September Overview: My Birthday Month!

September Overview blog post -- Birthday Celebrations & Another year of education

September has been a difficult month for me for as long as I can remember, so I’m glad it’s over. One of the hardest things is the amount of change that happens in this month with starting a new year of college, something I’ve always struggled with. However, I think I’m finally getting into a new routine which means I’m a lot more comfortable, so hopefully October will be better.

BOOKS I READ

I had planned to read a six-part series this month. However, after reading the first book in the series, I realised series really aren’t for me. Still, I did manage to read three books this month so it wasn’t that bad of a month.

City of Bones

This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy. Despite not really enjoying series, and not being the biggest fantasy fan, I loved this book. The introduction into the world felt natural and not forced in the slightest, though that might be explained by the fact that the first book alone was almost 500 pages. It did make me want to see what more was to come from this series, so maybe I’ll have another go when I have more time on my hands.

M in the middle & The State of Grace -- books I read this month

The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas

This is one of the two books I received from my parents for my birthday. It centres around an autistic teenager named Grace, and how she copes with life when everything threatens to fall apart. One of the main themes was how she manages a relationship with a boy, but it didn’t feel like romance completely took over the book. It’s one of the few books which centre around autistic girl representation, so I’d really recommend giving this book a read.

I rated this book five stars on Goodreads.

M in the Middle

This was a collaboration between students at Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin, following a documentary called ‘Girls with Autism’ that aired on channel 4 a few years ago.

This book focuses on autistic teenager M, who struggles through mainstream education. Teachers don’t understand her, and support staff would rather accuse her of being rude than step in and help her navigate secondary school.

School refusal, or anxiety around the school environment, is extremely common in autistic people. As someone who’s own difficulty in secondary education led me to leaving in my third year, it was nice to be able to relate to a character like this and realise that I wasn’t alone in the difficulties I faced. You can tell from the way it’s been written and edited together that the girls who helped to write this novel reflected on their own experiences when creating ‘M’.

This was the second book this month to receive a five-star rating from me on Goodreads.

WHAT I WATCHED

Unlike with books, I love watching TV series. In fact, there are some months when I don’t watch anything but—like this month.

The first series I watched this month was a Netflix Original, ‘Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father’. I was looking for something light-hearted to watch while I got ready for college in the morning, and this hit the spot! Filled with humour, and education about the places they visited, I came out of this series having learnt something.

The other series I started watching again this month was ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. And really, where have you been if you haven’t heard of this before? It’s an American medical drama based in Seattle that follows a group of surgeons and their drama-filled lives. If you love medical dramas as much as I do, this show is for you!

WHAT I’VE LISTENED TO

the music i listened to in september

September’s only gone and turned into my longest music playlist of the year so far! I really got into my acoustic tunes this year, but there are a few surprises in there, as well as a few artists I used to really enjoy. Click here to give it a listen.

MONTHLY GOING’S ON

my nineteenth

I celebrated my nineteenth birthday!

Initially, I planned to hide the fact that my birthday was even a thing. The thought of growing older scares me to death, so celebrating it seemed like a nightmare. In reality, celebrating my birthday turned out to be the highlight of my month.

On the Monday, three of my friends surprised me with a birthday meal at Pizza Hut. I had no idea that one of my friends I hadn’t seen in almost four months would be there, so seeing her was amazing. It was a really chilled out meal, and evening, in the end, and I found myself wishing it not to end.

After college on Tuesday, me and two of my friends decided to head to the park for the afternoon. We sat and talked for most of it, and I’ve never laughed so much in my life. I really do have the greatest friends.

On the Wednesday, the day of my actual birthday, I met up with my best friend and we went into town. With our other commitments we don’t meet up nearly as much as we should, so it was nice to see each other for a day, without college interrupting the time we spent together.

It was my two-year autism anniversary! 

Three days after my nineteenth birthday, it was my two-year autism diagnosis anniversary. This is a date I treasure because it’s had such a dramatic impact on my life. I can say with 100% certainty that if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t understand myself as well as I do today. I’m not sure I would even still be here. I did write a post about that on the day, so if you want to read that, click here.

I dyed my hair galaxy colours! 

