A Brief Update

Things sure have gotten busy around here. Henry has been ill lately, which has really kept Maggie and I on our toes. Any of you who have ever had a sick toddler know how hard that is. They want to run and play, but as soon as they do, their fever increases again. It has been a rough for days for sure.

In addition to that, Maggie is slowly but steadily inching closer to her due date. It’s hard to believe, but really soon I will be holding a new little one in my arms. Maggie’s belly has expanded and she sure looks like she is about to pop at any moment.

And work for me has really taken off. I have been trying to get new clients so that we don’t have to worry about money the first few weeks after the baby is born, and boy did I ever get some new clients. I probably bit off more than I can chew, but I would rather have more than enough money and clients than not enough. I am so blessed to be able to live a wonderful life and have an amazing career.

So, with all that we have going on, we have really been taking it easy around here. We are all trying to relax and get in as much sleep as we can. However, I didn’t want you all to think that I had forgotten about you. I haven’t. I have just been wrapped up in day-to-day life. So I just wanted to give you all a brief update and drop a note to say hello. Hopefully, soon enough, you will be getting an update letting you know that the baby is here and whether it is a boy or girl. Speaking of which, Maggie and I still have not picked out a name. So if any of you have any suggestions, we are all ears.

Thanks for your support and following my blog. It means a lot to me that you care enough to follow my life and invest your time into reading about my blog.

A Visit to a Local Casino

Hello readers! I hope life is treating you well. I wanted to share an experience that Maggie and I had this weekend with all of you.

As you all know, I work as a freelance web developer, primarily with online casinos and bitcoin casinos but the later I will talk more about another time. Some of the clients I work with include Mr Green, BGO Casino, Casumo Casino and Leovegas. Well, believe it or not, but Maggie and I have not actually been to a casino in a few years. How crazy is that? I work with online casinos and I’m not even up-to-date on casino games. Well that had to change.

Maggie has been busy nesting in preperation for the upcoming baby, so I decided to surprise her and get her our of the house. I took her to a local casino here in London. I thought we could sit down and gamble a bit and then have a nice dinner. I have to tell you, gambling was exhilirating. I loved the games and wondering when and if I was going to hit it big. And surprise! We actually left with a little more money than we came with. But don’t get too excited — our fancy dinner more than gobbled up our winnings.

It’s hard to believe that I work with casino companies but rarely have the chance to gamble. I can definetly see why so many people gamble, both online and in real casinos. And the information I learned from my trip will help me better develop content for my clients.

I am so glad that we were able to get out, have a great time, and help me gain some valuable knowledge for work. It’s a win-win situation for me and my lovely wife.

An Update on the Baby

So, as I mentioned in my first blog post, my wife and I are expecting another child. The due date is fast approaching and this weekend, we decided that we had to get our tails into gear and start preparing. It’s crazy how different things are with a second baby compared to the first. With the first we had the nursery set up and ready by now. We were enrolled in child birthing classes. This time, we don’t have anything ready and have not even signed up for our classes. I’d like to think it is because we are so busy with our first child, but truth be told, I think we are more lazy.

Anyhow, this weekend Maggie and I took a big step and started to finally set up the nursery. Since we don’t know the sex of the baby, we wanted to do a neutral theme. We ended up going with an elephant safari theme. We knew we were having a boy with Henry, so we had a sports theme, but it was much harder to decide when you did not know what you were having. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but I am secretly regretting not finding out the sex of the baby. I know it will be quite the shock when it is born, but selfishly, I wish we knew right now.

Maggie and I also spent some time reading books to Henry about being a big brother. He is not too keen on the idea just yet, but I’m sure once the baby arrives, he will adjust. Right???

It is overwhelming to think that in just a few short months we will go from a family of three to a family of four. I will be responsible for not only one little life, but two. It does not seem like it should be a huge leap, but in my head, reality is setting in and I’m wondering what I have gotten myself into. I’m sure other dads can relate and I’m sure it will be fine.

So that’s it. That’s how we spent our weekend. I hope you had a nice one as well.

My Feelings About Freelancing

Those of you that hold down a regular job may find freelancing a bit strange. In fact, I’ve even been asked by people if I am nervous being a freelancer because I have no job security. Here is a bit of information I thought I would share with you all about my situation and freelancing.

