It feels good to write again! It feels like forever since I’ve sat down and written for my blog. I hit a wall in August about blogging and other components of my life. The overwhelming feeling of, ‘WTF are you doing with your life?’ felt unbearable. However, today’s post isn’t about that; that’s the next one titled ‘clicking restart’. That’s right, I’ve planned this month’s blog posts.
Today I want to share some key August activities that happened in my personal life! I know many bloggers write monthly roundup posts, so leave a comment and a link to your monthly roundup post below if you have written one.
Let’s talk about August for a moment. We all loved it growing up, as it felt like an eternity off of school, until the last week when it felt like it was going too quickly, as you were dragged around the back-to-school sales. But I digress.
Growing up, August felt quite lonely as many of my friends jetted off abroad, and I stayed at home. Not to say, I didn’t have fun as friends came back and my siblings were around.
As an adult, and especially coming out of Lockdown, August feels like a chance to catch up with people. Everyone takes days off work, and more planning goes into what we will do as everyone has different schedules.
Here’s what I got up to in August 2021.
After postponing twice, my cousin finally got married in August, and it was worth the wait. It was so surreal attending a wedding after staying away from people for so long. Everyone was still a bit hesitant, with hand sanitiser dotted around the venue, but it was lovely to be back together as a family again.
In August, I did one of the things that I wanted to do before turning 26 – I went camping in Cornwall! It was not wild camping, as I don’t think I could have handled that, especially since I got my period two days before heading home. I spent a full week on an air bed, camped in a place with spectacular views, surrounded by great people. I think I will write a post about it, as we did so much.
Towards the end of August, I ended up at the place I talk about a bit too much on my blog, The Royal Armouries. We went to a live-action Tudor jousting tournament. It was a perfect day for it, with the sun shining down as we listened to some historical details and saw the jesters liven up the crowd before the competitors trotted in the arena.
I’m a Yorkshire girl through and through; we’ve means I’m cheap and proud of it. Stay with me here, and you’ll know why this is relevant. When it comes to my subscriptions, it is a very short list as I like to keep costs down, so if there is a free option, you know I’m on that plan.
Well, that was until August. Recently, my partner and I signed up for two things, HelloFresh and Smol. We signed up to HelloFresh to see if it was an option for us. We are not experienced in the kitchen and have a hard time varying our meals, which always leads us back to the dreaded (but loved) takeaway. HellFresh felt like a good option to try, and I got a discount, so why not. We are only on box two at the moment, with interesting results.
Smol, on the other hand, was a small way for us to make a change. We create an outrageous amount of laundry for two people, so much so that I feel like I should apologise to my mum for how much I created growing up. Anyway, we tried smol because they ‘champion plastic-free and fully recyclable packaging.’ We tried their laundry capsules for free, well, we had to pay £1 for postage, so not free-free. I was sceptical at first, but now I am happy to pay for these when I need them.
Let me know if you would be interested to hear my honest opinion about either HelloFresh or smol in the comments, as I am considering writing separate posts about them. As someone who is known in her family for setting fires in the kitchen, HelloFresh has been an interesting experience.
There is my quick summary of what happened in August. For September, I want to focus on catching up with friends, focusing on my career and having fun with my blog. As I will mention in my next blog post, I started to turn my blog into a chore rather than a space to talk about my adventures.
My blog might not be ‘right’ or organised, but it is mine, and it is a place anyone can come to see the adventures/daily musings of a twenty-something-year-old.
I’ll end, like always, with a question for you – What did you get up to in August?