My REAL New Year Celebration

As I contemplate on my birthday of this year … which was so fun by the way…I think about goals that I have set for myself…

Lots of people do their New Year’s Resolutions in January of each year — I confess that I do as well. However, increasingly, I’ve found that a more significant benchmark for me has been July 16 of each year. I usually conduct a ‘tune-up’ of my body and my life around that time. Any yearly medical or dental check-ups usually occur around my birthday, I usually see the eye doctor as well. Haven’t done any of that as my insurance has yet to kick in, but trust me, these will be handled by the end of July.

Another important thing that has worked for me is to try to get negative energy out of my life, individuals who sap my positive energy or who take more than they give, basically, it kind of turns into an ‘it’s all about me attitude’.

At first, I used to think ‘how egotistical? how can you not care about others?’ What I’ve learned is that, I can, and do, care a lot about others, but that I have also needed to put MYSELF on that list as well. It always seems that within 6 months of making a resolution to lose weight, to work less, to work more, etc., that LIFE gets in the way, and having my 2nd New Year always helps keep me more on track!

Looked back and saw what my goals were last July at this very time:
1. Connect more with my familia
2. Start looking for a more challenging job
3. Finish school
4. Live healthier and try to lose some weight

Items 1-3 were done and Item 4 is in process … 3 out of 4 … not bad!

Goals for July 16, 2012?

1. Be healthier
2. Continue hanging with the fam and friends
3. Be working as a freelance Interpreter, o sea, cuando a mi me de la gana! I want to work as much or as little as I want!
4. To manage between 3 and 6 special events per year
5. Continue writing and get something published
6. Relieving myself of negative people and situations

How are YOU doing on your 2011 Resolutions?


Sacada de Onda and How to Get Back to Normal

The windows of my Jeep were smashed in over the weekend. Just the thought of someone going thru my things makes me sick and the thinking, thinking, thinking, about WHAT was taken drives me a little crazy as well.

What was taken? My ‘everyday’ case, a black computer case which was perfect for me to throw everything into for meetings, to go on BART, for school, etc. The car charger for my blackberry, one black shoe (go figure that out.)

What was IN my little black case? My Datebook (aaay, I’m going crazy) and my Journal — the thought of my journal in the hands of someone else is what is really making my crazy right now … most of the thoughts are, of course, NOT for public consumption, and many of the entries were ideas for my blog novela that I was hoping to put together once my classes were over.

The only thing that I can think of is to keep on keeping on, going about my day, try not to check my car every second, start over, start over, start over, start over, start over …

Friday I was livid … Saturday I was mad … Sunday I was exasperated…Monday I was sad … Today I’m sad…maybe tomorrow will bring me to acceptance! On the positive note, neither I nor anyone in my familia was injured, the car is in good working order, I usually do not leave things of value in the car so I have a lot to be thankful for…

As I told my friend Gustavo today – ‘I am at 30% of my positive energy, maybe tomorrow I’ll be closer to 100%’, to which he very nicely put it, ‘…if this is you at 30%, I can’t wait to watch when you’re at 100%!’ At least SOMEONE got a smile today!

And, of course, Samuelaguilar is always the one to put things in perspective: I have this huge, cumbersome, item that takes up the entire back of the car, seats down y todo, and Samuelaguilar sez, “cuando vieron eso atras del carro, han de haber dicho ‘ya valio madre!’ and left my car alone! LOL! No one can put it out there and make me LAUGH like he can!

Looking forward to a better day…

Carmen’s Life Goal Round 2: Done!

Thursday, June 30th was a big day for me…the end of a very important phase of my life…it was Part II of the State Interpreter Exam. I had already passed Part 1 Written State Interpreter Exam with a 96 score a month before…I then took the State Exam Refresher Course at SFSU for the month of June … all we did in class were simulated tests on all aspects of the State Exam — Sight Translation, Consecutive Interpretation and Simultaneous Interpretation.

Loved being in class with Eric, our heads the Department as well, he is always hilarious and love it how he throws in words like, ‘ni madres, un chingo, etc.’, it broke up the stress in class, for me anyway. While my class scores weren’t great, they weren’t ‘pa la fregada’ either — the goal was to get 70 or above and I kept getting scores of 68 … to which Eric sat me down and told me to have faith in myself, to tell myself, “you can do this!” and “yo soy chingona” LOL

So I kept at it, practicing every day … practically falling asleep while practicing…so the test day comes and I am, pleasantly surprised at how calm I am, how my ‘mevalemadre’ attitude showed up RIGHT on time! I also stopped at my PO Box and, lo and behold, my diploma from SFSU comes into the mail! Good sign!

When I got into Walnut Creek to take the exam, I was like, ‘let’s do this’…the test actually felt easier than the hard assignments I had been working on (thank God!) and although I did stumble on the Span to Eng SIGHT Exam and, during the Simultaneous portion, blanked out on the word “puzzle” not one but TWO times — chiiiin….! of course, the word “rompecabezas” came to me as I was walking out of the test room, con ganas to ask them to let me do that part over LOL!

I proceeded to sit in the lobby and had something for ‘happy hour’ and sat back and thought about this journey — the one time, in many years, where I actually DID what I SAID I would do, I was actually a ‘woman of my word’ and was able to send a silent ‘ya ves?’ shout out to a certain guy who used to throw this fact in my face hasta el cansancio! I did not let myself down which taught me something huge … that once I was on the right track with myself, that everything else would fall into place! I also saw the faces of all of my classmates who were going thru this journey with me and, of course, my guardian angel was right up there — the person who paid my tuition when I didn’t have one dollar to pay for my last class!

Also LOVE IT that I still have that ‘go for it’ ‘handle it’ ‘let’s do this’ attitude! I am always afraid that I’ll lose this attitude when life gets in my way. Always very important for me to keep challenging myself and walking through my fears and insecurities, always like blazing that trail, always like doing things that I’m too afraid to try, that I’m too old to try, that are too ‘hard’ to do. It is at this exact place, where I find my ‘huevos’, that the stars eventually line up and I can feel all of the doors of opportunity opening up for me. I get this chill that starts in the middle of my back and goes up to my neck — it’s like God confirms that I’m still here, I’m still marketable, I’m still viable, I’ve still got it. Makes the journey worth it ESO si!

I won’t know until ‘on or before September 30th’ whether I passed or not! Hope that I was able to pass and, if not, I’m happy that I finished what I started!