Lifetime Goals and Becoming Something Bigger

Today I listened to two podcasts that had very profound things to say about life’s focus and leaving a long-lasting impression on the world.

Freedomain Radio : Jobs after School

The Thinking Atheist: Getting Older

Stef’s bit on finding a path after school, and particularly the phrase “don’t be a cog in a machine”, spoke very strongly to me. Currently I have stable job which I appreciate and enjoy quite a bit, but at the same time it’s beginning to feel a bit repetitive. Every day is effectively a clone of the previous day: wake up early and get ready, drive 30+ minutes to work (which I actually enjoy), work 8hrs pushing for a rather arbitrary quota requirement by day’s end, then head back home where I unwind listening to podcasts while playing games or watch predictable TV shows. Continue reading

DreamHost DreamCon

 

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This year marked our first ever DreamHost user conference, DreamCon, where we had a successful turnout of nearly 100 customers, conference sponsors, and employees. It was an exciting chance to get out an meet some of our users in person and find out about their background and exactly how their benefitting from our hosting.

The conference split off into two training sessions for two days with topics ranging from WordPress, DreamPress, site and database optimization, DreamObjects, business and marketing, and our upcoming DreamCompute service.

I look forward to us doing this event again and hopefully having bigger turnouts each year.

DreamHost – One Month Later

I’m almost a month into the new job with DreamHost. When time flies, you know you’re having fun.

Within the company, we have a way we can “high-five” each other when they’ve helped us out or done something beneficial for someone else or the company overall. So here’s my public “high-five” to my new lead, Justin K., and everyone else, who’s made the transition smooth, not intimidating or overwhelming (ok, just a little overwhelming), and has already taught me a lot. Continue reading

Transplant Anniversary

July 13 marks the anniversary of my double organ (liver and small bowel) transplant; this year being my 14th year out. Every year that passes I grow more appreciative of the gift of life I received as I experience new things that I otherwise would have missed out on. I would have not have experienced graduation from high school, college, and university, my first job which I still enjoy to today, watching my brother’s family grow, my sister setting out on her career in radiology and hearing of her travels around the world, or my parents buying a lovely house in the mountains only to see it burn down in a fire, then to watch them rebuild it better than before and retire in it, the list could go on. I have been able to live 14 years in much better health than my prior 11 years aside from occasional set backs dealing with dehydration and kidney stones. Continue reading