August was an epic month! I was shoved even further out of my comfort zone and forced to put myself out there in massive ways. Each and every weekend I had an event, whether it was book related or family related, they were big!
At the beginning of the month my family and I travelled to Sydney to spend some quality time with my cousin and her family. It was a lovely mini break. We explored new places and completely relaxed. It was the calm before the storm.
On our return to Canberra we were met with a flurry of birthday parties and play dates. My daughter turned five and so did many of her friends. We had lots of fun celebrating with balloons, pinatas unicorns and princesses.
Amidst all the delightful gatherings, August was filled with book festivities too.
The month kicked off with Love Your Bookshop Day. The fabulous staff at Harry Hartog Woden organised a very special local author book signing. It was a wonderful day spent in the company of book lovers and many of my author friends.
I was also involved in the Canberra Writers Festival as part of their Sunday Funday program. This was my third appearance at this festival and it was such a glorious afternoon. I had a marvellous time hula dancing, decorating our gumboots and sharing stories with an enthusiastic crowd.
In addition to appearing at various events in August, I stretched myself a bit further and participated in a number of interviews for local media outlets. These articles will be published over the next few months so please stay tuned and keep an eye out.
Lastly, I ended the month preparing for more author talks which will be held during the first couple of weeks in September. I am looking forward to these sessions and hopefully helping aspiring creatives on their journey. More about these sessions in next month’s blog!
Although it has been a big month I am somehow invigorated by it all. As an introvert I do struggle being in the spotlight and attending a myriad of social functions. I always crawl back into my shell and hide away after having a month like this. Despite the workshops I have coming up I know some downtime will be on the cards for September. Family will be my focus as I mend. What I have found interesting during August though, is that inspite of craving time alone to recover from a big and active month, I am not left completely exhausted as you would usually find me after being front and center. It has shown me that I am somehow living my purpose. When you do something you love it doesn’t feel tiring. It leaves you wanting more. It strengthens who you are and encourages you to keep going, keep pushing fear away as you stride towards your desires.
Phew! I have made it to the end of August but I know there is more excitement to come!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
Mahalo to those who came along to Sunday Funday at the Canberra Writers Festival I had so much fun sharing stories & dancing with you all. It was a lekker afternoon at the National Library of Australia.
A huge thank you to Canberra Weekly for featuring me in this week’s edition
Love your Bookshop Day – Thank you to Harry Hartog Woden for inviting me to be part of a very special Love Your Bookshop Day local author event.