▶ New Year’s Resolutions: What I expect from myself in 2015

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So… Here we are!

I told you in one of my last post that I was going to write down my 2015 resolutions.

 

Every year I find it harder, because I know that I would like to achieve, learn, gain, discover, live more and more than I can get eventually. However, life is strange and, sometimes, we just get what we deserve. Somebody calls it “destiny”, somebody calls it “luck”. As far as I’m concerned, I just think we should be just call it only “life”, because both in good times and bad times there’s something new to discover, which will lead  us to know ourselves better. Life teaches us how to proceed.

So, I’m very grateful for the bunch of lessons taught by experience, people I met, challenges I lost and meaningful goals I achieved. I’ve been living my 2014 trying to do my best.

Firstly, I set some goals. Indeed, I wanted to write more on my blog, so I gave it a try. My blog was very sad and I didn’t know who to properly use it or how to manage it. Now, there are a lot of people landing here every day, people who give me good advice on writing and freelancing. It’s a sharing place, I like it! It was a little goal to achieve, but it was my starting point.

I also started to use social media; I learnt a lot about timing, audience, hashtags, topics, how to catch up with your followers and so on. It has been a great experience and I want to take it with me to 2015.

I restyled my brand thanks to my friend Alice (she’s a graphic designer). We discussed and we argued, of course. I won’t lie. There were ups and downs; it wasn’t an easy journey, because, working together with friends, sometimes you feel like you can’t be completely honest. You think you may hurt them somehow, even if you know that work comes first and your friendship is put aside. We completed the new logo, which I showed you in April. We are getting late for publishing the complete version of the website, but technical issues arose. It’s a pity, but we are going to fix it. Stay tuned!

I attended some webinars and online courses, as I wanted to go deep into different topics. It was good, because you can share opinions with other attendees, and the teachers are very pleased to answer all your questions anytime. I met reliable professionals this way.

I lost two clients. I know it’s not my fault. I mean, that’s life! (As I said…) The contract expired and it wasn’t renewed. It was a one-year collaboration and each business has its rules. I fulfilled my tasks in full and they were satisfied of my job, of course. I’m not sad, because I felt scared at the very beginning. I thought I wasn’t good enough to handle such a big project, but I overcame my fear and I worked with passion: another goal achieved.

That said, I’m very proud of my 2014. I wish I could spend the forthcoming year improving my skills and shaping my professional path (and shaping myself accordingly).

Here’s my list of New Year’s Resolutions : 

▷ To trust my gut and be more confident;

▷ To finish reading all the books I bought as Christmas gifts. They are written by my colleagues, so I do need to save time to finish them and write a little review;

▷ To improve my writing skills;

▷ To enhance my brand by completing the website and marketing more;

▷ To write a good business plan (with a little help from my friends/colleagues);

▷ To attend the courses I already scheduled;

▷ To attend a translation conference or even a single event for translators;

▷ To find new clients by promoting my professional services, applying the “secrets” I’ve been learning so far;

▷ To save time regularly to help my friends, followers and colleagues, being available for suggestions and chatting;

▷  To put myself first, because I need to focus on what I want to become and achieve. I won’t let anyone steal my progress to realise their plans. I pictured my professional future in my mind, I’m working hard to make it real. I won’t give up!;

▷  To stop worrying about tiny, silly things like a missed call or answer. Everything has its time. I need to take mine!;

▷ To keep on training both my mind and body. I love to work out: it helps me concentrate and release stress staying healthy.

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These are my resolutions.
The projection of what lies in my head and I would like to accomplish in 2015.

What about you?
What do you think about your future? 

Have you already written down your list?
How do you see yourselves in the next 12 months?

Drop me a line if you want, we could share some thoughts about it! 😉

 Wishing you a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and a lively start to the New Year!

 

See you in 2015!

 

xx

 ~Chiara

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• December • will be magic again!

Hello December! :)
Hello December! 🙂

Hey, there! How are you?

I want to welcome all the people who has just landed here either by chance or by choice.

It’s always a pleasure to have you in my blog. I was reading my stats and there has been a massive increase in number of visits.
I think I should start writing a little more often, which is an absolute must lately. I would like to start writing about my experience as a freelancer. I went through a lot this year. I must confess that I didn’t expect to have the chance to meet all these wondeful people, who at first were only “colleagues” but I can call “friends” now.
You are very precious stars in this wide sky where we work shining and standing out.

Thank you so much for the helpful suggestions, the ideas shared at night when we are working on neverending assignments, while drinking uncountable cups of coffee.

