The last year has been wild and it seemes everything changed. I was hopeful 2021 would get off to a better start than 2020, but alas, that doesn’t seem to the case. So many things have changed in the last year, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.

Things that have Changed

2020 changed a lot of things
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  • Transitioned to working from home fulltime (like so many others) 
    • Experienced the difficulty of not taking enough breaks 
    • Failing to completely unplug on days off and vacation
  • My exercise routine was destroyed and remains in shambles
  • Have not made the time to work on professional training
  • Rode the emotional waves of the pandemic – from hopeful to despair
  • Spent way too much time watching tv
  • Have not blogged in a while
  • Thanks to losing the commute, podcast, and audiobook consumption has flatlined
  • Lost one of my best friends suddenly and possibly to Covid

Most of these things are just the result of working through a new normal.

  • I haven’t made the time or put in the effort, to work on training.
  • I’ve had a number of projects at work that I have allowed to dominate my time.
  • I haven’t defined a schedule and kept to it to exercise or take breaks during the day.
  • I freely admit that I have fallen into the trap of sitting down on the couch to unwind, turn the tv on….and hours later I realize it’s time to go to bed. 

Then there are other things I have just flat out missed.

In September I was thrilled to become a Pass Pro member, only to hear the news in late December that Pass was ceasing operations. Somewhere about early October, I stopped paying attention to the news and social media – there was just way too much negativity. I occasionally poked my head up like a prarie dog to see if anything has changed, then go back into my hole until the next check. 

Some of the changes got harder

One of the hardest things I have had to endure in 2020 was losing one of my best friend. Sadly, he wasn’t in a good mental place the last time I talked to him and it ended in an argument. Which, given enough time it would have blown over. But before that happened, he died suddenly. So not only did I grieve the loss of my brother, I carry the guilt for our last talk being an argument. 

And well, then there was the election. Ya. I don’t do political sides, I prefer to look at the issues rather than party platforms. Like others, I have my opinions. But at the end of the day, I always try to remember we’re all in this together. Sadly, I don’t think others see it the same way anymore. 

There was some good

It hasn’t been all bad though. I’ve taken the time to move this blog to AWS, which was trying and definitely a learning opportunity. At work, I have finally convinced the powers that be to purchase SQLSentry, so there is lots of learning going on there. I am now looking towards possibly shifting our SQL Server implementations to Windows Core. I am hoping to get an IaC approach to SQL Server deployments in place in the next 12-18 months. I’m also interested in working more with encrypted connections for SQL Servers. Finally, I hope to spend more time with AWS this year. 

And hopefully I will be able to work on getting this blog optimized and working as it should. So many things to do. I hope 2021 shifts from being the ongoing dumpster fire that was 2020 to something more positive. 

 

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