July 2022 Wrap-Up

Well, y’all… that was July, was it? I just saw a blur rushing past, can’t swear to what it looked like…

Regardless, let’s see what we can remember for the

|| Highlights & Lowlights

// I honestly can’t remember much about the beginning of the month?? I don’t know what I actually did around then. But the middle of the month was quite busy—I proofread a book for a small publishing press, which was quite fun, and got a contract for proofreading an indie book that is due to come out this fall. 🙂

The first book was about Samuel de Champlain and my word, y’all… best book I ever read on that man (and I’ve read my fair share). I learned all over again why he’s such a hero… I always struggle when people ask who my heroes are, but now I can say unhesitatingly: Samuel de Champlain of Brouage, gentleman, and Booker T. Washington.

// I caught the Virus (yes, I tested) and fortunately it wasn’t that bad but it did knock me out for a while… I almost never have headaches but man, they’re killer… specially when you’re trying to edit!

// I processed a lot of opinions and beliefs this month (more on that later) and ended by boldly proclaiming them on Social Media because I was so tired of the one-sided, shutting-down, extremist echo chamber I was finding myself in. By the way, no one challenged me, and I’m wondering why I don’t do this more often… XD

// We made progress on house-buying. I visited it, fell in love with the situation and yard (it’s THE BESTTTTT) and am making plans for when we move in. Currently praying for a buyer for our house and packing what we can. I MISS MY BOOKSHELF, Y’ALL!!! I keep looking over at my shelves and being startled to find them empty. I had to dig out my copyediting manuals though, and it was almost like Christmas, going through the boxes, finding old friends and meeting new ones I’d forgotten I had.

// I watched quite a bit of Studio C. It’s my go-to when I’m feeling down and have little energy. I’m not a fan of the new videos, but the old seasons are pretty epic, although I don’t recommend all of them. Here’s two of my personal favourites…

(That one’s just super deep and detailed, more than funny.)

I also binged The Secret World of Benjamin Bear a lot because it’s cute and funny and heartwarming—what I needed. I still haven’t finished the show—there’s sooo many episodes! But it’s really well done for a TV show, especially a kids’ show.

// I accidentally recited In Flanders’ Fields (well, almost all of it, except like 2 lines my mother had to help me on). It was fun because I’ve never actually memorized it, so it made me feel clever.

Of course, right after, I was watching a video where someone was asking Gen Z kids basic questions they couldn’t answer. One was “how many continents,” and another was “the square root of 4.” I freaked out because I forgot how many continents we had and had no clue of the square root of four… The good side though is I got an app to practise my times tables daily.

// So when I was a kid we used to watch The Search for Christopher Robin and we watched it again this month with the littles. They thought it was hilarious. I teared up at times with nostalgia, but I also was blown way by how good and deep and beautiful it was! Hands down my favourite movie, peeps!! Super amazing.

Speaking of movies—I’ve been watching quite a few vintage ones—like Lured (I may or may not be obsessed with George Sanders)—and was wondering if anyone was interesting in movie reviews?? Lemme know in the comments below!

// I posted the below…

and it plus some other stuff I saw really made me think of how hard people emphasize “don’t make an idol of marriage,” “don’t wait for marriage,” “don’t wish for marriage,” etc etc etc… and how much that has confused me and scared me and mixed me up. I’m still processing thoughts on that but y’all may get a post on it soon. XD

// I started piano lessons!!! It’s quite fun 😀

// Hey hey hey, just had to mention this… 😉

^^ that never happened before lol

// ALSO I made my first lip-sync reel and apparently everyone loved it and it got quite a few views on IG (like 10,879!!!).

// AAAND finally… I did a thing.

We also have an email newsletter to share the same deals. 🙂 We have quite a little community now, so that’s lovely! ❤

|| Reading

In July, I read 31 books and reached 75% of my 2022 reading goal—300 of 400 books exactly on the 31st. Kinda coolio. 😉

Favourite Book of July: That Printer of Udell’s by Harold Bell Wright.

Boy, this was not what I expected and sooo good!! I actually didn’t write a review for it for a long time because I wasn’t sure how to express myself and ended up writing a terrible review that will have to be updated, but this was an 8/10 hearts book and you can read my feeble review here. 😉

My Other 5-star Reads of the Month:

(R=reread)

I Deserve a Donut (9/10)
A Prayer Unanswered
Anne of the Island
(R)
The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne
The Red Trailer Mystery
(R)
Anne of Windy Poplars
(R)
Eight Cousins
(R)
The Thirty-Nine Steps
(R)
In the Fog
(R)
The Mysterious Visitor
(R)
He went with Champlain
The Bridge of Little Jeremy
The Gatehouse Mystery
(R)
Sounder (R)
We Didn’t Do It!
(plus the book I’m currently proofreading)

Least Favourite Book of July: N/A

None of the books I read in July were terrible and deserve this place of shame. 😉

|| Writing Update

There wasn’t much writing in July. I was still struggling with a massive writer’s block of discouragement and burnout and confusion. I did pound out a little bit of fan fiction for “The Secret World of Benjamin Bear” though.

