Cloud Field Day 58th April 2019
5 Goals for Q1 20203rd January 2020
Happy New Year, welcome to 2020! At the start of this year I
want to take a moment to look back at the last year and reflect. 2019 was full
of ups and downs, there were some great moments but equally there were some
- I’m going to be a dad! Yup, we are expecting our
first child in just a few more weeks, so the last 7 months have been a strange
journey, but I am excited to see how this all works out.
- NetApp University – once again I was lucky
enough to work with some great people across the industry to write exams. I was
also able to be a learning ambassador at NetApp Insight Vegas.
- Cloud Field Day – I was honoured to be asked to
participate as a Field Day delegate. I met such an awesome group of people and I’ve
never felt as much imposter syndrome in my life, but the experience was worth
- Learning new skills – This year I’ve really been
able to embrace and cement a whole new skill set. I was able to build on all
the previous automation experience and apply all of that in Azure DevOps. I’ve
also expanded skills in software development and Kubernetes.
- Being independent…. This is a strange one, I
mean I love the work and I love the freedom, what I didn’t really handle well
this year was the workload, I have at times taken on far too much or cared too
much and it has effected both my physical and mental health at times.
- Commuting – This really shouldn’t be an issue in
the modern world, but the reality is a 33-mile commute can really take way too
much out of your day. Trains just aren’t reliable, and I can spend between 3-4
hours a day travelling.
- Hobbies and downtime – This year I’ve not found
the time or energy to keep up the things I’ve almost always enjoyed doing. I
think the amount of time I’ve spent playing games (which is one of my biggest
passions) has been down to the lowest its been since I was a teenager.
- Fitness – I have not made the time to exercise
or keep in shape this year, there really isn’t much more to say than that, I
just haven’t done it.
- Mental Health – I really don’t think any of us
in the industry talk about this enough. This year has been tough on my mental
health and that of my partners. We both suffer with ADHD, that makes things
more complicated, when both parties in a relationship have the same weaknesses
then somethings that should be simple for a couple turn out to be paralysing.
For example, deciding what to eat or what to buy when you are grocery shopping
is one of the most challenging tasks we undertake on a regular basis. The first
six months of this year my partner really suffered with mental health issues
and had to take some time off work to focus on getting better, I am happy to say
things are better but the journey was tough and there will always been times
when we have to keep an eye on avoiding relapses. The thing about mental health
struggles are they affect everyone around you not just you, when one of you is
suffering the other is trying to be stronger to help keep things balanced. Sometimes
just trying to be the strong one is enough to cause anxiety or stress, that can
lead to issues. I am incredibly lucky to have a great support network around me,
both friends and family. We’ve really learned who our friends are this year.
- Burnout – I don’t think I’ve ever really noticed
being burned out before; I probably have been that way, but I’ve powered on
through it. This year I’ve noticed the change, I am not as interested in anything
as I was before. I think it is a little of everything that I’ve mentioned in
the bad and this section. Outside of working I’ve just not had the mental or
emotional capacity to do much of anything.
What’s in store for 2020?
I am not one for new years resolutions, I feel that you
should be able to make changes at any point in your life and not need to wait
until a certain point in time to do it. However, the holidays have been a good
time for me to reflect and get my thoughts together.
- New Project – In a few weeks’ time I am starting
a new project with a new customer closer to home. I think getting back the time
spent on commuting each day will help a lot and allow me to spend a bit more
time on myself.
- Hobbies – I’m going to get back into gaming to
give myself some downtime, I am also going to start a few little passion
projects at home around IT, learning new stuff, home labs, home automation that
sort of thing.
- Community – I want to do more; I really haven’t
done enough this past year in sharing the knowledge or helping others elevate
their game. I don’t know how I am going to fit it in but I’m going to try.
- Time Management – This one will be the hardest,
but I really need to learn to allocate my time more effectively and reduce the amount
of time I spend on procrastination or reduce the amount of decisions I must
- Microsoft MVP – With all the work I’ve been
doing with Azure DevOps over the last 18 months I really want to learn more
about the MVP program and what it takes to be a part of it, I’ve learned a
whole lot about the product and I really would like to share that with the
community as a whole.
That seems like a lot and I probably won’t get it all
achieved straight away, it’s a process, but I want to have a set of goals to
work on and something to keep me focused.
Here’s to 2020! Best of luck to you all.