A Diary Entry: August 2021

Wow. A lot has gone on this month! I didn’t actually realise until I sat down to write about the last month in my ‘diary entry’ segment that there’s been a lot.

First of all, I went on a lovely holiday with the family at the start of August. Something I can say was definitely needed. I always forget until I’m there that the sea breeze really does make such a difference.

We went to the Isle of Wight for a few days. The weather wasn’t always amazing, but we were lucky enough to have a couple of hours of sun here and there each day. The thing I love about the island though, is that there is so much to do there, even if the weather is bad.

I tend to get bored of the beach really easily if I’m honest. So it was nice to be able to go on little wonders and find other things to do with our time.

The Jimi Hendrix Statue in Freshwater.

But just like with all holidays, it came to an end pretty fast.

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, right? Before I knew it, I was thrown straight back into the crazy work life with so little time and so much to do it was like I’d never even left.

But there was one good positive after I came back, a few days after my return I finally got what I have been meaning to get for a long time: a Wednesday Addams tattoo.

Isn’t she pretty?

Although with the holiday and ink, I got pretty poor this month fast. It worked as an advantage as I got to spend a lot more time focusing on myself, my well-being and also started to set myself proper goals and structured plans to achieve the things that I want.

I finally finished reading the book Make It Happen by Jordanna Levin. This was potentially the best manifestation book I have ever read. Highly recommend that one! Jordanna is so realistic about manifestation and doesn’t give that whole BS that other manifestation books do of: ‘just think it and it’ll happen’. You have got to put the effort in too. Action is important. Be realistic, the man of your dreams will not randomly turn up in your bedroom.

The book hit me hard. I actually realised when I was reading it that I had been so naive and lazy. I did become one of those people who just sit around and hope the good shit will come to them. But then I realised – I’m not going to make it as a writer if I’m never making an effort to submit my writing anywhere. I’m not going to find the right guy for me if I’m never leaving the house for social events or not going on dating apps. You see where I’m going with this?

The book gave me the hard kick up the arse I needed.

I am now using a weekly planner to try and plan out the various tasks and goals I want to meet, so I can have a set plan each evening whether it’s sorting a blog post, raw writing, completing a module, submitting for a competition etc. Writing is a hard industry to get in to, thousands of people are trying for the same thing every day. But if I don’t try, I’ll never get there.

I’ve also started reading a lot more things to help with my ADHD and planning. I feel like this is a big step for me to keep at as I am so easily distracted. Even today I aimed to write a couple of short stories, I wrote one and then just laid about.

The other good thing I got myself into this month is book reviews. I signed up with Love Books Tours who offer free books digital or physical in exchange for a review on the designated date that you’re given. Not only is this going to help with my writing studies and idea Inspo but it also keeps me more active online with the blog etc too. So look out for a hand full of book reviews coming on to the blog throughout September and October!

Well, I think I’ve bored you enough for today. Thanks for reading. There’ll be some more blog content coming from me in the next couple of weeks 🙂

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