In September, I decided to dye my hair purple and pink. I didn’t realise until people said, but it looks like I’ve gone for a galaxy style in real life. Admittedly this picture doesn’t show it off overly well, but I don’t take selfies much, so this’ll have to do. I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about my hair dying routine for a while now, so let me know if that’s something you’d enjoy.

That’s what I got up to this month! What about you? Have you dyed your hair a funky colour, or read an amazing book? Let me know in the comments below.

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36 Comments

  1. Kay

    07/10/2017 at 7:27 PM

    what a fun post! Love the re-cap idea, also congratulations on your diagnosis anniversary! If you’d ever like to be a guest blogger on my site, I’m a mental health blogger and you’re more than welcome to!

    Rose Minded
    http://www.rose-minded.com/mental-health-bloggers

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:08 PM

      Thank you so much! I’m super busy with college at the moment, but I’ll definitely bear that in mind for the future.

  2. Anissa

    07/10/2017 at 8:26 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your wrap up! I wrote a wrap up also but yours was more detailed. Happy birthday 🎈!

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:08 PM

      Thank you! I’ll have to give your wrap up a view, too. I love reading wrap-up posts.

  3. Jasmin N

    07/10/2017 at 9:23 PM

    Sounds like your September was eventful 🙂 glad to hear you had lovely memories! & happy belated birthday :-)!

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:09 PM

      Yeah. Far busier than some of my previous months, that’s for sure. I’m glad I had those moments with my friends, though, they definitely had a positive impact on my month! Thank you so much.

  4. Lia

    07/10/2017 at 9:59 PM

    m in the middle sounds so much like my life haha. Happy birthday!!! Sounds like you had a great time 🙂 your hair looks really nice 🙂

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:11 PM

      I felt completely the same! It was like it had taken my teenage years and written it into a book. It’s crazy to see how common school problems are in autistic girls; it really speaks volumes about the education system! I’d definitely recommend giving it a read if you can get your hands on a copy. I think it’s around £10 on Amazon, or it was when I asked for my copy for my birthday.
      Thank you! It’s one of my favourite hair colours I’ve had in a while!

  5. Ellen @ If It Brings You Joy

    07/10/2017 at 11:14 PM

    Nice September! Happy belated birthday😀

  6. Bronia

    08/10/2017 at 7:23 PM

    Happy belated birthday! I’m glad you had a lovely day after initially dreading it! And your hair looks fab, I’d love to dye mine bright colours but I’ve just dyed it auburn so I’ll have to stick with that for a while first

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:13 PM

      Thank you so much! My friends definitely contributed to my enjoyment of my birthday in the end, which I’m really happy with. Ah, yeah, that’s always the bad side to dying your hair darker colours (I’ve been there many times)! Auburn is a perfect colour for this time of year, though, and I’m sure it looks amazing on you.

  7. Lifestyle Blog&Club

    08/10/2017 at 7:28 PM

    Congratulation on your 19 birthday! I wish I were 19 again. I would live my life differently knowing what I know now. Knowledge is the key to happiness.
    September was a month of heavy thinking for me, because I had to take an important decision for the rest of my life. I finally took it, not sure yet if it is the best one.

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:14 PM

      Thank you! I’m sure I’ll grow to say the same someday.
      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope it works out to be the best decision in the end.

  8. wingsaregolden

    08/10/2017 at 7:35 PM

    I like the idea of colourful hair, it brings a positive vibe to each day – don’t you think? I have been watching Greys Anatomy for a long time, but after 5 seasons I stopped, since it’s way too long in my opinion and many characters that I enjoyed seeing are gone.

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:15 PM

      Oh, 100%. Receiving compliments about my hair really makes me feel good, too!
      Is that shortly after Izzie and George left? I’d recommend trying to get back into it if you can. I think some series of Grey’s are definitely better than others and it can be tedious getting through the worst episodes, but it’s so worth it. I think it helped that I was watching the episodes at a similar time to my friend, though, so I had someone to spur me on when the episodes weren’t particular interesting.

  9. katlynchledder

    08/10/2017 at 9:58 PM

    I loved Jack Whitehalls travel documentary on Netflix too! So glad you had a great birthday and your hair looks fab!

