2011 in one word: AWESOME

I have read a lot of posts lately that talk about accomplishment or things you didn’t do last year, or even summaries about the whole year, and they were all interesting to read.   Those blogs really made me play the 2011 year in my head.   You know, like those old movie projectors (remember those?  before the HD video out of youtube? I don’t personally, but I have seen old movies that reference them…)

Anyway, I’m going to just list those here.   Both.  Things I did, and I didn’t do and hope that I can be better this year.  Better on things I did, and actually accomplish things that I didn’t.

Without further ado, here goes, in no specific order:

  •  Be more active, physically

Back in March when my health were improved, I made a vow to be more active, physically.   I started to hike more, and more and visit the gym more.   I gained more energy and actually able to chase my kiddos around.  I think I accomplished a lot on this front.  Note to self for this year is to be more active with my kiddos.   I want to engage them on different sports and the freedom for them to try variety of them.

  • Lost weight

As a result of being active, I dropped 28lbs pound.   Yes people, I actually weigh 28lbs heavier last year.   There.  I said it out loud.   Note to self for this year is to maintain them, which I believe is as hard as losing them.

  • Summit Mt. Rainier

I love the mountain.  I absolutely love it.  I love to be in the mountain.   Mt. Rainier hold a special place in my heart, not only because it absolutely gorgeous, but because I stood on it’s summit on August 2005.   Since then, I have many challenges in my life, health related and I always want to go back.   I tried, and gave it all, and more but I didn’t make it to the summit.   Note to self for this year is to try it again.   It’s the journey to get there that completely awesome.   Well, to be able to stand on its summit again won’t hurt either.

  • Half-Marathon

After the climb, I was dare challenged by Karen Lopez (t) to also run a half-marathon.   Looking back, I wasn’t sure why I actually agreed to this because running was never been my thing.   I actually tried NOT to do any run on my cardiovascular activity.  I did pretty much any cardio, other than running.    Long story short, I agreed.   Then I had to open my mouth and tell the whole internet my twitter friends and even blog them, so now I have public accountability to actually do it.   I finished upright and smiling.   It was the best dare challenge.   I fell in love with running and even want to do it more, hence the next bullet point

  • Run More

This is one of the goal that I made after I accomplished one.   Inspired by my half-marathon, I want to do more.  I want to run more so I decided to register myself to a full marathon.   Even though as I write this, I haven’t complete the race yet, I think I can proudly say that I did run more on 2011 than the rest of the previous years combine.  310 miles in 4 months.   I’m patting myself in the back with a cheek-to-cheek smile right now.  Note to self for this year is to run even more.  I am three days away from my first marathon.   That will put this year in a great start

  • Healthy lifestyle

While are at on the fitness theme, one of the thing that I accomplished last year is also have a healthy lifestyle.   That included the choice of food that I eat.  Late night donut binge is no longer in the agenda (occasionally cupcakes are okay).    I didn’t feel we accomplished a lot as we still ate out quite a bit, so note to self for this year is to cook more at home (Yes, I’m talking to you, John)   I am at fault on this more than anything because well, it took an effort to actually do this.   I can come up with ‘I’m tired after all day of work and climb/marathon training’ excuse but I’m not the only working mother out there.   So let just say, I’m going to be better this year.

  • Raising awareness about charity and fundraising

There are a few charities that have a special place in my heart and this year I did four different fundraising for them.   I was shameless and persistent and never hesitate to educate others about the organization that I believed in.   Some of my friends have no ideas on things they do.   I think I did an awesome job this year.   Total I raised on four different fundraising event were over $20,000.00 which was unbelievable.   I am surrounded by very, very generous friends and colleagues.  I even inspired others to start their first own fundraising for the charities they believe it and they did absolutely awesome!

  • Attend Technical Conferences and Training

Last year, I attended SQL Skills Immersion Performance Tuning Class, SQL Cruise Alaska, SQL Saturday Vancouver, SQL Saturday Olympia, SQL Saturday Chicago, SQL Saturday Portland and SQL PASS.   This list actually surpassed my expectation for technical conferences and training for a year.   I learned tremendously, made absolutely valuable professional contact, fabulous friends and really hit a jackpot with the combination of all.  This year, I want to even do more.   I don’t have a list yet, but I have a few SQL Saturday in mind on top of SQL PASS and another Immersion training.

