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Yesterday, I was jolted back to my neglected blog which is how come I’m here now after such a long break. I had an email from WordPress telling me that my annual payment was due on my blog plan which happened to be a ‘Premium’ plan. This had given me more options when it came to the look of my blog and the features and widgets that I could use. Unfortunately, my financial position isn’t brilliant, and I’m not able to afford the fee, hence my new look. It’s much simpler which feels quite different, but I think I’ll get used to it.

I’ve also decided to update and replace my gravatar. I’ve chosen a more adult image (above) rather than a picture of a young and rather sorry-looking child (below). This previous image was suitable for my blog when I started writing four years ago. Back then, I was writing mostly about my severe abuse in childhood and all the ensuing serious mental health illnesses I had. Fortunately, I’ve moved on from that period in my life – I don’t feel the need to share all those very distressing life experiences.

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I want to get myself out the negative mindset I connect with this childish image. Maybe, this will give me the incentive, and added confidence I need to write more positively and frequently. To use a chlichéd phrase, ‘watch this space’, (but don’t hold your breath either!).  😉

A new start?


Author: Ellie Thompson

Writing my memoirs, musings, a little fiction and a lot of poetry as a way of exploring and making the most of my life ... ... Having had a break from writing my blog for more than three years, I decided to return to write my memoirs, some day-to-day observations, views and feelings. My passion is non-fiction poetry. I have a disability and use an electric powerchair called Alfie and let nothing get in the way of living life to the full. I believe that you can never do a kindness too soon and should give credit where credit is due. A smile or a kind word could make the difference between a good or bad day for a person - we never know what's going on for another soul. Those little things, perhaps, practised daily like a mantra, could mean so much to someone else. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading a little more about me. Please, make yourself at home here. You are very welcome. Ellie x 😊

5 thoughts on “A NEW START”

    1. Thank you, Ann. I hope I can live up to my new image! I’m definitely past that stage of wanting to haul over my traumatic childhood and my negative early adult experiences. I’m hoping to be able to write more positively. I guess, at the age of 60, it’s about time I left the past firmly in the past.

  1. I’m still strictly off of blogs for the time being, but thought I should come and look at your new design. I do like it, and if this is a reflection of your desire to move on and then it looks good and positive. I also have a free set-up on WordPress, and actually am perfectly happy with it. All the best!

    1. Hi Mick.

      Thanks so much for paying a special visit to WordPress to read my blog. I’m very honoured that you did because I know you’re taking a complete break from blogging and reading blogs. I also value your opinion. I rather miss your presence and input to our blog family.

      Yes, I’m definitely ready to move on. I’ve been in a good place for quite a while now, and am beginning to believe that, on the whole, it might really last this time. That’s not to say that I won’t get dips occasionally, but doesn’t everyone from time to time? I’ve just been wallowing in the past for far too long, and I’m now moving on (and about time too!).

      Thank you for your continuing support in my venture into a more positive life (and blog), Ellie 🙂

      1. My pleasure, Ellie. It’s good to hear you in a positive mood. And you don’t need me to tell you that all your blog friends will be delighted to read that.

        I will be looking out for further posts.

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