I’m so grateful for the new clients who popped up out of nowhere, thanks to social media and networking.
Furthermore, I had the chance to work for some of my entrepreneurial icons. I think I can’t be happier. I know it sound childish, but it was very important to me. You try to follow the steps of somebody who is a model for you from far and, one day, they notice you. It’s like, suddenly, you knew that you are going in the right direction. So, THANK YOU

I want to keep learning and feeding my hunger, because I want to answer all the questions I still have about this career, which is a multifaceted way of working. It allows you to choose how to organise your day – although, sometimes, you feel more like a juggler than a translator – and how to complete all the assignments in time preserving coherence and quality. Plus, I’m going to get rid of all the toxic aspects of this life I chose for myself.
There was a tough time when I wanted to give up, because I thought I couldn’t achieve my goals. I felt hopeless and it was a direct consequence of my choices. It wasn’t anybody else’s fault but mine. Therefore, I wanted to change something and I decided it was the right time to spread my wings and sore alone.
When you work with people who treat you like you were just the means to get what they want, well, that’s not cooperation, that’s exploitation.
Don’t allow anybody to poison your [working] life. I know a lot of people out there can relate to this point. So, just speak the truth, it will set you free. We can count only on ourselves. At the end of the day, we have to thank ourselves for any little thing we gained. Don’t let other people appropriate your success and results.

There’s only YOU in this equation. Choose wisely. Always be surrounded by people you like and who deserve your trust.

That said, I hope to have you here when I publish the New Year’s resolutions 2015. I’m planning something new and going to reveal some points in the last post of the year at the end of December. There’s a lot to do, but I know I can do it one step at a time.

Stay tuned!

Wishing you a great week!

See you soon,

~Chiara

December will be magic again by Kate Bush
(live piano version – Xmas version)

December will be magic again.
Take a husky to the ice
While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas. He makes you feel nice.
December will be magic again.
Old Saint Nicholas up the chimney,
Just a-popping up in my memory.

Ooh, dropping down in my parachute,
The white city, she is so beautiful
Upon the black-soot icicled roofs,
Ooh, and see how I fall.
See how I fall
(“Fall!”) [backwards]
Like the snow.

Come to cover the lovers.
(Cover the lovers,
But don’t you wake them up.)
Come to sparkle the dark up.
(Sparkle the dark up,
With just a touch of make-up.)
Come to cover the muck up.
(Cover the muck up,
Ooh, with a little luck.)

December will be magic again.
Light the canDLe-lights
To conjure Mr. Wilde
Into the Silent Night.
Ooh, it’s quiet inside,
Here in Oscar’s mind.

December will be magic again.
Don’t miss the brightest star.
Kiss under mistletoe.
I want to hear you laugh.
Don’t let the mystery go now.

Ooh, dropping down in my parachute,
The white city, she is so beautiful
Upon the black-soot icicled roofs,
Ooh, and see how I fall.
See how I fall
(“Fall!”) [backwards]
Like the snow.

Come to cover the lovers.
(Cover the lovers,
But don’t you wake them up.)
Come to sparkle the dark up.
(Sparkle the dark up,
With just a touch of make-up.)
Come to cover the muck up
(Cover the muck up,
Ooh, with a little luck.)

Oh, I’m coming to cover the lovers.
Ooh, and I’m coming to sparkle the dark up.

Merry Xmas from One Sec

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Il mio compleanno è passato in un battito di ciglia (è stato ieri). Ho ricevuto un regalo che ritengo estremamente utile. Credo che ogni traduttore dovrebbe averne uno, perché è veramente ciò che serve in quelle notti gelide spese a lavorare fino a notte fonda. {Ho inserito una foto, così potete vedere.} A proposito! E’ quasi arrivato il momento di scartare tutti i regali che se ne stan sotto l’albero. Eh sì, è Natale!!! Perciò, oggi voglio solamente augurarvi tutto il meglio che c’è. 

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My birthday went by in the blink of an eye (it was yesterday). I received a very useful present. I think every translator should get one because it would help you in those cold nights spent working until late night. {I put a picture, so you can see it.} By the way, it’s almost time to unwrap all the presents under the Christmas Tree. Yep, it’s Christmas Time!!! So… Today I just want to wish you all the best.

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Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas!

¡Feliz Navidad!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Joyeux Noël!

圣诞快乐!(Shèngdàn kuàilè)

メリークリスマス!(Merīkurisumasu)

С Рождеством Христовым!

Pusheen at Christmas Time - http://pusheen.com/
Pusheen at Christmas Time – http://pusheen.com/

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