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I guess the best way to describe me is that I’m a linguist. A few eons ago I created and ran a language school, and I’ve been a legal translator for over 20 years. (I’m 46, not 96, though.) Suddenly, Google Translate, as well as competition from cheap translators in Eastern Europe, India and China, made me wake up to the fact that further specialization and more qualifications might be a good idea.
So I decided to do a distance learning Masters degree with the fantastic University of Portsmouth. I say fantastic because they were more supportive and flexible than I ever could have hoped, and the course was so stimulating.
But then the unimaginable happened. I actually started to enjoy it. Despite the fact that I had to work full-time as well, for financial reasons (luckily freelance translation can be done at all hours of the day or night – and usually is!), the course interested me more and more.
When I finished it last year, I actually signed up to do a PhD with the same university. Still working full-time alongside it, but luckily what I do feeds into my research.
And a life? Well, like so many other ‘birds’ out there, I have an elderly mum to look after, friends who sometimes wonder “Why ARE you always so tired by 10.30 pm when we go out on a Saturday night?”, and an ever-growing list of things to do, 70% of which never get done.
One day in October, somebody who knows that I love to share resources mentioned to me: ‘Why don’t you write a blog?’ I looked into it, and within a week I was up and running – thanks to the great WordPress templates and easy-to-use tools and help section.
I discovered that this thing, that I hadn’t even imagined doing before, was unexpectedly rewarding. Up to now I’ve ‘met’ some wonderful ladies through the blog – Luciana in Brazil, Catherine in Greece, Diana in Israel, Nelida in Uruguay, and Carolyn in Washington DC to name just a few, all of whom I share interests with.
So that picture you can see is me. Wearing loads of hats, and loving it!