Hello March, Goodbye February 2021

Advertisements

Subscribe to email updates

This time last year was when things started to pick up on how serious COVID was. Near the end of March, the UK went into its first lockdown, and it feels like we never truly left March of 2020. It was a weird time for all of us, but here we are, heading into March of 2021 in full force.

The good news is that things are starting to look up. We have the vaccine which is being given to people at an impressive rate. This means that eventually, infection rates will go down, and we can start getting back to normal. Boris Johnson will start to ease up on restrictions and eventually let us out of lockdown.

It’s looking good, and the Sun is starting to shine, which has drastically improved my mood. My wife and I have been out for walks the past week, and we both feel better.

Last months blog posts

What’s in store for March?

My wife and I will be taking part in “March for March”, and we will be walking 10,000 steps a day during this month. Hopefully, there will still be enough time to get a fair amount of blog posts out.

I hope you have a lovely month in March, and I hope its filled with happiness and joy.

I bid you farewell January, and hello February 2021

Advertisements

Subscribe to email updates

Last month was a pretty boring yet stressful month for me. However, I did close it nicely by starting a new job. It’s a senior developer position with a company called Meshh. They’re a market research company and create analytical data from live events. I’m pretty excited to be joining, and I hope I’ll pass my 3 month probation period.

Last months blog posts

As for January blog posts, let’s see what went on…

What am I planning in February?

A few blog posts are sitting in my drafts folder that I hope to post very soon. Hopefully, I can slowly get back into a nice rhythm of blog posts which you can all enjoy. I’m sure lockdown will still be ongoing for the whole of this month, which is a little annoying because I want to get back to CrossFit and see more faces again.

Oh, it’s also my wife’s birthday on the 13th, and then valentines on the 14th so we’ll be having a few treats. Despite the shit-storm, life isn’t all that bad, and I’m very grateful for what I have.

50.5303299-3.5841761

Hello January, Goodbye December 2020

Advertisements

I want to start this blog post off by wishing all my readers (past, present and future) a happy new year. I hope it’s better than in 2020, and I hope everyone can prosper in the year to come. Last month wasn’t very eventful. My wife and I had a few pet sitting clients, and we spent Christmas and new year at home.

Last month was a good year for blog posts. In total, I posted 12 posts, which was a lot more than November. If you would like to know what they were, then I have listed them below. Please feel free to click on them and explore my blog.

Last months blog posts

What’s in store for January?

Honestly, I’m really not sure at the minute as we have no plans. With COVID still lurking around, and all the tier stuff going on. I don’t think we’re really able to plan anything right now.

What are your plans for next month? Have you got anything you’re really excited about? Let me know in the comments below.

Subscribe to email updates

This month has been weird for me…

Advertisements

This month has been so weird for me. I walked into my workplace on the first of May to find out I’m being made redundant. Alongside a few colleagues due to targets not being hit. It didn’t shock me, and I wasn’t upset by this. I understood the company was hitting a rocky patch. However, I didn’t expect this to happen, especially at the time it did.

In fact, the funny thing is… I was actually looking for a new job a few weeks prior because I felt it was time to move on.

Although the situation was rubbish, the timing couldn’t have gone any better. During the meeting, I was told I’d be required to go home and not come back until the next meeting. I just picked up my things and left for home.

Once home. I started calling all my recruitment agents and letting them know my situation has changed, and need to find something asap.

That evening, I had a phone interview with the University of Exeter which went really well. So well, in fact, they offered me a job the next day.

Talk about moving fast…

I decided to accept the position which was, in fact, a contract web development position. With an initial 3-month contract with the possibility to be extended to 6 months. My agent said “Great, now you’ll just need to set up an LTD company”.

Wait. What?

I had absolutely no idea how to set up an LTD company, but I’ve always been tempted by contracting positions. I asked some friends, spoke to an accountant company who advised the direction through using an Umbrella Company and setting up my own company.

If I set up my own company, my take-home money is more. If I skip this company all together I would take a big risk, but have an even higher take-home. Call me greedy, but I decided to go alone. Of course, I’m not completely alone, I have connections, friends and family who have their own businesses and companies.

