My name is Elyse Burns-Hill and you have landed on my website! I am always learning and reading in order to improve myself, and as it is in my nature to help others, I thought I would share this knowledge and experience through my website. Feel free to question and comment on anything I say, nothing I say is THE answer, so some debate and dialogue is very welcome! (although please keep things civil – there’s no need to be nasty to me or other readers.
A little about me:
I am currently training to be an accountant by studying the ACCA qualification. I work full time at a mid-size accountancy firm on the island of Jersey (just off the coast of France), which is my new home as of early 2011. My studies take up a significant amount of time outside of work as I take 4 exams per year, although with this timetable, I will be due to qualify around September 2014.
ACCA have also recently contacted me to ask that I be a student blogger for them, so my first article will be going live shortly. If you would like to keep up with my ACCA blog, please follow my Facebook page: facebook.com/ACCAStudentElyseBurns-Hill
As if I don’t have enough study to do, I have also recently started a Photography degree, which I hope will extend my technical understanding of photography as well as improve my photography skills as an art form. A friend and I have just started up a local photography club, and along with our newly appointed committee, we hope to provide a friendly and creative learning environment for photographers.
If it is of any interest to you, you can follow my photographic journey at my website (there are links there to numerous other social media platforms too) elysebhphotography.com.
I am a complete technology geek. It has to be said! I love just about anything Apple related and talk to me about any kind of photographic technology and you have my full attention. However, where my passion lies is actually more to do with green/environmental tech. Any kind of gadget or tech that will save or recycle energy, or use energy in a more efficient way; I’m interested in. My particular interests lie with electric vehicles and renewable energy. I write about this subject at (yes, yet another website!) elysianislandtech.com.
Outside of work, I love to do water sports; I am an RYA windsurfing instructor, although I don’t really do much instructing; I am an avid scuba diver (I wrote several articles on diving while I was living in Malta, which I have included on this site for old times sake!). I am keen to take my scuba diving to the next level, as I probably have the experience and knowledge of a diver with a few more qualifications than I have. I have also recently taken up kitesurfing.
I also love to read and write. I write a lot of different types of writing from in-depth articles, to a novel I have been working on for years, to my journal. I read almost constantly – I read ebooks on my iPad, articles and other writings online, and of course real life physical books (I’d love to have my own library!).
I have fenced on and off since 2008. Fencing is a sport I love as it brings out the competitive side in me and is also a great workout! I also find roller blading a great tension lifter – so I do that quite a lot to prevent stress from building up.
Occasionally I have time to sleep!