hi, I'm Ela
so nice to meet you!
It took me a while to rethink what I would like to write in my 'about me' page. During all those years of my online presence I wrote a few about me pages, changing the content from time to time, because it didn't feel like a real me. You know this feeling, when your inner voice is telling you quietly you were not being 100% honest about your own self but you think it should be that way because others expect you to be professional, don't you?
I wanted to be professional, I wanted to sound like an expert, I wanted to be 'oh, she is so super cool lady in wine' person, and I wanted people to see that I do not make mistakes, that I was perfect in what I've been doing. It didn't feel like me, though. It was just her. This woman I though I should be, the Wine Lady created for my website. I thought that was the way to be. I haven't even been using my real name (Ela, in case you don't know :p), I was the Wine Lady I created in 2011 and I was hiding behind this imaginary person. ''I was her'' - past tense. Now, there is Me, Myself & I. And this 'about me' page will be, well, about the real me ;)
At a glance
To start with a short version for those, who don't have too much time for reading ;)
Privately.. My name is Ela (equivalent of Elisabeth, just in case). I was born and raised in Poland. I live nearby Saint Emilion, in a traditional old French estate surrounded by vineyards. I am passionate about many things and wine is one of them. My passions fulfills my everyday life, I think I can say I am a very happy person :)
Business-wise... I am an expert in wine as well as in marketing and management. I have more than ten years of marketing and management experience, and since 2011 I've been involved in wine industry. At the moment I am my own boss and I think it is the best boss I ever had ;)
I have a Master degree in Marketing and Management with a diploma in Business Management. As a matter of fact, I am also an engineer, as I have accomplished a Master of Science degree after studying at Poznan University of Technology.
I am certified by Wine and Spirits Education Trust (level 3 advanced) and I am now preparing to sit the WSET level 4 Diploma. I learn from winemakers, wine producers, Masters of Wine and other amazing wine people whom I meet on a day to day basis (yeah, living in the heart of the wine world is helping a lot!).
That's it! End of the short version ;) Now it's time for a few more details about me, so if you have a couple more minutes... ;)
"Follow your bliss
and the universe
will open doors
where there were
I got the job in one of the world biggest home-delivery wine companies in 2011. I knew nothing about wine at that time, I just got the job in marketing and 'wine' was an additional thing that, to be honest, I didn't care about at all. I've been told I do not need any wine knowledge, I just needed to be good in marketing. I was fine with that!
It was my boss, however, who pushed me to wine. Yet, he didn't say ''Ela, I think you will like it, taste some wines, read some books, you will see that being passionate about wine is super exciting''. Instead, I've heard ''You have to learn it all or I will fire you''. It was my first week in that place. Can you imagine??
if it's meant to be ...
I knew nothing about wine and I had to dive in to keep my job. I started a wine blog the same day. It was so huge amount of knowledge to absorb and I needed a space to keep the notes with an easy access from everywhere. I started to learn, because I had to. About a week later I was in love with wine and obsessed with learning more about it.
I wish I could have a chance to say THANK YOU to him.. although he was the way he was, the truth is that it was him who pushed me into wine. If not him (followed by many other fantastic people and wonderful opportunities), I wouldn't be where I am now...
... then it will be!
At the beginning Wine Lady was just a private 'online notebook' and no one else had access to it. About a year or year and a half later I made it public, so other people could learn with me. In 2014/2015 I abandoned writing in Polish and I started 'a new Wine Lady' in English. 2016 was all about changes as well, as I wanted something bigger than 'just a passionate wine blog', especially that I was very interested in wine business and wine marketing stuff.
So here I am now, in 2017, with tones of new ideas, with even bigger than ever passion to what I am doing. In the meantime I also moved to Bordeaux and since few years I am...
living the dream!
There are days that I still cannot believe I got what I was dreaming about. I mean I didn't get it just like that. No, no ;) It cost me a lot to get where I am now, but at the same time I know I was lucky and the Universe was very generous for me giving me this opportunity.
The ONLY thing I had to do was to take action, to make a decision, to finish what I had been doing and to start something totally new; I had to change my life 180 degrees and left everything I cared for behind, to be able to say, that now I am living my dream.
So here I am, living my dream in Bordeaux wine region, just a stone's throw from Saint Emilion (if you consider someone is strong enough to throw a stone that far :p). I live in a beautiful old maison with fantastic views as the chateau is surrounded by vineyards.
I used to dream about that one special day in which I would visit Saint Emilion, now it's my 'home town'.
I used to dream about going to see the vineyard and the winery in reality; now it's something I do on a daily basis.
I was wondering whether I will visit a chateau one day in my life; now I live in one.
I was inspired by so many wine people and their amazing stories, dreaming about the life with passion; now I can hope that I will be an inspiration for others, so they believe in their dreams and take another step towards their goals and dreams.
"Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see
the whole staricase.
Just take the first step."
-Martin Luther King Jr-
a lady with a passion for...
I am passionate about so many things, that I could write about it for hours. To safe your time, let me show you myself from a bit different perspective, using less words and more images. As they say ''a picture is worth a thousand words'...
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Just have a little faith ;)
If, by any chance, you don't believe in yourself strong enough, I want you to remember that I believe in you.
I really do believe you are good enough, interesting enough and worthy enough to accomplish everything you want. Whatever choice you make for yourself, it will be the right one for that moment. Dream and make your dreams come true. You are capable of doing it.
few last words
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Ela, Wine Lady