So at the start of this week the worst thing that could happen to a blogger and freelancer happened.
We found out the hard way that toddlers and macbooks don’t mix.
It’s true that you really don’t appreciate something until its gone.
My macbook is my life.
Not in the sense of life or death, but in the sense of my income.
I am a freelance writer, social media manager and professional blogger.
Having a laptop is pretty important in the grand scheme of things.
So, you can imagine how I felt on Sunday night, when my little mischievous daughter starts playing with my 2 litre water bottle on my bed, when my back was turned.
It was 2am, I’d just got back for my part time job and I was trying to book flights for our holiday.
She woke up crying and I brought her into my room to change her pull-ups.
I turned my back for a second.
Little did I know that she’d taken the lid off and let the entire bottle pour out, forming the biggest puddle right in the centre of my bed.
My bed also happened to be laden with clean laundry…oh and my £1000 macbook pro.
Here are two pieces of advice I will give to anyone:
Always, always, always back up your work – Use iCloud, use dropbox, use an external hard drive or anything else you like, but make sure you can survive without your laptop!
Get insurance for your laptop – That £9, or whatever it will be, a month is worth it. Believe me! Laptops don’t break when it’s convenient for you.
I really learnt this the hard way. Not only did I not have insurance (why Chloe, why?) But lately, my iCloud has been at capacity and I’ve not really done much to sort it out.
I rushed out straight away on Monday to get it fixed and was told that it would cost more (and still might not get fixed) than it would be to buy a new one.
It’s an expenditure I had no choice but to do, as my macbook is needed for work. I was lucky I had that money in my bank, because I’ve been saving to go travelling.
I am now not only £1000 worse off, but I have also lost months worth of work, pictures, memories and so much more.
Back Up Your Work
This last week has been so crazy busy for Life Unexpected.
We are so beyond excited to announce that we are going travelling at the start of October for an entire month. We have worked our little butts off (three jobs) to save for it.
The really stressful thing, is that I’ve been working around the clock to make sure my holiday can be just that, a holiday.
In the last month I have been doubling up on my work load, to make sure I can get some time with my family. Now, none of that extra time I spent away from my daughter working, matters.
We are so grateful that we’ve have had lots of freelance work lately. Plus blog wise, we have some pretty hectic and exciting deadlines, for some major brands coming up.
All my work is on my old laptop.
On my old laptop I have a whole month worth of work that I had ready to upload to both my freelance social media channels (I run twelve companies! That’s a lot of content lost!) and to my blog.
To say I am gutted and upset is a complete understatement.
Please learn from my mistake. Back up your work. Get insurance. Toddlers and macbooks don’t mix.
Have you ever broken your laptop? What’s the worst thing your toddler has done? Let us know in the comments below.