7 things to cheer you up when you are down

I’m an inherently optimistic person and for the 10 times I fall down I will always get up 11 – here is a list of my favorite things to do when things don’t go as planned 🙂

Go to your favorite Chinese all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet

After all, you know what they say : “It’s better to be sorry for the things you did than for things you didn’t do”

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Buy a lottery ticket for next week

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Is freelancing like team sports or is it a solo game?

Working as a freelancer might feel like the world’s loneliest job but it doesn’t have to be, and even shouldn’t be especially if you want to be a successful business owner.

As freelancing in any field requires more than one skills (your service of choice, bookkeeping, marketing and many more), it is more something like team sports: to survive in the freelance world you need to have reliable co-players. 

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Summer Resolutions

Summer might not be full on here yet but I’m in a summer mood and I have set forth a couple of resolutions for this summer – don’t worry, I’ll add more soon so that I won’t have to admit that i failed them all in September 😛

My no 1 resolution this summer is: TO BE HAPPY

I went to a fantastic workshop in May with this lovely coach, Virginie and I’m looking forward to the next one (hopefully in September). It was called “Ordering from the cosmic kitchen” and it was all about defining your goals and getting in the right mindset to achieve them.

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10+1 reasons why you should consider doing a summer course

Being a solo-preneur is hard and not only due to the amount of work one has to shoulder but also because it makes it extremely difficult to take some time off from work to relax and think clearly about the business’ next steps and/or changes. Freelancers are constantly worried about work: deadlines when they are busy and famine when they are not. So what about taking some time off without the guilt of falling back on business issues? How? By enrolling on a summer course.

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The most important advantage is that a summer training course combines change of scenery (i.e. instant mood lift and relaxation) with learning and professional development. 

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Most-Stolen Books ;)

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 noun \ˈbiblēəˌklept, -lēōˌ-\

: one who steals books

Have you ever wondered which books get stolen the most? Is there a pattern there or are they random? Well, good old wikipedia has an answer: Amis, Bukowski, Burroughs, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo and Jack Kerouac are among the most stolen [sic] authors.

Ron Rosenbaum, an author and New York Observer columnist, wrote in 1999 that Barnes & Noble had a list of these authors whose books are the most frequently stolen from that book-store chain: Martin AmisPaul AusterGeorges BatailleWilliam S. Burroughs,Italo CalvinoRaymond ChandlerMichel FoucaultDashiell HammettJack KerouacJeanette Winterson, but none more frequently than books by Charles Bukowski.

In 2008, Constant gave this list, which he called “pretty much the authoritative top five, the New York Times best-seller list of stolen books”: Bukowski, Jim ThompsonPhilip K. Dick, and Burroughs, along with “any graphic novel”. Constant wrote that other popular targets are books by Hunter S. Thompson and the Beats, Chuck PalahniukHaruki Murakami, and Mark Z. Danielewski, and the most-stolen books tend to be a steady group with little variation over time.

In the United Kingdom, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides was the most-shoplifted book, according to a January 2008 article in The Telegraph.

St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village of Manhattan, like Barnes & Noble, moves frequently-stolen titles behind the counter. At that book store, as of late 2009, the books behind the counter included works by Amis, Bukowski, Burroughs, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo and Jack Kerouac.

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
― Charles Bukowski

Here  is a very different  and strange list which includes a London A to Z, Lonely Planet Europe, Lenny McLean: The Guv’nor, Wall and Piece by Banksy and a cult s/m novel, Yolanda Celbridge’s The Taming of Trudi.  The list was provided by The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, London. 

Bukowski, Burroughts, Amis and Auster feature also in Publisher’s Weekly list

And get stolen in Manhattan, too!

Interestingly, public libraries report that the most stolen books are how-to books, the Bible, and anything to do with witchcraft, the occult, UFOs, or astrology.

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Office deco for translators

Do you sometimes feel your office space a little drab and uninspiring? I certainly do. I spend so many hours working there that a) I get bored with it b) it gets so cluttered I can’t breathe c) I start to hate it! After following all the tips on how to detox my office I decided that I needed some new decoration ideas.

So I thought I’d share with you some inspiring ideas to make your translation office fun and pretty, combining my love for translation and books and my crush with interior design!

