I wasn’t always an entrepreneur. I was a good student who planned to get a job straight out of university and continue to progress up the career ladder. But I had an itch for something more. I left my first great engineering job to travel to India then teach English in the Czech Republic.
After a year of adventure, I went back to school to study education, then specialized in software user experience, got married near a beautiful beach in Barbados, found a fantastic job at a .com, and had my first child. When my dream job was derailed with the dot-com bust, I spent a great year at home with my newborn daughter and young son. Then I found another cool software job. That lasted until my employer opened a new office in Markham and wanted to send me there. Something had to give. I quit my now-distant job and moved from Toronto to the suburb of Burlington.
My entrepreneurial journey began when my old company asked me back to do a short contract. I formed a company named after my ancestry and started doing more user experience consulting. Celtic Consulting was born. I had found self-employment and I liked it.
Flash-forward a decade… I’ve continued to work as a self-employed user experience consultant. I’ve worked hard, learned a lot, and taken time to explore the world with my family. New horizons have appeared again. My son left for university. My daughter went abroad for a year to study. And I started exploring new areas of entrepreneurship. This blog chronicles my journey. I’m sharing it in the hopes that others will be inspired like I was to take control of their travels and explore new directions. I’m Dianne and this is my story.
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