Author: Volker Ballueder

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Yes, it is Friday – sort of!

We are back on Monday 😉

I had a busy week. I am good at keeping myself busy, but besides the launch of my online coaching courseonline coaching course, I have been designing banners, making marketing plans, learning things and having great conversations. However, I did manage a few 5 pm finishes, and enjoyed the sunshine, some walks and socials.

I put one podcastpodcast live this week where we talk anxiety, depression and burnout. I recorded another one with an amazing woman from Germany about stress and burnout. It’s a hot topic, for the wrong reasons unfortunately, but a topic I am a) interested in and b) want more people to talk about.

The boys have been better. The lockdown has an impact on them, and I hope we get more freedom from next week. Fingers crossed.
Kudos to my wife for being just super awesome! She isn’t a bread baking person (that’s down to me), but she is great in engaging and entertaining the boys individually, helping with the home work etc. Super proud (of course!).

We also got a shelf delivered we ordered early February – things just take longer atm. Pictures to follow.

So not much new stuff, just turning over one page at a time, plugging away at things.

Enjoy, as much as you can, a great bank holiday weekend. Speak Monday.

Over and out,
Volker

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Does it sound silly when I would say that we needed a long weekend. It’s not that the boys are too busy with their learning or one day doesn’t blend into the other… it is more that we need days to not strive but to let go, to not worry. That’s what weekends are about.

This week was quite intense tbh. A few things sorted, a few things moving. The online course, advertising, conversations, …. full on.

During the week I balance work commits, personal projects, marketing activities, networking and job hunting. On top of that I add childcare, walks, family time, and cooking, shopping, and house work. Most of that is shared with my wife, but she will get busier again too.

In short, it is a lot to juggle.
We feel it. We all feel it.
We are tired, worn out and need a break. From each other, from being locked in, from not being able to do the things and strive for what we want to do.

I wonder how others feel.
At least we got a nice country side to go for walks in, and a garden, and enough food, and everything to live for.

Given our circumstances, we are doing well. We are grateful for what we have! Don’t get this wrong. But I do need a good moan sometimes too.

We get through this. This shall pass!
We are fine, and it is ok for us to say we are struggling.

I encourage you to say and admit when you are struggling. Let it out, and share it. Like I do.
Things are hard and not easy at the moment. We are all in the same boat.

Stay positive, we are getting through this. The long weekend isn’t far away. Let’s make it happen and get through this together.

And we will. You must believe, and stay positive, and look for the little wins in the day. The nourishing activities, the walks, the bits that are ‘normal’, and the precious moments with the family; the human connection.

Stay safe, and stay well.

Love and kindness,
Volker

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Tuesday. Already.

A shorter week this week, and the kids seem to be ok. Going out for our walks, entertaining them, watching the Hobbit, and laughing a lot. We are ok!

I launched my online coaching course yesterday. That kept me busy. Today was more of a an ‘admin’ or catch up day. The rest of the week seems fairly busy, with the anticipation of finally getting back to ‘normal’ from next week. Fingers crossed.

Below’s picture might not capture the mood or the scene 100%. However, it is a picture of a church in Clayton, a small village close to where we live. Walking across the meadows, surrounded by sheep, looking at this old institution and beautiful building.

For me it captures history. How church had its place for centuries, supporting the community. Yet, whilst I am not into any kind of religion, the buildings and the institution will survive me. They remind me of a time when I was going to church, over 30 years ago. It will be part of anyone’s DNA growing up in Germany, a country dominated by the Christian belief.

Hence this picture captures childhood memories, steadiness, progression, peace and tranquility in uncertain times for me.

This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone but it will pass.

I saw that quote the other day and had to laugh. We are going to be ok. We always have been, and we always will be. We will continue to dream, to form and shape our present, preparing for the future, and yes, we will look back one day and wonder what it was all about.

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Day 42. Week 7.

I finally launched my online coaching course today. I really hope it helps people to discover their true values, purpose and mission in lifediscover their true values, purpose and mission in life. The time is now to explore and identify what you really want to do in life.

It’s a project that kept me busy for the past 6 months, and one of the reasons I focused on part-time / contract work. I hope this course not only offers value, but it will transform your life. If it does, please recommend it to others too.

As of an update: the weekend was busy. With rainy weather, we focused on indoor activities, including finishing this 1000 piece puzzle of approximately 200 VW camper vans. That was fun 😉 I also listened to a lot of Tim Ferris podcasts.

The boys enjoyed watching the Hobbit.

I also updated this blog template a bit, and will change some of my websites over the coming months. Change is good, it is constant.

Now, this week, I am curious how Boris will get us out of the lockdown, and then full steam ahead. All I need is a new job I suppose.

Have a great week,
Volker

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It’s always a long day when you had a glass too many. But that’s fine, the day flew past in the end being busy and in calls most of the day. To be honest, the whole week passed very quickly which is good.

I am hopeful that, as promised by our PM, we will see a plan next week to come out of lockdown, and that it will start week after next. Whilst I am not an expert, that is what I am wishing and hoping for.

This charming picture of me will be the ‘normal’ I think. That’s me going to the supermarket, to work, commute – whenever I go outside really. FaceID on my phone and iPad is overrated I suppose.

Let’s see what happens…..

Anyway, I promised an update on the kids. Another few zoom sessions for the little one, and some more help from us concluded a busy week for them. It’s not easy, and it’s great to see them getting along so well, playing and entertaining each other. Even I have a Roblox and Minecraft account now.

