my day to learn something new.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might be aware of my new gadget, the Amazon Echo. I bought this on Prime Day, and it’s changed the way I listen to music. It’s so convenient that I’m listening to it all the time now, so be prepared for longer playlists in months to come.
This month, my most-played song has to be ‘Lost in Your Light’ by Dua Lipa & Miguel. I’ve also been loving ‘Praying’ by Kesha; it has such a powerful message! I can’t imagine the strength it would have taken her to be so conservative in her response after everything her producer did.
If you want to check out my full playlist, and past monthly playlists, you can do so by clicking here.
The first achievement I want to mention is a guest post I wrote for Redbank House about my experiences with autism. I spoke about a few things I haven’t mentioned on this blog before, so if you want to know even more about my disability, you can check that out here.
I also reached out for help with my mental health completely willingly for the first time. Although I have previous experience with children’s mental health services through my teen years, I was still super anxious. In the end, though, I was so glad I went. The psychiatric nurse who conducted my assessment had a basic understanding of autism, so we saved time not having to go through the ordeal of explaining that. I feel kind of vulnerable talking about this on my blog, but I’m super hopeful this is the start of things to come.
In all honesty, I think a lot of people have struggled with their mental health this month. Contrary to popular belief, more people suffer with their mental health in summer months, so this isn’t much of a surprise. Still, if you are struggling, I hope you’re looking out for yourself. If you haven’t yet, try and reach out to someone. You might think nobody cares or wants to hear about your problems, but that probably isn’t the case. It’s something I’m working on becoming more comfortable with.
With that said, I don’t want this blog post to end completely negatively, because July wasn’t all negative. Despite the bad things that happened, I also had days where nothing could wipe the smile off my face. Did you do something that left you feeling the same way–or even better? Perhaps you watched a TV show you want to tell the world about? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Thanks for reading, and until next time,