Always on the move, with a book and a pen
Writing a bio is probably one of the toughest things to do. We want it to be funny, but insightful; detailed, but not boring; memorable in some way.
All of us wear different hats and I’m no exception. Austin Kleon once wrote that “lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb“. So, instead of writing a bunch of titles, what can I tell you about what I do?
I mainly read and write. Yes, indeed, it is that simple. I do a lot of research (reading) of topics that interest me or that I need for my job (myths or rural development, how to create a mosaic feed on Instagram or migrations) and I write about it mainly in the form of project’s proposals requesting funding to the European Commission or any other funding institution. If the proposal is approved, I also manage the project and I’ll need to write reports, posts, articles, learning modules, ebooks to deliver the results and inform our audiences what those are. I also write newsletters, tweets, stories, long Instagram captions that I’m sure no one reads, and postcards. Or only to myself in my various journals.
Besides reading and writing, I like to think about all the information that I consume daily whether it is an insight from a trip or a random comment that I heard from a passerby. I guess I can say I’m a slow blogger and newsletter writer as I do prefer to take time to establish connections and write something meaningful (to me, at least).
A long time ago I decided to study Languages and International Relations and those have been the two areas close to my heart ever since. Communication, Culture, Design, Philosophy, History, Art are all connected to my main topics. I did a Bachelor, a Master, a summer course, an Erasmus mobility, several MOOCs, training courses, and workshops, but I’m always looking for new things to learn. And new ways to communicate what I’m learning.
Some random facts:
- I have Evernote lists of restaurants around the world that I went and liked or that I want to go to;
- When I visit a new place, I always look for nice bookshops/libraries, nice places to eat and drink, postcards to send and somewhere to watch the sunset;
- Yoga, kickboxing, swimming, dancing, and running are some of my favorite ways to move;
rganizing events is one of the things I’m pretty good at;
- I might have more pens, papers, notebooks, washi tapes, and ink than those I actually need.