Ok, so what have I been up to? Well a lot has changed for me over the past couple of months, primarily my job. Initially I wasn’t going to blog about this, but after a couple of conversations with a few well respected people in the SQL community I decided to write a post. As many of you know I was a Business Intelligence Architect for Pragmatic Works, which was a great position. That job catapulted my career into orbit, literally. However, with the fast-paced I kind of lost myself. I was given some advice when I started the position and that was, “You have to learn to say no”. If you have met me in person or talked to me before, you know that I am one of the most laid back guys you will very meet, and saying no to a giving a presentation or helping out with a volunteer activity is not in my nature. I enjoy speaking and giving back to the community. Well as a consultant you constantly meet people that read your blog, books, and articles or attend your presentations. Of course, if they ask me a question or to speak at their local user group, I would quickly say yes. Because of this I quickly overwhelmed myself with work and community involvement. Looking back over my calendar last year I gave more presentations (Online and In Person) than there are weeks in a year.
As a result, I decided to take a break from everything including work. Over the past two-three weeks I have been home learning to cook, playing XBOX, Wii, going to the movies, taking my wife out on dates. You get the picture. In addition, I changed jobs. You may have noticed by now that I have been referring to my job with Pragmatic Works in the past tense. First I want to say that I did not leave the job because of any ill feelings or anything like that. Pragmatic Works was one of the best jobs that I have ever had, and the people are awesome. By the way they are hiring if you are looking for a job. I left because I needed to learn to balance a job that required travel with my home life. Travel is ok, but I need to take baby steps with it before I am ready to take on a full-time consulting job while maintaining a healthy family lifestyle.
So, where has all of this ended me? I recently accepted a position with Microsoft. I think this is going to be a great opportunity for me and my family. I will be traveling, but at a level that will allow me to learn how to balance my life, work and community involvement. I hope to maintain a healthy involvement in the SQL Server community. I will be ramping up the SQL Lunch soon, so stay tuned for that. What does the future have in store for me; well to be honest I am not quite sure. For now, I am going to learn the ropes at Microsoft and learn everything that I can about SQL Server and the accompanying technologies. If you want to contact me or ask me questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk to you soon
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