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2020 has been a year like no other, so in the spirit of adding a much-needed dash of optimism to this last forum post of the year, we’d like to ask you to share your most important professional or personal achievement(s) from 2020, as well as your biggest aspiration for 2021. 

 

Perhaps you’ve reached an important professional milestone this year, or completed a course? Equally well, you might have pursued an important creative project or taken the opportunity to learn something new. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the value of adaptability and taking a brave approach to tackling challenges. Whatever your proudest accomplishment from this year may be, please feel free to share more in the comments so that we can draw on one another’s successes and use this as inspiration to help us move forward. Equally well, if there’s a particular challenge that you’ve worked to overcome then let us know about that, too, since we can all learn from one another in that sense. 

 

Looking onward to 2021, we’d also like to hear a little bit about what your hopes are for the new year ahead. Perhaps you’d like to accomplish something practical, such as studying another language, or adopting a healthier lifestyle, or learning to drive? Others of you might prefer to focus on the ‘bigger picture’ and draw upon life lessons learned in 2020 to help face 2021 with courage and determination. Whatever your plans for the year may be, we’re very happy to hear them, and we’re sure that other members of the Gengo community will be, too. 

 

We have no way of knowing what the next 12 months have in store for us, but we’d love to hear any and all of your thoughts about your plans for the year ahead and your reflections on this year so far. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments - we’re very much looking forward to hearing what you have to say. 

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    KevanSF

    Well, I have been doing a lot more translation work this year as a result of what's been going on, so maybe that's the positive side of not being able to blithely travel around as in past years. But I guess it's an important lesson for me: I simply need to make the best of situations I can't control.

    This year, I think I'm proudest so far of having received 80 global ratings (averaging 4.5 out of 5) on Amazon for a new English translation I did of an Italian classic. I've actually been shocked at the number of sales this has seen over the past two years.

    I'm also proud of translating two of another (somewhat neglected) Italian author's key novels into English this year, along with some of her minor works. I'm hoping to re-introduce her to an English-speaking audience by making more of her work easily accessible.

    I've also been fairly diligent at working a little bit every day on my goal of learning Turkish, and I'm happy with my progress so far.

    For 2021, I'd like to travel more (after getting the vaccination) and work less.

    Good luck everyone, and hang in there!

     

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    yocom.emily

    Thank you for making this post!

    This year, I have increased the amount of translating I'm doing by a LOT thanks to not having a full-time job since August (lol), and also thanks to downloading the Feeder extension with the Gengo add-on (I highly recommend it for anyone who doesn't have it, by the way!).

    I've also made a lot of progress in personal affairs, like adopting a healthier lifestyle by eating more whole foods, working out every other day, sleeping 8 hours a night, reading more books (33 since January!), starting a Korean skincare routine, and picking up tea as a hobby (my tea shelf is overflowing!). I'm very grateful that I had the time and resources to explore these new lifestyle changes and that I can take them with me past this pandemic to continue leading a healthier, happier lifestyle than I did before.

    I am also quite grateful to have had Gengo by my side this year. Like I said, I haven't had full-time work in quite a while now, but I'm lucky to be in a position where I can get by without it for now and just use my supplemental Gengo income to get by until things become more, well, normal.

    In 2021, I'd like to move back to Japan (I moved FROM Japan to the US in August when I left my job and I've decided I want to go back at an admittedly inconvenient time), explore new avenues career-wise, and spend more time with friends once it's safe to do so.

    Good luck to everyone, and Happy (almost) New Year!

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    Elena M.

    Although the year has been tough and the lockdown has been incredibly long, I managed to publish my first 2 scientific papers this year!!! I am extremely proud of it.

    Keep safe and have the happiest holiday you can guys!

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    rocypa

    This year was a bit strange. I prepared my daughter's party on March 14th and people were calling me to confirm if It would really have the party. At first, I didn't understand the reason, but people were talking about a new virus. I wasn't believing much, but from that day on the daily routine changed a lot. But finally, the vaccination is starting. I hope it changes everything again, for better.
    This year I started to translate at GENGO, a very remarkable moment positively!
    Happy New Year to Everyone!

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    Sebaey Mahgoub

    I have got my PhD in chemistry at the beginning of this hard year directly before the lockdown period.

