Welcome to my next ‘Looking back’ post – Looking Back At August 2020! If you missed the first Looking Back where I explained it, the first post of each month will be a monthly round-up of the month before. That’s a lot of month in that paragraph!
Here we are again – another looking back post. I feel like I’m always writing one of these 😂 This year is going both incredibly fast and so slow – how does it do that? I usually dread autumn coming because my mental health takes a bit of a nosedive. However, I am actually quite happy to see September this year. Mainly so that I can start wearing jumpers again and get snuggled up under a blanket. And obviously, I’m looking forward to not sweating my tits off at 9am.
Anyway, let’s into looking back at August
Seeing Friends and Family
We have a few birthdays in August, including my dad, brother and niece. I got to see some family members that I hadn’t seen in a while, which was lovely! Obviously, we were all still very careful and remained socially distant, but it was still amazing to catch up. I cannot wait to start hugging people again!!
I’m having to use the last weight I recorded, which was from June, as I didn’t weigh myself in July. I’m sure I gained, though!
Last Weigh in – 14st 5lbs
Today’s weight – 14st 5lbs
Okay. So, I haven’t lost anything yet, BUT I haven’t gained either, so I’m taking that as a win!
Daz and I actually made more of an effort last month. We meal planned much better and cut back on snacking. It was great actually to have some different meals and not the usual, ‘I don’t know what to cook, so let’s have Spag Bol again.’ And we even made homemade pizza which leads me to my next part.
We did our first date night from the 100 Dates – Scratch off bucket list I talked about in Looking back at June! We did the ‘Cook a meal from scratch.’ I usually do most of the cooking anyway, but we actually made a meal together: homemade pizza!
They were so yummy! We used pitta bread as the base, and honestly, I am converted. The edges go so crispy and crunchy. They had cheese, sweetcorn, chicken, and peppers, and we topped them with mozzarella! Two had a spicy bbq base, and the other two had tomato purée, garlic purée (because who can be bothered to chop it when you can get it already puréed for you?!) and mixed herb base.
I really think that these will probably be our new Friday Night treat!
Generally, on a Saturday night as our date night, Daz and I can be found playing The Last Of Us part 2. However, with the sad news that Chadwick Boseman had passed away, we decided to watch Black Panther.
I was actually quite organised in August. I created Pins for Pinterest in advance and scheduled them for the week coming and I also scheduled old posts to go live on Facebook and uploaded to Instagram a bit more regularly.
Fair enough, I did have a week where I lost ALL motivation and did no blogging at all, but I picked it back up again with a lot of ‘encouragement’ from Darren.
To help with my motivation, I have purchased a course from one of my favourite bloggers Jenny in Neverland. Last month, Jenny released her first course, which will help you to ‘Master Your Blogging Mindset, Reach Your Goals + Grow a Thriving and Successful Blog!’ Well, obviously, I signed up straight away!
So far, I am LOVING it! It teaches you all about the law of attraction and goal setting, and I am feeling SO motivated. Hopefully, I won’t get any more mid-month slumps!
I also decided to change my blog colours in August. The old colours were a bit too bright, not very easy on the eyes, and I felt like my blog needed a bit of a refresh. Plus, I love Pink 💗
Email Opt-in Freebie
If you remember, last month, I announced that I would be creating an email opt-in freebie. I completed it and am so pleased with how it turned out! I worked so hard on getting it just right.
This ebook talks you through easy and simple ways to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. If you haven’t got your copy of the ebook yet, just subscribe to my mailing list by clicking on the image below, and it will take you through to sign up.
Did I Achieve My Goals?
These were my goals from July:
- Get 800 blog views – I missed out by 71 views 😔 I got 729 views which I am still really happy with!
- Complete my freebie – Yes! See above 😃
Goals For September
- 800 Blog views – I’m not giving up on this one. I WILL achieve 800 blog views this month. I can do it! Any help at all will be so greatly appreciated. Please feel free to share any of my posts or tag a friend in a post that you think they might like!
- Complete ‘Blogging Mindset Mastery’ by Jenny in Neverland – I purchased this course over a month ago, but due to distractions and general bad timekeeping from me, I haven’t yet had time to complete it. But this month I will! I will be the professional blogger that I dream of being!
And that is my month. It’s been quite a good one, actually. I’m hoping that I can make September even better. As I said earlier, I typically find the transition from Summer to Autumn tough on my mental health. I find that my anxiety starts to play up, so I’m going to take extra care this month to make sure I look after myself and keep an eye out for any of my usual tells.
That’s it for now. Thanks for Looking Back At August with me!