Then I finally talked things through with a lovely friend and got inspiration, as well as straightening out the tangles I had. As a result, I was able to plan a bit for The Colour Blue and start the rewrite. I also finished formatting The Colour of Nativity and, finally, I wrote a short story for a contest and the next KDWC book. 🙂 In the end, I got between 3-5k words written this month and it felt good. 🙂

|| Blog Posts

Top 10 Children’s Classics  @ SAW Publishing 

How to Avoid Hurting Readers When You’re Trying to Help Them Heal @ Story Embers

Master Storyteller @ Once Upon an Ordinary 

Lessons from Clearanced Chocolate @ Once Upon an Ordinary 

Be My Guest: Kellyn Roth @ Andrea Renee Cox (red hair facts, peeps!!)

|| Songs, Verses, & Poems

Que Sera, Sera | Billieanne

I discovered this song and the lyrics totally stole my heart.

I asked my mother, “What will I be?
Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?”
Here’s what she said to me:
Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera…
What will be, will be.

When I was a boy at school,
I asked my teacher, “What should I try?
Should I paint pictures? Should I sing songs?”
This was her wise reply:
Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera…
What will be, will be.

When I grew up and fell in love,
I asked my sweetheart, “What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows day after day?”
Guess what my lover said…
Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera…
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own;
They ask their mother, “What will I be?
Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?”
I tell them, “Wait and see.”
Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera…
What will be, will be…
Que sera, sera
.

This song was also constantly recurring to me this month. Listen to the words…

|| What Did I Learn in July?

So… July.

I spent most of July struggling intensely. Struggling with marriage. Struggling with my character. Struggling with my flaws. Struggling with my lack of talents and capabilities.

On the 9th, I went to a wedding and came to a conclusion about something:

I’m frustrated and confused about the marriage thing. Is it wrong to desire a best friend? Is it wrong to desire the joys of matrimony? I don’t think so. But I do realize that marriage is MORE than that. It’s the coming together of two people to serve God together—him, whatever way God called him; and me, helping him. And together, both of us raising kids for God if He gives us some. It’s not about me… it’s about serving God. Whoever He thinks I can best help and so serve Him best.
I’m still gonna pray for an officer. For a husband soon. But I’m also going to work on becoming a better servant. Not to earn marriage, but so that if it happens, I’m a good helpmeet, and if not, I’m a useful vessel.
Losing weight. Learning piano. Having a schedule. Learning to sew. Learning to drive again. Learning to cook and clean and meal plan. Learning to dress well and be feminine and be a good woman. Hungering for His word + growth… church, Bible time. Serving IN the church despite abilities or lack thereof. Giving tracts + talking of God. Praying, really praying… and pursuing a job.
I don’t know what to do yet. Teach? What can I teach? What do I teach? Is Copyediting enough? What about being a virtual assistant?

That was something else that plagued me a lot too—I was worried and scared about the fact that I was still uncertain about what to do for a job or a business—I have so many avenues and I don’t know which to pick.

Finally, after a lot of pain and tears, I shared this on my Instagram on the 22nd:

I’m feeling a victory today.
I started writing again, after months of writer’s block. The rewrite of Book 2 in the Colours of Life is finally begun.
I formatted 6 chapters of the prequel to the series… after months of avoiding it because it felt soul-sucking and exhaustive.
I pushed past the depression and self-pity that tried to catch me. Denied the oversensitivity trying to trip me. Ignored the desire to give up because it’s easier.
I didn’t do so well this morning. I wasted time. Didn’t do everything I was supposed to. Messed up a basic chore.
But maybe it’s okay to celebrate the small milestone instead of tearing myself down for a what is, more or less, an insignificant mistake.
It’s marvellous to feel happy and worthwhile again after a month or so of struggling.
Why am I sharing thing?
Frankly, I’d rather not. I know it makes some people think I’m an attention-seeker, a whiner, a weakling, someone who dwells only on the bad, who always begs for validation and doesn’t try to help herself.
But I also know it helps some folks.
So here I am. Celebrating because I can. Hoping you’ll be the next one. Rooting for you to be so.
We may be down for a time but we can always get up again… and it’s worth it. ✨

The next day, after a long talk with a friend, I sat down and journaled the reason why I’d crashed so hard after the trip.

I’m not going to share the full reason here. It’s very dear and special to me. Suffice it to say that during the trip, something wonderful happened, in which I felt like I was doing my life’s work—something I was good at and loved to do and was helpful with… fulfilling the dream I’ve always had. Of course, that had me believing in my dream, and then I came home and crashed because I was so tired, and then I realized how bad of a person I am to fulfill that dream. Hence, a complete and total depression.

I’m doing well now. I’m working on becoming a better person while waiting…

|| August Goals

  1. Read my bible literally every day.
  2. Learn to talk to my Father. (I literally just realized He’s my Father and not just the King/my Lord. It’s an amazing realization.)
  3. Keep atop of reviews.
  4. Write.
  5. Read more than I watch shows.
  6. Write blog posts.
  7. Post frequently on IG.
  8. Basically just keep doing daily life… ❤

How was your month, cupcakes? And what do you look forwards to in August?

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

4 thoughts on “July 2022 Wrap-Up

  1. The Search for Christopher Robin is THE BEST!!! It totally freaked me out as a little kid, but now I adore it. So cool to see that someone else loves it too!

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