2016 was an interesting year

I’m sitting here at my house, at noontime, on December 30, 2016…36 hours until the New Year strikes and 2017 arrives. It has been a monumental year for me personally on many levels, with my daughter being born at the top of the list, several promotions at work, and continuing personal growth. It has also been a worrying year, with the political landscape taking a troubling turn and many fascinating people passing away.

I didn’t truly realize how burned out I was from my previous gig and the first couple months of my current gig until I took my month long paternity leave in July. Being able to unplug from everything and focus 100% on my family changed me in a profound way. Knowing that now I was responsible raising a human being, I strived to redouble my own efforts for learning and personal growth. As you can see from my Goodreads list, my read books steadily climbed in 2016. 21 is well short of my 50 goal for the year, but it is probably the # of books I have read in the past 4 years combined. Next year I will hit 50.

Career wise, I have had several promotions at my current gig and I am currently building three teams. We have lots of job openings on our site, btw.

Political wise, I worry for America. President-elect Donald Trump goes against everything I believe in from a moral and policy standpoint. I am exploring ways to get involved in local politics somehow and add one small voice speaking against his policies and for something better.

I will close out with my family. My daughter is everything to me. It is often me who wakes up first thing in the morning when she awakes and her smile when she sees me and hears me say “Good morning!” is something that will never grow old for me. Today is her six month birthday and I look forward to many more with her and my wife, who has been an amazing mom herself.

Thank you for my first chance in this big scary world

Earlier today I attended “Breakfast with the Best” in Manchester, NH because my company was one of those being honored. While there, I met someone who was directly involved with getting me my first ever internship in my field nearly 10 years ago when I graduated from high school. I had known her personally thanks going to school with her kids.

Talking to her after so many years was great, as we caught up on everything. Sadly, one of those items was finding out that my boss at that first internship who she later became engaged to had passed away 3 years ago.

It was a shocking thing to find out, I had lost contact with him after my internship and never heard about him passing away. I remember trying several times to get in contact with him after my internship ended, but unfortunately sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. either didn’t exist or were not widely used back then, so those attempts never panned out.

I remember once he joked to me that someday he will be working for me, as he seemed to be very impressed with my skills for a then 18-year-old Help Desk intern for a local bank. He taught me so much about my field, whether it was fixing computers, to setting up networks, to dealing with internal customers. He also indirectly lead to my final internship and first job offer, as the company he worked for after the bank ended up hiring me as well right out of college. One reason I had applied was that he had worked there at one point, so I knew they must be good.

This person I talked to today told me how fond of me he was and repeated that “someday he will work for me” joke. It brought a tear to my eye and a smile as well. Without him and her taking a chance on me, I don’t know if I would be where I am today in this big scary world. I owe him for how my career has turned out.

Thank you John. I will always remember you. Someday maybe I will get a chance to manage you.