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Daily Prompt: Procrastination

What have you been putting off doing?

Over the past few months, there have been several items on my to do list that I’ve been putting off.  It’s been really hard since I’ve been working full-time and going to school.  I recently completed my last course for my grad program and all I have to do is complete an internship and then I will be done with school.  Below is a list of five items that I should do but I’ve been procrastinating.

-Updating my personal blogs- Between work and school, this is one area of my life that has really slipped.  I haven’t found the time to keep up with my two personal blogs but I’m going to try to put myself on a regular schedule to make sure that I update my blogs more often.

-Looking for an internship- Finding a 10-week internship is important so that I can complete my grad program but I haven’t had motivation to apply to any organization that people have recommended that I apply to.  I think this is has to do with the fact that I have a lack of direction in whether I want my internship to focus on translation only, interpreting only, or a little of both.  I’m also not sure if I want to try to specialize in something (i.e. legal translation/interpreting, medical translation/interpreting, etc.).

-Decluttering my home – I’m a minimalist so I don’t have much stuff but in the past few months, I’ve accumulated a lot of junk that I need to go through and throw away.  I have clothes that I need to give away to charity and stuff that I no longer need or want.  Every day, I come home from work and say that I’m going to spend 20 minutes going through items to throw/give away but it never happens.

-Volunteer – There are two non-profit organizations that I volunteer with but I haven’t done any volunteer work in a few months because of my busy schedule.  I hope that I’ll get back to my regular volunteer schedule by next month.

-Answering letters to pen pals – This is a huge issue because I’m seriously behind on so many letters and I feel ashamed.  I just couldn’t keep up with my correspondence with everything else but I’ve recently started writing again and my goal is to answer one pen pal each week.


Do you have a list of things that you should be doing?  How do you overcome procrastinating?

The best and worst of 2012

Even though it is the first day of 2013, I’m going to review the best and the worst of 2012.  2012 was a difficult year for me so I’m glad that it’s over and I’m looking forward to better experiences this year.

The Worst of 2012

This year I had to let go of a few of my friendships and this was a sad and painful experience.  There are some friends that I no longer have anything in common with and our lives have gone in different directions.  I had been holding on to these relationships because I don’t take friendship lightly but in the end it was best to let things go.

Another event that was difficult for me in 2012 was that my mom found a tumor in one of her breasts.  She had to have immediate surgery followed by radiation treatment.  Fortunately, the tumor had not spread and there is no evidence of cancer in other parts of her body.  Seeing my mom sick made me realize how much I should treasure the short time that we have with the people we love.

The Best of 2012

By far, the best thing that happened in 2012 was the progress that I’ve made in my studies as a translator.  I’ve completed the majority of my courses and I will complete my program by this summer.  I also attended seminars and events related to the translation industry and I have a lot of goals/plans for myself.  I began volunteering as a translator in 2012 as well and that has allowed me to gain more experience.

I discovered a new hobby by creating memory books.  I use a book called Smashbook and it’s been a lot of fun to combine my love of journaling with photos and other memorabilia.


I’ve decided not to make any resolutions for the New Year.  I read this blog post and it sums up how I feel about making New Year’s resolutions.  I will continue to focus on the career goals/plans that I set for myself last year and I will take things day by day.

Office Holiday Parties

As far as I can remember, I have never attended the office holiday parties for any of the companies I’ve worked for.  Unlike the majority of my co-workers, I’ve never felt a need to attend these parties especially because I normally don’t socialize with the people I work with outside of work.  I’ve always been the type of person that keeps my work life separate from my personal life.  Since I work with these people Monday – Friday, I don’t want to see them on the weekends.  I’m also not good with small talk and I dread the uncomfortable and awkward interactions that happen during these events.

Another big reason why I don’t attend holiday parties is because of my diet.  I was raised eating a kosher-type diet and most people don’t eat the way I do.  I never expect people to accommodate me and it’s a lot easier to not attend these events then having to explain why I do or do not eat certain foods.  On top of my kosher diet, I’m allergic to nuts.  My nut allergy can be serious so I have to be very careful.  Basically, I’m not always able to eat the foods served at these events.

After each office holiday party, there is always a lot of gossip about how someone got drunk and started acting out.  I detest gossip and I’m always happy I wasn’t there to witness anything that happened.

Ultimately, I don’t believe I’m missing out on anything important by not attending the office holiday party.  I’d rather spend time with my family and close friends, which is what the holidays are about.

Translation Blogging

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about why I blog anonymously and how I want to maintain my privacy.  Last week in my translation class, we began discussing the translation profession.  One of the ways that many freelance translators seem to market themselves is through their blogs.  My professor has an excellent blog on the translation profession and I’ve been discovering other translation blogs as well.  I’ve noticed that these bloggers use their real names and discuss their professional lives which makes sense because they are trying to market themselves but this is still something I’m uncomfortable with.

