September is my favourite month of the year. It’s like a new beginning; I’m always super excited about doing new things after the holiday period. Plus, I love autumn. So, I’ll pretend the year is just starting (it is, in a way,) and go through 2016, reviewing all the great exciting things it brought.
I created tagsweekly and published my first article Why don’t companies invest in translation?, which earned a review in Taus Magazine and was nominated for the ProZ.com community choice awards, in the Blog Post category. Apart from that, I spent my 5th wedding anniversary in beautiful São Miguel island, in the Azores.
2016 was the year I decided to attend as many industry events as I could. It was a way of networking, meeting lots of new people but, most importantly, of seeing which of these events were actually more interesting to attend. I started with Elia Together, in Barcelona. That month, I also concluded the first edition of APTRAD’s Mentoring Programme, with lovely Sara Reis, who ended up developing a really interesting brand and keeps working towards success as a freelance translator.
I went to TLC, in Warsaw. CPD (continuous professional development) is something I truly value and appreciate so I keep enrolling in short training courses or workshops. In March, I attended a workshop about tips and tricks for LinkedIn, which I adapted to my work as a freelance translator and implemented in my LinkedIn profile, which turned out to be quite fruitful. Also, I met my good friend and WordPress geek, Pedro Fonseca, who later designed my new website and still helps me with social media and general marketing. I still had the time to squeeze in two short but extremely interesting webinars: Fashionable Translations: From Designer Labels to Clothing Labels, by lovely Percy Balemans and SEO in tourism translation, by Sara Colombo.
Together with Rui Sousa and Luísa Matos, I designed and presented a webinar about Project Management for Translators for the eCPD platform.
I was a speaker at the beautiful University of Coimbra, where I delivered a presentation about Quahill Basic, a project management tool for freelance translators.
Well, this was a very busy month. Besides turning 34 (my birthday is on 11 June), this was the month for APTRAD’s 1st International Conference, where we had the chance to present our e-book, Beginning, Middle and End and give a few autographs (!!).
This was also the first time I visited Brussels, far from imagining I would be living here a year later.
Time for holidays and I headed to Morocco for a week of relaxation (or maybe not).
In September, I had an addition to my crew: my husband started working with me as a freelance translator for a short but sweet period of time, until he was “stolen” by the European Commission.
Also, I had the chance to speak at the ProZ.com 2016 virtual conference for International Translation Day, on the subject of translation project management.
And since I hadn’t traveled in almost two months, I decided to go to London for the Translation and the Creative Industries International Conference at the University of Westminster.
Another trip, another industry event: this time in Stuttgart, where I attended the tcworld conference 2016 and still had time for a quick visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Second trip to Brussels: starting to suspect I might be moving here soon…
Before the end of the year, I still had time for two last training courses: How to Develop a Content Marketing Strategy and Personal Branding. The year ended with big changes: I moved (check out my super cool brand new home office) to the countryside and planned on living a quiet life working with my life and business partner, until he was offered a position in Brussels.
So, New Year’s Eve was spent with mixed feelings: excited about what was in the offing, anxious about all the preparations and sad to leave family and friends.
2016 in words and numbers: I had 787 translation projects, consisting of nearly 800,000 words for 43 different clients, 11 of whom were new clients.
Boy, am I looking forward to the 2017 review!