  1. Decorate with maps  
  2. Decorate with words 
  3. Time in with the world 
  4. Add some books
  5. Be a global babe! 
  6. Add posters of your favorite cities or the countries whose languages you work with 

 

10 reasons why I love blogging

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Why do we love blogging so much? And is the death of blogging nearer than ever or should the Cassandras of this world stop predicting this unlikely possibility? Here are 10 reasons I love blogging (almost) as much as reading :

  1. It is a fantastic form of expression. It is a little bit like having your own column in a paper or a whole magazine where you can write whatever you feel like.  fashion and fruit

 

 

2. It is very flexible and diverse: you can blog about books, lifestyle, unicorns, photography, cooking – just anything you feel passionate about and this is totally liberating!

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3. It is creative! You get to research various concepts, to look for the best pictures to go with your post, create infographics if you want and so many more cool stuff. I even made my own book quote quiz some time ago 🙂

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4. You get to meet awesome people. I have been following some Greek book blogs for a while now and I think we have formed a fantastic blogging community with common interests. In that way, blogging takes you outside your comfort zone if you are an introvert, like me… Did you read my interview in Ariel’s fab blog One Little Library, about translation and books? Ariel was featured here as a guest blogger, offering invaluable advice for finding and keeping blogging inspiration 😉 Also, I have met many interesting entrepreneurs and I have found invaluable advice in many of the blogs I follow!

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5. It grows with you. Your blog is your “baby”and it changes with you as the years pass and this is kind of nice. You can change its focus and take it wherever you want to go or you can even turn it into a business – this means that…

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6. You grow with it, too: blogging might make you consider making your passion your job and it can help you realize there is a whole market out there with a need that you might be able (and feel very confident) to cover. Meaning…

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7. It can be profitable. I don’t make money blogging, it is solely a relaxing thing for me at the moment but trust me, I take it as seriously as I would if it made me money (OK maybe then I’d take more care of my SEO #guilty) and I know many who do make (quite a lot) money from blogging. So its a great way to make money doing what you love, isn’t it?

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8. It lets out steam. If you have a strict corporate job or a job with zero margins for creativity and inspiration, blogging about things you love is a great way to relax (glass of chilled wine optional) and write about whatever you want.

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9. It helps you be more organized. In your writing, in your thinking, it helps with discipline and putting things into perspective; it makes you think harder, prepare and take actual steps towards your goals.

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10. It is a kind of therapy 🙂 It is fun, it makes you think more about yourself and others, it helps you meet new people, new cultures, new ideas, all without leaving your home. Or even if you do leave it, you can take it with you 🙂

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Can you relate? What are the things you love about blogging as a blogger or as a reader or both? And are there things you don’t love or simply hate about it? I think I could name a couple 😉

5 things to do for you this Spring!

I don’t know about you but I’m definitely a spring – summer – early autumn person! Anything but winter in any case 🙂 So now that spring is soooo close (even though the clouds outside my window don’t seem to know it yet) I’m all about plans and good vibes! Here’s 5 things that are on my list for this spring! What about you? Do you make plans in spring or do you just like to bask in sunlight and enjoy nature and the change of weather? Does it inspire you?

  1. Find some exercise routine! (Don’t laugh, I know this has been my autumn, New years and last year’s goal, too but I have to drill it to myself to make it happen!) My goal is: 2 evenings of jogging by the sea (sounds good) and 1 afternoon Aerial yoga! Have you tried it yet? It’s so FUN but a bit pricey so I’ll keep it to once a week! aerial yoga   aerial yoga1
  2. Explore and discover more of your city/area. I happen to live on an island which does not offer me many chances for road trips but still it is a wildly beautiful place, with lots of undiscovered (by me) places and spots! I’ve also launched an Instagram Account, Aegean Travellers with a girlfriend of mine where we post fab photos of Rhodes, Greece and the Aegean Islands! Check it out if you like, we always follow back!aegeantravellers
  3. Make your balcony a staycation paradise! We have a huge balcony but it is so windy up there we haven’t decorated at all! I’m looking into wind breaker options this year and I have great plans for it 🙂
  4. Become a morning person! Or try to wake up a little bit earlier. Even 15 minutes will make the difference between sipping your home-made espresso and getting some store bought drip.  home-espresso-machine
  5. Also, you will have those precious minutes to prepare something to take for lunch and not have to buy carb filled snacks (I tend to do that a lot if I’m hungry at the office) apple-cute-love-nature-pure-Favim.com-350074

 

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10 favorite paper goodies!

