Here’s to new beginnings!

Natal 2017

Created by Erick Tonin

Before I started writing yet another end-of-the-year post (this is the fourth of the blog), I took the time to read the previous ones (Unwrap your memories, A 2014 wrap-up/New Year resolutions, What I learned from a bad year and 2017 resolutions for translators) and to recall old resolutions. Have you ever tried recalling/reading your old resolutions? It’s nostalgic and it gives us that warm feeling inside. It shows us how much we and our priorities change with time. Try it for yourself.

Last year was one of those years to me, so I was really looking forward to it ending for good. At New Year, I said, “Finally! May it be gone for good and take everything bad that happened.” An uncle made fun of me, saying there is no such a thing as year-ending and problems magically disappearing, something along those lines. I know problems do not magically disappear, and nothing changes if we are not willing to and if we don’t actually do something. However, can you imagine living in a world without weekends and Mondays, ends of the year and beginning of new years, birthdays? I can’t. I think we need these time blocks and breaks to recharge our batteries, rethink our lives and find the inspiration and will to change things. At least that works for me. Luckily, my birthday is right after New Year, so it’s perfect timing as well.

New years are clean slates where you can write the story of your life the way you wish. Take in all the positive energy, love and happiness of the holidays and use them to your benefit, transforming them into determination, focus and attitude to change. Leave old thoughts and feelings behind, let them go with the year that ends, and restart fresh. Even a small change makes a difference. Start small and see where it takes you. Take it from me, you will not regret.

My 2017 was amazing! Why is that? Because I was determined to change what didn’t work in the previous year and took it seriously. I got back to exercising and eating healthily, and was able to drag other people with me, so now, when I need some inspiration, they are the ones who help me. I am more conscious of how valuable my time is and of what is really worth doing and what is not. I had two major changes of opinion: I never really fancied traveling to other countries in South America nor to the US. I went to both this year, and loved both experiences. I got new clients and rewarding feedback from the existing ones. Luckily and fortunately, I didn’t have any project downtimes.

Now, with eleven days left of 2017, I am feeling beat, but not in a bad way. It’s that feeling of exhaustion for doing a lot, accomplishing more than I expected and going beyond, and having a blast of a year. Now, after spending some quality and fun time with family during Christmas, traveling to have fun with friends during New Year, and traveling to the beach with family for my birthday, I will definitely be ready for yet another new beginning full of promises, new resolutions, dreams and wishes.

Are you also ready to a new beginning? If not now, when?

A 2014 wrap-up/New Year resolutions


It’s that time of the year again. Everybody is working like crazy to take some time off for the holidays or simply because clients seem to think the world will end during the holidays. Christmas is around the corner, some of us have already sent our season’s greetings, others are hurrying up to do so now. Mine, by the way, are already on the way. I hope the ones shipped to the other side of the ocean arrive in time. New Year will follow right after that and, when we least expect, it will be already 2015.

As some of you may already now, our blog will take a three-week break for Christmas, New Year and my birthday (I know, I’m being repetitive, but I do love birthdays, so please let me be). Therefore, I wanted to wrap this year up before taking a break. I think it’s worth it having a look back at what we have accomplished and set goals for the fresh new year to come. It makes us recognize everything we were able to achieve (even the mistakes and the bad things, which are also valuable as life lessons), finding closure and allowing us to focus on the upcoming year determined, with a plan to follow.

So here’s my retrospective of 2014:

  • I finally took the courage and changed my life to a much healthier one! Besides changing my eating habit, I started exercising. Now I certainly have a proper work/life balance and, guess what, I feel great!
  • I started running and fell in love with it. After hurting my knee starting out recklessly, I learned the lesson, started practicing Pilates focused on the recovery of my knee, ran my first competition of 4 km (ran and walked). After training more and recovering, I was finally able to finish a 5-km run just running from the beginning to the finish line. Two other running competitions followed up, with better times. It may be nothing to some people, but for me it was a lot!
  • I lost 10 kg! 😀
  • I started the guest post series on the blog and hosted amazing people.
  • I e-met awesome people on social media (especially on Twitter) and engaged more with the ones I already knew. Personally met other equally awesome people.
  • My portfolio of direct clients increased.
  • I started working with a translator role-model and received great feedback from her.
  • I took my branding to a whole new level: created my brand (Alberoni Translations) with a new logo, remodeled my website, took some professionally-shot pics, sent my first custom-made Christmas cards and ordered my first custom-made freebies.
  • I started out as a lecturer at a translation event at the same university I was once a student, which made it even more special.


My goals for 2015 are:

  • Running 8 km in March and then 10 km.
  • Competing in tennis.
  • Starting practicing Yoga.
  • Attending the IAPTI Conference in Bordeaux, France, and taking the opportunity to visit my beloved England again.
  • Presenting in other translation events.
  • Meeting e-colleagues in Europe in person (those who live in France/England and/or will attend the IAPTI Conference, I’m talking to you).
  • Improving my branding even more.
  • Buying my own apartment and moving out again.

I may have forgotten one or two achievements and goals, but that’s pretty much it. I’m really thankful for everything that happened this year. I must say it was better than expected. Thank you all for reading our posts, liking them, sharing them and commenting! This blog would be nothing without you. Now I hope 2015 is even better, not only to me, but to all of you. May you accomplish all your goals/resolutions and land lovely clients/projects!

Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

See you next year! 😉

Importante note: Posts will be back on January 13th.