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Happy New Year - how was your 2012?
Happy New Year, SQAForums friends!
How was 2012 for you both personally and professionally?
For me, 2012 was a terrific year personally. We purchased a vacation home in Maine and spent many weekends and all our vacation time there. Our first grandchild was born (she's now 6 months old), and we had many days of fun with her. Most of our family is happy, healthy, and doing well.
For me, 2012 was a so-so year professionally. No new products from our company. No major releases. A lot of work that hasn't amounted to much. Lots of schedule juggling. Lots of contractors coming and going for mostly minor projects in one product line. A large migration project was started, but hasn't gathered a lot of momentum yet.
I hope things went well for you...
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Happy New Year Joe and all!
2012 proved to be a year of transition several times over for me. I started the year in very warm Ft Lauderdale and loved the area and the contract job not so much. i was promised to work on a robotic arm software and ended up working on testing a document management system so it passes FDA audit. That was disappointing so I did end up getting another job, started working for a friend of mine in project management. I found out I don't like project management and now still working for my friend but as a software test engineer instead. What's great about this job is that I can move wherever I want to live because I can work from home.
Because I get to work from home, I'm back to my figure skating lessons which is really important for me to be happy. So I'm back with my coaches who I worked with for a long time which meant moving back to the Boston area. I'm actually now in Southern NH and I'm still trying to figure out if I don't mind being this far from a big city. I'm only about 45-60 min from Boston but I'm used to being closer. I'm just happy to be near a skating rink.
i've been reconnecting with friends I haven't seen, made new friends. I'm happy for most of my close friends who are all doing well. I've reconnected with family members as well which has been really good too.
Professionally I've been heavily involved in the software testing community, between writing more, participating in online webinars and and seminars, being involved in conferences. I also participated in my first review of a technical book which I enjoyed thoroughly and on tap for another one shortly - both on mobile testing. I'm seeing results from my hard work and it's nice to enjoy these rewards.
2013 should be one filled with more conferences & presentations & online seminars. I'm also going to be collaborating more with other testing professionals as well as being more involved in putting on conferences. I'm also looking forward to pushing my figure skating so much farther than it has ever been. Hopefully I can get back to competing by Sept.
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Low point in 2012 - wife broke her femur in February. She's recovered now (but already was, and still is, wheelchair-bound.)
Happier thoughts - just the tiniest plans and dreams about another trip to the UK - hopefully with several family members, and maybe no sooner than 2015 or 16. Right now, my favorite is for the two of us to sail (at least one way) on the Queen Mary 2 between New York and Southampton. Both ways if we can afford it (come ON, stock market!!) Otherwise, it's a long and very challenging flight. The rest of the family are young and nimble --- and still employed or in school, so they can't go for as long a trip as we can!
Enough of personally.
Professionally ---- what's that? Oh, yeah, working 5+ days a week at something you may or may not enjoy, BUT getting paid for it!
So sorry about the wife condition... We pray it will get better Now let the stock market work
2012 was the year I went back to contracting.
I do not miss the rot and BS attached to my last employer. So many places seem to think that a 50 plus consultant has the same career goals as a 30 something consultants. I don't miss the painful performance review process that never produced a pay rise in 4 years. I don't miss the expectation of turn up at company events after hours.
I do like the freedom that contracting provides. I work for a good client in a good team 2013 will be about fully enjoying the freedom of being a contractor who isn't tied to company HR practises.
I get to go to work these days and do my job and I like to think I do it well. I get paid for what I do and for me that is thanks enough. I don't need the corperate HR goal setting maybe get a pay rise performance review rubbish.
2012 was a good year personly as well mostly because I freed myself from my last employer. I had the financial freedom to buy some toys one of those was a limited edition Mini only 1000 of these were built for global consumption and only 10 made it to Australia one of those is now in the shed at home.
In 2012 we did a little travel not a lot but it was enjoyable 2013 is going to be a good year for travel starting with a trip to China.
2012 also marked the start of a 5 year plan to retire from fulltime work this was single most important step to be made in 2012.
2012 was a good year.
2012 was a great year for me.
This is only my 2nd year at this job, I'm doing well and building good working relationships. Everything seems to look good on the horizon so I can't complain.
I have been taking my health to the next level with regards to eating and exercise. I have realized over the past couple of years that health is one of the most important things in life, so eating well and taking care of myself is a very high priority for me. I'm doing well at it but still will continue to build on it.
Besides that I enjoyed lots of good times with friends, drinking some beers and having a few tokes :-)
I also came in first place at work for the Halloween Costume contest (I was Jesus) and for the gift grab at Christmas I placed a giant blown up framed poster of my boss under the tree. It was a well recieved to say the least...
It was a great year and the biggest lesson I learned is to try and be as positive as you can because then you get positive back :-)
I ran a marathon and also managed a sub-20 minute 5K, very pleased with both of those. My cat died which was a bit of a downer, but she was 17 so it wasn't entirely unexpected. Finished the year on a high with a fantastic snowboarding holiday in France.
Going well. I've been with my current company for quite a while now (5 years, plus another 2 in its previous incarnation) but I'm still enjoying the work. I've been doing a bit more automation in the past year, which suits me. Should be getting a 4th member for our QA team soon, which will be interesting.
Your post made me smile, LoadRunner421:
[quote]taking my health to the next level with regards to eating and exercise."
I guess that "eating and exercise" allows the loophole of drinking and smoking? <grin>
All the best with the first part - I am challenged in both departments.
Haha well you gotta eat healthy if you wanna live, but you also gotta enjoy a few beers here and there if you really wanna live. <Insert Braveheart quote>
Happy New Year to all!!!
2012 was an excellent year for me, especially the last part.
Professionally, I moved to a new company after 8 years with previous employer & it's been interesting so far.
Personally, it was very exciting with our first baby, he arrived just before Christmas and we are having a good time :-)