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Career Refactor

Goodbyes are always difficult.  I’ve worked at my current company for more than twelve years.  I’ve gained many friends and much knowledge.  But like any good code, we should all get refactored once in a while.

I am pleased to announce I will be starting a new position at PSC Group in a couple of weeks.  I’m excited to meet new people and learn new things with PSC.  I am looking forward to joining the team and jumping into this new opportunity.

Looking Back

While cleaning up categories and tags here in the new blog space, I had a chance to go back through all of my old posts.  Year end also tends to be a time for reflecting.  You learn some interesting things looking back at a blog.  Here’s what I noticed:

  1. I talk a lot about running and Lotus Notes.  No surprises there.
  2. Some days I know a lot and some days I know very little.
  3. I attend a lot of conferences.
  4. I love attending conferences.
  5. I used to run a lot of races, and now I don’t so much.
  6. My running anniversary was eclipsed by my streak anniversary.
  7. The longer my streak gets, the less I talk about it.  Not in a superstitious way, but in a “this isn’t really news anymore” way.
  8. Sometimes I get things right, and even more rarely, I can be ahead of the curve.
  9. Sometimes I get things wrong.  And sometimes really wrong.
  10. Three years goes by in a flash.

Catching Up

I haven’t posted in over a month. Oops. It seems like I’ve had a lot going on, and yet nothing much to write about.

As always, I’ve been writing for the Lotus User Group Notes Dev Tips Newsletter, recording for BlackBerry Today, tweeting, working, raising two kids, and running.

In my spare time, I’ve been writing an application for BlackBerry devices, which has been interesting to say the least. Lots of parallels to Domino development as far as learning and resources. More on that in an upcoming blog post.

Speaking of BlackBerry developement, I will be at BlackBerry Dev Con in a couple of weeks in San Francisco. I am really looking forward to that. Say hi if you’re there!

Lotusphere registration has opened up, so of course, I will be registering and submitting abstracts soon. I have no doubt it will be January before we know it. Hopefully, I will manage to post at least once more before that!

I’ve got a few other things going on, but none of them are “finished” yet, so they’ll have to wait for a later date. Sorry for the teaser, but that’s the way it is.

And yes, I am still running every day. October 1st marked 2 years and 4 months. Holy crap, if I do say so myself.

Gearing up for Summer

Summer is here (finally, for those of us in New England, it took a while). Like many of you, I’m trying to keep up with a busy summer schedule. I’ve got a lot of things going on, and I’m excited about most of them.

First up, is vacation. I am looking forward to a little time spent enjoying my family and friends, and the beach.

Next up, is IamLUG! August 1 and 2 in St. Louis, MO. I am really looking forward to this. It’ll be nice to travel again after a bit of a break, and I’ve always had a great time at IamLUG. I’ll be speaking again. And attending lots of great FREE sessions. And seeing good friends. And I hear there are some fun surprises in store this year.

I saw a friend the other day, who said “I’ll see you at Lotusphere” and I realized I might not see him til January. I hope many of you can make it to IamLUG, so we don’t have to wait so long to see eachother!

Lastly, or concurrently, I’m training for a marathon. Yes, I’ll be trying to find a way to run in August in Missouri, without passing out. If you see me, hand me some water, would you?

Realization

I’ve always believed in “no regrets”.

What that has meant to me is not regretting your choices in life. Whatever the choice you made, your life could have been better or worse, since you will never know, there is no sense in regretting it. Every choice I have made in my life has led to me where I am now. For example, I would never change, or wish to change, a choice that would mean I don’t have my two beautiful children. So, I have no regrets.

The realization that I came to, is that there is another side to “no regrets” and that is actively making decisions. Do I do this or don’t I? Do I do it now or wait til “a better time”? Which choice might leave you wishing that you had done it differently? I’ve found that my own life experiences (YMMV) have shown that doing it or doing it now, even if they were poor choices, left me with no regrets. I tried, I took a chance. It has always turned out better than being afraid.

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