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My August in a nutshell (2020)

August wasn’t the greatest month for me overall. If you read my A little break post then you’ll already be aware that my return to work zapped my energy both physically and creatively. It also showed me how much free time I had when I wasn’t working, it seemed so busy going back to work even though I’m still partially furloughed. Anyway, I still had some highs, lows and standout moments that I want to share with you so I hope that you enjoy reading!

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Returning to work. I’m starting with this because I don’t want to repeat myself too much, as I said above I have already written about how tiring I found my return to work in a previous post. However, that’s not to say it was all bad. Sure, there are negatives: work load, ratio of customers to staff due to multiple redundancies, feeling uncomfortable wearing masks, how dry my skin is from the constant hand sanitising, and the inability to provide the service that I am used to giving and feel as though the guest deserves. I could go on and on, and perhaps I will write a separate post in more detail but, as I said it hasn’t all been bad. It has been nice to get back into the work environment, to go somewhere where I am Jess not Mum and to meet and get to know some new staff members (I say new but I mean new to me – many started whilst I was on Maternity Leave). It’s great to remind myself of the positives that returning to work has brought me because I can’t deny that it has been a struggle. I’m hoping that as time goes by I’ll feel more confident in work and hopefully more tools to do the job will become available. It remains to be seen, the hospitality industry is up and down at the best of times, but I can at least be grateful that I still have my job even if it is quite different now.

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Spending time with family and friends. Whilst still on partial furlough I did have the opportunity to see family and friends where I wouldn’t usually so I made a point of taking advantage of this throughout August. I usually work every weekend (8 hour shifts) and this makes seeing my family in particular quite difficult, if not impossible. However, I was given quite a few weekend days off in August and when I did have a shift it was more often than not shorter, usually 4 hours instead of 8 which left plenty of time in the day. Even though work has been super tiring having that extra time made me feel motivated to take advantage of seeing loved ones and I’m glad I did because I would have definitely regretted it otherwise!

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Reading. I’ve had reading slumps before but nothing like I experienced in August. I wasn’t even motivated to pick up any of my favourite books, and when that happens it has to be bad! Part of the problem was definitely feeling worn out, but also I felt guilty that I had committed to reading and reviewing a couple of books (one direct from publisher and one from NetGalley) and I really didn’t feel in the mood to pick up either which made me feel as though I couldn’t pick anything else up instead. Does that make sense? I am back reading now though and I am on track to get both reviews written and posted so that has made me feel better. As it stands I’m hopeful that I can put reading back into the high section in September’s wrap up.

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I feel like a broken record but I’m still struggling with my sleep. It’s the usual waking up throughout the night for what appears to be no reason. I think part of the problem is that it’s playing on my mind before I go to bed and perhaps that anxiety is having an effect on my rest. My aim for September is to make some changes to my diet and see if that helps at all. Fingers crossed!

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Blogging. I was rubbish in August! I went from posting twice a week to only putting up 5 posts in the whole month, and with two of those being written and scheduled quite far in advance I can’t really count them. I failed miserably with blog hopping and updating social media as well. It just all kind of went a bit rubbish and I gave up. In hindsight I should have just put myself on a brief hiatus as I returned to work rather than just go AWOL, but hey lesson learned and at least I’m back on track now.

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My favourite moment of August came at the beginning of the month (on the 6th). Myself and my partner took our daughter to get her feet measured for the first time. She was so well behaved and actually enjoyed being there which I wasn’t sure would be the case beforehand. I thought she might be a little apprehensive to let a stranger measure her feet but she really wasn’t, in fact she was chatting away and saying hi over and over. Due to social distancing they were only allowing one family at a time to go upstairs to be measured so she had the whole place to herself when it was her turn. We picked her up two pairs of shoes and she wore one home from the shop which she was very pleased with. Although, once we got home she quickly rejected the shoes in favour of the shoe box which she proudly carried around and filled with blocks and other toys…so adorable!

How was your August? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

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28 thoughts on “My August in a nutshell (2020)

  1. August ? So many highs and lows, I’m still trying to find a new normal. When restrictions were lifted, a little, friends came to stay, with their nearly two year old.
    I was working on the last edit of my new book , and then, our beloved cat became ill. Heart failure. Meds prescribed, but she became much worse very suddenly. Only one of us could be with her as she died, so peacefully.
    In our house, which is quite old, we found the remains of a tiny shoe, hidden in a wall.

