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I am a Female SharePoint Developer (a platinum unicorn). I have been working with SharePoint since I attended the Portal University in 2005. I hold a BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I love playing Rockband, organizing user group meetings, working with code, attending events as a speaker or organizer, and having bizarre conversations about geek things with cool people. If you have any comments or questions fill out the contact form and I will try my best to help.



The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

2011 started with a bang and ended with a boom for me.  Anyway that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post.  I am not looking back I am walking forward.  I was reckless with my life for several years and thought it was the best idea to act in a certain manner.  I was reckless because I was neglectful of my happiness.  I am changing that in 2012.  I am instituting a travel policy where I will be traveling only once a month for an event or user group and no more than once a month.  That means I will be focusing on local user groups and local events mostly within the New Jersey/New York Metro area.  I am not doing this for anyone else but myself.

The first week of 2012 is the first week in a year that I have consistently slept in my own bed.  It is the first week I have spent an entire day in what I would consider my permanent residence.  I did meet a lot of great people internationally and the U.S., but it took a toll on my life.  I ignored very important parts of my life that I should have attended to early on.

So what does this mean early on?  I’m focusing more on my personal life outside of SharePoint.  I’m going to join meetups not SharePoint related, go to concerts, hang out with friends, and get another cat (one more cat does not constitute crazy cat lady status yet).  I also have two new things I’m working on in my job, such as helping start a New York Metro Office for Planet Technologies and I am working on all the east coast community events as an advisor in a sense.  I just feel like I need to take a step back and honestly I credit something a coworker told me several months ago that I need to slow down.  He was completely right (Clay yeah it’s you dude)…I can run on burn out for a very long time, but it’s not worth it to myself and the people around me.  I think if I can stick to the plan 2012 will be a much better year in 2011.

The other weird thing is that when I was a kid I had all these ambitions.  I think I hit most of them, but one or two.  So I need to come up with a new list of life goals.  The number 1 life goal I hit in 2011 is setting up the ability to live in New York City for 2012.  I was three years old and I just knew I wanted to live in New York City.  Every goal list I have made since I was three stated that I wanted to live or go to school in New York City sometime in my life.  It’s truly amazing when you get to do something you’ve always wanted to do.

So in retrospect 2011 was a year of learning and laying out plans.  2012 is a year of putting down roots in one spot and figuring out what to do next.  I hope that you all have a great 2012 and I’ll see you all around potentially.  This is blog post #1 for 2012.  I’m hoping to post again this week something technical.

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2012 9:00 PM | Back to top


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