2022 · bloggers · virtual coffee date · weekly

Virtual Coffee Date 2/22

Good morning HQ-ers,

Happy Sunday! Thanks for joining me for another #VirtualCoffeeDate.

Feeling a little emotional this morning as this time next week, I’ll be the proud owner of a 13 year old.

Next Sunday is my boy’s birthday!

It never ceases to amaze me how we got to this point, I mean I can’t even keep cacti alive so how my child lasted is beyond me!

It’s a weird feeling for me when I look at him, I’m still in awe at the almost 5ft 3ins of young man that mooches around the house when it seems like just yesterday he was a tiny 7lbs 6oz bundle!

After all these years, my emergency caesarean scar still gives me trouble. It itches so much sometimes I tear at it scratching with my nails… I know, I know. Barrier Cream is my friend now.

I was up early this morning again, definitely feeling 44 these days. Your bladder is never the same after childbirth.

Child came and sat on my lap for a little while this morning and we got to talking as I said to him “you’re still my baby even though you’re going to be 13 this time next week”.

I told him it’s a miracle he’s lasted this long as I can’t even keep a houseplant alive!

He asked how much he weighed when he was born…

I told him about how we found out we were expecting…

I thanked him for being the best almost 13 years of my life…

I reassured him that even though I’d not planned to be a single mum, I’d not change him for the World…

He admitted he’s scared of being a teenager…

He confessed he’s worried he’ll change…

We talked about what I wanted to be when I grew up and his plans…

We cuddled… a lot!

He’s growing up way too fast, my boy.

Thanks for reading x

2022

FridayFeels #2/22

Hello HQ-ers, we’re back with another #FridayFeels blog post!

Almost mid January with an unChristmassy Christmas behind us, it’s chilly here in the NW currently -1 degree Celsius.

As far as New Years Resolutions go, I resolved years ago to not make resolutions. I feel they put an unnecessary burden upon oneself at yes the optimum time to make starts but also at a hard time with the winter, finances etc.

Instead, I decided to make New Years Resets

I subscribe to The Business Box and was fortunate enough to receive a Business Planner inside from Perfect Planner Co. It’s a lovely item that has everything I need in a desk planner that keeps me focused and organised.

I follow the company on social media and am currently working through a challenge ran by business owner Monique Sveinsson which has been really fun and helpful in filling out sections of the planner. Everyone on the challenge are all focused, enthusiastic and supportive so it’s been a real pleasure to take part in.

The planner works for me as a reset tool which is the point of the post today.

Not knocking anyone who has resolutions, in fact if you stick to them I admire you. For me, they just don’t work so I reset instead.

Firstly I like to reflect on the previous year.

What did I achieve?

What didn’t I achieve?

Then I list my achievements and see if I can build on those or if I’ve took them as far as I could.

If I can build on them, those things are carried into the new year along with what I didn’t achieve.

They get broken up into “departments” like Work, Study, Home etc.

Then I put all the things in the right departments so I can see what needs to be done and where.

Next I like to focus on finance, I like to make sure I know what’s going in and out and when.

Then I break down month by month how I’ll get through my tasks for the year.

So everything is out of my head, in order on paper and I can check it every day to see where I’m at and it really helps me be more productive and efficient with my time.

Not necessarily resolving to do everything by said times, it’s more a reset of here’s what needs to be done, here’s the next 12 months to do it in and if not it’s done, there’s always next year. However, we know all the next years aren’t guaranteed so you try to get it done without the pressure.

I do wish I’d done this a lot earlier in my life when I think back at unnecessary pressures I imposed on myself but I’m doing it now and I’m happy with that.

What I found with this system is I’m able to plan my business as well as my life. I’m able to schedule in the time I need to work/blog/interact with social media channels to promote my work/blog. I can see the days I’m committed to my work promises I made myself and days I can take a load off and relax.

To actually block time out on paper for scheduled tasks is really important to stay on track when you work from home/remotely. This system helps me achieve that productivity.

So, how have you organised your 2022? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

2022 · virtual coffee date · weekly

The first Virtual Coffee Date of 2022

Good morning,

Pull up a chair and let’s catch up!

How the devil are YOU? Tell me here

Well it’s been awhile (again)…

… the latest Friday Feels post that was published focuses on the updates of all things CS HQ, of course it’s not all work and no play so here’s what I’ve been up to.

Firstly even with a pandemic, on the 16th December I hit my 100th gig. I am so proud of this milestone considering I was never going to pursue the childhood dream. I think back to my first ever gig in July 2019 and how I was in such a nervous state, so for me to reach that number of gigs is really something.

I decided to shelve uni because I was just too busy and I feel a lot better for it to be honest. I do love learning and enjoy studying but I think stopping at my Bachelors is the right thing to do.

Christmas was quiet yet productive, spent most of it spring cleaning 😂

What I have now is serious wanderlust just not doing anything about it until there’s less restrictions on travel due to COVID and its variants. Trying hard to avoid the news and pointless debates on social media. I’m going to trust the science over the Government and I’m going to listen to Professionals over Shanice from Facebook. For me personally, I’m bored of the whole thing and unless China are held accountable, I’ll no longer seek out news updates. In my opinion, I can’t see anyone being held accountable ever and the world will continue to revolve.

Will life be the same? Who knows. Let me know your thoughts below.

Til the next time x

2022 · friday feels · weekly

Friday Feels: Happy New Year

2022

Hello HQ-ers,

It’s been way too long!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all a prosperous New Year.

The transition between years always makes me reflect upon life so I’ve had time to think and assess and plan the direction to take going forwards.

In terms of each branch of CS HQ, there’s some updates and changes:

Online learning

Taking expressions of interest now before our first course launch so navigate here if you would like to register.

Consulting

I am available for work so see here for services I offer.