I can get their advice whenever I needed.Within a day, I managed to set up my company “Michael Brooks Developments LTD” and confirm with my agent that I would like to move forward. At first, my wife wasn’t happy with this idea, she felt like we would get ourselves into more shit and pay more taxes. However, we found out this wasn’t the case and we’ll actually be better off as long as I don’t fuck it up.

I’ve got business insurance, a laptop with needed dongles and software all sorted. PAYE and my company name and number are all done. I was ready to rock my new contract position.

Saying farewell

A week later, I went back to my old workplace to discuss what happens next. They could offer me some positions and give me redundancy pay. I notified them that I won’t be accepting any roles and I will be moving into contracting. They congratulated me and advised I hand in my notice.

This way, I would get 1-month pay and have my remaining redundancy pay which is an even bigger win. They let me go upstairs and say goodbye to all my colleagues. I was sad to say goodbye, but it felt right. There were no hardships, I got on with everyone there and I knew it was a business decision that they wouldn’t have taken lightly.

What’s happening now?

I’m now into my third week with the University of Exeter and things are going great. My work so far has been highly praised and we’re currently on target for project completion. My only concerns are getting paid and paying taxes at the correct times, but I’m sure my accountant will help me work all that out when the time comes.

Saying goodbye to February and Hello to March 2019

Advertisements

Today is our final day in February, and although it’s our shortest month, it definitely feels like our longest. I’ve managed to retain my internet connections and make many more. This month I managed to hit 3,000 followers which is a nice achievement.

Alien Ant Farm and POD live

My wife, sister-in-law and I went to see Alien And Farm and POD last night which was fantastic. We only recognised two AAF songs, but they were great performers. They interacted with the crowd and teased their Michael Jackson’s cover of Smooth Criminal. They basically started shouting “Eddy… Eddy… Eddy are you okay? Are you okay Eddy” mentioned they would play a cover and asked if that was okay, and then proceeded with a different cover song. They then played another one of their songs before going straight into Smooth Criminal.

Then we have POD, I knew all bar one song. POD had amazing energy and sang their songs superbly. Then, they told us that everyone in Plymouth could hear our screaming, to which the crowd booed (due to Plymouth/Exeter rivalry). They had no idea why the crowd hated the mention of Plymouth, but found it funny and carried on. They even brought the mic to one of the audience who shouted “green army” which everyone started booing too. POD found it hilarious.

Pet Sitting got busy

My wife’s pet sitting business became very busy this month, to a point where I had to take time off work in order to help her out. I was happy to do this, and it was a nice change looking after lots of dogs. However, I wouldn’t be able to do this all the time myself, and I’m proud of Tiff for doing what she loves.

What’s happening in March?

I don’t really have much planned for March, Tiff has more pet sitting and I’m hoping we can watch Captain Marvel. I did spot Papa Roach live in Lemon Grove, but their tickets are too costly for us this time around. Hopefully, we can see them another time. I will be keeping my head down to create my new eBook which comes out at the end of March.

Saying goodbye to January and Hello to February 2019

Advertisements

Today is our final day in January for 2019, and I have to say, it’s been an okay start to the year. I’ve made more connections on the internet. Removed Facebook from my phone, posted to my blog every day, and even turned vegan. I felt positive about money, only for that to crash and have anxiety over money. It was okay though, because this eventually went away, and now I’m positive again.

What’s in store for February?

We already have snow tonight, which might continue on for tomorrow. That to me is a good start to the month because I love snow. I just want enough to build a snowman. ?

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MLoDlGlTvzM&#8221; frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>

I’m going to see POD and Alien Ant Farm with my wife and sister-in-law next month. This will be our first live concert for the year, and I’m really excited. I’ll try to film lots and take lots of pictures for all of you, while still trying to enjoy the moment.

This month, I’ve blogged every single day, and I want to keep this momentum going because I feel it’s working. It’s working for me, my friends and family and my growing audience. Hopefully, I can grow my reader base and followers, plus comments and likes. However, at current, I am literally sitting down every evening and writing for the day. I have to come up with my content on the spot, and I don’t think this is sustainable long-term. I will need to sit down and write some posts for the future so I can have off days.

What are your plans for next month? Have you got anything you’re really excited about? Let me know in the comments below.