And just like that, summer is over.
Seeing as I can almost count the hot days on one hand, it’s probably fairer to say that summer hardly happened to begin with. It was a bit of a non-starter really, wasn’t it? I find myself feeling joyful at the start of every season, but the warmth and cosiness of autumn is especially hard to match.
Last month, I resolved to cook and bake more. I’ve been happily experimenting with vegan breakfast ideas – overnight chia seeds, jazzed up with a differing combination of ingredients, have proven a favourite. I also made Oreo cupcakes for a work mate’s birthday, which were more well received than their non-vegan, shop-bought counterparts. Yay!
I committed to spending more time out and about in my local area, and quite promptly became the summer’s biggest recluse. Like, seriously, some weekends have gone by without me leaving the house once. I guess that means I definitely succeeded at my third goal of not having any goals…
Here are my hopes for September:
1 | Learn a new skill
I’m thrilled to announce that I have invested in a gorgeous DSLR camera. How very blogger of me! Recently, I’d been feeling disappointed with the quality of my images; the visions I’d had in mind for how my photos would look were so rarely coming out how I’d wanted them to. Now that I’ve gone and bought the thing, I want to learn how to use it properly. Any tips and advice in this area would be greatly appreciated!
2 | Get back into writing
This Saturday just gone, I happily trekked across the city for Write Like A Grrrl: The Next Step – a self-identifying women writers’ group, hosted in super-cool The Proud Archivist on the canal near Haggerston. Workshopping others’ writing, and having my own piece critiqued (eek!) is a relatively new thing for me, and I’m excited to get stuck in. Doing something writerly again has made me refocus on my writing endeavours outside of this blog, and I hope to get back to work on some more submissions soon.
3 | Be aware and care
There are some truly awful things happening in the world right now and, like many of you, I have been incredibly moved and upset by the refugee crisis currently unfolding. With so little meaningful support from the powers that be, it can be hard to know where to begin in terms of making a difference. But there are things we can do to help, and just having an awareness of what’s going on is a worthy place to start.
What are you up to this month?