The last two years have been quite a journey for me…
- In September 2012 I resigned from the job I’d been in for nearly 10 years.
- In November 2012, I started this blog as a way of sharing my experiences and my travels with family and friends.
- In December 2012, I first came to Thailand intending to stay and travel for a few months.
- In February 2013, I realised I wanted to stay a bit longer.
- In September 2013, I started ManageDevelopInspire.com with my Mum, experimenting with a more managerial and professional style of writing.
- In October 2013, I started to think about staying in Thailand even longer.
- In December 2013, I came back to the UK to rent out my flat, sell my car, and enable myself to live in Thailand indefinitely.
- In January 2014, Mum started making noises about retiring properly, and I started to think about the future of ManageDevelopInspire.
- In February 2014, I did an amazing online business course, B-School, which filled my head full of new ideas and thoughts about how I could generate income from a website but also have fun and enjoy what I did.
- In March 2014 I started working on a new idea…
- …and in July 2014 I began working with the amazing Further Bound on my new website and brand.
And now, in August 2014 I bring you…EllenBard.com!
What a wild ride. I’m still living in Thailand, and my life is so completely different from September 2012, it’s hard to even put into words. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll hopefully have got a taste of the journey – it’s been a privilege to have so many of you along for the ride – I’m a way over 50,000 views in total in what was designed as a personal travel journal to share with friends and family. Wow.
The new website and branding reflects the journey I’ve been on. Because as well as the practical changes in my life, I’ve also changed and developed a lot as an individual. And this passion for personal development – a passion which has always been there but I’ve had a lot more opportunity to indulge with more time and space in my life – forms the basis of the new website.
EllenBard.com focuses on personal development not just in work (like MDI) but also in life in general. It gives me the opportunity to talk about how to grow as a person as well as to develop the skills and behaviours for success in the workplace. I feel like both the experiences I’ve had, and the expertise I’ve acquired as a chartered psychologist, really support the new business.
It’s scary and exciting – I would say my personality isn’t the natural fit for an entrepreneur. I’m not a risk-taker, I like stability and consistency and I’m not hugely sales orientated.
But then, having a look for what others think are the personality traits of an entrepreneur, I found this from Forbes.
They cite the top five qualities as passion (even ‘heart’); resilience; a strong sense of self; flexibility and vision as the most critical things.
I’ve certainly developed all five of these over the last couple of years. Putting myself into unfamiliar territory by coming to a new culture, meeting new people, working in different countries has all helped to form a crucible where my passion has become purified and more visible to me. I’ve started to develop my own vision of what a perfect day, a perfect life might look like – something I couldn’t have told you a few years ago. Resilience and flexibility continue to be challenging to me, but not ones I shrink from as much as I used to.
How I can help you – and you can help me
If you enjoy reading WTWTM, you’ll likely enjoy my new website. My ‘voice’ has developed from all my writing over the last couple of years, and I think I’ve found a nice balance of ‘me’ness and informative and helpful advice, tips, stories and sharing.
Go over and take a look, read my new ‘About’ page and the posts that are up, and explore the site. Comment on posts for me! This is really helpful – the more comments, the more readers realise they’re not alone in reading the site.
Let me know any feedback as comments or email me through the contact form. If the style resonates with you, I’d love for you to subscribe (there’s a beautiful freebie at the moment too!).
If the style’s not for you – and it’s not designed for everyone, don’t worry! – then all I ask is for you to share it with people who you think might enjoy it. And bear with me when I mention it in posts 🙂
Thanks for your continued readership here – at the moment my plan is to continue posting here about my travel every couple of weeks. See you next time!