July 2018 Review
Where do I start with what has happened this month! I have hardly had time to draw breath as I’ve been so busy with work, blogging and helping to look after my Dad, and boy has it been hot! So hot in fact that I have spent the last month sleeping downstairs in my garage room which is one of the coolest rooms of the house. If it wasn’t for being able to do that I don’t think I would have coped so well in the incessant heat, and it has been like going glamping, but indoors!
So what has happened since June? My Dad finally got an actual diagnosis, and surprisingly France won the World Cup. England however surprised us all and ended up making it to the semi-finals before they crashed out, sparking World Cup fever even amongst those who hate football. I developed a teensy-weensy crush on Gareth Southgate, the England team manager whose leadership skills were second to none as he led what in the past has been a traditionally poor team into football glory. He deserves a medal for instilling some pride back to the England football team.
Here is my round up of what I’ve been up to this month, and what I have achieved.
Work – Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital
I am still in the process of nurturing the opportunity that I talked about last month. If everything goes well I expect to be able to announce it in my August review, but until then I’m not going to say any more.
Due to a change of circumstances in another area I decided not to rush into anything opportunities wise and continue my freelance work. This was mainly so I could have some much-needed flexibility to be there for my Dad and help look after him.
I have spent the last month undertaking some telesales campaign work and content marketing work for a handful of clients, but I am mindful of what I can take on and I’ve been careful not to over promise and under deliver in the light of my Dad’s illness.
I am still working on launching my new publishing platform to support all the emerging C-suite roles, this has had to go on hold a bit due to other work but given the summer coming up I’ve adjusted the launch to the first week of September. This will give me time to get as much work done for it as possible and get it looking as good as I can get it.
To house all my business-related projects I have created a new company called Venture Business Services Ltd, and this will be up and running also by the first week of September 2018.
Throughout July I have been able to maintain my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” and write lots of interesting content for it, as well as continue my collaboration with Fat Joe in Staffordshire to host their blogs on my platform. I’m also going to launch a new section very soon – “Inspirational Interviews & Stories”. I want to give a platform to those who are inspiring others, making a positive difference and who are changing the world.
These unsung heroes work tirelessly every day to achieve their goals, help others and make a huge difference in the world, and I want to showcase all the good people out there and what they do to help the lives of others and who raise awareness of causes that are close to their heart.
You might run a business, achieve great personal goals, have overcome great personal tragedy or be an advocate/awareness raiser for a cause that is close to your heart. Whatever it is, I want to feature you.
If you fancy getting involved in this drop me an email to email@example.com, I would love to hear from you.
Below are a few of the posts and interviews I’ve done this month:
I’ve been spending a lot of time in July coming to terms with my diagnosis of autism. I finally feel that I’ve got my head around it now and accepted it, and have continued to write how I feel about it as a contributor to Me Decoded – https://www.medecoded.com, which is a site that celebrates neurodiversity founded by Helen Needham, who was diagnosed as being autistic last year.
My Dad finally got a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy and is now under the care of a dedicated epilepsy team. They are starting the process of taking him off Keppra and getting him back onto epilin, but this is going to take some time and he won’t be fully off Keppra until the first week of September. It is one of the reasons why I have decided to launch Venture CxO Insights and Venture Business Services Ltd then, so it coincides with him being fully off Keppra. We just take each day at a time and as it comes now, but hopefully there will be an end in sight soon.
It has been way too hot to do anything significant, but I did get out to see “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” at the cinema with my friend Juliet which I really enjoyed. It was the first time I had been to the cinema all year!
It was also my Mum’s birthday, but I know that all she wants is for my Dad to be back to full health again. Still, we did the best we could on the day for her and I think she appreciate that.
I loved the new Mamma Mia film so much I saw it at the cinema twice this month! It was such a great film, a lovely feel-good one and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Here is a review of it that I wrote for my blog:
Other than that I enjoyed some catch ups with my friends and seeing my cousin and her Mum for a catch up this month too. I also enjoyed lots of lovely walks with my dog Poppy and got very excited when the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released. As a huge fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury – roll on November when the film is out and I can finally see it, as I can’t wait for it!
The Month Ahead
August is always a reflective month for me as it is usually much quieter work wise, and it gives me a chance to regroup and focus on my achievements to date. I am very proud of what I have achieved so far this year in spite of lots of challenges and curveballs that have been thrown my way.
In August I am looking forward to Fairports Cropredy Convention (I won’t be going but I will follow it online), the Worcester Festival and hopefully visiting the Worcester Cathedral Library for another tour which I love. Fingers crossed I will be able to have some “me” time in August for a change.
I will also continue to nurse the opportunity I have in the pipeline and carry on with my freelance work.
Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous August, and continue to enjoy this lovely warm weather we’re still having,