14 years ago today I signed on as a “Blue Badge” Intel employee (I had been a “green badge” contractor for 9 months prior). I tell people I don’t feel old enough to have done anything for 14 years, and that’s true. I was only 22 when I started. I moved to Oregon for this job, so I can’t even really say I’ve lived in one place for that long.
I have worked on a lot of really cool stuff in those years – from software localization to server administration and monitoring to building wikis, podcasts, and live video broadcasts to exploring new ways to connect and engage with people online (earning the title “social media guru” along the way, which still haunts me ) to community management and event organization and managing high traffic developer sites and understanding the metrics that go along with them. Not to mention the themes of education, exploration, experimentation, and authentic human connections that have been the foundation for it all. Whew.
I’m eligible for my second “sabbatical” – a wonderful benefit (8 weeks paid leave) that comes around every seven years – but I’m deferring it until I finish my Masters degree in Adult Education next June. I’m so excited for what the future holds I feel a little silly. There are so many cool, exciting, worthwhile things to work on that every time I think about it, I feel spoiled for opportunity. Here’s to learning, stretching, and continuing to work on stuff that matters.