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Resound #11, One Word: Forward

#resound11 Prompt 31: One Word
Earlier this month, we wrote about our one word to describe 2011. Today, let’s write about our one word for 2012. What word do you want to use to describe how you will approach 2012?
Will it be awesome? Will it be frugal? Will it be open? Will it be the year of yes? What is your 2012?
How will you resound?

Sat 12.31.11 – Before I look to 2012, allow me to look back a bit.
Me on Twitter today:

@msjen: Actually, I am looking forward to saying goodbye and don’t let the door hit you on the way out to 2009-2011.

Then @technokitten RT’ed with a +1, to which I replied:

@msjen: @technokitten +2012 I want to move forward rather than a holding pattern w/great effort to not fall back which is how the last 3 yrs felt.


2005 – 2007, I had a lot of hope and put even more energy into Grad School and the resultant coming home after Grad School, a bit more than worse for the wear.
2008 was a good year, I tried a lot of new things, traveled to many new places, met a lot of wonderful people who I now call friends, and worked out where I wanted to go next with my career.
2009 – 2010 sucked as many dried stuck on dog butt dingleberries as possible, not just for me, but for most of the folks I know. I tried to keep a good face and stay up beat. I worked hard to not fall into the abyss. It really was two steps back for every two steps forward.
In 2011, I resolved to pry myself out of the muck and move forward. There was some forward movement with many more good things this year than in the past two years, but it was slow going.
As I have looked at blog posts from 2009 – 2011, I realize that I have written very little about what really mattered and about the hard parts, but instead filled this blog with my attempts to make the world a more lovely place with photos. It is hard to write about deep personal things when one is writing a semi-professional/semi-personal blog; it is hard to figure out where the line is and when to cross it and when to leave it alone, so I mostly left it alone the last three years or blogged very opaque/oblique references.
But as I have looked back at 2009 – 2011, while it was slow, arduous, and at times sucked dried dog butt dingleberries, I did get the time and space to fail at two big software projects – yes – fail**, which was a great learning process and very humbling, and more importantly took the time to really learn some programming languages that have given me confidence to develop for mobile native as well as be much more intuitive in my web development.
While my career did not take a stellar leap forward during this time, I was able to deepen in my friendships, spend good time with family, had some good travel adventures, and learned to be content in most circumstances.
For 2012, I want to move forward. As I blogged here, I want to release three mobile apps into the wild by the end of spring 2012, I want to travel more, have a few new professional adventures, and I want to move house/city.
So here is to 2012, the year that I take four steps forward for every side step or back step.
One Word: Forward.
Happy New Year’s Eve to all of you and many blessings in 2012!
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** The two major lessons from 2009 – 2011’s failures:
1) When the user research says to take one path in software development, don’t give up after two major ‘discussions’ with the other two founders, fight for the user. A.K.A. – don’t cave to make peace, fight for the humans who will be using the app or software.
2) If one is going to work remotely make sure one first meets with and has at least two working days with the team before moving to remote working, it will save so many problems later, particularly if one should have never said yes to the job in the first place – a face to face meeting would have sussed that out.