  • Write More

When I was at SQL Saturday Chicago, I attended pre-conference hosted by Brent Ozar (t).  Since then, my blog went to a complete make-over and I vowed to write more.   Well, I kinda failed on this part.   I didn’t write a lot on the technical/technology front.   In fact, I was seriously lacking on this area.   I did, however, write more on my training, both before the climb and half-marathon (and now my marathon).   Those were more ‘notes’ for myself and I didn’t think anybody actually read them.  Note to myself for next year is to have more technical/technology content on my blog rather than just blabbering about my training

  • Presenting

Yeah.  Totally failed on this one.   Other than being on the panel for WIT Luncheon at SQL PASS, which I was still in awe that I was asked to sit on that panel next to others that I respect so much, I did not submit any abstract to any event.   A complete blow on this one.   I’m not so happy with myself on this end, but am making an effort, a lot effort to actually do it this year, not just talk about it.   Watch me community, I’ll be speaking (somewhere) this year.   There.  I open my big mouth again, now you can hold me accountable on this.

  • Be a mentor

I always considered myself to be a good teacher.  I have patience (yes, yes I know – some of you probably raised your eyebrow) when I shared my knowledge.   Early last year, I was asked to be a mentor to a group of young women in Indonesia.    I did a few talk with them remotely and they have full access to me for questions about technology, career, IT, etc.    It took me a while to made them comfortable to talk to me but I am proud to say that these young smart women are no longer in the dark when it comes to technology industry.   They have the awareness on what they can do and live up to their potential.  The hope is they will have enough confidence to go after their dream.   Note to self about this topic, I want to do the same locally here.   I have a few career day talk (almost) scheduled for this year at my neighborhood school district.   Just as Kendra Little (t) said during one of the WIT talk — We need smart people in this industry.  And women is as smart as men, and there are absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t be crowding the technology field.

  • Get a “board of director”

During SQL Cruise last summer, Buck Woody (t) told each one of the attendee to get a board of directors.   A group of people that you trusts, the one that you are going to consult and go to and help you made the good decision for your career.   Without naming names, I managed to get a bunch of great people to be my board of directors.  You know who you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart.    Note to self for this year is to sit on someone’s board of director and help them with their career.   Paying it forward

  • Read 12 books, and review them

I failed.   I did not read 12 books in 2011.   Let alone review them.   I did read 5 though but didn’t even write a review.   Note to self for this year is to actually write the review for the books I read and make an effort to read one book a month.

  • Never miss my children’s play/performance

Work-Life balance is absolutely important to me.  I am fortunate that my employer is very supportive with it and believe of the work-life balance.   I’m proud to say that I did not miss any of my kiddos play/performance last year and able to attend every one of their school events.   Note to self this year is to maintain that and to volunteer on their school to help out with an event.    Just one.  One event for a year shouldn’t be that hard, right?

  • Build at least one Lego set

I hate to even say it that I did not build any Lego set last year.   Yes.  365 days and not one set build.   I owned a lot of Lego Set.  Too many to count and some of them are still sealed and never open.   I absolutely love Lego and want to actually open those boxes and build something this year.

  • Call my grandmother at least every other week

My grandma is getting older.   I need to call and talk to her more often.   I have not been back to Jakarta, Indonesia since 1997 and that is a long time not to see your grandmother.   I need to communicate with her more.   I need to introduce her to Google hangout or Skype so she’s able to see my children.   Internet should shorten out the distance between me and her and I failed to do so

  • Meeting and (blasting) all my goals at work

I’m not going to list my work goals here, but I can proudly said that I met every single one of them, and more.   Note to self this year is to challenge myself more at work.   To think more outside the box and do everything that I can to ensure my team member will get what they need to be successful.   I want to be one of those ‘I wish my manager is like that’ kind of person.

There.   I could go on and on, but I think that’s a good list.   Here’s to a great start of 2012 and hope for a continuous success.


187 Responses to “2011 in one word: AWESOME”

  1. Hi babe. I am trying to improve my cooking skills and I am definitely going to try this. I really want to eat more healthily since I m stuck on a fast food phase!Thanks so much for sharing.P.S: I would love if you could share some home-made smoothie recipes too!XOXO Catanya

  2. As a resident of the cesspool that IL has degenerated into, I'm not the least bit surprised by this "ruling". All of our governors serve two terms: one in office, one in prison. They make our license plates! The dead vote in Crook County Chicago, taxes are raised by 67% in the middle of the night in a lame duck session of the legislature, no one wants to move INTO IL so my house won't sell. It's a prison here and the guards and the warden are Marxists. This ruling was pre-ordained.Patricia Weir

  3. I know I’m not supposed to be teary after reading this hilarious story, but I am. Your description of this difficult year suits mine to a T, as does your gratefulness, your celebration of your scars. I am tired of the hard stuff but so proud of us for sticking it out, for finding each other in the midst of it all, for not letting the bad stuff win. Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am. 🙂

  4. Hi busygran, thanks for the info. I bake and cook cos' I'm curious to know whether the recipe is good and what's in the food. I believe that food can be prepared in many different ways to be enjoyed for healthy living too. Have to bake bread often cos' it's my hubby's breakfast food for decades.

