Stuck in a rut…

CONTEXT: I wrote this about four weeks ago – I was in a bit of a rut, but after putting these words into OneNote, I felt a lot better.  Today I got a call about something that happened in February (not hard to guess what that event was if you look back in this blog).  It knocked me a bit today so it feels right to not just re-read this, but also to publish it. I’ve been feeling a little bit down recently – its been a tough first half of a year and quite frankly, I’m exhausted. The culmination…

Reflecting, two months on…

Her death certificate came in the post today.  Exactly two months to the day from when I got home from Sydney and had to do the toughest thing a parent could ever do. It’s been a crazy crazy two months, and the world has changed in such a short time. Looking back, the first month actually went very slowly.  There were days where I was just in a haze, wondering how the hell this would get better and I cannot begin to describe the worry I had (and still have) for my kids. Each one had taken the loss of…

TheUptake Podcast

OK, somethings very cool happened to me yesterday…  Well, at least I think it’s pretty cool. A wee while ago, Anna Chu reached out to me and my good friend Chris Gill about appearing on her podcast – The Uptake with Anna Chu.  The topic being something very personal to me – Neurodiversity. I’ll be honest, being on an actual podcast terrified me!!  Sure, I can easily listen to podcasts, but being on one, well it’s not something I ever thought I’d do. My good (bad) friend Impostor Syndrome decided to hitch a ride with me throughout the experience, but…

That night at Tool…

It’s been a pretty crappy February….  There is no doubt about that.  The extreme highs of an awesome conference and seeing friends from overseas was quickly replaced by the tragic events I detailed in my last blog. But this Friday just gone, I allowed myself a moment away from all of this to catch up with two very special friends and attend the Tool concert in Auckland. This was a gig planed months ago (the tickets for this show sold out within minutes of the pre-sale opening) and I was thinking that given what’s happened recently, I shouldn’t attend this…

The worst day of my Life!

I’ve been struggling with how I wanted to express myself about a tragic event that has recently happened to me and my family. I am a very private person, but the last two years with encouragement from some very special people at Microsoft and the Humans of IT community, I have started to tell some of my story.  It has been a story of struggle, sadness, hope and happiness.  Things have really gone from a very dark and gloomy place to a future with endless possibilities. But what has happened two weeks ago – that has shaken me, affected my…

Introducing thenewnumber2.com

Wow, A lot has happened since my last post on this site… Winter has come and gone, as has most of 2019, and what a year it’s been! I’ve moved to a new job, I was awarded the Windows Insider MVP award and I was SUPER fortunate to have been selected to speak at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando not once, but FOUR times.  There’s a neat write up on my work’s website here, and I’ll be doing my own recap soon. So yes, a lot of change. I finally got myself organized this past weekend and purchased my very…

Reflecting on 2018

Well, 2018 has been consigned to the history books and as I sit here recovering from another Christmas/New Years in the New Zealand summer with the Cricket on the radio, I find myself thinking of the year that has past. On the last working day of 2018, I walked past my first desk (I’ve had three this year for anyone counting). On the windows was a 2018 ‘to do’ list, a list that to be honest, I’d forgotten about (I have moved desks three times as well as two floors). The list had several tasks that I wanted to achieve…

That’s a Wrap!!

I’m sitting in Orlando airport awaiting the first of three two flights on my long journey back to New Zealand. It has been an incredible six days and I have so many memories that will be with me forever. UPDATE – It’s now two as my original flight broke down and I’m on the miracle flight – Orlando to LA to Auckland.  The Orlando flight is scheduled to land four minutes after the flight to Auckland begins boarding. First and foremost – there are two people who I want to thank. The first person is Dona Sarkar. Dona began scheming…

The Road to Microsoft Ignite

It’s Sunday evening… Normally I would be preparing for the week ahead, contemplating challenging tasks that lie ahead and making sure I have everything I need to be “the best I can be”.  Starting the week on the right foot for me is something I take pride in. I find tonight my mind drifting to the near future… 13 sleeps into the future to be precise. In 13 days, I depart these shores of Aotearoa on the journey of a lifetime. My destination – The Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida. Not just an attendee, but a speaker! I still…

Blog Neglect

One of my 2018 goals is to blog at the very least, one a week…  Here we are at the end of January and i’m not exactly achieving.  No excuses, although I do think that the chaos of the beginning of the school year is a pretty good one. The good news is that on that front, I am way more organised than I was in 2017.  School Stationery was ordered online weeks ago and arrived promptly.  Tonight was “the night of the book covering”.  Living the dream huh All, in all, i’m ready to continue with this year being my…