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Things Ireland has taught me

Posted by Colleen Wainwright on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

After nearly five years in Ireland, I’m moving back to New York – today!

But before I go, it’s only right to pay tribute to the Emerald Isle. Although I’ve complained about the weather, there have been very sunny moments. Living here has undoubtedly changed my life.

Without Ireland, my self-employment might never have never come about – or had the time it needed to grow. I would have probably given up if I had another, easier option. (Sad, but true.) It took me four years to truly believe I could make it work. But that’s not all. Ireland has taught me more.

Seize the moment. If the conditions are right, don’t wait. Do it. Five minutes from now, it could be hailing.

Optimism and happiness are choices that aren’t dependent on your circumstances, or even the weather.

There is always time to say hello to someone and have a chat.

Work really can be about creating the life you want. And one size does not fit all.

There will always be people who don’t get what you do and think you play on the computer all day. And that’s okay. Now it just makes me smile.

With today’s technology, the world really is a small place.

Tea really does fix just about everything. It’s woven into the culture here. If someone is happy, sad, just got good news, or bad—a cup of tea is the first thing that happens. Appreciate your happiness, acknowledge your sadness, and when the cup is done, move on. Life really is like a cup of tea.

More than 2 pints of Guinness is a bad idea. Always. Plain and simple.

Although I’ve lived in New York before, I’m returning a different person. More confident, more able, and more accountable. I realize I have more control over my circumstances than I thought.

New York, here I come! And as I embark on my new adventure, I wish you happy travels on yours, too.

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