Yvonne Ellis


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Happy New Year to you! I hope and pray 2021 will be a great year for us all! Goodbye 2020.

It feels like it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog to you. I hope you have been well.  Undoubtedly, last year was a mad one! At least we have made it into 2021. I am glad, in part to say goodbye 2020.

The common consensus from conversations I have had with different people from all walks of life is 2020 is a year people want to forget. I can totally understand why.

2020 was a mixed year for me. Even so, I did positive and productive things. I did experience discouragement in places. I look back and give glory to God for helping me get through the year. 

Let me share some highlights with you.

I launched my podcast, Living The Empowered Life (see link). Three years it was on my heart to do it.

I launched my first online course. The Courage Course. Over 250 hours of work.

I finished my 3rd book. Due to be released later this year.


There are some of my achievements. Other plans I’ve had to postpone because of world events. Some things do still need social interaction!

I am looking forward to 2021. Goodbye, 2020. It is now in the rearview. I am looking to continue building my company, achieve my goals and continue to develop me. I don’t have resolutions. Improvements and achievements are what I strive for. I have been on an upward trajectory for the last 7 years, and long may it continue!

Video: 5 Things I’m Leaving behind in 2020

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Do you need Courage?

Just the mention of the word courage can cause fear in the hearts and minds of many people. 

The word is synonymous with doing bold, big, impossible, and scary things.  Do you think about courage in this way too?

I have found you can have courage in doing small things like- saying no if you always say yes. Making new or different decisions or doing one thing a day towards your goal, dream, or life change that you want.

Yes, it is true. Courage does require action. You can do it in small steps. The process of having courage does not have to be overwhelming. Rather than look at the mountain, what about taking one step at a time? 

It’s easier said than done I know. Especially when you don’t know what steps to take or even what those steps will entail.

Well, I have the very thing that I believe will help you. The Courage Course.


The Courage Course is an online course I have created to help people take courageous action to change their life. This course has many benefits. Besides helping you understand the process of courage it will support you in developing an action plan. Not to mention, it will provide you with the encouragement, and empowerment that you need. However, you will need to take action by completing the exercises. Don’t worry this course will help you to do it.

No longer do you have to remain stuck. Or wonder how you will get from where you are now to where you want to be. Because you now have access to a resource that will empower you to take progressive action. Your goals and dreams are definitely attainable. They are more achievable than you think.

If you need tips check out my video at the end of this blog!

Now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic and emergence of the ‘new normal’, this is an opportunity to take courageous action. Furthermore, go for it. Seize the day!

“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

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The First step is always the hardest

Picture of winding stairs going upwards.
Image of winding staircase

I have done a lot of things for the first time lately. I finished the rough draft of my first book of a different genre (my 3rd book in total) and created my first online course that I am about to launch. And I recently did my first interview on my Youtube channel The Empowered Life (see video below). I have found this to be true; the first step is always the hardest when doing something new.

In regards to interviewing guests on my channel, I had been meaning to do this for some time but I kept putting it off. I don’t know why. Conducting interviews is not a new experience for me. Back in 2007, I worked as an Interview Officer for the U.K passport service for five years. I

It was a repetitive but important job. I interviewed people from all walks of life. I never thought the skills I acquired from this job could be used outside any specialist role. Yet, here I am years later using it creatively to interview guests on my channel.

My first interview!

So what finally helped me to take the first step? Nothing in particular. I just decided to push through my fear and go for it.

With the help of faith, creativity, previous interview skills, and belief in me. I am so glad I did it. I am keen to build on what I’ve learned. Are you considering trying something for the first time? Here are three things I want to share with you about taking the first step:

Feel the fear and do it anyway
Joyce Meyer, a famous evangelist uses this quote often. Fear and discomfort will always be present when attempting something new. It is part and parcel of taking the first step into something new and unknown. It’s easy to let fear get in the way of what. But you must go for it anyway. Anything worth having in life will involve some type of personal cost.

The first step requires courage
Courage builds confidence. Confidence is built after taking the first step. Once you have done it you will find the other steps are not as scary. Of course there will be challenges to overcome but you will figure it out. Be courageous and see what happens.

The first step provides an opportunity to learn
After the first step, you can make changes, learn from mistakes, and re-define your goal if you need to. Seize the opportunity that the first step will teach you today.

Without the first step, procrastination and fear will keep you bound. This is an ideal time to move forward. Something new awaits you. Put your best foot forward!

Ecclesiastes 11:4
If you wait for perfect conditions you will never get anything done.

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My Entrepreneur Journey

My entrepreneur journey has been a lesson in self –development. It has resulted in unknown and challenging situations. In this post, I share with you five things I identified on my transformation journey from leaving traditional employment to becoming a full-time entrepreneur.


I distinctly remember waking up the day after I left my job, I was excited. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally make the decision. More importantly, I was excited at the prospect of creating new things. Creativity has been the essential motivator that has kept me going on my journey to shaping the vision of my company YEME Empowerment.


I was running off the adrenalin of the excitement. My confidence was running high and my self-belief was unbelievable. The realisation that I was really living the life of an entrepreneur suddenly hit me. I was not mentally prepared for how tough it would be financially in the first year. It was the right decision to leave my job, a window of opportunity moment that I had to take. It was a scary realisation. I was now in charge of making choices that would help shape my destiny.


I worried about things outside of my control but I did not doubt my ability to accomplish my goals or that I would achieve my vision. I chose to let go of the fear and I pushed forward one day at a time.

Mindset 2.0.

I spent twenty-three years mentally conditioned by working in the traditional paid employment system and it shaped the way I lived and thought about my life. I am unlearning habits and behaviours associated with my previous way of living. It has been a freeing experience that has helped me grow mentally.

My journey to finding my way has brought clarity. I started out I had an outline of what I believed it would take to build my vision. The reality was I had to adjust my methods to achieve it.


Because I took courage and embraced risk I have seen great outcomes in my endeavours but the entrepreneur journey is not for the faint-hearted. It has taught me perseverance, resilience and patience.

I believe I can go the distance on my entrepreneur journey because I have a solution to a problem. I also have passion and inspiration. That is the fuel and strength I need to see things through.