Do What You Love

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, but I don’t want to write about couples and significant others, I want to talk about doing what you love and loving what you do.

Not all of us get the opportunity to do what we love, at least not all the time. This means that we often have no choice but to settle for whatever is available.

And this might work for a while, but sooner rather than later we realize that we can’t be completely happy and fulfilled unless we get to do what we love most in the world!

So, the first step is to figure out what we love to do. What is our passion? What is that thing that we can see ourselves doing for the rest of our lives? Is it writing? Designing? Translating? It doesn’t matter what it is, what matters is to make it happen.

I know… many times that means to take a leap of faith but we shouldn’t settle for anything else! We’re talking about our future happiness and that’s a big deal.

Depending on your passion, you should start a plan that leads you to it. It could be something simple like if you have a full-time job that you settled for, start doing what you love during your free time.

Once you position yourself in the market and start getting more clients and work, try to transition to a part-time job. And when you feel completely ready to take the leap… just go for it!

It won’t be easy, it’ll require big sacrifices and lots of hard work but if you believe in yourself and in your passion, don’t let anything slow you down or stop you.

Yes, having a job it’s important, making money matters, but why not have all of that by doing what you love to do? Just knowing that every morning when you wake up you’ll get to do what you love, it will make you not only very happy but also highly productive.

You might want to read my previous post Why Am I a Translator? to find out more about my passion.

We all perform better when we’re happy, and that happiness will spread to all the aspects of your life!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, but don’t forget to love yourself and what you do.

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Working from Home

Hello everyone!

I don’t know if you have the same problem I have when I tell people I work from home. They all give me a funny look and immediately assume that it means that I don’t work at all, that I spend the entire day in my pajamas laying in bed and drinking tea or something.

This is such a terrible stereotype! Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you don’t work. On the contrary, I work as much or maybe even more than people who work in an office.

I used to work in an office. Definitely, working from home gives you great advantages: you don’t have to suffer the driving to and from the office, you work at your own rhythm (you decide what your priorities are), you have more productive time than in an office, you can set up your working space (put on some music, distribute your stuff in a way that is easy for you, etc.) and you can decide your own schedule based on your day to day tasks.

Of course, this is not easy. You need to be able to concentrate and don’t get distracted by what happens around you. I’d recommend having your own personal, private space, where you can close the door and just work without interruptions. Of course, you also need to take breaks, and that is ok.

This is why it upsets me when clients ask me if I can do a last minute project on a weekend. My weekends are dedicated to my family, running errands and chores. Some times I feel like they don’t understand that even though I work from home, I do work all week long and I also look forward to having a free weekend, just like everyone else. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll never work on weekends, if the right project comes along, the sacrifice is well worth it.

What do you think about this? I’d love to hear your comments.

Have a wonderful day!