First, no one has job security. Your job can lay you off, fire you or close their doors at any point in time. While you may think that you have security, very few people truly have an unlimited amount of job security. Maybe just the Queen. In my line of work, I work with a variety of online casinos, such as Mr Green, BGO Casino, Casumo Casino and Leovegas. If one of these online casinos were to close their doors or decide to replace me, I would lose one of my clients and some of my income. However, if your boss fires you or closes their door, you lose all your income. Therefore, I think that I have a bit more job security than most.

Secondly, I have full control over my income. As an employee, it can be hard for you to make extra money. Typically, you have to get another job to earn more money. This requires a committment on your part. For me, earning extra money when I want can be a breeze. I can pick up an extra client as needed for my budget. This gives me a huge amount of freedom that most people don’t have to earn more only when it is needed. This is especially perfect since my wife and I have another baby on the way. When she is on maternity leave, I can help with more of the bills.

Lastly, I have the ability to make my own schedule. When you work for an employer, you have to work the hours they tell you. While I do need to be online to communicate with clients as needed, for the most part, I can work whatever hours I want. If I can’t sleep, I can work in the middle of the night. If my son is sick and can’t go to daycare, I can work when my wife gets home. This kind of flexibility is amazing.

So while some may consider freelancing scary, I find it liberating and freeing.

A Day In My Life

Hello and a big thank you to all of my loyal readers! Blogging is such an interesting experience. You open up and share your life with your readers. At times, you feel naked and vulnerable. But without them, you are basically just keeping a journal that only you look at. So while it is strange to know people are beginning to follow me, I appreciate that you have enough interest in doing so.

So, as a freelance website developer, one of the questions that I am frequently asked is what is a day in your life like. My friends and family all think that my life must be so much different because I don’t have a boss. While my life probably is not that different than yours, I figured I would give you a glimpse into a normal day in the life of John Bektashi.

Since I have a toddler, I am up bright and early. My day typically starts around 6 to 6:30, depending on when the boy wakes up. I get up, get him some breakfast and make the usual hot morning beverages. It is a pot of hot coffee for me and a cup of hot tea with some honey for the misses. From there, it’s the typical morning rush we all have. I shower and get ready for the day, all while helping get my son dressed and ready for his day. My wife leaves for work around 7:30 and takes my son to daycare with her. Once the house clears out, I browse around on the internet for a bit and then begin to work.

I begin to play around on the websites for some of my clients, such as Mr Green, BGO Casino, Casumo Casino and Leovegas. I read about what’s going on in the casino industry and what trends people want to see on the websites and try to implement them. I stop and have lunch and breaks, but for the most part, that’s the bulk of my day.

My wife and son get home around 5:30. We eat dinner, play, read, bathe, watch a bit of television and then head to bed. Like I said, my day is pretty routine and very similiar to the rest of yours, despite the fact that I freelance.

Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know All About Me!

Hey and thanks for stopping by my website. My name is John Bektashi. I’ve never really been one to talk about myself, but I do feel it is important for readers to know who they are reading about and to develop a rapport with, so here it goes.

Most importantly, I am a husband and father. I have been married for almost six years to the love of my life, Maggie. She completes me and I can’t imagine my life without her. I am 32 years old and Maggie is about to turn the big 3-0! Together, we currently have one child. We have a three year old son named Henry. However, we also have another child on the way in just a few short months. We have decided not to find out if it is a boy or a girl, so we are both excited to welcome our new arrival.

Let’s see. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m a freelance website developer. I do freelance work with a lot of online casinos. Some of my favorite clients include Mr Green, BGO Casino, Casumo Casino and Leovegas. I love working as a freelancer. I get to set my own schedule and I do not have a boss looking over my shoulder. And with a small child and pregnant wife, it is nice to be able to work around their appointments and activities. I truly am lucky that I have such a great job that I love.

The last thing I want readers to know about my life is that I live in the outskirts of London. I am originally from the United States, but moved here to attend college. I met my wife and knew I could not leave. So this has become my new home. It was an adjustment at first, especially with all of the rain and the different cuisine, but a little over a decade later, I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.