I love stationery! Notebooks, scrapbook paper, pens, washi tape, you name it, I’ll hoard it! The only thing I don’t particularly like is diaries with dates as they make me feel stressed about time, deadlines and the inevitability of time passing. I do use them for work, though, so I try to pick colorful fun ones!

Here are my 10 favorite paper goodies this year:

  1. My London Accessorize embroidered notebook, gift from one of my best friendslondon notebook
  2. My 2016 Cosmopolitan notebook  agenda-2016 flamingo notebook
  3. Scrapbook paper I bought from Thessaloniki in my recent trip there χαρτί περιτυλίγματος
  4. Sticky pads from my brother ❤ sticky pad omg
  5. Magnetic notebook from Venice and
  6. fab notebook from Istanbul! istanbul venice
  7. Just a goodie bag with nice prints AND selidodeiktis-handmade
  8. the cutest felt bookmark, handmade by a dear friend
  9. London stickers (you can never have enough!)αυτοκόλλητα λονδίνο
  10. My work diary/notebook from Paperchasepaperchase

 

What about you? Do you like paper goodies? Or are you more of a gadget person? 🙂

10 truths that coffee taught me about business

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I’m sure some of you might know by now how obsessed I am with (good) coffee. I am, as perfectly put by a twitter friend, “a girl on caffeine”. After all I named my interview with language professional series Cappuccino Books. Since I spend so much time choosing and preparing my favorite drink, I have come to a few realizations that I wanted to share with you. Do tell me if you agree 🙂

  1. Be consistent: To your readers, to your general audience, to your principles. Just as you want your coffee to be fresh and delicious everyday and to maintain the same quality standards; just as you visit your favorite coffee place because they have never disappointed you by serving you stale, burnt or weak coffee. coffee
  2. Be open: Don’t be afraid to try new ideas and see if and how they work for you and your business. You try different coffees when you travel or are out of your caffeine comfort zone, so why not trying new approaches for your business, too?
  3. Go simple: Be clear with your company mission, the gap it fills in the market, the services you provide to your clients. Good coffee can be enjoyed plain and straight and so should your business be able to stand strong based on the core services you offer.simple coffee
  4. But add some flavor too: Not all coffees are the same: depending on origin, roasting, grounding, brewing method and so many more, a simple espresso might have huge differences in flavor. Try to emphasize your unique points, your special skills and what makes you different from your competitors.
  5. Good things come to those who wait. No, I’m not trying to justify procrastination with a coffee here (even though i’m tempted). Coffee making is all about time: from planting to drying to roasting to grinding and, finally, brewing, the preparation of coffee has several steps and specific procedures to go through each. This is also true for business, of whatever type. You can’t just jump from A to Z, you have to go through stages and invest time to each of them, in order to harvest [sic] success.  cofee style
  6. Sometimes you just need to unwind: Many of those procedures involve “resting” – the same could be said for various issues you might face in running your business. I often find that when I am “stuck” with a book I’m translating or a project won’t proceed as I would like, it is better to take a day off and let it “rest” in my mind than taking immediate, often hasty, action. And you know what? It works. I’ve advocated the importance of a day off in the past, too 🙂
  7. Customize it: Now, it’s not fun to drink what everyone else is drinking is it? You won’t get to discover new, exciting things this way. So why do what everyone else is doing in work? Try new things, experiment and add a little bit of that awesome “you” in your corporate style. coffee england
  8. Be fair in trade. Fair trade coffee is coffee that has been certified as having been produced through partnerships that are based on dialogue, transparency, equality and respect. It goes without saying that your business model should value the same principles and that you should daily try to maintain the highest possible quality for your services.
  9. Be natural: Natural living is all the rave today. So just like you want your coffee free of artificial flavors and harmful additives, keep your business straight, invest in basic good practices, beware of dodgy partnerships and always be clear about your goals, commitments and means. It will pay off eventually. 12721684_10153840029351425_1306556056_n
  10. ENJOY IT! Yes, it takes ages to properly prepare a decent cup of coffee and fair trade, natural beans might be more expensive but it is totally worth it when you are sipping this delicious, rich, full-bodied blend that has the power to make your day! It is the same with business: because nobody wants to spend their lives working on a job they hate: take some time to appreciate it, find things you love about it and whatever you do, do it with passion!

 

I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my coffee-business metaphor 🙂 Do you see it working for you?

This post was inspired after binge-reading a ton of fabulous posts from Wonderlass at her quirky blog 🙂