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    1. Wow what a month you have had. Congratulations on almost finishing up with your book, such an achievement! I’m so sorry to hrar about your cat, to lose a pet is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, it’s a horrible experience to say the least. Oh wow, a tiny shoe, that sounds extremely intriguing! I wonder if it’s possible to solve the mystery of how it came to be there.


  2. Too bad August wasn’t great for you over all, but at least you still had some good moments. That’s funny your daughter was more interested in the box than the shoes, I liked playing with shoe boxes, or just boxes in general when I was a wee one. I think it was just the idea of a space which I could fill up that I liked. I hope September is going more smoothly.

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    1. Yes it was nice to write up the post because it gave me a much needed reminder that it wasn’t all bad. I hope your month well 😊
      I agree, it’s definitely putting whatever you like inside, she was very protective of her box of tricks once she had filled it up πŸ˜‚ thank you, so far so good, September is looking good overall, hope it is also going well for you 😊


  3. I’m glad you were able to see friends and family and sorry about the lows. I had the same sleeping problem because of my anxiety but CBD oil really helped- I would definitely recommend trying it out.

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  4. So sorry to hear you had a few lows this month Jess – hope September will start looking up 🀞 So cute that your daughter got her feet measured for the first time though – make sure you keep her first pair of shoes! My parents had a loft clear out in lockdown and found my first pair from when I was a baby (I’m 23 now!) – it’s a lovely keepsake! X

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    1. It’s looking good so far thanks 😊 I hope your month is going well also. Wow how lovely, it’s so great to have keepsakes from childhood, I bet you were made up to see them ❀ yes I will definitely hold on to them 😊 in fact I will probably have to hold back from keeping hold of everything knowing me πŸ˜‚ x

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  5. Thanks for sharing your month πŸ™‚ I’ve had a horrible few weeks, with the loss of a much-loved pet and then the anxiety of school/nursery starting and new procedures in the workplace too. I hope you manage to get a better quality of sleep.

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    1. And thanks for sharing yours too, even though it’s been tough. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your pet, after losing my two last year I can understand that it’s an awful experience and I hope you begin to feel better soon! How did the school/nursery go? Beginning to settle in now? Definitely a nerve wracking experience at the best of times without everything else that’s going on. I hope that once you get into the swing of things with work that you feel a little less overwhelmed with it all. I’m starting to settle a lot more with all the new bits in my workplace so fingers crossed for you as well. Keep going, and here’s to a better month from this point onwards 😊 thank you, I’m willing to try anything at this point, I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night πŸ˜•

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      1. Thank you πŸ™‚ There is so much change about and so much uncertainty for the near future that I think everyone is on edge and it’s hard to make plans when you don’t know what will happen. School/nursery went OK except that one of them caught a cold straight away and now I’ve got it! 😦 I think not sleeping through the night is usual when you have small kids anyway, even if they sleep through then you’re still on high alert for any sounds, even when you’re sleeping, so the slightest noise can wake you up!

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      2. Oh yes absolutely, hard to know whether we are coming or going and things can change with no notice! Ah the colds are doing the rounds, we came down with one here also, hope you feel better soon! Yes that is true, ironic because I would have expected it to be her waking that kept me up but she sleeps straight through without a care…alright for some πŸ˜‚

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  6. Nice to have you back Jess and read all about your month’s highs and lows. For those of us with little ones, that’s the best moments ever. Although my two are grown up, I love to look through the albums and tease my youngest who got married last year – I’ve told him not to make me an old nana! πŸ˜‰

    Hubby (and me) has two grandchildren and we love them soooooo much. We spend lots of time with them, and they cry when we leave. It’s heartbreaking! Yes, kids are the best tonic ever πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Caz, it feels good to be back 😊 haha I can relate to that, I’m already looking back and cooing over old baby photos and my daughter is only 15 months πŸ˜‚

      Awww bless them, heartbreaking yes but testament to you as grandparents 😊 oh absolutely the best tonic I agree 😊 hope your month is going well so far 😊

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