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2018 Retrospective: Wins, Woes and Lessons Learned

2018 Retrospective: Wins, Woes and Lessons Learned

It’s really easy to forget personal triumphs, and focus solely on ways that you feel that you’ve failed or fell short on your aspirations.  This holds especially true at milestones events like birthdays and the start of a new year.  I usually try to reflect on the previous year and take mental note of how about the last year compared to prior year. I never write anything down, though.  Because of this any historical data of past years is only stored…

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99 Problems… But Too Many Podcasts Ain’t One

99 Problems… But Too Many Podcasts Ain’t One

I love podcasts!  In the seven months that I’ve made the long trek into Washington, D.C. for work, I’ve pretty much become a podcast junkie.  I’m  unable to commit to just a few and always on the prowl for more. Being able to listen to entire podcasts is definitely the silver lining to my commute.   It allows me to feel like I’m on the path to making progress in next-level Becky.  I’m a huge believer in the important of consuming…

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My “Woman In Tech” Story

My “Woman In Tech” Story

At this year’s Women in Tech (WIT) panel at NetApp Insight, CEO George Kurian cautioned the audience not to focus solely on STEM as the only way to bring more women to tech.  This point hit home for me. I didn’t come to tech through STEM. I grew up poor. Both of my parents dropped out of high school.   No one in my family ever attended college.  I also didn’t get my first computer until I was 17 and that…

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Retrospective on Why I’m Learning to Reverse My Risk-Aversion

Retrospective on Why I’m Learning to Reverse My Risk-Aversion

Six months ago, I wrote this unpublished and slightly unfinished post about how my life was missing growth, adventure, and challenges. It was kind of my a-ha moment that I needed to do something different and that I needed to start taking risks. Leaving a well-paying job in which you are valued and treated very well is a huge risk for me. Who knows if this risk will pay off? If it doesn’t, that’s okay. There will be a good…

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Why I Stopped Treading Water

Why I Stopped Treading Water

An old boss used to say “If you aren’t moving forward, you are just treading water.”   When I submitted my resignation a few weeks ago, I had these word close to my heart. Since 2011, I’ve went to work at the same place.  During this time, I’ve seen countless people come and go. and I’ve moved from being a Developer to being a System Administrator in 2013. After 5 years in the same role, you end up mastering it. You…

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Mandalay Bay Exodus

Mandalay Bay Exodus

I recognize now that, although,  I was terrified that I was never actually in danger.   Also,  I recognize that unlike the 58 victims of the shooting at concert at Mandalay Bay, I  went home to my family.  With these feelings comes a sense of guilt for struggling to really process the evening. Sunday night was the kick-off dinner for the NetApp A-Team at NetApp Insight.   About 40 of us, dined and chatted in a private room at Libertine…

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Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies

Craniosynostosis Awareness is a passion of mind because my son was born with this. Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies. Fortunately, our pediatrician knew enough about cranio to send us to a neurosurgeon. Blake was officially diagnosed with craniosynostosis with trigoncephaly at about 3 months old. Many families aren’t so lucky. Anyhow, because Blake’s metopic (forehead) suture was prematurely closed and his head couldn’t grow normally, his head had a triangular shape. Apart from the…

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