Hello Furloughed Life, My Old Friend

Hello Furloughed Life, My Old Friend

This is going to be a hard but honest post to write. As you can guess by the title of this post, I have been furloughed AGAIN. It’s third time UNlucky in my work team’s case. While I’m writing this Taylor Swift’s 1989 is being played on repeat. It’s the perfect album to construct blogs like this one. Current favourite song is Clean, it’s very relatable. I’ve taken a break from Twitter to focus on my Instagram stats. Since doing so my reels have really taken off, I’m enjoying making them and seeing everyone love them. Still blowing my mind 47.2K people have watched my first reel. Thank you.

The day after lockdown 3.0 was announced, we were all emailed by our CEO to say our company had filed for administration. While writing this, we still have six days to hear back from the big fellas at head office about our job security. It’s not fun, let me tell you. I’m not saying anymore on this subject – just giving you some background as usual. Update: we still have jobs thankfully but others weren’t so lucky. Annnnnd we’ve been furloughed again for Feb while BoJo sorts his shizzle out.

Another update: due to the roadmap to 21st June, it’s looking like I’m going to be furloughed through March too.

Furlough Part Three

I am bored. We were only five days (I think, the days just melt into one) into lockdown 3.0 when I started this post. I was already running out of things to change my day up. There’s only so much cross stitching and crocheting a girl can do in a day before she wants to rip her hair out. Same goes for watching Harry Styles music videos…even though I could never get bored of those. I go for walks a lot more often than previous lockdowns. That’s really bad that that has become a regular phrase now. Previous lockdowns.

I don’t know if you can tell but I’m fed up. Fed up of the fact I have actually witnessed first hand the people who have put us into this mess. WEAR. A. BLOODY. MASK. If myself and my team can wear a form of protection for eight or nine hours at a time, you can wear it for the ten minutes you’re in my shop. Sorry for the negativity but quite a few people need to hear this. I think most people who work in retail or catering can relate. We’ve been on the front line of some very negative people and it’s getting really old now. Be kind to one another, thank you.

Walks, walks and more walks

I walked 13K at the start of this lockdown and my legs HATED me the days after. Even my watch was shocked, ha! Boris has asked the UK to stay in their local area. There isn’t much around my house that has a ‘substantial walk’ feel to it. I’ve been doing the local bus route, walked towards the racecourse and back (once). Then I’ve just given up again. It’s really hard to keep at something if you don’t have your everyday routine I’ve found. I don’t think it helped I was on edge for most of January worrying about my job.

I will get back into it soon – I’ve become quite invested in my cross stitching, I’ve created an Insta dedicated to my creations so I don’t clog my personal up with hoops. It’s quite therapeutic, especially if you make them for people like I am. I decided in month 1263748 of furloughed life to make my work family hoops so it gives them a little boost. I have also put my reading list aside. Which I keep meaning to pick up again. I am really enjoying my current read but I keep getting distracted by Etsy and Youtube. See the life of single 23 year old isn’t that thrilling – especially in a lockdown, ha!

Future of my blog

This lockdown has actually given me chance to step back and think about what I really want to talk about on my blog. I feel like I’ve overdone the breakup themed posts and even the furloughed ones but I literally have nothing else to write about. I was toying with the idea of doing product reviews again but I’m rubbish at flatlays or thumbnails for my blog. I’ve got one in the pipeline for some Lush goodies (one of which was a PR gift) so please let me know if you would like in the comments. At the moment, I’m not looking for any guest posts on my site but I will put out a call when I am – so thank you if you’ve messaged me!

I have another book review planned along with the Lush products too but as you can tell motivation to write anything has been very low. I really want to get back to work and see my work family again, I miss them a lot and I feel like we’ve grown a tad closer than we were before due to the events of last month. To be honest, I can’t wait to actually get dressed and do my face again – I’ve literally been living in the same tops and joggers just rotating all week.

With love,

Niamh x



  1. 05/02/2021 / 5:07 pm

    Hope you’re ok Niamh. I just can’t imagine how you are feeling at the moment. I would have to refuse to serve anyone that didn’t wear a mask. You should be able to have that choice and as for people not being kind, there is no excuse for that. People- stop being horrible to those who are there to help! Stay strong x

    • Niamh Darby
      05/02/2021 / 5:19 pm

      Ah I’m glad to have a few months off from it to be honest. We do refuse sometimes if people are being genuinely horrible to us – we once had a woman come in who said she was “partly” exempt? How were we meant to take that?! X

  2. 05/02/2021 / 5:55 pm

    Great post Niamh, although I’m sorry to hear things aren’t going as well as they could at the moment for you. I am also unbelievably angry at people breaking lockdown/not wearing masks. People are idiots, plain and simple, and it’s hard when it seems that other people think they are above the rules- and don’t seem to face any consequences. I hope things improve for you in the next few months, I look forward to anymore content you produce soon. Stay safe xx

  3. 05/02/2021 / 8:59 pm

    Sounds like a shitty time work wise, good to hear you’re doing your best to keep occupied. In the first lockdown I briefly wished I’d been furloughed so I’d have time to home school the kids properly. I quickly decided I didn’t want that after all – the insecurity would have been just as upsetting as the stress of working and dealing with home learning. I hope you get some clarity soon. X

  4. 06/02/2021 / 2:43 pm

    Believe me I get the boredom gnaws at you. From an outside perspective I love to see how productive you’re being cos personally I do naff all 🤣

  5. 06/02/2021 / 4:38 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re struggling at the moment. This was a really great post, and I understand a lot of how you’re feeling! I’m not furloughed but I am working less and I’m definitely feeling the lockdown fatigue.

  6. 08/02/2021 / 2:44 pm

    I hope you are doing ok Niamh, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve lost your motivation to blog, I’ve been furloughed and I know how hard it is to be stuck at home not knowing when you’re going back to work, I’m here if you need a chat x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  7. 08/02/2021 / 2:57 pm

    Hope all is well! I’ve been furloughed too and trying to use this time as productively as possible. It’s definitely a hard time for everyone, but it’s important to try and remain as positive as can be!

  8. 08/02/2021 / 3:10 pm

    Thanks for writing such an honest post, I was nodding my head as I was reading it :’) It’s so frustrating isn’t it seeing those who aren’t following the rules. But i hope you’re ok x I’m also on furlough no. 3 but luckily it’s flexible furlough so I’m working some of my hours still x

  9. 08/02/2021 / 7:30 pm

    Furlough isn’t easy. It’s nice to read your experience, especially as someone who is still working. Stay strong and write when you feel inspired x

  10. 09/02/2021 / 1:26 pm

    Very heartfelt. I’m furloughed too so I get it. Stay positive and strong!

  11. Shyla Elza
    09/02/2021 / 3:21 pm

    I wish you all the best Niamh! You are a great writer and I have enjoyed reading your posts. I hope everything turns out fine in the end of all this. There are so many people in difficult situations. As far as figuring out what you want to do, I hope you follow your heart and do what feels right. If it means being on a certain platform less then you have to do what is best for you. I hope you continue on and grow from all of your experiences!

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