Happy New Year all!

Over the festive season, I decided to work for just a few hours each day on light projects and not to take on big projects for that period, a decision which has greatly benefited me. My back has enjoyed not being slouched in a seat over a desk and my eyes have been given a rest from the hideous blue light of the computer screen. My batteries are now fully charged and I’m ready and raring to have a great year, both personally and professionally. These holidays gave me a chance to think over a few things in my working and personal life that I’d like to implement or change (and also to beat myself up about the amount of daft things I did in 2015!). Alongside that, I realised that I have been influenced by a lot of online blogs, YouTubers, coaches, books and courses. I decided I would share a couple of these with you today!

People and things I’ve discovered/ re-discovered in 2015:

  1. Denise Duffield-Thomas. Denise helps women entrepreneurs to get over money-blocks and start living a guilt-free first class personal and entrepreneurial life. Her cheekily named website Luckybitch.com , and Periscope (see below) videos have been key to help me regarding enjoyment pricing and costs in my business.
  2. Marie Forleo. I discovered Marie through YouTube and I can’t get enough of Marie TV, her YouTube channel, and, of course, her Q&A Tuesday, where she answers the questions on the lips of her inquisitive viewers, questions that are common to a lot of entrepreneurs, young and old. Marie gives her expert advice coupled with her professional views based on her own experience. Her mantra is “Create a business and life you love”, and Marie’s videos really do offer steps to doing this. She is the personification of a happy, successful and balanced life. She also runs the Marie Forleo B School to help increase profit by using your own unique set of skills to their fullest potential.
  3. Elizabeth Gilbert. One of the highlights of my year was Roisin Ingle (Irish Times) in conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert in Liberty Hall Dublin – such a real, no BS, and inpirational evening, and a privilege to share the evening with other similar-minded women. Some of you may know Elizabeth as the writer of Eat, Pray, Love, or maybe more so because of the movie version with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Elizabeth is an intelligent and irreverent soul who writes about genius and creativity. Her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is one of my favourite books of 2015. In it she expounds upon the challenges to embrace our inquisitiveness, get to grips with what we most love and face up to everything that we fear. She has a gifted voice, and really dares readers to delve into their curiosity.
  4. Oprah. When I was very young I used to watch her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show when I got back home after school. I had no clue who she was and definitely had no inkling of the success she has had or her wealth. She is a fountain of triumph, kind-heartedness and shows that turning most to any situations from bad to good is entirely possible. You can also be generous, empowered and not get walked all over at the same time. The type of attitude I’m trying to aspire to in 2016. I hope to watch more of her Super Soul Sunday programme.
  5. Lena Dunham. Creator of the HBO hit show Girls. Her book Not That Kind of Girl is a very honest and hilarious memoir. She is a real creative inspiration and empowering lady. And I get the feeling that she just tells things as they are.
  6. The Freelance Box. We held a TFB run by Marta Stelmaszak and Valeria Aliperta in Belfast back in May. The one day course offered excellent practical marketing and sales strategies and techniques for translators and interpreters who have already or are thinking of setting up their own business.
  7. SDL Trados 2014 – and actually using it every day! Turns out bloggers and those commenting in online forums weren’t lying about its usefulness. I had the 2011 version and I rarely used it, except for big jobs with lots of obviously repeated text. I haven’t quite gotten used to all of the 2014 version’s functionalities, but I’m getting there, and honestly, I couldn’t imagine a working without it. My best business buy of 2015!
  8. Daily Motivation podcast. Introduced to me by my besty Charlotte, I have to admit that I haven’t gotten fully into it yet, but listening to one of these enthusiastic and encouraging podcasts  in the morning before getting to my desk is a great way to build up self-confidence before getting down to the daily grind. They offer daily tips and ideas on how to make pragmatic small and large changes in your life, in order to move in a more positive direction towards the life you want to live.
  9. Persicope. A live streaming app for IOS and Android that allows you to watch and broadcast live video (yes, in actual real time), so it allows the user to feel like they are almost in the same room/ at the same scene as the broadcaster. You can also ask questions to the broadcaster too, and give them hearts to show you agree with them! I’m not 100% sure how I could use this for business purposes but that’s an avenue I hope to explore soon.


Everyone knows I’m not a huge technology fan, but I must admit that if it hadn’t been for the internet and sharing facilities on social media, I would never have come across the above. The 9 things listed above have greatly influenced my working and professional life and helped me to develop my skills and attitude enormously. What were your favourite discoveries of 2015? I’d love know about them and how they’ve affected you. Maybe they can be my discoveries of 2016!

To end, I wish all my colleagues and friends a very happy and prosperous 2016. I hope it will be an excellent year for you.



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