5 years later…

It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog. Not because I haven’t traveled, but because I wasn’t traveling for long periods. A vacation here or there, a citytrip or a beach holiday. It was fun, but not blog worthy.

But now I have plans. Big plans. But before I dive into those in a new blog, I will tell you a little bit about the last five years.

After living in France for a few months, I went back to The Netherlands to do an internship at a publishing company, and to finish my studies. It was the last phase of my education, so after completing that, I was ready to find a proper, adult job! Which I did. I worked for a big bank in The Netherlands. I got a steady contract and a promotion and a raise. I had fun colleagues and I liked the position I was in for this job.

But still something was gnawing at me. Was this all there was?

I figured I would need to get into the kind of job I had wanted ever since I applied for jobs as a student – I wanted to be a recruiter. So I quit my job at ING without having found a new one yet – it just felt like time and I thought it would be quite easy to find a recruitment job as there always seemed to be a lot of demand for this. I wasn’t wrong.

I ended up working for an amazing start-up that focused on tech-recruitment. It was a classic example of not wanting to leave because something is so good (like the co-workers I had at ING), but then leaving anyway and finding something even better! The team at this company was so much fun and I have made friends for life there (that I actually see outside of work too).

It was during the first few months of covid that I realised I wanted to move more into a field that really suited my natural capabilities. Ever since I was little I liked writing and stories, and also in my professional life I always gravitated towards the tasks that would allow me to use my communication and writing skills. So the next step in my career was to become a copywriter.

In the meantime, I was also writing and publishing books. I published a few books as an indie-author and in 2021 I got a contract with a digital-only publishing company. The years that I have spent in the book world allowed me to develop a network. I got to know a ton of amazing writers and editors and readers.

So when I became a copywriter, I chose to do it part-time. On the side I was working on my own business, in which I work for authors and publishers. I edit, format and translate books. I loved it and decided to go for it fulltime in the summer of 2021.

And that’s what I do now. My work is 100% online, which allows me to do it from anywhere in the world.

So… guess who’s back?

I’ll tell you more about my plans for the future in an upcoming blog!

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