Twenty year old Ellie started her travel- and lifestyle blog Oh Ellie. Nowadays she travels around the world, blogging and enjoying life. Next to that she teaches self-defence, which fits her strong-woman-attitude perfectly. She offered to share her story with Go Wonder. Find her tips, tricks and lifestory here!
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What’s your story?
I’m 20. Do I have much of a story yet? I was home-schooled from the age of 8, and didn’t take any GCSE’s or A levels. I did however, take a web design course when I was 15 and came away 2 years later with a couple of NVQs in computer science and Internet safety. My CV will talk about my time working in hair salons, radio stations and then the less exciting; kitchens, and B&B’s. We do what we have to do, yes? Now I run a small lifestyle blog focusing on all things travel, health, food and business. Oh Ellie was born because as an opinionated, reflective, modern woman I needed a place to express my thoughts and views freely. I am the eldest of 3 sisters and 1 brother, we lived a very sheltered, rose tinted childhood in Cornwall, and now I work for myself in my own internet business and travel, teaching self-defence with my charity, STORM, to women and children in high-risk areas, globally. I feel very lucky to live the life I do, it isn’t easy by any means, but I hustle hard to make it a good’un and to have a kickass story to tell at the end!
How did you get here?
It’s taken a lot of hard work and side jobs to get to where I am now. I’ve worked the uncreative 9-5 jobs solely to fund my travels. Oh Ellie the blog, is a baby, and babies need to be nurtured with a lot of time, attention and patience before you can get anything back from them. But, we’re getting there. Now I only work a few hours here and there when I want to pay for my coffee habit and train fare, both key pieces to be able to work remotely!
Where are you from? Could you recommend a few things to do or to eat for our #Wanderers who visit?
I’m from Cornwall, right at the bottom of England. I’ve been so lucky to have grown up here and live the rose tinted childhood and into my young adult life too. I would highly recommend a visit if you can! The beaches are simply the picturesque, and, not to self plug this, but I’ve actually got a post on the blog about the best ones if you’re headed this way.
What is your internet business?
My internet business is my lifestyle blog. I’ve made many of these over the years, but “Oh Ellie” is the one for me! I began blogging for the freedom of speech and a platform to express my own thoughts and opinions, not for money or fame or anything. But, having said that, it’s working in my favour that this is the digital age and it is possible that this can be a real form of income.
What inspired you to start teaching self-defence?
My dad is the institutor for my self defence training. We used to train in a local Thai boxing club, and then he went on to discover training and qualify in teaching Krav Maga. He opened a club in 2011 and I’ve been training with him since then! I was 15 when we began, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve gained confidence, security, fitness, and even travel now! Teaching Krav Maga and holding true to a passion for helping people and seeing all the benefits of it, has opened the doors for myself my dad and a couple of others from our club to travel to India and Nepal and teach out there to other women and children in high risk and dangerous areas and situations.
Who is your female inspiration?
I think having female inspiration is so important in this day and age. Having beautiful and intelligent women pouring out of the internet gives us so many to look upto and personally I get inspiration and encouragement from following the amazing Karlie Kloss, Fleur De Force, and Lauryn Evarts. There are many, many more, but these boss babes always give me that kick to get going.
What inspires you to pursue an unconventional lifestyle?
“Life is too short to be in one place”, “You are not a tree with roots, you can move.” These are some of my favourite quotes and they just remind me that there is so much more out there to experience! I also have a massive FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and so living and working the conventional 9-5 job day in, day out, really really scares me. You know, like spiders or creepy crawlies, or being stuck in row boat in the middle of the ocean, scared. I have so much wanderlust, and it’s utterly overwhelming sometimes! Working remotely at least gets me to different places and gives me so much more life value for myself.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I see inspiration everywhere. When I get going it’s actually a little annoying because I’ll see a cup of coffee and my mind will spiral into various possible blog posts about that. Then a pair of shoes, a car, a tree, or a chair will catch my eye and then I’ll go off on one about those things!
It’s great sometimes, but other times I sit and watch YouTube vid after vid about other travellers to get inspiration and go about things that way. Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram are also cracking platforms for visual inspo. You just have to be open to seeing things in a different perspective and go from there.
Tips to young women?
My most honest tip, cliched as it may sound would be to remember that your happiness counts for errythaaang. Travel as much as you can, don’t let finance control you, there are ways around things, and money comes and goes. Trust your gut instinct when in doubt. Face mist is a must when you’re on an airplane. Airbnb is a godsend. Learn and listen as much as possible. Don’t walk down dark streets. Flats, not heels.
Your favourite destination?
I have the fondest memories of Paris. Childhood memories, admittedly, but eugh J’adore Paris!
Venice was also beautiful. But for a destination that I’ve felt like I’ve really had to live in, and make something of, Nepal. Nepal has my heart. I felt like my life had been enriched, and that I was the luckiest girl to be living in a little room in the bustling ruins of the city. But there are so many places still to see! Canada, NZ, Australia, China, Iceland, just a few places that are near the top of the list! Next to happen though, the eagerly awaited, Barcelona..