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Welcome to my blog. Flamingo, Nella & Me is a ‘mummy’ and lifestyle blog written by Francesca Londoño-Richards; the ‘me’ in the title. 

New Year: New Job!!!

New Year: New Job!!!

One of my ambitions for 2019 has been to find a part-time job where I can work from home.  This ambition has now become a reality and I start work for Red Fox Cycling next week as their Head of Business Development!  To start with I’ll be working half a day from home each week whilst I figure out the childcare options.  (God knows what this will be since nursery waiting lists are RIDICULOUS in Wimbledon but I’ll figure something out.)  I’ve always known I’d struggle going back to work full-time after having Nella; the idea of someone spending more time with her than me makes me feel overwhelmingly sad.  Everyone tells you how the years fly by so I want to make sure I’m here for her as much as possible whilst she’s little because before I know it, she’ll be off to school.  It was the reason I took voluntary redundancy from Condé Nast; a place I worked for twelve years and loved.  Although I’d be lying if some days I didn’t wish I was back there; wining and dining at glamorous restaurants instead of traipsing out to distinctly unglamorous and rather grubby soft-play locations.  

But of course, living in London is expensive, we want to finally buy a house this year rather than a flat, not working doesn’t exactly help in this venture. Plus, I’m desperate for some independence too; I want something else to think about which is why I started this blog and Instagram account as it gives me an outlet.  Unfortunately, with less than 200 followers I’m not exactly raking in the money!  (But thank you if you’re one of my 190 followers reading this, I fully appreciate you – please don’t unfollow me.)  

I’ve been really lucky to have had over a year out of work, to take a chance to re-stock and re-evaluate and look to start anew with a different outlook – one where Nella and family life is my priority.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a few job opportunities in this time but it was only Red Fox Cycling that I was really excited about. It does feel strange knowing I’ll be working for a company other than Condé Nast as that’s all I’ve known for so long but I’m going to relish in the ‘newness’ as that what makes it all the more interesting. 

So, who and what exactly are Red Fox Cycling?  To best explain it, I’ll start at the very beginning when Rich, a.k.a Mr Redfox first had the idea for the company.  It was back in 2017 and Rich’s partner wanted to cycle to Glastonbury from London. Rich decided to plan their route to create an enjoyable jaunt through the scenic English countryside and they arrived at Glastonbury a couple of days later feeling fully relaxed and already in the festival spirit.  Upon researching, Rich discovered that no company existed that offered guided cycling tours to festivals.  He felt there was a gap in the market especially as many of the festivals had pledged to reduce their carbon emissions which are predominantly caused by transport to and from the festivals.  Thus, the idea for Red Fox Cycling was born.  Fast forward to 2019 and Red Fox Cycling is already partnering with Shindig, Boomtown, Wilderness, Kendal Calling and Shambala festivals with more launching this year.  These Festivals all promote Red Fox Cycling and offer incentives for you to sign up (a free yoga class or luxury accommodation anyone?).  For more details, do check out the fantastic Redfox Cycling website https://www.redfoxcycling.co.uk . And whilst you’re there, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Redfox Cycling on all social media platforms – I need to help prove my worth after-all!

Very excitingly, a brand-new concept for Red Fox Cycling is launching this year; ‘Escape the City’ weekend getaways which will be a unique two-day experience.  Think guided cycle tours through the idyllic countryside and activities such as yoga, Pilates, hiking and wild swimming.  Camping will be organised with pre-pitched tents (don’t panic if you’re like me, there will be proper amenities and creature comforts - all campsites are chosen carefully!) and delicious food will be provided.  It’s a complete escape for the body and soul with every detail taken care of so you can just turn up and enjoy the experience.  You’ll return feeling fully rejuvenated and refreshed; ready for the week ahead.  The idea is to use your weekend wisely, you don’t need to take any holiday for these which is a huge bonus.  I know I always feel so much better for getting out of London on a weekend plus it makes the weekend feel much longer when you’re away and active.  I love any type of wellness getaway so I can’t wait to sign up!  (I think I’ll be asking Nella’s grandparents to be on babysitting duty that weekend!)

I’m really excited to be part of such a great start-up company, I love the fact it all centres on sustainable, healthy travel.  Belief in a company and their values is of great importance to me. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to work effectively with Nella.  I’ll definitely be making use of her nap times and when she’s awake, she’ll have to get used to me tapping away at the laptop next to her and I’ll have to get used to being handed ‘flamingo’, ‘doggy’, ‘anteater’ at intermittent intervals.  I’m currently reading Annie Rideout’s ‘The Freelance Mum’ for handy tips but please let me know if you have any helpful suggestions too.  Wish me luck for next week!

 

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