Where have you gone David!?

The moustache that came and went with Movember (Moustache November).

The moustache that came and went with Movember (Moustache November).

I’ve really neglected this blog. I had good intentions when we celebrated the one year, but what I didn’t count on was the effect of losing my dog would have on me. It was a rough few months for me, depression having set in, but I’m back, and better for it.

It’s been almost 3 months since my last post and I am picking up where I left off. I’m still in the midst of planning a wedding, recently completed pre-marital counseling, and everything that goes with that. I’m on holiday from work until the New Year, and playing a bit of World of Warcraft in my free time. I can’t wait to share some of my Christmas Crafts and Gifts I made in a future posts. Also, my 30th birthday is next month and I have some reflections to write in regards to it.

I’m excited to re-engage the blog and thankful for those of you who do read my posts. It’ll be good to get back on track and share some of the things that have helped me cope with and give my attention to over the last few months. Thanks and stay tuned!

Learning to Introvert

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I’m an introvert. There, I said it. And being an introvert in a large corporation is stressful. Sometimes it’s very stressful. It’s not that I’m lacking confidence, skill, or ability, but the people skills required inside the corporate world can be overwhelming to an inexperienced introverted professional. This blog post is dedicated to situations and ideals I’ve had to work through in order to keep my calm in a world that seems to demand constant socializing. Continue reading

Leaders vs. Bosses

Business man shows success abstract flow chart

Do you have an awesome leader? Or do you have a boss? I want you to ask yourself a few questions about yourself and your manager:

  1. Do you feel like you can talk to your boss about anything?
  2. Does your manager have a good idea of what your life looks like outside of work?
  3. Do you feel like you learn something every time you’re in the room with them?
  4. Do they make you feel like you can do anything?
  5. Are they able to challenge you to do better?
  6. Can they give you criticism without making you feel bad?

If you answered, “no” to many of these questions, I empathize with you… but you probably have more of a boss than a leader. If you answered yes to all of them, you are really, really fortunate in having a leader.

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They don’t have a strong work ethic, these reports say. They’re not motivated and don’t take the initiative. They’re undependable and not committed to their employers. They need constant affirmation and expect rapid advancement.

So the conversation on Millennials rages on! I wanted to plug a recent article sent to me by my friend Dave V. If you ever listen to Kai Ryssdal, he’s the host of a great program on NPR. Recently Mitchell Hartman wrote the recent article entitled: “Millennials at work: Young and callow, like their parents“.
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VEGAS BABY!

This week Steven and I are in Las Vegas. I’m attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference this week and Steven tagged along for his 25th Birthday.

Being a total geek, you can see some of what I’m excited about over at my SharePoint blog. I think I’m most excited about hearing the keynote address which will be presented by Bill Clinton. It will be live streamed on Monday at 8:30am PST. Visit http://sharepointconference.com for more info.

The rest of my time will be relaxing and enjoying some of the nightlife in Vegas. Having been here two nights already, we’ve already been doing that. I’ll be sure to post a blog of our highlights. It should be a great week!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!?

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Seriously, it’s already a day from Valentine’s Day. We’re over a month past my 29th birthday and I’m already that much closer to 30. Not that I’m complaining… much. I know time has started speeding up like a rock rolling down hill, but how do I slow it? I feel like I’m going to blink and tomorrow 5 years will have passed (which 5 years doesn’t scare me much, that would hopefully be around the time all my pesky student loans would be gone). Continue reading

New year and new milestones

Happy Birthday

In my last post I wrote about gratitude. 2013 was mostly a good year with a few hiccups (as expected). With every new year, my personal holidays continue because January brings a bit more than just a new year for me. Being a Capricorn, my birthday is tomorrow (born on the 6th), but not just that, it’s also my work anniversary (the big 5 year)! So I thought I would reflect on a few things as I enter the last year of my 20’s, and continue with my current company. Continue reading

Opportunity

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.

-Mark Twain

Opportunity approaches us all differently and it’s not always easy to recognize. I’d like to think I’m pretty good at recognizing it and in some cases creating it for myself. I’ve always worked hard. I held 2 jobs through college as both an RA and working in the Computer Center of my undergraduate school. In grad school, I was a Resident Hall Director managing an upper class-men dorm of about 150 resident students. Even though I wasn’t always working in the field I studied for, I always kept my eye on the long term goal… a job! Continue reading