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!

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Virtual Coffee Date #3

18.04.21

Good morning HQ-ers,

Mmm, nothing hits the spot like the first gulp of coffee in the morning.

Hope you all had a great week! So what have you been up to? Please do share with me here

Been a very strange week, weather-wise. Since I had my son, I’ve not been able to stand wearing things like turtle-neck sweaters. Used to love them! Now, I feel like I’m being strangled if I wear anything like that around my neck. Weird, eh? Quite hardy to the cold however I’m cold!

The sudden realisation that I’m getting old is depressing.

Back to school for everyone last week, some sense of normality is returning and I’m seeing more events planned, more people out and more road traffic. Which means more assholes out and about.

Your car is equipped with an indicator light as standard. Yes YOUR car too. I’m not psychic, shouldn’t have to play “guess which way the dickhead is going”.

I have really missed kiddo, yet it wasn’t as grim as I suspected. Because I have been thankfully distracted by many resources available, such as masterclasses and webinars. In fact this coming week, I’m double booked all week on two free training workshops! Luckily one is recorded so I can access it after I’m done with the other.

These are specific to Online Learning HQ so I can ensure its success as we’re nearing the launch of our first digital course.

Smashing my way through every resource available right now as from May, I’ll be even busier with University. Going back as a postgraduate, working towards a Master’s Degree.

Why do I do this to myself?

In terms of Comedy, it’s too soon to say yes I’m going back on stage because venues still haven’t fully re-opened. I’m seeing people booking nights, selling tickets, advertising their gigs and yeah it’s great, but: not while there’s a pandemic.

The amount of work that they’ve done to get that gig ready would be wasted if for any reason we’re plunged back into another National Lockdown.

Of course, I understand their desire to perform! Their passion and enthusiasm? Yeah totally get that, as I’m the same! But: to a point, regarding comedy. I’m not in a rush to perform in a venue full of strangers after we’ve been told for over a year to stay home away from everyone.

My ego just isn’t big enough to want to put anyone at risk.

I’d hate the disappointment of having to reschedule all over again.

So now, I’m concentrating on CSHQ as a whole, via this website and building the online learning branch.

Join me again next week for a virtual coffee date!

Have a great week.

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Virtual Coffee Date #2

11.04.21

Good morning HQ-ers,

Back on the 3 in 1’s just for convenience… I ain’t judging you!

Since the last coffee together, we had the Easter Break, some of Europe went back into Lockdown as the U.K. is starting to come out of it.

There’s been a couple of high profile and celebrity deaths, it’s also snowed here for the first time in April since 1984! I remember the day well as I was going to hospital to have my tonsils removed.

I will address the Sarah Everard story eventually. I’m still processing it and the aftershocks it has caused. Every time I try to finish my drafted thoughts on it, I just can’t finish it because you can’t finish a story like that. How do you just write ‘The End’ to such a tragic story? I’ll figure it out no doubt, just not right now. However, please do get in touch if you feel you’ve something to add or just want to vent your thoughts.

Lu Williams, Virtual Coffee Date #1

Schools reopen tomorrow and boy, will I miss my child terribly. Many people are so happy for their kids to return having gone stir-crazy yet my son really is my best mate so I’m going to really feel his absence.

It does feel strange, venturing back to some semblance of normalcy after a year of restrictions. And if I’m really honest, I’m not looking forward to it. I noticed my local shop getting busier and people not keeping 2 metres away in the queue and it unsettles me. I realise just how much I dislike anyone in my personal space, now and it can be quite anxiety-inducing.

Having already been through such an emotional rollercoaster of a time, I’m taking stock just how much my mental health has been tested.

On the plus side, I live in the hope that soon my wingman and I can travel again. I’d love to know your holiday plans, so please do tell me in the comments!

Join me again next week for a virtual coffee date!

Have a great week.

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One Scrapbooking Idea

I’ve always liked journalling and collecting little things that remind me of good times and travelling.

Having accumulated a lot of books and stationary over the years, I was having a really good clear out and found a empty red covered photo album that was almost falling apart.

Red…

I also found my collection of tickets from various events (mostly football matches)

Red…

In addition I found a sheet of stickers that came from a kid’s pack that came with a meal that my son hadn’t used much.

Now it’s no secret I cannot draw a straight line with a ruler BUT I’ll always try and give it a go, so a Google search of “football doodles” threw up some images I just copied out from my phone onto paper as accurately as I could.

These pictures are a little walkthrough of my favourite pages that have come from this hour of wasting my time while I was bored the other day.

Collage of scrapbook pages
Collage of scrapbook pages

It’s not brilliant, it’s not artistic, it’s not even that aesthetically pleasing BUT I get to keep my tickets stored safely, I can thumb through it like a photo album and relive the good moments and it brings me a warm fuzzy feeling.

I’d love to know if you have a similar collection or keep a scrapbook journal, so drop me a comment

All I used was:

Old photo album/display folder
My tickets
Pencil & Grid paper
Clear tape
Scissors and eraser
An hour of my day

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 13 and 14

Playing with word count and Recreate a single day

Another lightbulb moment here meaning I will do Day 14 by adopting the Day 13 strategy and posting a short read inspired by one day in the past that changed everything for me.

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I loved creating it!