Writing

Again, I’m available for commissions and always open to collaborate so get in touch here

Comedy

After lockdown ended, I returned to performing and promoting with two comedy nights: Comedy @ The Commercial in Chester which ran fortnightly on Thursdays and Giggles @ The Griffin in Mold which ran the first Wednesday of the month.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both venues for allowing us the space to perform, the staff who worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly and all the Comedians I had the pleasure of working with, above all I want to thank everyone who came along to #SupportLiveComedy.

It is with a heavy heart, I announce that I won’t be promoting this year as I need to focus on other things. Never say never again, however this year I think I owe it to myself to concentrate on my own comedy performance as opposed to MCing my nights for now.

It’s really been fun and I will miss it so maybe with the right venue eventually I could go again. But now, I need to really energise my own material and performance.

Of course outside of CS HQ there have also been updates and changes and you can read all about those on Sunday at our Virtual Coffee Date.

Thanks for reading!

2021 · at home with lu · random stuff · virtual coffee date · weekly

Virtual Coffee Date #7

Morning CS-HQers,

It’s been awhile since we had a virtual coffee date together. Over 3 months, in fact!

Hope you’re all well especially now as life is returning back to ‘normality’ around the Globe.

Got my coffee, so grab a brew and let’s have a catch-up!

In truth, I’ve not been too great of late. It’s a combination of many things, mostly just how busy life has become recently. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, however sometimes I’m well aware I spread myself to thinly which causes stressful situations.

I could beat myself up about it, in fact I already have to a point. I could quit but that’s not an option. So I decided I must try to manage my time a bit better which isn’t easy when there’s the School Holidays on here in the U.K.

University wise, an admin error meant I was well over studying which I could do had I not returned to comedy and started a business. So I’m in talks now to try to get that sorted out which means it’ll take a touch longer to get my Masters but it’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with waiting another year or two and I must keep telling myself that.

Comedy wise, it’s been crazy since May! I’m trying not to take too much on as pre-pandemic sometimes I had 3-4 gigs a week which is fine on paper but when you’re driving a total of 5 hours for probably a total of 20 minutes on stage, it’s not that glamorous at all. I’m really pleased with the two venues I run nights at. And I deem it a success that I’ve booked up every date til Christmas with quality new and not so new acts on the Circuit.

This Tuesday, I’ll be performing for Tom Douglas at his night in Sheffield here:

© Tom Douglas

Then on Thursday, I’m running Comedy @ The Commercial again here:

© CSHQ

Consulting/Learning wise, I’m still in the process of getting the first course finalised and ready to go so hoping that we’ll have a fully deliverable programme in the very near future.

Of course with it being the Summer Holidays, I’m absolutely shattered. We aren’t going anywhere this year as it’s not worth the risk or extra costs involved due to COVID19. But little man and I are having some lovely days out and just enjoying being at home not having to do school runs and lazing in pyjamas if the mood takes us. But? I’m really tired. Was chatting to a friend the other day and I realised I’d not read a book since 2018 other than any reading for university. I’ve tried, but I fall asleep after a few lines. This is extremely out of character as I am an avid bookworm and it’s actually quite upsetting because I genuinely feel like I don’t have the time to just sit and read.

I’m not sure if it’s just a case of poor time management, or getting older and losing the ability to concentrate, but it’s frustrating. I’m finding driving longer distances really take it out of me too and that makes me sad. It’s becoming more frequent that I feel ‘mortal’ now and with that comes such a sense of despair.

I still have hopes, dreams, goals, objectives. I’m not ready to die just yet.

So, I’m hoping I can find the motivation to carry on and maybe get a good night’s sleep.

Til the next time!

2021 · comedy · friday feels · random stuff · weekly

Friday Feels #11

Well it’s been 3 months since we had a Friday Feels post…

Hope everyone is well, I’ve missed my CS-HQers!

So as you know, I went off to do a couple of shows at the Brighton Fringe. Then I ended up with not 1 but 2 comedy nights of my own!


I have returned to performing comedy although not as much as pre-pandemic and these are the ones coming up this month.

While this was going on, I returned to University for Postgraduate study which has been a struggle, I can’t lie.

After the Pandemic Restrictions, I think I can speak for many in saying it’s become quite strange to re-adjust back into a working routine.

There is still work going on behind the scenes regarding the Online Courses so watch this space for more on that shortly.

What have you been up to? Let me know in the Comments

Chat soon x

2021 · comedy · comical suicide

Been awhile…

Well hello HQ-ers,

Good to be back with you all after an extended break from Blogging.

Thought I’d fill you all in with what’s been going on.

So, at the end of May I joined two comedians down in Brighton for the Fringe Festival where I performed as part of a triple-bill over 3 nights.

Unfortunately, I had to bail the last show because of personal matters at home however the first 2 shows were really fun and I’m glad I did it.

It was never an intention to ever do a festival however after well over a year of no gigging, I needed to see if I was going to quit comedy or continue and being back on stage behind the mic made me realise just how much I love it and that I had missed it.

I had a week out as it was a school holiday when I returned home to rest and sort myself out and then I had so much uni work to do as well so I’ve not actually had much of a chance to really talk about the experience, now it seems so long ago it’s almost pointless talking about, you know?

So moving on from that and heavily into June, I’m now running a regular night every other Thursday after a success trial night Thursday just gone. Here’s the poster for it:

© CSHQ Presents 2021

I’m so pleased at how it went and genuinely eternally grateful to the venue owners for this opportunity.

The next one will be on Thursday 8th July 2021. Details TBC

Still on the Comedy subject, I also have a Trial Night on Wednesday 21st July 2021.

© CSHQ Presents 2021

Again I’m so excited to have such a great opportunity for local live comedy.

Thanks for reading!