Looking back on 2017

It has been a while since my last blog post and a lot more since my last year in review. However, I believe it is a great way to reflect on how my year went. Looking back on 2017 allows me to embrace it all and be better prepared for new challenges both professionally and personally.

Here is my past years for comparison: 2014, 2011. Well, I see a pattern here, a two-year gap in between :) This is totally unintentional.

2017 in a nutshell:

  • my 8th year as a full-time freelance interpreter and translator
  • providing English to French interpreting services for the first time
  • without a doubt, 2017 was the year I travelled the most for work
  • new business cards
  • over 260 hours of conference interpreting
  • over 500 pages translated
  • 0 (zero) overdue client invoices
  • writing content on a fellow translator’s blog for the first time.

It is the last day of the year, and before making new plans & resolutions, let’s revisit my 2017 goals and see what went well and not so well.

  1. Travel to a new country. Despite my business travels to Serbia and Hungary, and my holidays in the beautiful natural scenery from Italy, I didn’t visit a new country.
  2. Laugh more. I have surrounded myself with people who have positive thoughts and who rant less.
  3. Run a marathon. Despite my regular workouts, I experienced some back pain this summer that ruined my training. If my health allows it, I hope to achieve this in 2018. On a positive note, I successfully finished my first bike race ever.
  4. Read more books. I discovered the Latin American literature and I have 3 new books piled up on my nightstand.
  5. Be more creative. I believe I have done a pretty decent job about communication and promotion tools regarding my business; as an example, I sent thank-you notes to my clients to thank them for their business as I celebrated 8 years of freelancing. Furthermore, I have given a try to video editing.

Lessons learnt:

  • Turning down work is okay. Better yet, refer it to someone else. I have a fellow translator I highly trust and I therefore always consider referring clients her way when I have a full plate or when away.
  • Appreciate the downtime. When work is slow, I know it’s time for me to enjoy other endeavours: admin work, running & cycling, get more involved in the local community, make a YouTube video, look for new prospects…


All in all, this year was a great year. Leave a comment and share your 2017. Happy New Year!

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