In the early 2000’s, I was working for a State agency in Pennsylvania in a .NET development role. I’ve always been fascinated by programming on many levels: I really liked to learn the nuts and bolts of the framework, as well as the ability to create something – albeit digitally. I tried to learn as much as I possibly could; I’d read tech books, read web sites, and post on forums. I was pretty active specifically on the ASP.NET forums.
Sometime in 2007, I received an email from Microsoft in regards to the MVP program! I was shocked when I got the email. I spent a lot of time there, posting questions in hoping to gain insight and trying to provide answers to assist the technical community. When the honor was confirmed, I was really appreciative of it; it was a great honor.
Fast forward 10 years later:
I’ve been very blessed individual. I’ve gotten to offer my time and skills to the community. I’ve gotten to meet individuals at Code Camps or Give Camps. I’ve gotten to write for DevProConnection Magazine, ASP Alliance, DotNetSlackers, DotNetJohn, this blog, and other places. I considered speaking for Pluralsight, but I’m not the greatest speaker. Additionally, I’ve gotten to be involved in interesting projects over the years, as I shifted from government work to consulting work to product development. I’ve gotten to help analyze and solve other people’s technical (and sometimes personal) problems.
Life really comes at you fast some times. It doesn’t seem like long ago that our 3 children entered our world, but the facts remain the same (ages 11, 9, 7). We adopted our beautiful daughter from China, and we are in the process of adopting our son (also from China). My kids have been involved in school plays, baseball games, soccer practices and games, basketball games, holiday events, church activities, school events and more. As my career progressed, my workload got bigger, my involvements became greater, and my stresses increased. I burned out a few times along the way, my free time dwindled between work, an ever growing family, and general increased demands.
Ten years was my run as a Microsoft MVP. I was informed that I will not be renewed. Microsoft was great to me and gave me many opportunities during that ten years; I am forever grateful for that.