Ken Chamberlin

I remember sitting in the back of a hot car having flown into Poitier international airport for the first time, looking out of the window at the countryside and being slightly confused.

You see, both Sean and I had recently surmised that our childhood had in part been the longest and best planned house hunt. A region by region tour of France, but with mum and dad’s future retirement plan in the back of their minds. Not that we were complaining, these were some of the best times of our lives.

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Looking to the future

It is hard to believe it has only been a year. So much has changed and yet so little at the same time. The New Year is the time that many sit and make resolutions and plan improvement for the coming year. Maybe it is time to reframe our thoughts and look at it differently this time around.

This time twelve months ago the first sightings of COVID-19 were appearing and it started changing the world, completely. There was a problem that affected everyone, we all had to start working together to fight an unseen foe. You see that is the thing about a global pandemic, it does not matter about your skin colour or your financial demographic, we are all in it together.

So now as we enter 2021 we can do all we want to put 2020 behind us but January the 1st is just another day. Don’t get wrong we should all celebrate and plan for the new year but the world won’t be fixed with one more sun rise.

If we truly want to make 2021 better we must learn from 2020 and your resolutions might not involve a gym membership or a new diet.

There might be vaccines in the works, there are talks to build new trade agreements with new markets, but one thing remains the same, the humans behind ever turn.

So my plan is not to put a magic fix on a resolution but to make the most of what I have. By being the best human I can and with a positive attitude I can make 2021 better. So I encourage you to do the same. Reframe your views on resolutions and make the most of what you already have. Be the best you can. Don’t judge those who think different or have a different outlook. We are all in the same boat and it is time to start bailing it out together.

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So I found a lump

“Well, it all started when I found a lump” is a phrase I have been using quite a bit lately and it is surprising how those few words can totally change the tone of a conversation.
Luckily for me my lump was located on the flesh of my left buttock and after examination was diagnosed as a harmless lipoma.

When you recite that sentence; “I found a lump” you see the fear in faces and realise just how much more aware you should be of your health. Of course being a man after I found a lump I ignored it and actually booked myself on another cycling adventure. Don’t be a fool, get yourself checked out and if anything is out of the ordinary go have it looked at.

I was fortunate that my ‘lump’ was nothing a serious as cancer, but it still required going under the knife and I was admitted to hospital within weeks. I’m now sitting here recovering from surgery, banned from cycling for a month going out of my mind with boredom but quietly thankful for all I have.

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Nothing is permanent

You get up every morning.
You go to work every week day.
You think everything is good with the world.

That is until your boss tells you that there is no work to keep you employed and they can no longer keep your position open.
So now you come home and re-think what you want to do in life.
Redundancy does that to you.

Now let’s be honest, my job was SharePoint development and I have struggled for quite a while to come to terms with it. I have nothing against the platform or the product, it is an extremely powerful web application that helps no end of businesses the world over. My problem was with how everything to do with developing within SharePoint feels like swimming upstream, in a river of porridge, with your hands tied.

I love creating things, I love seeing some results and I get satisfaction when the project is moving along. Give me my laptop, a text editor and a few command prompts and I can start delivering. When it comes to developing for SharePoint I need a full ecosystem of multiple servers and agile working is just a pipe dream. It drove me round the bend.
Now it could well be that as a company we were just not doing it right. Maybe we were holding it wrong and that was our demise.

Now I’m at that cross-roads where I decide what to do.
My head is telling me to get back into front-facing client sites. I started off with php many years ago, I speak fluent html and css it makes sense to put these skills to use.
Until then I’m enjoying a few weeks of garden leave and spending time with my son, it’s going to be a wonderful change.

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