Wrapping up June

30th June 2016
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June Monthly Wrap Up >> Simply Adrift

I felt like I was a bit out of the loop this month blogging wise and forever falling behind on my blogging goals.

At first it was because I was really busy with work and wasn’t on social media as often because I was so tired, but then I was out of it a week because I got a really bad migraine that knocked me off of my feet. I don’t often get migraines, but this one was so bad I physically couldn’t go in to work for half of the week – it was horrible! I also couldn’t blog because all I was doing those days was sleeping and hoping the pain and exhaustion stopped.

Ironically, even though I expressed my opinions on commenting this month, I’m also behind on replying to comments left on my blog + visiting all of you lovely people and commenting on your blogs… I’m sorry! I hope to catch up this weekend!

Here is June wrapped up.

What I’ve been up to outside of blogging my life

Besides being busy at work and unwell. I’ve been really busy this month planning my month long backpacking trip in mid-July to mid-August around Europe with my friend. We’ve planned Greece, Malta, The French Riviera, Spain and Portugal.

We still need to book accommodation for the latter half but we have an idea of a route and where we want to go. I am so excited guys! Beach time (soooo much beach time), sightseeing, a bit of history, and hopefully new friends will be made!

I bought Ashley from Nosegraze’sBuild Your Own Damn Website‘ course! I loved her ‘Master Customizer‘ course (I 100% recommend it if you’re self hosted and need help with CSS) which has helped me so much with Simply Adrift.

I’m still playing around with things and learning, but now at least I know how CSS works and I really enjoy tinkering with things. So I knew I needed to try her ‘Build your own damn website’ course. I haven’t had time to start it yet but I definitely plan to get stuck in once I return from Europe in August.

I went to the Royal Ascot Races and saw the Queen. That was an experience because I’ve never been to the races before and everyone was dressed to the nines. It was so much fun! I also may have won a few bets.

On the way to the Ascot Races 😜

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The beginning of a long day 🐎😎 #ascotraces #redlips #dressedtothenines

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What I watched

This month I finished The Flash season 2. And omg, guys! This was wayyy better than season 1 and wholly crap I am SO EXCITED for season 3 to come out in October!

Of course I also watched Game of Thrones. And OMFG!!! THAT ENDING!!! I am SO excited for the next season! I can’t believe we all have to wait until NEXT YEAR to find out how everything turns out!!

I didn’t really watch anything else but I am looking for something new since I’ve finished both The Flash and GoT, do you have any recommendations?

Here is my blogging month in review!

On the Blog in June

Book Reviews

  1. [2 Jun] - The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  2. [16 Jun] - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. [24 Jun] - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blogging Related

  1. [5 Jun] - Attention: I’m looking for guest posters!
  2. [11 Jun] - My phases of blog writing
  3. [14 Jun] - 7 reasons why I won’t return to your blog
  4. [27 Jun] - 5 reasons why you shouldn’t have pop-ups on your blog

Book Related Discussion

  1. [9 Jun] - Hyped up books everyone loves – but me


  1. [7 Jun] - Ten Reasons I Love Science Fiction

In the blogosphere in June

Here are some awesome posts that I stumbled across this month. Check them out!

Book related

  1. Molly confesses her old book reading habits
  2. Cait sticks up for YA and explains who YA is intended for
  3. Molly shared her types of reading slumps and how she gets herself out of them
  4. Annika confesses she could never get rid of any of her books
  5. Alana wonders if she should take physical books or an eReader on holiday
  6. Liselle discusses writing diverse and diversity in books
  7. Kristen discusses feminism and double standards in books
  8. Elle shares the fantasy cliches she hates
  9. Aly discusses if fantasy books can be standalone books
  10. Pamela has 5 awesome printable bookmarks to share!
  11. Kristen discusses injuries and realism in books
  12. Aly lists the problems with being a book addict
  13. Charnell wonders if the end of a series is what really matters or if it’s the journey to get there
  14. Inge lists all the reasons why authors need book bloggers
  15. Nisha wonders about using maturity ratings on books
  16. Tamara admits she’s over buying books
  17. Jamie discusses when your favourite genre is no longer your favourite

Book Blogging Related

  1. Cait explains what book bloggers actually do
  2. Nellie clarifies signs of blogger burn-out and how to overcome them
  3. Beth shares how she plans her blogging month
  4. Tracey admits she finds reviewing books hard
  5. Liselle shares her journey monetizing her book blog
  6. Kristen explains why she thinks negative reviews are a positive thing
  7. Pamela wonders if there is too much blogging advice out there
  8. Citra shares her blogging dreams!
  9. Krysta shares her tips on how she juggles her real life and blogging life
  10. Alexandra confesses she struggles with commenting
  11. Briana and Krysta have created a beginners guide to starting a book blog