I’ve often thought about doing a separate blog on my journey from studying to be a translator to actually becoming one and I’ve even considered using my real name.  However, I’m still uncomfortable with this idea and now I’m wondering if my need for privacy could potentially affect my career.  I’m sure there are many translators who don’t blog and this probably isn’t even an issue for them. I’m also sure I could come up with alternative ways to market myself.  I just wonder if maybe I need to step outside of my comfort zone and try something different.  Thankfully, this isn’t something I need to figure out today but it’s something think about for the future.

My Blogging Method

I started thinking about how I blog and how I decide to post something.  I don’t have an elaborate method and it was important to me when I started blogging that I blogged the way that I wanted to.  At first, I was a perfectionist with each post and I agonized over every word.  Now I just write and then I immediately post the entry.  I just have to trust that what I write has meaning.  I’ve learned that I’m not a good judge as to whether or not a post I write is good or bad. I mostly write about my life and what’s on my mind at that moment.  I write about being extremely introverted and the issues and misunderstandings that happen because of my personality.  I also write about work and school which are also important parts of my life.

This year I challenged myself to post something each week but I honestly post when I feel like it.  Some weeks I write a lot and some weeks I write nothing at all.  I prefer to write my posts during the week.  This can be difficult with work and school but it gives me a chance to write about something that is important to me.  In the past, I would try to write my blog posts during the weekends but I prefer to use my weekends for my other artistic projects that I’m not able to engage in during the week.

Blogging Anonymously

I write my blog anonymously and it is not tied to my real name.  “Nina” is a nickname used by my family and only they call me by this name so it is perfect to use for this blog since no one else knows me as “Nina”.  I didn’t want this blog be attached to my real name because I was concerned about maintaining my privacy.  I was also concerned about my employer, certain friends, and even a few family members being able to “google me” and have this blog come up.  I wanted to be able to discuss experiences in my life without fear that someone would misunderstand or judge me.  This doesn’t mean that no one knows who I really am.  Many of my friends and family are aware of and do read my blog.

Writing anonymously does not (at least for me) take away from the authenticity of this blog because everything I discuss is honest and from my heart.  Being anonymous has allowed me to openly discuss and admit things that I wouldn’t normally admit and I’m able to discuss the truth of my life without worry.

Postcard for an Introvert

I received this postcard through Postcrossing and I feel it describes me as an introvert. It may be hard to read what is written at the bottom of the card so I’ll quote it here”

“Love Solitude.  Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that dry up”.

I think the English is a little weird and it should probably say:  Love Solitude.  Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where I renew my springs that dry up.  I think that many people still don’t understand why an introverted person needs alone time and that quote sums it up perfectly.

My Favorite Places to Read

books in a stack (a stack of books)

Image by austinevan via Flickr

I love to read and I am never without a good book.  There is nothing like getting lost in a good story and I have four place where I love to read:

-The Library- Going to libraries has always been something I look forward to.  The library is a place of inspiration and peace which makes it a perfect place to get lost in a book.

-On the bus/train- I commute to work by public transportation as a way to save money on gas.  There are advantages to using public transportation but the trains and buses get crowded and I start to feel uncomfortable and enclosed.  Reading while listening to my iPod helps me to relax and to not feel anxious during my commute.

-At Home- I’m a homebody and I love reading in my huge bed.  I read for an hour each night before going to sleep and it helps to calm my mind and I sleep a lot better.

-Coffee Shop- Reading in a coffee shop is a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning or afternoon and it combines my two loves (coffee and books).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

My take on “entrance” is not literal.  This is a famous sculpture here in Denver near one of the entrances to the Colorado Convention Center.

My Feelings About Facebook

When I first joined Facebook, I only had two friends for the longest time and I never even bothered to check it.  Little by little more and more of my friends and family began to join and I started to check it more.  As more people I knew joined, it became exciting to read their status updates and view their photos.  I found it to be a really good way to keep in contact with my friends and family that I don’t see regularly.  I began to notice that I was spending more and more time on Facebook until it got to the point where I was checking it far too often.  These days, I’m not sure how I really feel about Facebook.  I’m more annoyed with it than anything.  Yet, I still can’t get up the courage to delete my page even though there are days when I feel like I should.

One of the things that kind of bothers me is how people are able to look at your page and see who your friends are.  I’m not sure why that bothers me but it does.  I’ve had several people make comments about looking at my page and how they went through my friends list and were surprised that I was friends with a certain person.  It just made me uncomfortable so I’ve now made my friends list private.

Another aspect that has bothered me is how frequent people update their status.  It’s as if they have to share every single thing they do during the day and night.  I’m not interested in reading every single boring thing that someone has done all day.  This has also lead to the aggravating issue of how there is the expectation that you will announce every important life event on Facebook.  Now when I tell one of friends something important in my life, they immediately ask me if I’ve announced it on Facebook.  That question upsets me because I don’t feel like I have to share every single major life decision over Facebook.

More and more I’m beginning to feel like Facebook is a time-waster and I need to learn how to use it more to my advantage if I’m going to keep my profile up.  Otherwise, I should just delete it and save myself the irritation.


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