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!