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Taking Flight a.k.a. The Data Dragon’s Life After Microsoft

Taking flight like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

Taking flight like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

Life is a journey – we can choose to fly through it with our wings spread to catch and channel the winds, or we can let the winds pummel us to the ground. I choose to take flight, enjoy the journey, and land on my feet. Then take off again. Even when the flight happens because of an unexpected push from the nice, comfy nest, it’s possible to spread our wings and take off in the direction we choose. Especially when you’ve decided you’re a Data Dragon. Yes, that’s me. Cindy the Data Dragon.

Wha...? Huh?

Wha…? Huh?

What am I talking about? One of those life changing events that sneaks up on you sometimes.

Last Thursday I got a very unexpected call and I got to experience hearing the words “you’ve been laid off” for the first time ever. It was effective the same day, at least as far as job elimination. I am a Microsoft employee until September 15, my options are wide open after that.

I could choose to sit around and feel sorry for myself, ask countless “why me” and “why now” questions. What I did instead is remember that I am likely in a far better position than many of the other 13,000 people laid off the same day. And remember that now I don’t have to wonder and worry about the remaining Microsoft layoffs that are expected. And remember that this opens up many wonderful opportunities. And remember all the friends, co-workers, and customers who instantly offered support (thanks Sean, Terry, and Linda for the coffee followed by the much stronger drink and the rest of you for all the calls, emails, and IMs). And thank those same folks for the job leads, introductions, and recommendations on LinkedIn that immediately started pouring in – keep them coming! The Data Dragon chooses to concentrate on the good things, dive into making sense of things, and move on to new and better things. (Yes, Murshed, I again referred to myself in the 3rd person).

So now what?

I am going camping this week, I plan to make time for getting out of town again for a few days or weeks before the end of September (SLC ComicCon anyone?), and I am going to get my beautiful back yard back under control and add more colorful things growing in it. I am going to take my time finding the right Big Data job, not just any job.

Connect with me on Skype (cindygross@outlook.com), follow me on Twitter (SQLCindy | Cindygross), and send pics of you toasting the Data Dragon and her beautiful future!

Don’t stand in my way, the Data Dragon is taking flight and looking forward to all the wonderful things in my future!

Green-eyed Data Dragons like me never stay down long!

Green-eyed Data Dragons like me never stay down long!

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Climbing the Tree of Life

Tree of LifeThis week I got news that most will take as bad. But there are some very good things about it. I may have cancer, but it’s a very non-aggressive, easily treatable type. We caught it early and have a solid treatment plan that should completely remove it. There are a few test results we’re waiting on but all-in-all my prognosis is good. What do I do with this new found kick in the pants? Cancer is supposed to be a life changing event that makes you re-evaluate everything and choose new directions. What direction do I want to take? How radical of a change? In what part(s) of my life? Is all this re-evaluating even the right thing to do? It does make me question a lot of things but honestly the biggest thing I want to rush out and do is some of the traveling I’ve been putting off. I want to go to Greece – visit the ancient ruins, sit on the beach, and just relax. I want to start crossing off the remaining US states that I haven’t yet been to – less than half are left but a few I’ve only been to for work or as a kid and I would like to have a “fun” memory of each. I would like to visit most of the continents: Antarctica might just be too cold but the rest all have many interesting possibilities. I want to keep having fun, always learn more, and contribute what I can to society. I am realizing that the details may not matter so much – I just need to keep climbing the tree of life.