I'm typing this from my York city centre office space, despite the fact that I had planned to work from home all day on several large and quite urgent projects.
The reason I'm here is down to the fact that I have no internet connection at home, which is pretty much any entrepreneurs worst nightmare!
To cut a long story short, we were put on a forced upgrade to the new UFO super fast service which is being piloted in our area. In practice, this sounds great! I'm not exactly going to turn down faster internet for no extra cost...
However, despite having engineers over to install the connection and fixing an initial hiccup, we were left with no internet from Wednesday afternoon onwards. To add salt to the would, they can't get an engineer out until Saturday. Awesome.
I have gone from a perfectly decent service which I was happy with, to being forced onto a new service and then having no service at all.
ANYWAY. Rant over.
Time to update you on some of my exciting news from the last few weeks.
Starting a new venture.
Like all good ideas, this came to me as a lightning bolt whilst I was in the bath. Not exactly a glamorous image, but you have to take inspiration where you get it.
The fine details are still being worked out, but after multiple positive conversations and a serious amount of soul searching and research, I think I'm onto something with explosive potential.
Squeezing in little trips to my favorite places
I have no qualms in saying that my idea of a perfect day out involves some kind of historical/cultural activity, followed by a delicious meal, all finished off with a decent nap.
If I'm perfectly honest, whole days off are really hard to come by at the moment. I've usually got something scheduled everyday, be it a meeting, client session or some time at the office.
This is a short term schedule, as I completely realise it's unsustainable, however It would be fair to say then that perfect days, as outlined above have not been exactly forthcoming in recent weeks...
So on Wednesday afternoon, after we realised our internet had catastrophically failed, Des and I decided to seize the opportunity and head out on a little trip out. An afternoon away from it all is better than nothing, and I certainly had a decent enough excuse to be "bunking off".
After a fair bit of uming and ahing, we ended up at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, a National trust Property 7 miles outside of York.
I'm a big NT fan and have been a member for a number of years now, alongside also being a member of English Heritage (basically if it's historical in any way, I'm interested).
The weather was absolutely glorious, so we ended up spending most of our time outside at the cafe of in the garden. I have however visited the house many times before and fully recommend it, especially as the house is filled with 18th century portraits due to a partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.
Collaborating at Entrepreneurial Spark
Running my own business has often been one of the most lonely experiences of my life.
To put this in perspective, I actually felt less alone whilst I was living on my own in the Netherlands for six months... So when the opportunity comes to collaborate with other entrepreneurs, I am all over it, like some kind of business focused rash.
A great opportunity for collaboration came last week at the Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery, where I took part in a "Power Hour".
This basically involves 7 entrepreneurs coming together for one hour, with everyone having 7 minutes allocated to discussing a particular problem/issue they are having in their business.
I think that mental overload is a common problem for entrepreneurs and business owners, so this is a great way of unburdening your mind and getting new and clear perspectives.
I certainly gained a lot from simply being forced to clearly articulate what the problem was in the first place.
Conducting a Power Hour is also a great way of sharing expertise and experiences, especially as all of the people involved have built their own businesses from scratch and undoubtedly have a lot to offer in terms of fresh approaches and problem solving skills!
Getting my food on
I have a guilty secret.
It's such a cheap cut of meat, however when prepared correctly it almost melts in the mouth with a unique richness and unctuousness.
Luckily for me, I have found somewhere in York which does the perfect pork belly sandwich, and even better, it's only roughly a mile from my house.
So if you're ever around in the city and fancy indulging in my favorite treat (because let's face it, this isn't exactly an everyday kind of meal, sadly...) head on over to Mannion & Co on Blake Street and get yourself some serious Yorkshire comfort food.
That's all for now folks, speak to you soon!
Update: I now have internet and am no longer stuck in the Stone Age
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