I’m Home from Florida

Trimble Park Florida

Hi friends,

This is just a quick post to let y’all know that I am home from 2 absolutely amazing weeks of vacation in Florida. I’m also heavily jet-lagged while I write this, so try not to judge my word-putting-together-ing skills too hard, ok?

So, yeah, 2 weeks in the Sunshine State, and while I’ve been more than a few times before, this trip was completely different! Not a theme park in sight as we instead filled our time with visiting State Parks, nature reserves, beaches, and many an hour spent in rocking chairs, just taking it all in.

I took a real break from thinking about work, and social media – in fact, I didn’t even take my laptop with me – a vacation first for me! This time away really did have the effect of being very head-clearing – I was able to be much more in-tune with myself and see what I am authentically drawn to, and writing is definitely one of these things. So, now that I’m back from the trip, I’m going to be giving myself the gift of time to spend on writing this blog.

I spent a bit of time trying to really work out the focus of the content I create, and I think I’ve managed to break it down to: “a blog about simple living – using entrepreneurship to help with mental health, and to create a life you love”. It might not be super-catchy, but I think it sums it up for me.

With this new mission-statement in mind, I’ve also come up with a sort of content planner, so that things are nice and easy for people to follow – particularly for readers who may be interested in one or two topics, but not everything I write. So, here’s the plan:

Mondays – posts focused on entrepreneurship, and self-employed life

Wednesdays – posts focused on mental health, or wellness issues

Fridays – posts centered around simple living or minimalism

Sundays  – posts about applied minimalism, primarily about my capsule wardrobe.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at the beginning/end of the month: additionally, I’m going to write monthly update posts on each specific area of business that I’m working on. These posts will slot in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of the month, and rolling over into the beginning of the next month.

So there we have my somewhat ambitious content plans for the blog – if you have any specific post requests or questions you’d like me to answer, please feel free to share them in the comments below, or via email at timorousentrepreneur@gmail.com

Right, I’m off to eat something and attempt to change out of my pyjamas… or not, jetlag is rough!!

 

Goodbye, 2018

Wow, 2018, just wow. You’ve been and gone and raged like a tornado through my life. As with every year there’s been heady highs and scary lows, but I really feel like 2018 as a year, has changed me so much more than any other year I can remember.

I found Kinning Park Complex

Well “found” is probably the wrong word, since I had actually been walking past it almost daily for 3 years, no I suppose it’s more accurate to say I “ventured in” to Kinning Park Complex. It’s actually impossible to overstate how much impact KPC and the people there have had on Kenny and I – it’s changed everything from our career paths to how we spend our free time, not to mention we’ve met some truly amazing people and eaten (a lot) of really good food.

I began my transition to veganism

If I’m being honest, my omnivore lifestyle hadn’t sat well with me for quite some time, but I buried my head in the sand, because, hey – cheese is tasty. Like, really tasty. 2018 saw me finally face up to things and begin the move towards veganism. Some parts have been easy, some bits I have failed at, miserably, but I’m excited to finally be on the path that feels right for me – and I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot more about it as we head into 2019.

I made the leap to being self employed

After years of my mental health issues making me miserable when trying to hold down a typical job, 2018 was the year that, with encouragement from Kenny and my family, I finally said, “enough”, and decided I’d figure out another way to do this. Unlike a lot of people I didn’t have savings to fall back on or, you know, a plan, just sheer determination to stand on my own two feet and to prove that my anxiety and depression wouldn’t hold me back from being successful in life, even if they did in a “normal” job.

I could go on, and on, and on – rapidly realising that starting this post may have been a mistake. I could talk about how my family rallied around each other – as we always do. I could talk about how proud I am of Kenny for surviving University and landing an amazing job. I could share stories of barbecues and cutting a fringe in my hair (bad move btw),  of finally finding our local pub, learning Sorani and completely failing at a capsule wardrobe system – yeah, 2018 was a lot. Big mood.

Ultimately though, I’m all about looking forward, not back. So thank you 2018, for the lessons and the snow, for the scares and the seitan, the hugs and the hellos and here’s to 2019! Wishing you all a Happy New Year for when the time comes – I hope 2019 is good to you.

What was 2018 about for you? Let me know your highlights down below in the comments!