    1. RebekahG

      08/10/2017 at 11:16 PM

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only person who enjoyed that documentary! Thank you so much!

  10. Taiwo B.

    09/10/2017 at 4:06 AM

    I loved reading this!! Congrats on your birthday and your two year autism anniversary🎉🎉🎉🎉

    1. RebekahG

      11/10/2017 at 12:40 AM

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this.

  11. tvaddict4life

    09/10/2017 at 6:07 PM

    It’s always good to reflect so great post! As a TV Addict I recommend Code Black fantastic medical drama!

    1. RebekahG

      11/10/2017 at 12:41 AM

      Thank you! I started these posts at the beginning of the year and it’s definitely been a great way of reflecting on my month and realising it’s not necessarily as bad as I think it has been. I’ve never heard of that show, but I LOVE medical dramas, so I’ll have to check it out.

      1. tvaddict4life

        11/10/2017 at 8:02 AM

        Well I definitely say keep doing them they are great! Oh you definitely need to check it out its fabulous!

        1. RebekahG

          11/10/2017 at 5:27 PM

          Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. I’ve added it to my list of things to watch, so hopefully I’ll get around to it soon.

  12. itsallzara

    09/10/2017 at 6:08 PM

    Aw I love the idea of a September post! This is such a good idea, I love your hair by the way! Xxx

    Itsallzara

    1. RebekahG

      11/10/2017 at 12:41 AM

      Thank you! Monthly posts have definitely been a great thing for me personally. I love reflecting on the ones from earlier in the year and realising how much my life has changed.

  13. hebahpervaiz

    09/10/2017 at 7:01 PM

    The Mortal Instruments is an AMAZING series, you should definitely continue reading Xx

    1. RebekahG

      16/10/2017 at 4:19 PM

      I think I will when I have more time. I find it really difficult to get into series alongside college work, but maybe during a long break.

  14. Katey

    09/10/2017 at 7:05 PM

    Happy birthday!
    I really think I need to go back and rewatch Greys. Right from the start!
    Also, that book M in the Middle sounds really good – may have to read that 🙂
    Femenish

    1. RebekahG

      11/10/2017 at 12:43 AM

      Thank you!
      Oh wow, THAT’S dedication. If you manage to watch it and catch up to the fourteenth season, I commend you. I love grey’s and I’ve gone back to watch select episodes, but I don’t think I could watch it from the beginning again.
      It is so good! So informative, but not difficult to read, at the same time. I’m considering writing a full review of this at some point because I love it that much.

  15. lovelytwenties

    10/10/2017 at 2:14 AM

    I watched both the TV show and movie based on the book series City of Bones but have not yet read the books. I think I might start it soon since I have always been a big reader.

    1. RebekahG

      11/10/2017 at 12:44 AM

      I haven’t seen the movie, but I watch the series on Netflix and fell in love with it from very early on. I’m not much of a fantasy reader personally, but the books were okay. I think I’m just not really used to the wordbuilding side of books. I’d say to give it a go if it sounds like something you might enjoy, though!

  16. David Elliott

    14/10/2017 at 2:30 AM

    That’s so crazy that it took that long to get a diagnosis. And congrats on your 19th birthday. September is a good birthday month. It’s mine too.

    1. RebekahG

      21/10/2017 at 3:31 PM

      Yeah! Unfortunately, waiting times have become even longer since, so I was lucky in many ways. Aw, happy belated birthday for you, too!

  17. Abbey @abbeylouisarose

    15/10/2017 at 7:49 AM

    I’m sorry that you’ve had a tough time of it last month, lovely lady! I hope that your positive routine is continuing because it really helps, a routine makes me feel so much happier, in control and more settled! It sounds like your friends really put in some effort and showed how much they care about you for your birthday, I’m sure that put a big smile on your face! Happy belated 19th birthday! Your hair looks fabulous with all of those colours, I wish I was brace enough to dye mine!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      21/10/2017 at 4:00 PM

      Thank you! I think I’m finally settling into something resembling a routine. I definitely agree with you; I feel so much settled in one, too! Yeah, my birthday was amazing; I’m so glad I have the friends I do now.
      Take the plunge! I think you’d look amazing with a daring colour, haha!

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