Crossfit Open 2019


In 4 to 5 days, we will be finding out what our first workout called 19.1 will be. This will be my third year going into the open, and I’m not nervous. The open workouts are just a way for me to see how I stack against my previous self and those within my box. It is nothing more than a benchmark, and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people. It’s always exciting to see athletes compete on top form and they always seem to make it look so easy. I used to think that I could do it like them, but I’ve learnt I’ll never be as good as they are.

This is because I simply don’t have the time. If I had the time and money, then sure I would definitely train like them. My goal would go from training for health to training at a competitive level. However, this isn’t the case and I’m here to enjoy myself, my training and the competitions I enter.

The atmosphere in each box during this time can be incredible. It can be the most supportive experience anyone will ever witness. Crowds spectating and encouraging their fellow athletes to push through each workout. To truly reach the pinnacle of their fitness during a workout. It’s simply amazing, wonderful and exhilirating all in one.

Are you entering the open? If so, what are your reasons, and what are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below. Also, if you enjoyed reading this post, please consider following me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Creating events calendar and updating status page


I have now created an events page. You will be able to keep up to date with all of my events, and talks. My plan is to do at least 3 fundraising events this year, and with social media hiding lots of content, I thought it would be easier to add it here. You can head on over to Events, as well as look at the sidebar. Some events will be TBC until more details are confirmed, and others will be there straight away.

If you would like to join me in any of these events, then you can comment on the event, DM me on Twitter or message me on Facebook. I will try to get back to you as soon as I am free, but please be patient.

If you have any events you would like to share, then please comment below. I can even add them if others can take part as well.

Finally, I have also updated my status page. Consider it a little bit of social networking, but more static and less hidden.

January 2019 is coming to an end


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This is our final week of January, and we only have 3 days left until it’s officially over. I’ve already had a few surprises, some bad and some good, and I wanted to share with you both my good and bad for this month.

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Posted every day this month to my Blog
  • Transferred my blog from Digital Ocean to SiteGround
  • Transferred my wife’s website to SiteGround
  • Setup MailChimp for email newsletters
  • Became a vegan
  • My wife gained 3 new pet sitting clients
  • She also renewed her passport (our first trip abroad will be this year)
  • Totalled 2,166 website views with 856 visitors, 27 likes, and 18 comments

That’s everything for this month and despite receiving tragic news from my best mate Josh, this month went well all things considered.
Ron will be forever in my heart as he was someone who I loved and was like a father to me, I will never forget all the good memories and times we shared, R.I.P Ron. My cat seems to be getting better with the help of steroids, although he will need to be properly looked at soon, I feel he will get better.

Finally, my website stats has been a huge surprise for me, and it’s all thanks to you, the reader. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has viewed and reacted to my blog. Whether that’s through likes, comments, Facebook, Twitter or email, it all means so much to me and I am forever grateful. Towards the end of each month, I will be sharing my stats so you can see how it grows from now on, and I will strive to post daily with useful and personal content.

What have been your good and bad for this month? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Watching Aquaman with my wife


This blog post is uber late today due to a late-night showing of Aquaman. We were going to watch Glass but instead voted on Aquaman due to availability and other priorities. Overall, we were very impressed with the movie. Without going into too much detail and creating potential spoilers for those who have yet to see it.

The movie was visually stunning, the underwater scenes were truly breathtaking and I believe the overall plot was really good too. It was a lot better than Justice League and I would say it’s up there with Wonder Woman. The sea creatures were absolutely incredible, especially the ginormous and more mythic creatures of Aquaman.

We noticed a lot of people left during the credit scenes and usually, I would scoff at them and call them rookies. However, DC hasn’t really been renowned for post-credit scenes, so I did give them a pass. I for one (and others too) decided to wait it out and see what happens. Luck would have it, that there is 1 post-credit scene. If you go to watch it then please stay until this part.

Without giving any spoilers, it doesn’t lead up to another DC Universe character’s movie plot. (Cough! The Flash. Cough!). Instead, it’s leading up to a second Aquaman movie which in my eyes is fantastic news. I’ll embed the trailer to it in case you haven’t already watched. Please do, the trailer is incredible.

Happy new year 2019


I just want to use this post to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope it’s enjoyable, prosperous and is everything you could hope for.

Happy new year 2019


I just want to use this post to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope it’s enjoyable, prosperous and is everything you could hope for.

Docker has been fun, but it’s time to move on…


As a few of you may know, I have been using Docker for some time to deploy my site with. It’s been a great learning experience for me and is something I wish to carry on with.

However, because of the nature of the beast, and the lack of knowledge I have with the technology, I have decided that I shouldn’t be using it to host my live Blog when I am still learning how it works.

Therefore, I have decided to create a new DO Droplet and deploy my site with Laravel Forge. This is a cheap, but great solution which allows for unlimited servers and domains, and allows me to create a deployment strategy using many cloud services/servers.

As I am already using Digital Ocean, I thought it would make sense to carry on using this as it is just such a great service.

What the future holds

I do hope to carry on with Docker, but as I am still learning what it’s capable of, I will carry on using it locally. There are many things I am still finding out such as making your website code a data container, which is something I didn’t know at the time and could have been one of the reasons why my site was very volatile.

Every time I tried to update my CMS (which is running OctoberCMS), it would break something. This could have been due to my lack of knowing, or it could have been down to file permissions, or maybe using the wrong OctoberCMSversion.

Whatever it was, it now works a lot better being on a server management/deployment strategy and it should continue to keep working as long as I use the service. There are also plenty of great tutorials on how to use the service and it has a lot of great tools to help ease the stress of server management.

Like I say, I should never have used it on my live site before fully knowing, but I will continue to explore it’s uses and find easier ways of deployment. This is definitely not the end of my Docker usage, and I hope to have many more great experiences using such awesome technology.