Professional Update: July 2018

set of old mobile phones, from largest to smallest

Since selling Pencilneck Software two years ago, I’ve very much enjoyed my time since then, spending more time with the kids, and running Codegnostic, my fractional-CTO consulting company. I’ll forever relish the opportunity of these past two years to be more involved with school and kid activities on the personal side, and the work on organizational change, growth and process improvement on the professional side. But nothing stays the same, and this is true for me too.

I’m extremely excited to announce that I’m joining TELUS Digital in the role of Senior Technology Architect, starting tomorrow, July 3rd. This role looks to be a really exciting & challenging extension/deep-dive on the work I’ve spent much of this decade doing on the technical management side, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to do this at a large and rapidly-growing organization.

seven years!

Leah
Leah, in Halifax

Today is Leah’s & my seventh anniversary. These, without any shadow of a doubt, have been the best seven years of my life. It’s hard to describe just how much I love Leah, but, fully aware of how sappy this sounds when actually read, are some of the many reasons that we work so well:

  • Leah taught me how to experience emotions. That’s an odd one, but I was a pretty closed-off, emotionally unavailable person prior to being with Leah. She created the safe space to feel, taught to experience emotions in the moment, rather than retroactively, taught me it was ok & normal to do so.
  • After ten years together, seven years of marriage, she remains my foremost inspiration for everything I do.
  • We travel well together. This may seem odd in this list, but trust me, if you’ve ever traveled with someone who travels differently than you, it can be a nightmare. If you’re a “new” couple, I highly advise figuring this part of your relationship out earlier rather than later.
  • We have the freedom to try new things, to fail, to succeed because no matter what, I know she supports me and I support her.
  • We have fantastic communication. Those of you who know me well know that I can be difficult to communicate with sometimes – I’m not the best at sharing. While I’m sure Leah will roll her eyes and say “tell me about it”, there’s nothing I wouldn’t tell Leah, nothing I don’t tell Leah and vice versa. We work well because we know what’s going on with each other.
  • Good experience or bad, everything is made better by experiencing it with her. I know in my core it would be worse without her.
  • The sight of Leah across the room brings a smile to my face and quickens my heartbeat.

Happy Anniversary Leah! I love you!