*United Kingdom: Samaritans: 116123 Outside the United Kingdom: Global Directory

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 10

Sit and observe…

It is a little uncomfortable when it has been neglected, as I collect what I can into a McDonald’s paper bag destined for the bin. The seatbelt restricts me no matter what height level it is set at and I notice it’s always worse when the weather is warmer. The gentle breeze slips in through the window as I wait, engine off in the car park. Ooh peace.

As I wait enjoying the silence before the schoolyard screams as the concrete block releases its people, before the stereotypical dad comes swerving in, in his souped-up tinpot of a car that’s unnecessary to rev as much when he lives within walking distance of the school. As I wait for his glare which I meet confidently every day until he looks down defeated again. I laugh inwardly, remembering the only time he mouths off is when he drives away. Ooh big man.

The field surrounding the greying concrete block pops its greenery, birds flocking looking for worms or dropped crusts from packed lunches. The gauge reads 17 Degrees Celsius yet it feels warmer. Ooh it’s hot.

We texted earlier, I know how his day went up until lunchtime. I’m nervous now, silently praying nothing happened in the last hour.

The heavy black metal doors swing open and out pour the uniformed souls of varying ages, heights, genders, races, creeds. Some race to their parent’s cars with big smiles, some skulk off to the bus stop. Some just mill around looking lost while others play fight and chase each other. Ooh banter.

The minutes pass by, where is he?

We’re all looking for our kids, but what do we really see? Do other parents feel the pang of nostalgia at their bygone schooldays? Do they look at other parents in silent judgement? Does anyone notice the irony in a big girl calling an even bigger girl “a fat bitch” for no apparent reason? Why doesn’t anyone call out that sly little sod tripping people over? Am I parallel parked in a parallel universe here ? Ooh it makes me mad!

And then, I see him. His eyes meet mine over his mask through my windshield. I see him. Tall, smart, purposeful in his stride. Wary of crossing moving cars to get to me. His discreet wave. He opens the passenger door, greets me cheerfully and puts his bag in the footwell. I greet him back and we hug in the car. I don’t want to let him go but I can’t sit there all night. He fills me in on the blanks of his day, as people drive off towards home for the evening. Ooh what’s for dinner?

Course, I haven’t seen them… I was too focused on him. It’s only evident it people left as we are the last car in the car park.

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 9

When I’m not writing…

Let’s be real here; as a mother, my priorities are a lot different to when I was in my 20’s

Photo credit: Andy Fitzsimon

A good chunk of my day is taken up by the morning routines of tidying up, sorting out the pets, school runs then the evening routines of cooking, cleaning and chilling with child

Then of course I’m developing my Consulting business and services.

Photo credit: Sabri Tuzcu

Naturally with a global pandemic, live stand-up comedy is suspended yet I’ve still got a hand in behind the scenes

Photo credit: Bogomil Mihaylov

Got the usual family and friend stuff going on so yes I’m active on Social Media too, catching up with people, engaging in groups and following my favourite content

Photo credit: Saulo Mohana

Hobbies include:

Pexels

… amongst other things.

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 5

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

Marlene Dietrich

Ms. Dietrich was absolutely correct. There is a feeling of some ancient wisdom behind quotes. Like students of wise sages, we like, share, screenshot and use quotes every day especially on social media.

Instagram alone, is full of great accounts dedicated to quotes about love, motivational quotes, sadness quotes and so on. Before I share my favourite quote with you, I’d love to know what yours is in the comments below.

One of my favourite quotes which I often find comfort in is below. I first heard it at the start of an episode of Criminal Minds (a great show). It affected me so deeply at that time (circa 2015).

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don’t agree. The wounds remain. Time – the mind, protecting its sanity – covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

Rose Kennedy

Thanks for reading.

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Friday Feels #1

Hiya HQ-ers,

As this site is just 13 days old, let’s kick off this series with a look back over its time on the Bloggersphere.

My Insights Map

Its been a productive fortnight here at CS HQ as well as surprising.

Firstly, I’m in awe of how far around the World my visitors are. My site has been viewed in countries I’ve not even visited (yet)!

Where my readers are.

I’ve never achieved this with any other WordPress site I’ve had in such a short timeframe!

Genuinely fascinated with the power of the Interwebs and truly humbled at the Reach that Beyond the CSHQ has achieved. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting the site and reading the blog.


Now; in terms of my WordPress proficiency, I’m completely self-taught. Only through actually using the platform and learning from other bloggers, reading their advice, tips and tricks, researching help topics, subscribing to other’s email lists and (gratefully) utilising their free/downloadable content, did I actually become au fait with WordPress and blogging.

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The ‘Friday Feels’ Weekly

Hello HQ-ers,

In this Series; each, Friday I’ll endeavour to tell you about my week on the Bloggersphere!

Having been a loyal WordPress user, it made sense to edit my account and rebrand myself on WordPress. I’m no expert on it mind, though I know the basics of creating a site, customising, editing etc so after a long hiatus from life in general due to a global pandemic, I began to emerge from under my rock and plan my Blogging future.

This time around though, I am approaching my site with clearer goals than I ever had before.


  • Create a brand for CSHQ
  • Advertise myself as a Consultant
  • Promote my writing
  • Return to stand-up comedy
  • Have fun
  • Be creative
  • Grow my network and following

How did I do towards reaching said goals in the last 2 weeks? The following links might help answer that.


My Homepage

My Consulting page

My Writing page

My Comedy page

Having fun

Creating

You

Til the next time…