2021 · at home with lu · blogging101 · community · random stuff · virtual coffee date · weekly · writing

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.

2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · friday feels · weekly

Friday Feels #6

Hi HQ-ers,

Hope you had a wonderful Easter break!

Finally, every WP BloggingU course is complete, I’m just working through the Photography ones now in between preparing to launch another aspect of CSHQ.

Hope you’re enjoying the content so far, please do let me know in the comments below.

I’m really excited to share with you all that I’m going to be launching a digital course! Do stay tuned over the next few days to find out more about this. In the meantime, give CSHQ a follow on here and on social media channels and you can even subscribe via email to be in the know!

Join me Sunday morning for a virtual coffee date.

Until then, have a great weekend!

2021 · at home with lu · blogging101 · daily · random stuff

Developing your eye: Day 1

Home

Places of residence do not necessarily correlate with associations to the home; the home consists of a physical space as well as an emotional and psychological relationship, where memory, comfort, activity and familiarity are some of the many important factors in the construction of home.

Stoneham, Bryce & Smith, Desmond. “The house and the home: The balance of architecture and psychology within the residential home”.

And thats what this picture means to me: … the home consists of a physical space as well as an emotional and psychological relationship…

© L. Williams, CSHQ
2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · virtual coffee date · weekly · writing

Virtual Coffee Date #1

28.03.21

Good morning HQ-ers,

Kettle’s just boiled, so grab a brew!

I’m on the Nescafé 3 in 1’s, I know! It’s not good, I mean I like them, they are convenient yet they can’t be that good for you really especially at the amount I consume daily.

Actually I don’t like them… I’m not a fan since they fixed what wasn’t broke and their “fresher and richer” recipe tastes like pond water. I’m addicted to them. I have a box a day habit and I get rather antsy if I run out.

I did tweet Nestle once to ask if they contained crack however they never replied.

I’m digressing here, I’m aware it’s a problem and I have taken the first step by admitting my ‘fake-coffee’ addiction so let’s move on.

During the night, Daylight Savings Time kicked in here in the U.K. here’s to those warmer evenings, epic sunsets and hopefully a decent summer.

I’ve been very mindful to not say one word on this site, I want to avoid it as much as I can because it’s all we hear daily on the news. I was immensely disgusted at only very recently finding out the Sarah Everard story because the C-word dominates every news broadcast and after a year, I personally got sick of hearing the same reports over and over.

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.

Its the Bahrain Grand Prix today, so we’ll be watching here. And we are on Easter Half Term too so I’m hoping the clocks going forward an hour will bring better weather to be able to get out more as restrictions lift.

I’d love to know your plans for the Easter break so please do comment below.

Do join me again the Sunday morning after Easter for another #VirtualCoffeeDate and if you’re bringing biscuits, tell me which ones you’re a fan of!

Have a great week.

2021 · friday feels · weekly

Friday Feels #4

This Website is 6 weeks old!

Without any financial input from CSHQ we are growing slowly yet reaching far. It takes awhile to start gaining analytical insights however everything is in motion behind the scenes to provide accurate performance reporting.

Once again, I can’t stress enough how helpful the WordPress courses are, even though they are no longer managed and up to date. Even if you’re a blogging vet, there’s bound to be a nugget of information there that will help you produce your best site and inspire you to create valuable content.

Mine are 99% all complete in just 3 weeks of dedicating time to delve into each topic and it’s daily lesson and I feel it’s made a difference to how I blog as opposed to previous sites I had.

It’s motivated me to keep going in a realistic time-frame and help me schedule time to work on this site, whether it’s back office stuff or writing.

In my consultancy world, I’ve been spending time drawing up a programme of information which I will soon be live for anyone who could use a resource on behaviour within interpersonal relationships.

As for comedy, last Sunday saw my return to stand-up albeit under lockdown conditions. Appearing on Awkward Question Time for the third time as its fun.

You can view it here in case you missed it. Be aware; we discuss adult themes and includes profanities.

Recorded Show

It’s the third time I’ve appeared on this show and I thoroughly enjoy it because you never know what’s going to happen next. It’s completely live with no way of knowing what may happen so whilst it’s not on a stage with a mic to a live audience it’s still in principle very much like a comedy night as you never know what the crowd will be like, if you’re heckled and so on.

In Lu’s world, we had a return to school for one day and now I’ll have my son home over Easter Break until April 12th, pending Government guidance. I’m in awe of my son! His resilience is admirable, how he’s adapted to life during a pandemic, how he’s continued his studies with homeschooling. He rarely asks me for help now he gets his head down and gets it done and I can see the sense of achievement when he appears to tell me he’s handed in anything due and the sense of pride when his work is marked with positive comments from his teachers.

Whilst on the subject of Education, I’m also getting ready to return to University to complete the first step toward a MSc so I’m excited, focused and ready to tackle these new challenges that I’ll face.

My BSc was anticlimactic. Four years of hard work and no Graduation Ceremony saddened me. Of course, I can graduate virtually or attend a ceremony in the future BUT I finished in Summer 2020. To have a ceremony in 2020 would be more appropriate than waiting til later in 2021 and beyond.

Hoping after two years of Postgraduate study, the World will return to a modicum of normalcy where I can don cap and gown in front of my son.

Until the next time…

2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · daily · everyday inspiration · weekly · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 11

If we were having coffee right now

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I’ve been ‘studying’ the BloggingU courses.

Day 14 of Learning the Fundamentals prompted me to create my own feature so at the beginning of March I started the ‘Friday Feels’ series which is a weekly reflection of the week I’ve had whilst working through BloggingU, my Consulting/Writing/Comedy work and my general day to day.

Now as Day 11 of Finding Everyday Inspiration suggests another way of regular blog posting, I’m thinking will my ‘Friday Feels’ series clash with a coffee share post?

So I decided to keep ‘Friday Feels’ going every Friday and that will be geared toward my business and then run a ‘Virtual Coffee Date’ once a week that will be more personal and social, less reflective and more spontaneous.

So I’ll get the kettle on and I look forward to a virtual coffee date with you all very soon!