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  • Antoni C. Maroto

Closing The Year

Updated: Jan 4

It has been a while since I posted here!


The truth is that these last months have been quite hectic. This year has brought many changes, and I'm sure most of us haven't been able to stick entirely to our original plans. Nonetheless, I didn't want to close 2020 without posting an update.


When it comes to content creation, I've been focusing more on social media – particularly on LinkedIn. In August, I took on a challenge that saw me posting almost every day. That proved helpful for various reasons.


Before I started the #LinkedIn30 challenge, I had around 200 followers. As I'm writing this post, I have 800+ followers. I've connected with several interesting people, and I've been learning a lot from them.


One of those people is Sophie Michals – a technical writer with 20+ years of experience who helps consultants develop a consistent brand voice. Her writing tips have helped me improve my English. That's why I'd love to recommend her.


Besides sharing my expertise with other fellow freelancers and language services providers, I've been able to find my voice on LinkedIn. I realized I could also write my posts there with my ideal client in mind.


After all, my goal is to gain visibility so that US hospitals and clinics know that I'm ready to solve their pain. My mission is to help LEP Spanish-speaking patients have access to and receive proper healthcare.


That's why I created Translating Medical Images. My favorite medical discipline revolves around radiographs, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and PET scans. Yet, I can do more than translating diagnostic reports involving images and lab tests.


I can help you translate the following into Catalan and Spanish:


  • Educational & Marketing Materials

  • Legal & Financial Agreements

  • Medical Opinions

  • Patient Forms, Instructions, Questionnaires & Records


This month, I've decided to switch to a medical translation certificate program. This program, which will last from January through November of 2021, includes clinical trials, pharmacology, and veterinary science.


I look forward to it!


Another two things that I started recently and will continue doing next year are 1) learning Portuguese with Rosetta Stone and 2) taking a course on content writing for translators by Natali Lekka.


While this year has been challenging, I'm grateful that I've been able to stay healthy, change my mindset, get assistance, pay my dues, gain clients, adopt two birds, upgrade my apartment, and hike and discover nature here in Salt Lake City.


I've also learned to identify and let go of things that didn't work for me anymore.


Less work has actually given me more time to invest in continuing education, revamp my business, and do professional networking virtually. Although I've doubted myself at times, I've learned to be more patient, find a better balance, and continue believing in myself.


Have you seen less work this year?


If so, continue using that extra time to your advantage. I know it isn't easy to keep positive at all times but think of the bigger picture:


When you get all busy again in the future, you'll wish you had that "free time" to do those many things you didn't get to do!


Nobody knows how long the pandemic will stay with us, but things are looking up. That's why I encourage you to make the most out of this situation. I know I'll do my best ;-)


Happy 2021!