Jerky July


July has been a very rough month for me; anyone that has watched me closely would have noticed a difference. Coming back from Canada, I set myself a million goals this month.
Perhaps, I had set myself way too many?
Perhaps, I wasn't productive enough?
Perhaps, I could’ve done better?
These are thoughts that haunted my brain almost every single day last month. What I failed to recognise at the time was that I was having a ‘mid-PhD crisis’. July was the official half-way mark for me; I honestly cannot believe it has been 18 months! I knew that feeling the mid-PhD blues was a thing because I had read about it here a long time ago; but I just didn’t realise I was having the symptoms, until recently.

I also ran into a major statistics problem which has taken me a long time to figure out. It wasn’t that I didn’t try. I was trying to recover from the situation I was in, but I was feeling quite unmotivated. On top of that, I was under the weather for a couple of days which added to my misery. I felt cold, sleepy and lacked energy more often than usual. I started wondering if it was due to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) AKA the ‘winter blues’. I could see that my drop in productivity levels was starting to take a toll on my health. I knew I needed to push through and just keep swimming, so that’s what I tried doing. Happy to say, I have somehow recovered from my ‘mid-PhD crisis’ and was able to change my mindset! But I don’t want to talk about this just yet as I feel it is still early days. I am certainly not where I want to be, but I am in a much happier space, will reveal more on my next post :)

In other news, I’m still cooking lots of soup due to the cold. But I’ve tried a few different things this month to help me uplift my spirits! Here are my July eats:


Apple and cinnamon porridge, topped with walnuts and almonds


Morning toast with homemade ricotta, banana and chia seeds


Green, yellow split lentil cauliflower and carrot soup, with leftover lamb


Homemade ricotta, walnut and pear toast


Avo on toast with pepper, chilli, lemon


Linguini with avocado, pesto, pea and parmesan


Banana, walnut and chia seed porridge


Big batch of mixed lentil, celery and carrot soup


Veggie and prawn stir-fry using pretty much everything I had at home (cauliflower, broccoli, beans, carrots and pea)


Roasted Brussel sprouts with EVOO, pepper and chilli


Strawberry, chia seed and peanut butter porridge


Italian soup mix with green beans, carrots and celery


Hoki green curry with green beans


Lentil soup with carrots and beans, topped with leftover roast chicken


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