Working From Home Tips

In light of recent events regarding COVID19, there will be many of you like me that will be working from home now. We are lucky that we are able to work remotely and I am incredibly grateful that I can. I know there’s still people making their way to and from the office still so please stay safe guys.

Please make sure that you are all limiting your contact with others. Wash your hands, keep your distance from others and just be conscious! We’re all in this together!

Home office work station

To avoid going absolutely insane, I’ve seen lots of people post their tips for working from home which have been incredibly helpful! I will share you some of mine as well as theirs in hope that it’ll help you.

  1. If you can, set up a desk somewhere out of the bedroom. Try and keep your rest life and your work life separate! If you don’t have the space to do this, make sure you’re working out of bed!
  2. Cover your webcam! This might seem a bit extreme, but you always hear horror stories of people caught in awkward situations on webcam. Cover it up for your security, but also to save you putting any make up on and giving your colleagues an accidental fright :’).
  3. Wake up earlier than your start time. I like to wake up 30 minutes before I start to give myself some time to wake up, make a coffee and relax before logging on. This sets me up for the day and gets me into the right mindset.
  4. Use communication tools to keep in touch. My colleagues are my friends and I regularly chat to them throughout the day and via WhatsApp after work. Keep this up. If you fancy a quick chat, call them on Skype or set up group chats to keep spirits up! Just make sure you don’t interrupt them if they’re in a meeting.
  5. Get away from your desk for lunch. It’s small, but it’s important to take lunch for yourself and to actually take a break and get away from work to break up the day.
  6. Put a podcast on for background noise. It can be weird working on your own when you’re used to being in an office full of people. I have put on podcasts on a wireless speaker for background noise and am personally loving Shagged Married Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsay. They’re hilarious and really make me laugh.
Making excellent use of Skype with my colleagues

It can get lonely for those of us who are extroverts and socialise regularly, so it’s really important to keep in contact with your friends and family to try and keep yourself sane! Living in this modern era of tech has never made it easier to video chat with your friends and family so make sure you do.

Most importantly, make sure you are all staying safe and adhering to the local government guidelines that are there to protect you. Do whatever you can to limit your contact with others and keep your hands clean!

The Naked Vegan in Cardiff Market

I had some annual leave to take before the end of the year so chucked in a few days at the end of last week for an extra long weekend. I made my way into Cardiff City Centre (which was ridiculously busy at 10:30 in the morning) and took a stroll.

A place that’s been regularly mentioned on the Cardiff Vegans Facebook group is The Naked Vegan in Cardiff Market.

We arrived quite early in the morning before popping to Simply V to stock up on vegan goodies, and I might have gone a bit overboard on the treats!

When you walk in through the main entrance of Cardiff Market, you need to take the right hand side stairs up to the first level and you will find The Naked Vegan at the back.

They had so many options of cookies, muffins and doughnuts, and on the particular day I went last week, they had Alex Gooch Bakery pastries in. I’ve written about Alex Gooch on a previous blog post which you can read here.

I treated myself to an almond croissant (by Alex Gooch Baker), a lemon rose and pistachio doughnut and a peanut butter cookie. I treated Tom and his mum to a chocolate chip cookie each.

Everything was lovely. I had the almond croissant for breakfast and as always, Alex Gooch Baker has done an outstanding job on vegan bakes. I haven’t had a croissant for so long. In my pre-vegan days, I used to treat myself to a Starbucks Almond Croissant and this blew it out of the water.

Tom and his mum enjoyed their cookies. As you can tell by the image ago, the cookie was huge. My peanut butter cookie was amazing. I preferred it to the doughnut.

The Naked Vegan was delicious and those of you in Cardiff should definitely treat yourselves to some delicious cake. They also offer a bespoke service and I saw on their back wall that they are selling Christmas cakes, so get in there early!

It’s so amazing to see so many vegan businesses coming up and settling down, especially somewhere as local to me as Cardiff. I hope that Cardiff will become a vegan hub for South Wales with plenty of choice and independent business, flying the flag for veganism.

The beginning

Welcome to my blog, and my very first post!

I’m starting this blog to document my journey into veganism and to give you guys and insight into the changes I’ve made. This will mostly include the cosmetics I use, the food that I eat and the places that I go.

I’d love for this blog to be the place that you feel comfortable to visit for a light read, information on the topics I write about, but more importantly somewhere you won’t feel judged.

This isn’t a blog just for vegans. I believe that the choices we make have an impact on our futures which is why I’ve made the changes in my own lifestyle. Your choices are yours, and this blog will be here regardless.

Hopefully the more you read, the more you’ll see and experience. More content coming very soon!

Happy reading!