The Alchemist's Lair
Thoughts on writing, language, life as a freelancer,
and what comes to mind.
and what comes to mind.
When I sketched my 2016 plans black on white last January, I couldn't know that things would have been pretty different in a couple months' time. As I wrote in my post about performing effective mid-year reviews, situations change - and the goals you initially set might need adjustments to reflect the new reality.
That was the case for me earlier this year: when The Alexandria Library suddenly closed in March, all the goals and plans related to the e-learning project suddenly vanished - not to mention the human side of the matter.
It wasn't the best time in history. Yet, it was also one of those 'teachable moments' where you reconsider your priorities, and refocus.
Instead of setting new objectives to fill the gap, I decided to invest more time on my professional development goals. I attended two courses on cancer treatment, a medical technology conference, and two expert roundups on personalised medicine.
By the way: learning about new technologies right from their inventors and developers is fascinating, and mind-blowing. It makes you look at things from a different perspective, and broadens your horizons in unexpected ways.
The website redesign, completed in May, was another "thumbs up" moment. After months of struggling with a mobile-unfriendly architecture, everything is now sorted. I'm slowly fixing all the bugs on older blog posts, so hang in there.
All in all, things are shaping up nicely.
What will come next?
The road ahead
In September, my solo business will turn 15. To celebrate, I'm publishing the second edition of 21 free tools for translators. The exact date is still a 'secret' - but you can sign up to be notified when the eBook becomes available.
For professional development, in the second half of 2016 I will focus on copywriting. Workshops and masterclasses are an unlimited source of inspiration - even after 15 years of experience. Also, it's great to meet with fellow copywriters from around the globe, and discuss the differences and similarities of local trends.
With autumn and winter packed with training to attend, I put teaching on hold for the semester. Doing things right requires time, and I'm not a Time Lord (Lady) yet.
There will be new in-person workshops and conference talks in 2017 ... but let's keep this for another time, shall we?
What about you?
How is your freelance year shaping up?
Got any achievements to celebrate, or struggles to share?
Looking forward to reading your comments!