T-SQL Tuesday #121: Gifts received for this year

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T-SQL Tuesday At the end of 2019, Mala (b|tinvites us to write about the gifts we’ve gotten during the year.  I’ve been gifted with a lot of things this year personally and professionally.  So to honor the 12 days of Christmas here are 12 gifts I have received.

  1. Through the wonder of Twitter I responded to a Tweet for a job position and I’m now working at DocuSign remotely with an amazing team after being in a job that had me very unhappy. My job is very supportive of all participation in the SQL community and the community at large which you will read in a bit.
  2. I wrote a book with Grant Fritchey on Query Store for SQL Server 2019 because I had an amazing mentor recommend me to write the book and ask Grant to help out with it in Kellyn Pot’Vin Gorman.
  3. I had the pleasure of speaking at PASS Summit for the third year in a row and at several user groups and SQLSaturdays again.  Something I never take for granted.
  4. I’ve mentored a couple people along the way career wise and to be speakers, that seems like a gift for them but really is a gift for me as I like giving more than receiving.
  5. Rob Sewell helped me learn how to write checks for dbachecks, watch out world, well SQL world.
  6. I got Bob Ward’s signature in orange in his latest book, the rarest Bob Ward signature to date, to match my hair.
  7. I’ve helped friends though hard times cementing lasting friendships.  Again I like giving more than receiving.  And friends were there for me when I needed them.
  8. I’ve advocated for five different children this year, still advocating for three of them through the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem program, putting me up to I 52 kids in 16 years.Read more about that here.
  9. Technically, this was the end of December last year but I started volunteering with some wonder folks on the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses) Council for Disability Rights of North Carolina.
  10. I got my Mental Health First Aid certification in May that’s good for three years by attending training through the Disability Rights of North Carolina.
  11. SQLSaturday Charlotte top the end of the year with me doing a presentation on Mental Health in IT that went better than any other presentation I’ve ever given.  I hope to do at each SQLSaturday I go to this year.  If your event is interested contact me and I’ll see if I can add it to my calendar.
  12. More importantly after a rough 12 months I finally got stabilized mentally through therapy and medication.

Along the way I’ve acquired many more people as part of my #sqlfamily, personal family, and to my core value of making a difference.  I hope every had a blessed Christmas and has as many gifts for the year to be thankful for as I do.

 

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