Today is Sunday time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week .Β I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years byΒ Kimberly@caffeinatedreviewerΒ .Β 

As it’s the first Sunday of April, I’ll also double up with a monthly wrap-up.

In my private life

Well this week has been HELL!

Last Sunday I proudly explained how I could slow down and how that was essential for my mental health.

Well let’s just say that come Monday, something happened at work that literally pushed me over the edge. I had to come with a “solution” and that’s what I did but what had happened cost me my sleep and had me so fragile that I cried all the time.

I had a doctor appointment scheduled and she gave me tissues one by one as I was sobbing in her room.

After nearly no sleep for two nights, I decided to take some relaxing plants (and no, it’s not weed LOL) to sleep on Wednesday night.

Result: I slept like a baby and was a lot calmer on Thursday.

After a good explanation at work, I also decided to make an appointment with a shrink specialised in burn-out.

And I now have order from my boss to stop working at 4 PM for one week.

I think the worst is over but I also know that if something similar happens a second time, I won’t be able to do my job and I’ll have to look for something else because the situation was simply irreconcilable with my independant function.

We’ll see…

Needless to say that I was so tired that I had no energy left to reply to comments and blog hop. That’s why I did all this yesterday.

Now let’s end this on a more positive note with reels showing some pretty books!

And these are the prettiest books I got in March!

March Wrap-Up (click on the graphic to read the post)

In March I read 13 books.

From contemporary romance to cozy historical mysteries, fantasy, thrillers and historical fiction, it was a good month with two big favorites!

My two winners are:

A Girl Called Samson by Amy Harmon. A Girl Called Samson is about Deborah Samson, a girl who dreamt of freedom and equal rights to men. It’s inspiring and enlightening.

And another extraordinary book that I didn’t post the review yet (patience, patience, you’ll get it next week) is The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty. That book was a 6 stars and simply a grand adventure! The audiobook was AMAZING.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Oh no! I hope that things calm down at work for you. I am glad that you are taking steps to ensure your own health. I hope that this is a good week for you.

  2. Oh my goodness, Sophie, I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with so much stress at work! I hope things get sorted and I hope leaving by 4pm will help, too! It’s not good for you mentally or physically. You’re painted books are so pretty. I hope you get some enjoyment and de-stressing from creating them. Hope you have a better week ahead! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m so sorry that your stress levels went through the roof. It sounds as if you did everything possible to alleviate the situation and I very much hope this week is a lot kinder to you. Thank you for sharing the videos of those lovely pages – how pretty!

  4. I am so sorry about you have been struggling so much this week. Stress can really affect our mental health. Take the time you need and care to take care of yourself darling. You deserve it. Know that you can always reach out to me if you ever want someone to unload on.

    Thanks to your love of that Amy Harmon, I am going to listen to that one this week! πŸ™‚ I am glad that you had such a great reading month!

  5. You made me cackle (relaxing plants <– not weed). I am sorry to hear that you are losing sleep and under so much stress. Glad the relaxing plants were able to help. Good for you for being proactive and getting the script from the doctor. Take care of you first. ((HUGS))

  6. Oh Sophie, I’m sorry to hear about what you’ve been dealing with at the office. I’ve been there myself and stayed at a job far longer than I should. Looking back I can’t imagine why I put myself through it but I was young and thought I was being “weak” by not toughing it out. Ugh, so much wiser now. I so hope there is a way for things to improve. Hugs, my friend!

  7. I’m so sorry about your job. Is there a possibility of finding a new one? It sounds so stressful! Please take care of yourself, and I’m glad you found something good to help you sleep

  8. I’m sorry work has been so stressful. When we have to spent 8, 10, or more hours a day at a job, it is important we enjoy it. If they continue making you miserable, looking for something else may be the answer.

  9. I’m sorry to hear about your troubles, and I hope that you will be able to… reach calmer shores soon, but at least you have so many off-work activities (like those gorgeously painted books!!!) to balance out the stress from work. Hang in there! πŸ™‚

  10. Oh no- I hope nothnig like that happens again. And glad plants were able to help (your weed comment cracked me up).

    Sounds like a pretty good reading month for you! Chakraborty’s book looks phenomenal