With 2020 coming close to an end, what are you looking forward to in 2021?
Things to get to “normal”?! Hopefully, but also not getting my hopes up too much.
In terms of things I can actually control… getting more involved in MoT again. I used to be on here a lot but then life got in the way
I’m going to start a blog next week or so, mainly for myself to track how I’m doing and somewhere to dump my thoughts.
I sat down yesterday and actually created a proper personal development plan, so that’s exciting to get going. I feel like I have time to learn things, but I lack the direction. Spending all day yesterday with it has definitely helped and I no longer feel lost.
Oh, and I have Open Uni modules starting in Feb! So excited to be progressing my degree again after pausing because… well, 2020.
Now I’ve written it down it seems I have a lot to look forwards to!
I’d like to think life will be a bit more normal, but I’m not sure yet. I think I’m getting used to the routine of remote working though.
Professionally, I’m really looking forward to the startup I work for growing, and the role I’ll get to play in that, from recruitment, shift-lefty goodness and much more. I’m also going to attempt to enter the CFP game again. I’m hoping that the Testing Peers podcast will continue to be a big part of my life and that I blog and read more too!
Personally, my boys have come on in leaps and bounds this year and I’m loving seeing them grow. And we are hoping to relocate to South Wales, which is something I’m really excited about.
I’m looking forward to continue meeting and speaking to many more people from the testing world, sharing knowledge and learning more!
I’m looking forward to growing my team and helping push the quality bar higher as the airline industry hopefully gets back on its feet
I’m looking forward to hopefully getting back to physical meet-up events for MoTBucks with @wildtests but either way ensuring exciting events happen virtually in the meantime
I’m looking forward to the Testing Peers podcast continuing to grow and hopefully finally get to meet the other peers in person for real Beers with the Peers!
And personally, I’m looking forward to helping my boys grow into amazing humans, maybe taking them to their first football match and continuing to enjoy time together.
I cannot wait for 2021.
The family has lots of postponed fun to look forward to, holidays, weddings and family parties galore. Hoping to finally see my bro in Chicago - he moved out five years ago and I’m still yet to see him in his new natural habitat.
Professionally, I’ve set myself a goal of speaking at my first in person international conference next year, and have already started filling in cfp’s. Wish me luck!
Meeting lots of the folk in the testing community in person next year will hopefully happen too - it’s nice online but there isn’t really any substitute for sharing a brew and a chat face to face, and there are several people I’m properly looking forward to meeting.
Work-wise I’ve moved into an architecture team focussing on back end azure devops micro services type testing goodness this year, and I’ve enjoyed getting to grips with that. My team are awesome, so I don’t have any earth shattering changes I want to make on that side of things next year - just more of the same!