Last minute dementia, bits and bobs and my resolutions for 2013

Dear followers,

Today’s the last day of 2012 and while the most of you are probably enjoying your time eating mountains and mountains of food, I am here working – translating, writing and proofreading even today!

Well, I admit I’ve spent a few hours of this last day in total dementia playing with Lucy, in fact I have made a Christmas-themed video featuring her (you can see it here), and I have broken my glasses while running after her too.. -.-‘

Il buongiorno si vede dal mattino, we say in Italy.

Anyway, this little incident won’t prevent me from writing my good intentions for 2013, indeed here they are just for you:

1. Quit smoking. I am not really willing to do so at the moment, but I have a good “starting intention” – therefore I have bought an e-cigarette with liquorice aroma, in order to start to climbing on the  ” stairway to the non-smokers’ heaven “. :p

2. Save more money and invest it for my future education. Beginning my professional life as a freelance translator is a good revenue source, and I have also invested in a website I have created to list my services ( click here if you want to check it out). I will start to look for more jobs and save more money for further education -We love to keep our skills well sharpen’d, don’t we? I’d also love to thank whoever is helping me to improve my skills and my clients, who put a lot of trust in me and always give me good advice.

3. Read more books. During my academic years, most of the books I have read were for my literature exams: I have learned to love Anne Radcliffe’s The Italian, to re-value Pride and Prejudice, I’ve found interest in Schiller’s and Lessing’s works, to joke on Ezra Pound, to find my fantastic and weird ideas mirrored in “Ansichten Eines Clown”, and admire Keats’ poetry, as well as Rilke’s or Brecht’s. But I haven’t finished reading ” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”,  neither have started reading “The Lord of Flies”, just to name some of the books I’m willing to read.

Well, for now that’s all. I hope I’ll manage to keep faith to all of my good intentions. 🙂

How about you? What are your resolutions for the new year???

Feel free to comment and share the love…Happy 2013!!!!!!!

Aenbarz

To work or not to work, pros and cons of a freelancer

Dear followers,

I know I don’t update my blog very often, and this means one thing: I’m really, really busy working. Which is good for me. To be honest though, it would be even better if projects didn’t come all together in one week -and with one week deadline!
Besides shifting from a scientific to a tourism-related translation and back, I had to complete a SEO content project for an old client, set up my new website, AAND….crème de la crème, I have been hired as an interpreter from an Italian woman who needs to be cured in a British clinic. Starting from December and for three weeks, Aenbarz goes to London! Which is also good for me.
Working is indeed very important to me, especially considering my economical situation; Az wasn’t so happy though, when I shamelessly forgot about the Christmas concert we’re supposed to attend together. :/
Which isn’t good for me. Az is more important than my job. My friends, my family, the ugly Lucy (yea my horrific dog) are more important than the richest job on Earth. In that moment I felt tiny, for some reason I thought about the day I’ll have a family: how am I gonna be a good wife and mother, if – whenever I’m very busy working- I forget about my people, my promises and other important events in my life?
In conclusion: having a job and keeping yourself busy are a
great thing. Nevertheless, working isn’t your life. It is just one of the small components of your life. A good tip for freelancers who make use of platforms such as Elance.com would be this: don’t apply for more than one job in one week if you don’t plan first your whole day and all the possible scenarios that come when handling more than one project; everything should be planned in function of your everyday, social life.

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The horrific Lucy