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Have you changed since you became a freelancer?

Hi!
Hope your week went well. I liked mine: it was busy, but interesting and well-paid. And now I have another wonderful long-term client. So I am tired, but content =) In order to work with this new client, I am going to study as much about contemporary art as possible, specifically about constructivism.
Last week I also found out that Proz.com now has a blog! Here it is. It already has some posts which can be quite useful to freelancers.
And now I have a question for those who work as freelancers: do you feel your character has changed since you started working for yourself? I feel I have changed.
Here are a couple things that I noticed: 1) Being my own boss, I now see things that could be improved in the way some organizations work. For example, I've learnt to value time, because for me time really means money most of the time. I'm constantly learning to work fast and well. So now it gets on my nerves when I see people wasting their time at work doing nothing or not using their…

Grandfather Frost, Santa Claus and St. Nicholas

I promised some weeks ago to my Facebook readers that I will translate or post a summary of that article about Santa Claus and Father Frost. So since I am not too busy now I decided to fulfill my promise and so here is the summary + a couple added little details found in Wikipedia (as usual, I couldn't just translate the story, I had to make my own little investigation).

Here's how the figures of Ded Moroz and Santa Claus might have appeared.

Version 1: Ded Moroz (=Father Frost) appeared long-long ago. At that time Russia was still a pagan country, and the people believed that the spirits of the dead kept them safe, made the weather nicer and also made sure their animals had healthy babies. So every winter people would dress in weird clothes and give sacrifices/presents to the spirits. One of those people would be the most scary one, and he also wouldn't be allowed to speak. Everybody would call him "Ded" (=Grandfather). He might be a type of Ded Moroz. Today he is …

How well I have achieved my goals for 2010

December and January are my time for reviewing my life and setting big and small goals for next year. Do you remember my post from July 20? So let's watch if I made any progress.


I have to admit that I haven't achieved my targets for 2010 that I set to myself, but I am far from being disappointed. I wanted to attract 100 people to by blog. Well, I don't have 100 readers. But my FB fans read it, I know. That makes 62 people. Plus I know of 1 or 2 more people who regularly check out my blog for new posts. That makes 64. Not bad for the first half a year of blogging! =) And I don't want to just attract anybody, I want my blog to be interesting for people who have something to do with translation! So I am not disappointed. =)
My second goal was to earn enough money to be able to help my husband support our family. Well, I can say that I've been doing better at that, too, though I haven't reached my target monthly income yet.
But, what's more important, I can see t…

С Рождеством Христовым! Merry Christmas!

You might think I am being a bit late with the Christmas greetings. But I am not, for the Russian, Serbian, Georgian orthodox Christians as well as those in Jerusalem Church celebrate it tonight!
So MERRY CHRISTMAS! C РОЖДЕСТВОМ! May the Lord bless you and keep you. Wishing you peace and happiness that can only come from above.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my dear readers! I wish you lots of luck, joy, good health and many blessings. Yours, Olga Arakelyan