Working from home. It’s not like how Fifth Harmony said it would be.

Here are 10 thoughts I’ve jotted down in my first few weeks of working from home after working in an office 9-5 everyday.

I know, a listicle. What is this, Buzzfeed in 2014? Well that’s exactly what I base each and every decision in my life off of.

1) Getting up in the morning is an absolute Brandon Flowers (read: a Killer)

2) Not leaving the house for days on end sounds ideal when you’re commuting on a cramped train at 8am, when it’s your fifth day in the house, the outside world feels like fiction.

3) But being able to watch Netflix on your lunch break is revolutionary.

4) Being your own boss can be hard, if you’re not sat at your desk by 9am, you’re the only one who’s gonna be pissed off about it, because you’ll have to work harder and later.

5) Joggers and pajama pants are the real MVP. I treated myself to a pair of Adidas joggers on Black Friday and I think I’ve worn them so much that they can be legally considered a part of my body.

6) It’s lonely! You see a good tweet and the only way to share it is via social media, you can’t laugh in person with anyone! Your laughter is solitary! Copyright that before Next start selling a print for your bedroom saying ‘laughter is solitary’

7) Snacking is the enemy. I won’t say that I ate an entire packet of Bourbons whilst at my laptop the other day, but I WILL say that chocolate biscuit crumbs do really get stuck in your keyboard.

8) Your surroundings get so repetitive, though that’s the same in any job that I’ve worked. Whether it’s in an office, or retail, or whatever, spending a lot of time in one place can be a bit numbing.

9) After work drinks were a bit of a perk that I do miss, but I can have after work drinks alone in the bath now, and I think that’s the winner.

10) There’s no one to judge you for being completely gross, not showering and working from bed whilst chugging coffee like no tomorrow. Bliss.

To my fellow workers from home, may the force be with you! With all of you who have to go to a physical place of work everyday, may the force be with you. We all need it in the working life.

If you have any tips on working from home or just any advice on freelancing, it would all be much appreciated!

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds.

Today we’re joined by a Pokémon maestro known for his Pokémon themes project, Pokémon Reorchestrated! Braxton Burks joins us to discuss how he does exactly what he does, ahead of the release of Pokémon Reorchestrated’s latest album, Johto Legends.

D: Tell us a bit about yourself + what do you do as an ‘online creator’.

B: Well, hey! I’m a composer and arranger from Seattle, Washington, USA. When I’m not writing music for media, I’m probably binge-watching anime or catching up on my ever-increasing backlog of video games.

Online, most folks associate me with a fan music project called ‘Pokémon Reorchestrated,’ which I created in 2011 to share orchestrated versions of my favorite Pokémon game themes. The response to my debut album Kanto Symphony (a tribute to Pokémon Red and Blue) was beyond anything I imagined, and eventually led to me releasing more than 3 fully-licensed Pokémon albums, two of which landed on the Billboard charts (!!!).

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Tervetuloa Suomeen! – WELCOME TO FINLAND!

A sometimes Scandinavian, once-upon-a-time Russian and extremely cold country based in Northern Europe.

Whether you want a city break, a delve into a sauna (pronounced ‘soww-na’) or want to drink a lot of coffee (that’s me), Finland’s capital Helsinki is for you.

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds!

Today we’re joined by a man with an eye for household D.I.Y, Iwan A.K.A. Mr Carrington!

D: What do you do as an online creator?

I: On my blog do men’s fashion, lifestyle and travel, along with anything else that I think might be interesting to people. I like to mix things up and keep it creative so there are no rules with me. If something has inspired me I’ll try to share it. I also have a YouTube Channel where I’ve ended up doing mostly ‘house’ stuff. I’ll do anything from full room makeovers & DIY tutorials, to advice on moving house. I’m really passionate about property and interiors and I love sharing tips and techniques that can help and inspire other people in their own homes. All of my camera equipment is covered in paint splatters as a result though!
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It’s time for the final installment of Music of the Month 2017! Will this series be continuing into 2018? I haven’t decided on that yet, so we’ll find out.

This series has been a completely fun way of forcing myself to give new tracks time, to discover new artists and to challenge myself to review a song in a couple of sentences.

Enough about that, let’s get into the best music of December!

Here’s November’s if you missed it.

I Know You – Acoustic – Craig David + Bastille

Taking a production laden track with a focus on it’s twist on the conventional ‘drop’ and turning it into an acoustic isn’t an easy task. Somehow Craig David and Bastille have pulled it off by slowing down their vocals, relaxing it all and changing the entire tune of the song, yet they still absolutely crush it.

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