The first was to completely uproot myself, move country, and leave what I knew behind in order to discover a whole new direction to my life.
Of course this brought about a professional change; I didn’t want to leave everything that I once knew behind but of course if the skills I had honed in the UK were going to have any credibility they would have to be adapted to my new life in France.
What better way to adapt them than to make them relevant to the universal language industry! I have to admit that at this time I was definitely not ready to go it alone and so I initially employed my skills to the benefit of some “shark”!
50 hour working weeks and long tedious journeys soon kicked the entrepreneurial part of my brain into touch & so the next life-changing decision came about, but not without the valuable help of my friends & associates – vital at times like these. And so, SJ Consulting was born – a language solutions company combining all of the essential ingredients for a language lover, with the added benefit of having the most wonderful network of associates to work with!
The mixture of teaching, translating, coaching, proofreading and of course not forgetting blogging really does keep me on my toes; being able to share this work with associates keeps it interesting and alive. I know that many people tend to choose to stay “very much” on their own, like to keep the work they find to themselves, even when they find that they can’t manage everything they receive. On the contrary I have found that I am actually far more productive sharing what I have!
Sharing is getting, in my opinion & in the opinion of many that I speak to, very thin on the ground. Real sharing is not just about re-tweeting somebody else’s posts; it’s about giving some of your time, your energy & most importantly your heart to something that benefits the lives of others. It’s for this very reason that my associates and I have spent so much time discussing & developing our idea for The Great Translation Chain. If this were ever about one thing, it was giving!
Giving brings me back to the original subject – the biggest gift I have been given in the last ten years, is something that is about to happen very soon; the opportunity, thanks to some very dear people in my life, to be baptized –! Better late than never – at 43 I am proud to say that the decision to be baptized is one that came from my heart & was made possible thanks to the giving of others.
What better time to put something back into this life? I hope that I have persuaded at least some of you to be a part of a gift to others, which let’s face it, is just a matter of giving away a few words! Making The Great Translation Chain work means only one thing to my associates and I; using the talents we have available to us in order to give something back to others.