Daily Dose of Dave #3 – Ready to rumble

It’s always good to have something to look forward to. It keeps your mind off of looking back.

Welcome back! It’s Wednesday, almost time to prepare for the weekend. The most exciting time of the week. Today however, I want get excited about my long-term goals and take you along on my journey. 


Pillow fight
I woke up this morning, as you do. I looked at my alarm, confused by the sound it produced. It took me a while to realise I had to get back to work for the second time this week after the holiday break. It was cold and dark outside and I ended up having to mentally wrestle my way out of bed. As you do. Well, at least as I  do. I don’t mind the wrestle though, as it serves as a reminder throughout the day: even if I don’t accomplish much today, at least I got out of bed. Getting up on the second day of work always seems difficult to me.

I drove to work and got started. Although a new year has begun, nothing really changed at my job since the last week and a half. It still smelled funny, there was plenty of noise this early in the morning and I still wasn’t sure whether this brutal assault on my senses was coordinated by the machinery in there, or my co-workers. Let’s leave that in the middle. In any case, we were back to business as usual.

One step at a time
After getting back home, I decided not to waste any time and get myself ready for the rest of the year: this is going to be the year I’ll land that dream job as a writer or translator. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself for about four years now. Can’t say I’m not trying! I’m just trying to be optimistic.

Over the holidays, I’ve been thinking about testing the ‘international waters’ in my search for a job. Reading the same generic job ads in Dutch every day, including their same generic -yet insane– requirements gets old after a few years. The client I’m working with over in America is really pleased with my work and I decided that –besides trying to find more clients all over the world to live the freelance dream– I could try applying for jobs abroad.

I jotted down a list of things I wanted to do to make sure everything is perfect. I want this over with before I start applying. Let’s do things right the first time instead of messing about. One step at a time.

I’d like to:

  • Update my portfolio
  • Check the text on my websites to see if it’s still up to date
  • Write a letter to send to companies I’d like to work for
  • Translate that letter to English so I can start contacting companies internationally
  • Write an email to send to potential clients
  • Translate my portfolio website to English
  • Translate my freelance website to English
  • Look for job ads, again.

Today I started translating my portfolio website. I’m not done yet, but after I finish up this post, I’ll get right back to it and see how far I can get today. You know what? Let’s do that right now.

See you tomorrow!

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