    I wish the next year will be more delightful

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    anna_0910

    Looking back on 2020, it's been a big year for me.

    A new world opened up to me: I became a Gengo member this March. So far, I have made a few bucks thanks to the platform Gengo provides. However, it's far from enough to support myself since I live in a big city. Fortunately, I start working with several overseas agencies or clients, which help me get by :)

    Although I am still managing to get more translation jobs to earn more money, I can see the future is smiling on me.

    In 2021, I hope I will be busier, have a very steady flow of work to do and Gengo can provide translators like me with more jobs.

    Enjoy translating, enjoy life! Wish everyone a happy, healthy, meaningful, and fruitful 2021!

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    Katrina Paterson

    Happy Monday, everybody, and thanks to all of you who have left responses. It's been a real pleasure to read each and every one of your comments, and it's very inspiring to see that you've all been pursuing such interesting, and yet different, activities since the pandemic began - some professional, some personal, some practical, some creative, and so on. It's also interesting to see how wide people's interests are, and how many talents you all have, both language-related and otherwise. 

    My goal for the lockdown was to learn Irish, which I sadly haven't succeeded at. However, I managed to conquer my fear of learning to drive, and I also became more appreciative of nature, since I live quite far from my nearest city (Manchester, England). I'll post a picture below. My goals for 2021 are to move to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and, on a more personal level, to try to be less selfish and think more about other people. 

    Don't hesitate to keep the comments coming! I think we can all learn a lot from each other, and be inspired by one another's efforts over this weirdest and most challenging of years.

     

    Poynton Pool, south Manchester, England

     

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    smeeko

    Just now, on January 20, I noticed this thread along with the other one from August "show us your world" - https://support.gengo.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360049106294-Show-us-your-world-  

    How great!

    I am sad I did not find them earlier. Maybe I am not paying enough attention. I love to see pictures from where others live and work. I recognize sights of countries I have visited and try to imagine myself in places I have never been to. What would life feel like there? COVID has brought so much distance and instilled fear in people. I pray we will get back to trusting going places, meeting new people, watching others smile and exchange hugs. That's one of my hopes and prayers for 2021 and beyond. I feel the world may take a long time to heal.

    The photo is a panorama I can see with a 2 mile walk from my house. Can anybody guess the location/country?

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    Miri

    It's an interesting question for me to think about, thanks Katrina, and good luck with your move!!

    I think that for me, personally, my greatest achievement in the whole Covid situation was getting into the habit of walking much more, which is something I've been trying to do for 4 years but only succeeded since about March. Since we moved to work from home, We're trying to do at least 10,000 steps a day (me and my husband), so I'm glad about that.

    smeeko, really not recognizing the spot but it is beautiful :) (and honestly, can be in so many places, I see no clue about the types of house or anything)

    With the hopes to be able to travel again outside of the US!! Happy new year

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    smeeko

    @Miri. It's in Colorado. The start of the Rockies. And good job walking more.

    @Katrina Paterson. Congrats on conquering your fear and learning to drive.

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    Katrina Paterson

    Hi Smeeko - thanks for your lovely post and for sharing your photo. Don't worry - it's never too late to leave a comment! I'm really happy that you're enjoying this thread and the one from August. You're right - it's fascinating to see where everybody else is in the world, and if it's a familiar place then it triggers that tell-tale spark of recognition, but if it's an unfamiliar place then it also makes your mind wander wondering what it might be like there. Your location in Colorado looks gorgeous - and as Miri said, I couldn't have placed it either! If I'd had to guess, I would have said Iceland or Norway. I also think that the coronavirus crisis has distanced people in more than just the physical sense, and that it has changed people's mentalities a lot. Let us hope, as you say, that with time the situation will change and so will people.

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    Katrina Paterson

    Miri - that's great that you've been getting outdoors more. I think that one of the more encouraging things about our current situation is that people are becoming somewhat closer to nature, even if it's only through walking in city parks. I think that people are starting to go outdoors because in many places there is not that much else available to do now, and once they're going out, they're enjoying it, or at least it feels that way. 10,000 steps a day sounds really good, and I'm happy to hear that a plan that you've been working on for a while has come to fruition. Keep up the good work, and I'm wishing both you and Smeeko a happy start to 2021!

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