Just like my monthly favorites videos on YouTube, my Looking Back series has become a mainstay at the end of every month. It’s nice to have a record of the highlights of every single month before moving onto the next. But the main reason I started this series was to have a space, one a month on this blog to just chat with you all.

I mean, I love that blog posts have become more editorial over the years. I really like creating posts that focus on specific topics. Informative, concise & accompanied by pretty pictures. But I miss the spontaneity that this blog had when I first started it eight and a half years ago. Back then, I could just come back from a day in college & write about my experience – I never thought too much about it. It made me felt connected to my readers & I loved receiving & responding to feedback in the comments. But I digress. Let’s talk about what’s on my mind right now-

How Do You Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing? It’s been a rough couple of days here in Mumbai. Monsoon is not my favorite time of the year & we’re already at the end of our third monsoon month. Yesterday was a tough day for the city with heavy rains & resultant floods, suspension of public transportation etc. I was very lucky that me & mine were safe at home but it didn’t make me feel that much better either.

And I guess it’s easier to reconcile being a bundle of anxiety & negative thoughts when you have some specific bad incident to blame it on. It’s more difficult when you’ve been feeling less than great for a week & you have no idea why that is.

In the meantime I’ve been really enjoying reading Little Black Book – A Toolkit For Working Women (I’ve already raved about it in a vlog & my August Favorites, but it’s so good that it’s worth talking about again!) & watching lotsss of Netflix, especially romcoms. Though I usually hate them, they’re a nice way to just pass the time & the happy endings are corny as hell but help when you’re feeling down.

Why am I writing about being sad? I’ve always tried to keep this space positive, light & uplifting (but still real). I’ve always been of the opinion that there’s nothing to gain by spreading negativity or being pessimistic, as it just brings people down.

But on my vlog channel I’ve been trying to talk more openly about topics society tends to consider taboo, like undergarments, periods & whatnot. Life isn’t always happy & positive; & I never want to fool people into thinking mine is always great. Sometimes, it’s healthy to acknowledge negative feelings or bouts of depression. Everyone goes through it & being honest is usually the first step to actually feeling & getting better.

If you’re reading this, I’d love for to leave a comment with your own experiences. What helps pull you out of a funk? I’m trying to sleep better, wake up earlier in the day rather than lie in (sleep is important but oversleeping just makes me feel more fatigued) & set small goals that I can accomplish. And on days that I really don’t feel productive, I’ve been doing an hour of solid work followed by chai + Netflix breaks. One episode, then back to work. I’ve found that it’s helping me stay refreshed & focussed.

In case you’re going through a tough time for whatever reason, I just want to remind you that you’re wonderful. You’re strong, capable of a lot & worth much more than your marks or productivity. If you’re feeling burnt out or uninspired, don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself! That’s all I have to say about this, so I’m going to leave you with a picture of one of the more fun cocktails I had at a recent dinner (waffles + bacon + bailey’s, basically my dream cocktail!)

Looking Back August 2017

August Favorites

Like every month, I have an extra chatty monthly favorites video discussing some new beauty, tech, book & chocolate discoveries. You can watch it below or on YouTube!

Etc.

Watching… I’ve watched a lot this month so there’s no point even trying to list it all, but in movies, finally seeing Goodfellas was a highlight & among the chick flicks No Reservations was a treat to see.

Eating… It’s been a good month for food! For Eating Out, I dined at now great new places in the city – Café Bandra in Bandra (excellent salmon & risotto!) & Henpecked in Kala Ghoda. I also revisited one of my favorites, BAD Cafe in Bandra.

I’ve also been cooking a lot more this month & it’s felt so nice. I’m throughly obsessed with sweet potato, especially baking it. I’ll show you guys in a vlog really soon.

Looking Forward

Just like a new year, new months can like someone hit the reset switch. I’m hoping to see sunnier weather in September, & hopefully do more blog posts too. Let me know what you guys would like me to write about, I’m always open to suggestions. I’m learning to love being home but I’m also hoping I get the chance to get out of the city, at least for a weekend *fingers crossed*. x

Magali Vaz

Magali Vaz

Founder, Blogger in Chief

I love tea, makeup, cats & travel (in no particular order, really). I founded this blog back in 2009 & I also make videos & vlogs on YouTube – come say hi!
Twitter is usually the easiest way to get in touch with me – @magali_c

  • foram thakkar

    Hello Magali…

    I recently saw the movie called “The secret”.. I know its been around for ages now.. And those novels are very popular but I happened to watch that movie recently and at the end of that movie you feel like a new person.

    • DIVYA

      You spoke my mind, Most of the times I watch ‘The Secret’ to get over difficult times. If not good music helps !

  • FrooGal Fun

    Last month has been a difficult one for me too – more so on the work front because i was traveling alone, away from home, and was sort of stuck working with a team where I did not necessarily fit, and working 16 hours a day 7 days a week with no appreciation / acknowledgement.

    Anyway, what helped keep my sanity in place was having someone to talk to, and listening to good music. Music to me is that time when i totally disconnect from the world and hum along to my favorite tunes! 🙂 Little bit of retail therapy helps too 😉

  • I agree, life is not just about being happy all the time. It takes away from the focus of the much more real-er things about being alive. Im going through a low phase, happens once in a while and rather than fight it, I’ve been binge watching “Girls’, am currently on Season 5. There are just two more seasons left, as it’s a really short television series. I quite like it thought it’s very bold, still very real. SOrry about my typos in here as I’m typing in the dark. I’m trying to wake up early too because it does feel much better on the body and mind, especially. To get some sun and just lounge in my terrace garden with the birds and squirrels that I recently started to feed. They have specific timings and they come meet me then. THat makes me feel so happy. Some form of connect with the outside world and nature. Also, I picked up some books to read. I do that too. I am also decluttering my space since three months, it’s taking time but all these little things add up to big things and make me feel better every day. I really enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Great post, i really enjoyed reading it. And i think most of us can see ourself in this post. I like your tips and do follow some of them myself when the days feels a bit harder. I also really like to take extra good care of myself by eating more healthy and do some workout. If it is in the evening i think yoga is a great way to exercise since it really helps my mind to get some peace

  • Ruma Bhattacharjee

    I read the blog twice and I can totally relate to what you wrote. I am glad you spoke about gloomy days. How much ever we try at times we do fall and it is OK! I quit work (march 2015) before getting married as Abhik has odd hours of work and we could not spend as much time with each other and also we had to travel to the States soon after my wedding. Considering I am a housewife (for most of the time) I spend most of my time helping my brother with a startup (only three hours of work a day), cooking, reading and Zumba. There are people who always question why I am enjoying, as what they think I do and not slog my ass off. My way to burn off the crazy is Zumba and reading with chai and cups of it. I can so relate to your blogs and vlogs and feel you show your life as it is and hats off it does take a lot of guts! Lots to learn from you.