  5. For someone so old and going for another round of presidential election even with the entire NTUC and PAP backing, it really makes you wonder if it is a blessing or more harm done. Earn so much also cannot totally relax.

  6. Sachons raison garder!Je pense que la Justice a fait son travail, et que c’est du bon travail!Mais, s’agissant d’une telle affaire où le « sujet principal » (dont il ne faudrait pas qu’elle devienne « la victime principale » est une mineure, le huis clos et l’anonymat de la publication eussent été souhaitables!

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  8. Does that mean you feel inspired by the specific events that happened in those places (maybe even more than the landscapes themselves)? I find that when I visit a place with lots of history, I can almost “feel” it. It’s hard to explain…there’s just this overwhelming sense of the stories that must have taken place there.

  9. Sorry about the rough spots, but it sounds like you are handling things with great initiative!We adopted a baby brother as of last weekend, and S is thrilled beyond measure to be a big sister. Oh, and I started a new blog, but the hosting is mystifying me, so it’s not live yet…

  10. Foi uma delícia ler o seu post hoje. Como você, também sou um ET político e qualificado como “reaça” ou “comunista”, dependendo do público. E concordo com grande parte das idéias que você defende (à exceção da questão das faculdades públicas. Quanto ao voto distrital não tenho, ainda, uma opinião formada – mais por ignorância, por não ter estudado o tema aprofundamente ainda).Parabéns por (mais um) ótimo post!

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  14. The guy was trying to figure out a way to feed his four children. There is no line for him to get a visa as a bricklayer. We need bricklayers, so I’m glad he was coming. I’m sorry he was placed in a position between providing for his own children and providing for the child of someone else. I’m glad he made the choice to be the good Samaritan and save someone else’s child’s life. I wish the anti-immigrant folks would read their Bible as to how to respond, and if you don’t believe in the Bible, then learn it from Manuel Jesus Cardova Soberanes, who is a living good Samaritan.

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  17. J'ai le même vice, mais il est hors de question que je me fasse interdire de librairies. Ce serait franchement inhumain, parce que je n'ai aucun autre vice "grave".Bon week-end.

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  19. C’est au moins la 3ieme recette aux fraises de la journee qui me tente! Je ne vais jamais en avoir assez pour tout essayer;-) J’adore et les idees de Fabienne me plaisent aussi beaucoup!

  20. Olá! parabéns pelo seu blog, muito inspirador!Também estamos fazendo dieta e exercícios, e criamos um blog para registras nossos avanços, se puder dá uma passadinha lá!

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  37. “I know of no such “Jewish establishment” because Jews in my experience are all over the map in their politics and world views. They don’t constitute a “Jewish establishment”Fair enough, dbronco. I would then say that there was no WASP establishment, since whites have always been all over the map politically.

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  44. Personal blogs are the most narcissistic activity since the invention of the mirror.This is an old post of yours but that line is hilariously true and I am guilty of that. Nice post.

  45. Im currently watching your HGTV special, and I think you’re crazy! But in the best way. You’re really living the dream a lot of us have of exploring the country. We recently spent 8 days traveling from Ky to Seattle when we moved and we discovered so much about America we didn’t even know. And better yet we shared it with our children. I look forward to reading all about the past year and half and your adventures in the future.

  46. Ingen tvil om at du har hatt deilige stunder i helga. Er deg vèl unt!Har sjøl hatt det noe lignende, ikke tåke og stille akkurat, men regn i massevis. Godt det også når man er kledt for det.

  47. i love watching these videos before i go to work out. it gives me so much inspiration to make it to the top, and that i also know that someone is working harder than me to get to the top.

  48. The other aspect that leads to increase popularity of Front National is, that its leader play with people’s fears. The best example is immigration. Jean Marie Le Pen and his followers use racial and cultural differences between “native” French and immigrants, to make immigrant scapegoats, responsible for many of problems bothering France.

  49. Nice to see the passion for history,real stories and focus in heart and grit. I’m looking forward to seeing this made into accessible video. Wish I had made the first viewing. It was great meeting the video crew. Good luck with future projects and keep me on your email list for notifications.

  50. Når formen ikke er så bra og little guten krever sitt..ja da kan det ikke bli alltid slik man skulle ha ønsket seg. Men..du får ta èn ting av gang. Det blir jul okkesom, som du sikkert har fått med deg.Fordel oppgaver til andre om det er mulig, alle monner drar.Ønsker deg en fin førjulsuke og God Jul . *klem*

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