Let’s hope they all go back to school again soon and end up having more time with their mates.

Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe.

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The days seem to get longer. Given the occasion, I took today off. Much needed tbh, the last few days have been intense. Having said that, I did attend a webinar this morning which I found very useful. And I made pizza dough too. Tonight is pizza night, mummy is at work 🙂

My day started with a half marathon on the treadmill, and I finish watching John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’ on Prime. Not prime TV really, but entertaining, which is what I enjoy at the moment. I haven’t quite decided what to watch next, but Bosch has a new season out 😉

I like challenging me to a few exercise goals here and there; it was followed by a lot of quality time with the family. And I watched the rain.

On the note of watching, this video was shared on Facebook the other day. I love it, it captures the spirit of these difficult times for me. Beautiful:

As you might have noticed, I have some time today. A new device too, so I must get used to it and type a bit more on the blog today. Apologies.

My online coaching course is 99% there. If you would like a preview, try www.be-better.thinkific.comwww.be-better.thinkific.com. I hope to go live early next week.

That’s about it to be honest. It’s nice to take some time off. Whilst a lot of people have been less busy, I haven’t sat still since the lock-down. Then again, that’s not what I do.

Maybe I have more news about the family tomorrow. 1st of May too! Time to get out of here!

Stay safe, and Happy Birthday Colonel Tom!

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Hump Day. Middle of the week. Half way there.

A few early pressies arrived and it was a stay at home day. Sorry, bad sense of humour here, but to be honest, today was a bit dull.

That wasn’t in terms of work, actually I have been in calls since 7 am, ploughing through staff from mindfulness, technology, webinars, team chats and partners. Then a coaching session, discussions around my online course etc. It was more because of the weather.

And, without saying, the boys seem to feel it too. They are keen on their computer games, feel a bit down, and I believe they miss their mates at school. That is all fair enough and understandable. I guess we all love this to end sooner rather than later, and given developments in other countries it looks really good, doesn’t it. Fingers crossed.

But what will be next? And how?
Distancing in schools? Distancing in trains? Commute, work? And what about jobs?

There are so many things to worry about, but we will get through that, and get out stronger on the other side!

Believe in tomorrow they say, and better weather 🙂

Stay safe,
Volker

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Make it 5 weeks. Yesterday already, actually. That means 3 weeks of lock down with the children and 2 weeks of lock down as ‘holidays’ or school break. It’s difficult to juggle both. No holiday for me anyway.

This morning started off with a podcast recording I cannot wait to put live. Amazing person, great chat, and lots I learned. Those are the best!!!

And now…rain 🙁 I am staying optimistic though. It feels like we are getting out of here soon, doesn’t it. No reason, just my gut.

I want to be honest, I am starting to struggle a bit. So maybe I need to tell me that I we get out soon.
It’s a lot of things to juggle, doing a lot of things to tick over, and working on different projects.
We will get through it though and it will end.
It must end.

It is encouraging to see how other countries come out of lockdown, and we will too. Be patient. It all will be good at the end.

On the home learning front, the boys seem to have even more time, less opportunities to get out and it might get more difficult. But hey, we managed so far, we will manage the rest.

Onwards and upwards!

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How was your weekend?

Ours was great for the most part. Something happened on our walk on Saturday though. We came back with VERY strong hayfever symptoms, almost thinking it could be Covid19. You can’t but panic for a minute. Symptoms all disappeared came Sunday, yet a bit of a weird experience. A good night’s sleep and some antihistamines later I suppose.

I only discovered my hayfever a few years ago, interesting enough I had similar symptoms to this weekend. Then I didn’t know it was hayfever, and thought I was hungover. That wasn’t the case then or now. Moving forward I decided that if there is a high pollen forecast, I will always take my tablets. No more of that malarki!

Other than that….a nice BBQ, nice weather, a chilled out Sunday and the aforementioned walk. We played Scrabble, read a lot and just enjoyed ourselves.

‘Die Seele hängen lassen’, is what you say in Germany. To let the soul chill.

Below are a few impressions.

Now back to normal, yet work is quiet atm. Which is fair enough, given the situation.

If you hear of any contract or permanent roles, feel free to reach out. I have capacity!

Thanks all, and have a wonderful day.

Volker

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Happy Friday.

As I keep telling everyone, I am launching an online coaching course week after next. I am reviewing videos, and start promoting soon. Just to let you know, in case you know of people interested in discovering their values and purpose in life, then please let me know, or send them my way!

Ha, I love those conversations I had today: “I read your blog every day, and the content you put out is really good.” Hence, I want to give a shout out to James G today. Great to chat as always!

Then I had another lovely conversation, this time with someone who probably doesn’t have time to read this. So no name dropping, but how great to catch up after all those months. That happened twice actually today. Social connections, business connections, it’s all blending in, isn’t it. Great to see and hear people.

Oh did I mention the weekend is saved. We got Majestic delivered and by recommendation ordered some wine from Aldi too. Online delivery from 6 bottles…what’s not to like.

So the world is for us. Home schooling is getting more structured and today I made progress on my todo list. On home schooling, year 4 had another zoom call and loved seeing each other again.

Now I look forward to the above (glass of) wine and of course a relaxing weekend.

I’ll be back again Monday.

Have a good one, please stay safe.

Volker