I don’t put a lot of value in New Year’s resolutions. I think they mostly fail in a short amount of time for a variety of reasons. Also, this TED Talk by Derek Sivers has stuck in my mind as a reason to set goals and not tell others about them. It is easy to get excited about our personal goals and share them. I suggest thinking about why you are sharing your goals and share when you feel like it may help you obtain them.
My life strategy is to treat each day as a gift of a new beginning. Every day I have a chance to make improvements in my health, treat others better, learn something new, and much more. It is so much less pressure to spread out my personal continuous improvement equally throughout the year.
A recent project I have worked on has been very challenging. It has a number of moving parts, many team members, and several stakeholders. Even though I did the best I could to put together a solid plan, it wasn’t exactly what everyone involved expected. Luckily this was discovered near the beginning of the project and the work completed to date had to be done regardless of any changes to come, allowing the ability to change focus. While I am happy to have the chance to work through the issues and get the project headed in the right direction, it is still hard to not feel poorly about how I arrived at this point.
The event ran from 1PM-5PM following lunch, which was provided by the Drupal Camp via generous sponsors. The event began by everyone listing topics they wanted to cover. The group voted on what they most wanted to cover in the afternoon by show of hands. This informal voting guided the order of topics. We tried to limit topics to 15-30 minutes, but due to interest in each topic, they ran for an hour or more each!
What an honor it was to be selected to present at Drupal Camp Asheville again! This event just gets better and better each year. I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, attendees, and sponsors for making it so awesome!
Below you will find the video for my talk, slide deck, and related git repo for:
I had the pleasure of presenting on contributing to open source at the 2017-07-12 CharDUG meetup. It was a blast and I was so pleased that the group wanted to start having a monthly code sprint session. This will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about contributing and to push along their favorite Drupal projects! Look for that on the CharDUG meetup page soon!