Nicole J. Tirado November 26, 2014 Filed Under: , 1 comment

I Am Thankful

This time of year is a time to be thankful for the people who are in your life, the opportunities you receive and other things you consider important. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a day to be appreciative and spend it with family (for those who celebrate it, of course).

I made a list last year of things that had happened during the year that made me feel appreciative. I decided to continue the tradition and share the things I’m thankful for this year.

  • Family: I’ve always been a family-oriented person and I appreciate all the sacrifices they’ve had to make to achieve and get better things for me and my sister. Things aren’t always easy, but I know that I can always count on them.
  • My dogs: Without my three furry friends, I don’t know what I would do. They make me smile every day and instantly cheer me up whenever I have a bad day.
  • My fiancé: My very-soon-to-be husband (in less than a month) is the most important person in my life and I am so thankful that I got to meet such an amazing person. I can’t imagine sharing my life with someone else and I’m so glad that I will embark on a new journey with him as husband and wife.
  • Self-Improvement: This year’s focus has been to reinvent myself and find new methods to deal with my anxiety. I choose not to let anxiety rule my life and make it unbearable. I’ve found new and have re-discovered some hobbies that definitely help me stay calm and focused. By setting a goal of becoming a better version of myself every day, it becomes a challenge I welcome with enthusiasm. It’s not only about my mental health, it’s everything. Mind, body and soul.
  • Future Endeavors: There are several exciting things planned for 2015 and it’s my mission for them to be successful.

I am going to take the time and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and forget about all the commercial overload stores are manipulating us with, like Black Friday deals and such. Where people stop spending time with family just so they can camp out at their favorite store hours and hours before and get deal.

Hope everybody has a great day tomorrow! What are your plans?

Nicole J. Tirado November 25, 2014 Filed Under: 0 comments

I’ve always been proud of being bilingual (English and Spanish). I love learning new things and one thing I want to do during the next few years is to learn more languages. Languages are beautiful. It’s exciting to know that when you learn more languages, you are able to communicate with more people around the world.

Something I’ve done for the past few years is offer a sort of translation service to my close group of friends and translate documents from English to Spanish or from Spanish to English. It can be a tedious process, especially when it’s extensive content, but it’s very rewarding work to completely change a document and be able to read it in another language. I know there are countless of electronic translation tools like Google Translate or Bing Translator, but it’s never the same as having a real person going through the document and translating it. The tools often do a good job of translating, though it usually feels very bland when you read it, and you can tell that it was purposely done as a translation instead of going for a more personal and “reader friendly” feel.

I really admire people that offer these types of services to others, more so when they are knowledgeable of more than 2 languages. That means they have really aspired to learn as much as they can and in return they can help others. I think that’s the most important part, when you help others’ needs or requests, you feel accomplished. Who knows, maybe I can offer similar services (probably as freelance) when I’m fluent in more languages. received compensation to write this post. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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