Year 3 – What will it Bring?

As I enter my 3rd year of using Linux via Ubuntu and contributing back to various Ubuntu and open source communities and projects, I find myself wondering what year 3 will bring.

So far it’s been a great undulating ride, that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I’ve become a Linux user, blogged, reviewed books, had articles published and have been lucky enough to have found a job that keeps in the Open Source Universe. I’ve also been given the opportunity to speak at conferences, even helped plan few conferences and events, helping write the next Official Ubuntu Book and have a very supportive group of family and friends not to mention a great boss to boot.

So as I look over my ideas for year 3 I can’t help but feel excited.  I’ve worked hard to understand things I knew nothing about 2 years ago, and I want to continue to share that knowledge and understanding.  I want to learn more about Linux and Open Source as I know I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface yet.  I want to help figure out ways to grow successful open source community leaders and learn from those who are already successful as well as share with those who are looking into volunteer leadership roles. I want to be as successful as I can be while giving back to the communities and projects who have helped me.

Most of all though, I want to have fun!  I want to balance all of those “wants” with spending quality time with my family and friends as well as spending time on taking care of me.

This past year has been laden with some pretty heavy challenges, all of which have been or are in the process of overcoming them.  I viewed the mountains as motivation, the obstacles as opportunities, and valleys as a place to rest before the ascent to a great view and I learned a lot about me in the process.

Life is good and I am sure year 3 will be as interesting, exciting, and full of opportunities as year 1 and 2.  Time flies when you are having fun and these first two years have certainly flown by.

Thanks everyone! 😀


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