Professional Pride

My official job title is Product Operations Manager. I’m still not quite sure what that means as the role is still fairly new to me, and to the company. My main day to day role is to help the team of Product Managers, Product Architects, Business Analysts and UX designers shape and scope out the next product release. We take a feed from Product Strategy which encompasses analyst data, customer commitments, improvements to help our own project staff, new features that we can market and sell, and those which continue to make our product better than many others out there. I take pride in my job, I don’t like making mistakes, I don’t like things not working, I am always …

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House of Cards: What can I learn?

Fear not, I am a fan of House of Cards so there are no spoilers here, a fair spattering of melodrama perhaps but that’s all mine and, for what it’s worth, I quite enjoy it. I am easily affected. I take on traits, mannerisms and tropes with no real forethought and file it as part of the continued development of my sense of self. I am not Francis J. Underwood nor to I ever hope to be. Yet there is admiration of that character. He is aware of his flaws and has set his own moral compass, living by it, apologising to no-one. He has a long term plan, a vision of where he wants to be and will do whatever …

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Exercise gone missing

I last went for a run in January. I’ve barely done much exercise this month other than one game of basketball. It is now the 12th of February and I can’t quite get my ahead around that. Where has the last two weeks gone? Why did they go so fast? I’m very guilty of letting simple, short term, excuses win over longer term goals. But I’m still determined to meet my goal for the year, to run a cumulative total of 400km. To that end I’m going to sign up to some 5Ks to give myself date driven targets, and finally take the plunge and find a way to get to the local Sweatshop running club. It’s close to my …

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What being Poly has taught me

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at www.polymeansmany.com. Looking back over the past few years, I forget just how much I’ve learned about myself in that time. Leaving a long-term relationship determined to be better, finding a partner who wanted the same and who was patient and understanding, knowing we were both on a similar journey has been a revelation. So a lot of what I’ve learned since we decided to embrace polyamory is an extension, or at the very least a focusing, of things I’ve already been aware of, and working on. For example: Balance is …

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2013: Moments that mattered

Some years have many moments, highs and lows, that stick in your mind. Looking back they can define your entire memory of a year. For me, 2013 was no different. I’m lucky that last year was mostly highs. Glastonbury being the main one centred around an event. A second visit to the legendary festival, Kirsty and I relaxed into the experience much more than in our first visit, and it felt so much more liberating and freeing. We laughed, danced, and lost ourselves in the festival for those brief few days. It took me a few weeks to realise that it had left more of a mark than I realised; dance like no-one is watching. That said, the moment that …

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Nothing much to say

Busy times. Little sleep. Not unique. All work and no play. I am not Jack. Secret parties planned (the birthday girl had a great time) on top of the usual chaos that is my calendar. Work continues to dominate more and more of my time (more confirmed over the weekend). Trying to keep enough energy to get out running now and then, enjoying basketball once a week. Insomnia visiting more frequently, robbing me of sleep and energy. Impacting my mood and drive. New possibilities being revealed. Adjustments required. Is work the cause of the lack of sleep? New role leaving me more stressed? Regardless. Step back. Fundamentally happy. It feels a bit like a see-saw at the moment, one where …

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