It’s been a week of new experiences and I wanted to get them down on the blog, so that I can start to reflect on just how far I’ve travelled on my self-employment journey.

The most exciting news is that I’ve just received my first blogging commission, from a well established brand. I won’t give away who it is yet, but if you follow me over the next few weeks you’ll see my (fully disclosed) posts.

The fact that I was selected for the campaign is almost entirely down to your support, comments, likes and shares – so thank you! I really hope to be able to bring you inspiring and interesting content from my new collaborations and promise not to become a sell-out.

Another first this week was that I gave a client a facial. This isn’t completely random, I do have training in such things in one of my other lives, but this was the first time I’d put it to good use.

In fact, I did three facials this week. None of my clients came out in hives, nor did I poke out any eyes and all claimed to have found it relaxing and enjoyable.

I made tomato soup. No biggie I grant you, but trying to get my kids to eat tomatoes is like asking them to do their own washing – nigh on impossible. The boys loved it. Here’s the incredibly simple recipe I used:

Ingredients:
675g cherry tomatoes
4 cloves unpeeled garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
450 vegetable stock
salt & pepper

Method:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade. Roast the tomatoes and garlic in a roasting dish with 3 tbsp olive oil for 30 minutes. In the meantime, fry the chopped onion in a saucepan until it’s translucent. Squeeze the garlic out of its skins and add to the saucepan, along with the tomatoes and all the cooking juices. Pour in the stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Then blend well, and voila. Awesome tomato soup.

Sadly the asparagus soup experiment didn’t go quite so well.

That’s all for now. I think four new experiences in one week is quite enough.

Over to you. Comment below if you’ve done anything new or exciting in the last week, or stepped out of your comfort zone. I’d love to hear from you.

Much love, Vx