Other posts that are awesome

  1. Steph has tips on staying positive on your fitness journey (Don’t give up, keep going!)
  2. Emma has advice on improving your off days
  3. Ashley shares her fitness journey and how she changed her lifestyle
  4. Emma discusses confidence and encourages you to rock it
  5. Lily is looking for guest posters!
  6. J gives advice about writing dialogue
  7. J also gives advice about writing description
  8. Jenn has tips on how to start a book club
  9. Imogen encourages you to listen to yourself
How was your blogging month? Did you blog as much as you wanted to or did you end up being really busy? Did you find any amazing blog posts? Did you read a book that you just can’t stop thinking about? Did you watch Game of Thrones?


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10 responses to “Wrapping up June

  1. I’m so jealous of your Europe trip!! I’m sure it’ll be amazing 🙂 As I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the ‘build your own damn website’ course. For my own website, I use a theme template and otherwise I learned CSS from other website courses just so I could change some appearance things. But the idea of working on .php and the more html based things have been scary for me. So I would love to see how you do with the course.

    And of course, thank you for sharing my posts!
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    • I am honestly so excited for my Europe trip! I can’t wait to get away from work and to spend four weeks on a beach lol.

      I can’t wait to start it. Ohh that sounds cool, sounds like you would have learnt a lot about CSS from doing it that way.

      I love the idea of understanding how to code and how use and read HTML and PHP even, but I am definitely scared that I will find it difficult! Fingers crossed I grasp it well.

      No worries, I saw you had posted some awesome content recently which I’ve read but I haven’t had time to comment! (Boo being sick and stressed).
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    • Haha I think that’s what I really like about Game of Thrones – half of the world watches it and half of the world goes crazy each episode. It’s so cool experiencing it the same time as everyone else and being able to join in on the discussion hoping you aren’t spoiling it for anyone around you!
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  2. You looked so pretty, going to Ascot!
    Don’t even mentioning being behind on comments… I had to use my tablet for blogging for a week (had to go up north to pack up some stuff) and now I’m so so behind! Sooo commiserations, I guess?
    Your trip sounds like it will be amazing! So many countries, so much sun and summer! I hope you have an amazing time!
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    • Aww thank you! I felt pretty 😀 I love getting dressed up like that, I wish there were more reasons to haha.

      Ahh gosh, isn’t it really hard when you get behind on something? I feel so guilty when I get behind on interacting with readers. I hope you catch up with yours quickly!

      Thank you! I’m hoping it will be amazing 😀 Gotta be honest, I’m a little nervous for lugging a backpack around, last time it was really hard lol.
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  3. Backpacking around Europe sounds AMAZING. My dad did that back when he was in college and he has so many stories. And I recently started watching The Flash on Netflix–it’s really good. Anyway, I hope you have a July without any migraines (those are the worst) and that you have the best time in Europe. ❤

    • Backpacking around Europe is definitely a great thing to do for your OE! I recommend it when you do your own OE haha. I’m sure your dad would love it if you did something he got to experience as well.

      I’ve been backpacking around before, I did three months backpacking around Europe two years a go. But I need to go back, I love summer and I love summer over there. Plus I love traveling and everything that comes along with backpacking.

      The Flash gets so much better! Stick with it if you get bored because season 2 was miles better than season 1 and I still really enjoyed season 1.

      Thank you, I hope so too, can you imagine backpacking around with a migraine? I don’t know how I would cope…
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  4. Ooh, I’m so jealous of your Europe trip! That is one of my dreams. It sounds so exciting. I hope you have an amazing time! Try not to worry too much about being behind on comments. I’m in the same position as you though so I definitely understand how stressful it can feel! I’m sure everyone will understand though.

    And you’re super pretty ♥ I love your outfit!!

    • I definitely recommend doing a Europe backpacking trip! I’ve been before, two years ago and I was backpacking for a whole 3 months, so that was pretty amazing. This time around I’ll be spending less time in each place because it’ll only be 1 month backpacking which kind of sucks but I’m still really excited 😀 You should plan an OE and backpack around Europe! It’s so much fun and so interesting. Learning more about each cities history is really eye opening to how the rest of the world is.

      Arghh I hate it when I get behind on comments, it’s really hard to catch up if I want to stay at the same speed rate of blogging. And replying to comments is one of my favourite things! I love discussing things in the comments.

      Aww thank you! The dress was a little big but you couldn’t tell too much, I really loved the dress though, I love that emerald green colour.
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