The Weekend Blog | Hey, 2018!

14th January 2018

I barely published any Weekend Blog posts in 2017 (or just blog posts, for that matter!), but I’ve really missed writing them and I’d like to bring the series back for 2018.

For those of you who don’t know, The Weekend Blog is a series of posts, published either on a Saturday or Sunday (it was previously called The Sunday Blog), where I write about what has happened in my week. Admittedly, I don’t have the most exciting life ever, but I love to write and share these post for myself more than anything, and if you enjoy reading them too then that’s an added bonus!

I actually planned on sharing my first Weekend Blog post of the year last weekend but I’ve been unable to get on to my desktop computer to edit photos (my laptop doesn’t have Photoshop installed!) as I’ve been repainting my office. First world problems, eh?!

Keeping busy…

The new year started off well. On the second day of the year, Tyrone went back to work and I stayed at home because, you know, that’s what you do when you quit your job without another one to go to. 💁‍♀️ 🙈

But I’ve not just been sitting on my behind, twiddling my thumbs. Oh no! I’ve been really busy the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been working on a developing a new website. Not for a client but for myself. If I want any chance of bringing in more freelance work as a developer then I definitely need somewhere to showcase my skills. I find it mad that I’ve never built a portfolio before, but I guess I just never had the time. The website isn’t quite finished yet, but as soon as it’s complete I’ll be sure to let you know.

I have plans to start a blog there where I can write about all things web development and WordPress. I’ve been wanting somewhere to write about these topics for a while, and while I did try out Medium, I just felt like I wanted somewhere of my own to post content. And I just don’t want to write about it here on Empfire because I want to keep this blog more personal.

Also, as I previously mentioned, I’ve been painting my office (AKA a spare bedroom!) as I was sick of the peachy colour it was when we bought the house. I’m making the most of being home in the day and having good lighting during these winter months. In addition, I’ve been researching windows and doors as we need our current ones replacing to make our home warmer and quieter!

Keeping myself busy is definitely help keeping my spirits up, but I have admittedly had a few mental health wobbles over the last few weeks. However, I think that is completely normal given my situation. It’s going to take time for me to adapt to life without a job…again.

Turning 24…

Last weekend, I celebrated my 24th birthday. 🎉 My parents came to visit me the day before my birthday to deliver some presents (including the lovely flowers in the photo at the top of the post) and my mum had made me a chocolate cake. 🎂 I then took them to West Kirby as they’d never been before, and we had lunch in New Brighton.

As always, my birthday was low-key, but Tyrone and and I went out for a meal in the evening at the Alchemist in Liverpool. It’s been on my food and drink bucket list for a while now, so I was excited to final try it out. And it didn’t disappoint! The food was lovely and the cocktails were pretty magical! I also received lots of lovely, thoughtful gifts from my friends and family. I feel very lucky.

We’re ill (again!)…

This weekend has been a bit of a write-off as Tyrone and I have both been full up with cold and just been feeling really tired all the time. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to get a cold considering I don’t leave the house anymore and I’ve been eating a lot more healthier since the beginning of the year.

Fingers crossed this illness doesn’t last too long. I’m having a steroid injection in my hip this coming week which is miserable enough without having to deal with a cold! 💩

A thank you…

To end, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your responses to my blog post announcing that I had quit my job. As I say, it was a difficult decision to make, and I felt completely out of my comfort zone. But you comments have made me feel so much better about everything. Honestly, I could not have asked for a more supportive bunch of readers. 😊

I hope you have had an amazing week and weekend!

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  1. I’m looking forward to hearing about your freelance work and read your new developer/WP blog. I’ve been struggling with my own layout, did some internet searches, and there definitely is a need for good resources for WP elements and topic..

    • Holly

      I’m so glad you think there is a need for this type of blog. I often find that a lot of the WordPress tutorials are quite advanced and assume that you have a strong knowledge of PHP, so I’d love to create tutorials that really cover the basics, and explain things as simply and as clearly as possible!

  2. Belated Happy Birthday!! Your birthday celebration sounds perfect. xx

  3. I love The Weekend Blog!

    I am really impressed at how you’ve hit the ground running after quitting your job. It super inspiring and if I’m being honest, you have inspired me to take a leap of faith for my own happiness and I thank you so much for that. I saw the website that you did for your brother and it is so cute. I can’t wait to see your portfolio site as well!

    I said this already but Happy Belated Birthday. It seems like you had a super chill day but also managed to get fussed over a little bit and that is always sweet. And I hope you guys are feeling better by now!

    • Holly

      Yay! I’m glad you like it!

      Aww, I’m so glad my journey is inspiring you. That makes me so happy. I was apprehensive about leaving my job and losing that structure and routine because I thought that my mental health could take a turn for the worse, but actually I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really noticed. And I’ve created new routines in my life and I feel so much happier.

      Thanks, Joy 😊 We’re both feeling a lot better now.

  4. I read your post when you quit your job! I felt really proud that you did something that felt right for you, even though it was very “unlike you” as you said.

    I actually hate working on my portfolio and many years ago I felt that a digital version of my resume/CV was enough, so I haven’t showcased any work on my “portfolio website” for a while. I usually use my blog as an example of my best work, since it also has some of my writing on it. It’s only one example but most of the time I hope it’s enough. Good luck with your portfolio, I’m sure it’s fun to work on though 🙂

    Also I forgot to say this but happy belated birthday!! 🎂❤️

    • Holly

      Aww, thank you Georgie! Already I can tell it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

      I wasn’t sure if I needed a portfolio or not, but I remember Tyrone having one and showing it off at interviews when he was looking for a job, and apparently it really impressed people. Also, I’m hoping it becomes a base for my freelance work, and will explain the services I’m going offer (I’ve got so many exciting ideas in my head!).