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New Year’s Day…

Jan 1, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Professional Development  //  No Comments

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You could look at New Year’s Day as just another increment in a DATE column.  I won’t see it that way, but I’m not going to be doing anything spectacular either.  Likely I will be starting the year off doing something that I want to do most days of the year.  Run, read, tweet, share, chat. Probably not in that order, either.

Happy 2015. Thank you for being part of my day.

Think Days, not Years

Dec 31, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Careers, Data Modeling, Professional Development  //  No Comments

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In my presentations on how to make data models (and data modelers) more valuable, I talk about spending 15 minutes during your day, every day, doing something to improve the quality of the models.  Refining definitions (or adding missing ones), laying out a diagram so that it’s more clear, enhancing a diagram so that it’s better at communicating, etc.

The small things add up to big things when they are done every day.  If you put them off until you “have time”, they re never going to happen.

This 15-minutes a day works wonders for you, personally, too.  Imagine that if you had done something every day, for the last year, what you’d have now, 365 days later.  Learning a new word, doing some yoga, walking, watching a how-to video, writing to someone to thank them for something they did for you or for someone else…the possibilities are endless.

New Year’s resolutions are a great way for setting goals. But life happens right now.  Deliver on your resolutions one day at a time. Your data model will love it.  And so will you.

Let Our New Year’s Resolution Be This…

Dec 30, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Professional Development  //  No Comments

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No matter how many conflicts we have in what the world should be, how our projects should be run, or what tools we should use, we should be there for each other.

I Hope That in This Year to Come, You Make Mistakes

Dec 29, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Careers, DLBlog, Professional Development  //  1 Comment

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And if your company or your boss thinks you should never make any mistakes, you might consider looking for new opportunities.

The Whole Idea…

Jun 1, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun  //  No Comments

This applies to everything in life, doesn’t it?

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.

– George Sheenan

Discovery versus Exploration

Feb 14, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Space  //  No Comments
Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin

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The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.
Daniel J. Boorstin

Which kind should we be?


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