Since a young age, I have had a passion for languages – my older brother started school and learning languages way before I did, and I remember being with him and my father on the table while he was doing his English homework and I would immediately want to do the same thing or learn a new word. This experience was enriching for me, but probably not so much for him, with his little sister constantly interrupting. Growing up, my choice of studies was obvious (for me, at least!): languages and subsequently, translation.
Later in life, I ended up meeting and marrying an Italian man and living in Italy for several years. During that time, my little one was born and there was never a question in our minds that we would be speaking with her each one in our own language (me speaking Portuguese and him speaking Italian).