It’s been so long since I posted on this blog. In fact, I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep blogging in all honesty. It’s such a saturated market. When you see some amazing people flourishing, it’s inevitable to feel lost in the crowd. Then I thought about why I started a blog in the first place. Because I loved writing, so I thought I’d give it another go. Keep reading for what’s next for The English Everygirl!
I can’t remember when I last created regular content. I’ve been blogging on and off since 2010 but sometimes life gets in the way. So, where have I been? I last posted in May so it’s certainly been a while. I guess I got to that point where I didn’t really know what to write. Then I thought, why don’t I just get back into it? As I was having a huge brain-dump of content ideas, I thought it might be nice to do a little life update. My last life update was all about the first 4 months of the year so now it’s time to reflect on what’s happened since.
The biggest changes have come in my work. I have officially left the Post Office and am now a full-time self-employed content writer and blogger. I left at the start of September, a couple of weeks earlier than planned due to some unexpected powers that be (say no more).
It is incredibly risky to leave a secure job, even if it is just part-time, right now but the chance was just too good to miss. I was matching my wages with freelance work so whilst it might be a struggle initially, it just seemed too good of an opportunity.
I enjoyed my second stint at that particular Post Office (the third I’ve worked at in general). But I’d got to that point where I wasn’t going to get full time hours or progress. The working environment had gotten uncomfortable at times. Also, the business model was not particularly sustainable in the current environment. Despite handing in my notice, it felt that it was a ‘leave before you get pushed’ situation. I’m lucky to have made some of the best friends in that office who I know will remain in my life forever.
However, now we open a new chapter in the book of Sian to working from home permanently. I’ll be building a business that I not only love but am proud of too!
Whilst I have been freelance side-hustling for over two years, it just felt the right time to give it a go full time. I can always go back to the corporate world if I wish to. I’ve always been so independent that I want to make self-employment a success.
I was lucky that my OG freelance client has more work to send my way and managed to acquire another client too. Both are in completely different industries too for variety. Whilst they both require blog content, they have different tones of voice and strategies.
I’m always looking for new clients so let me know if you need an online content writer or give my website a look!
I have to start by saying I am incredibly lucky. I still live at home and don’t have to pay board to my parents. I’m an only child and am extremely privileged. However, to compensate, I do most of the housework and cooking.
My parents know that I am saving for my first house so want that to be my main goal. During lockdown, I was working less hours but still getting my 16 hours contract paid. I saved so much money during lockdown that my savings looked pretty healthy.
However, with losing two weeks pay from an early work exit and a delayed final payment, September saw less progress with my finances. Then, I had to splash out £600 on a new laptop after mine packed in. This money came out of my car fund account. However, it’s turned more into an emergency savings account now, as I’m not desperate for a car.
I definitely still need to get on top of my finances in quarter 4 of 2020. Whilst my income might be lower, I certainly don’t want my expenses to increase. I’m trying out a no-spend quarter and have already broken it, so it’s more low-spend than no-spend. Christmas will be minimal this year so I’m aiming to save as much as possible.
One thing that lockdown has shown me is that I need to slow down. For the last 11 years (since college), I’ve always been going at 100mph in my life. I’ve juggled education, working, freelancing, blogging, hobbies, socialising, a relationship sometimes. So much so, that I’ve hit the wall so many times.
Now I’m at the old age of 27 (going on 87), I’ve realised that I love the quiet, slow life. We’ve lived in the countryside for over 5 years now so that might have something to do with it too. Whilst I haven’t been as productive as some during lockdown, I created a much better work-life balance.
With working from home now, I want to continue this. Now I have less plates to spin (work, blog, home), I want to introduce a slow living lifestyle. However, I’m a lover of routine so it’s about finding the balance of the two.
For example, Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are my times to do less taxing work tasks. I wanted a slower start and end to the week so I tend to focus on admin and social media then. They definitely require less energy!
Wednesdays are now my blog and personal development days. I always have a community Zoom call (hi, Busy to Boss gang) every Wednesday so that takes up part of my day. Around that, I want to focus on my blog and then some personal development work. I don’t know about you but I have a bunch of eBooks, courses and podcasts that I never get round to doing/listening to. Having this time to myself means I can give them my undivided focus!
PLANS FOR THE REST OF 2020
I won’t lie, I’m really excited about the rest of the year. Yes, the C-virus isn’t going anywhere and the world looks like it’s going to shit. However, my controllables and life look pretty good. I’ve got my business, I’ve got my blog and I have my box sets (living the best life). Autumn/winter is also my time of year. I’m already a hermit and was before lockdown anyway so the rubbish weather is another excuse for me to stay at home!
- Focus on my health + fitness more and stick with intermittent fasting: move daily, 2+l water a day, cook more
- Establish routines and continue with time-blocking my schedule: morning routine, evening routine, Monday CEO morning, Friday review + plan afternoon, Sunday me-time evening
- Earn a set £ from freelancing: I’m not sharing the exact figure I want to earn but it’s definitely a figure that will push me!
- Establish my blog niche: I’ve always been a generic ‘lifestyle’ blogger so I’m pivoting into areas that are relevant to me right now: money, minimalism and organisation. Of course, I’ll have lots of theatre reviews in the future with a sprinkling of lifestyle posts, such as monthly goals and life updates.
- Schedule Q4 content 2 weeks in advance and plan 2021 content: This is for both TEE and my freelance website. Now I have more free time and have taken advantage of time-blocking, I have zero excuse for getting on top of my content!
- Complete my 100 books challenge: I’m at 77 currently so have 23 to squish into two and a bit months. Autumn is usually the perfect time to get cosy with a good book but September wasn’t my best month books-wise. My original aim was 50 but I upped it during lockdown!
My 2021 will mostly consist of as much UK travel as humanly possible. With numerous theatre trips reschedules locally, I’ve also got a London trip planned for the first time in 10 months in January. I was last there just before lockdown and haven’t wanted to go back since. I only really go to London for a show so I’m finally heading back to the West End to see Six again!
I’m actually excited to see what 2021 brings me. I’ll be the ripe old age of 28 and for once, I’m excited to see where a new year takes me. It’s full of possibility and opportunity and I know that sounds oh so CORNY. I definitely want to focus on my blog and my business and have my most successful year yet!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ENGLISH EVERYGIRL?
With big life changes, I wanted to take you all on my journey with me! There will be some new niches introduced to the blog, such as money, as I save for my first house. I’ve also been on a minimalism journey for a while now and want to share that too. Don’t worry, I won’t be telling you to say thank you to your belongings a la Marie Kondo but I’ve noticed a definite shift in my life, away from quantity towards quality and eco-friendly.
There will also be a huge focus on organisation because I bloody love it! From stationery and finding your perfect planner to organising tips for certain rooms in your house, it’s been a passion of mine for so long now and I’d love to share what I’ve learned. Think the Home Edit but with more stationery!
Of course, I will still be doing my regular monthly goals as well as the odd personal post. Hopefully, from next year, I’ll be able to feature more theatre reviews again! Fingers crossed!
And there you have it, where I’ve been and what’s to come. Stay tuned for what’s next for the English Everygirl with new niches and content.