Monday, 13 January 2014

Happy New Year

It's been a while since I posted and I've been reading all your overviews of 2013 and forecast for 2014 with interest. Here is mine in a little ditty:

Ringing in the new

Twenty-thirteen was a year of change,
Sometimes frightening and often strange,
A year of travel away from the screen,
Leaving my mind enriched and my bank account lean.

I met many colleagues face-to-face at last,
At great events that went by too fast,
Networking was fruitful and contacts made
Work was done and bills were paid.

Now a new year’s upon us, what lies in store?
Plans, objectives, resolutions and more….
A new website to grow the business
Plans to exercise more and improve my fitness

More networking after a well-needed rest,
London, Paris and Budapest.
New colleagues to meet and lots to learn
And hopefully more money to earn.

Meeting with clients is a skill to hone,
Taking me out of my comfort zone.
This is the year and I just need to prep,
Then it’s up to me to take the step.

These are my targets but as some of you know,
I’m also an advocate of going with the flow.
Putting thinks in place, leaving the rest to chance,
Taking account and then tweaking my plans.

Whatever your targets, whatever your goals,
However you work, whatever your role.
I hope the year brings health, wealth and success,
Plenty of work without too much stress.

I hope to meet at some point this year,
Lots of colleagues from both far and near,
Because our home office can be a lonely place,
It’s good to get out and put a name to a face.

So a little belatedly I’m ringing in the new,
And by the same token wishing a Happy New Year to you!

Friday, 12 July 2013

The summer holidays are here!

Do you recognise this scenario? Kids have just stopped for the holidays, partner's all set for your two-week break, and you're still tidying up loose ends? 

Are you not finished yet?

The final bell this term has rung
And the summer holidays have begun

The kids are hyper, poor hubby’s tired
But to the computer I’m still wired

Another page then a quick read through
Why is there always so much to do?

An early start tomorrow beckons
We’ll make it with ease, hubby reckons

But it’s late already and no end in sight
I can kiss goodbye to that early night

Invoices and emails still to send
This admin drives me round the bend

The flight is booked, we’re off to Spain
In a quest to escape the British rain

Two weeks of rest awaits, I hope
But I do wonder if I’ll cope

My clients know that I’m away
But will I check in every day?

Just in case when I return
I’ve missed a job, that important one

The answer’s ‘no’, time to unwind
Change my routine and clear my mind

Working long hours I’m not alone
So a two-week break should be set in stone

I know the theory, my clients agree
All the guilt is down to me

But before I go all must be right
Not long now, the end’s in sight

Just one more hour, that’s all I need
Then from my desk I will be freed

Two hours later hubby knocks
It’s midnight. Do you never look at clocks?

Far too late I think with a frown
Time to shut my computer down

And as I do I hope I’ll see
A “switch-off” button just for me

 Have a lovely summer break everybody! Hope you find your "switch-off" button...

Thursday, 23 May 2013

2013 ITI Conference - were you there?

Did you miss the ITI conference? Curious to know what we all got up to? Here's a little "poetic" summary:

The place is Gatwick, the month is May
The Hilton Hotel is where we’ll stay

The Hilton? What’s the reason why?
It’s this year’s conference of the ITI

Masterclasses a choice of four
Technology, money, could you ask for more?

Working the room is the other choice
Helping translators to find their voice

Drinks and dinner round off the first day
Before the conference gets underway

Soap and drugs, workflow and planes
CPD, export, social media and games

A yoga session to help us unwind
Stretch our limbs and empty our mind

Professional photos taken on site
A chance to get our image just right

Line dancing, whose idea was that?
Yes please I’ll have a sparkly hat

As Sunday dawns there’s lots in store
Quality, patents, contracts and more

Keynote speakers entertain and inspire
Figureheads we all admire

A final break with cakes and tea
Then singing translators with “Stand by me”

At the summary session we take a seat
And soon realise we’re in for a treat

A conference video has been prepared
And we’re the first to see it aired

Next it’s feedback, all positive of course
All in one voice, if a little hoarse

We ate and drank and had some fun
And learnt to look after number one

With knowledge gained at every session
We’ve pulled together as a profession

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Nice to meet you!

The 2013 ITI Conference is nearly upon us, so time to share my poem about networking... although we're a friendly bunch and know lots of people "virutally" so I hope nobody actually feels like this at the conference.


Of course I’ll go, it’s something new
And definitely time my business grew

The event is free so that’s a plus
Networking? Don’t understand the fuss

I’m no shrinking violet, or so I’m told
So what’s the problem for one so bold?

New cards, nice suit and business head
I’m ready for action… what’s that you said?

No, it’s my first, of many I hope
It won’t be easy but I’m sure I’ll cope

Dam and blast it where’s the map?
Not yet a panic, just a bit of a flap

OK I’m not early, but not that late
Just remember it’s not a date

No-one is waiting just for you
But, oh my God, what do I do?

With a beating heart of increasing pace
I scan the room for a familiar face

I’m on my own, there’s no other way
I’ll just have to think of something to say

I approach a group deep in conversation
But stop in my tracks as the topic’s inflation

Deciding I need some time to think
I head for the table to have a drink

I grab a water and down it in one
Desperately fighting the urge to run

Group number two looks a better bet
Just need to do it, no time to vet

‘Do you mind if I join you?’ I say to be nice
It does the trick and breaks the ice

‘My name is Jan’ one says with a smile
Is this your first event in a while?

‘Yes’ I say, ‘well to tell the truth.
First time ever, shaky hand’s the proof.’

‘Only my second so I feel your pain.
But little to lose and lots to gain’

Her words of encouragement are all I need
I join the group and am soon up to speed

Explaining the work of a freelance translator
I discover a client who may need me later

Cards are exchanged and it’s time to move on
Somehow I no longer feel so forlorn

It certainly wasn’t as easy as expected
But with a couple more I could have it perfected?