Consequently, I decided to make a list of things I am grateful for. They all just so happen to be integral to my translation business' infrastructure, too.
1. I am grateful for the translator community
I know these professionals can relate to what I am going through. We share what we’ve learned with each other. This means that I can lean on them (and vice-versa) for words of wisdom to inspire and re-energize me when I need it.
2. Lessons learned in life, especially: keep fighting
After taking a punch that sends me sprawling, I shake myself off, recover, and jump back in the ring. Those lessons are why I am working so hard on my translation business. Yes, I am aware more punches, slaps, and kicks will inevitably come. Thanks to what I’ve learned, I am ready for them.
I am grateful to have access to so many modern amenities, including running water, health care, grocery stores, and the Internet. The services I offer are particularly dependent on the latter.
4. Two cats who faithfully surround me
They distract me with their woolly, wily ways when I get stuck on a problem, so that, once back to work, I quickly find the solution I was spinning my wheels to find.
5. Shared moments with other human beings
I love shared moments that cross generations, races, economic background, personal history, etc. I live for these moments in a business that brings people together internationally. Example of a moment like this below.
While we've never had much in common, we're still family; we still care for each other.
7. My creative side and those who feed it
I'm grateful my mother raised me to indulge my creative side, and grateful that this led to meeting my mentor at 10 years old. As a result, I had two strong people in my life encouraging me to pursue my passions and believe in myself.